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Fun With Pen Tool

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2012 at 5:24 am



Project 2: News Headline Poster Design Brief

In Uncategorized on September 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Project 2: Design Brief


  1. My headline is, “Florida Grandfather Wrestles Gator to Save Pet Dog.”  I chose this headline because of the interesting characters available, the action based narrative, and the challenge in portraying it in a simplistic ‘Brockmannesque’ style.
  2. My historical inspiration is Josef Müller-Brockman.  Brockmann was a Swiss Designer, lived 1914-1996.  He studied art history, architecture and design.  Was a teacher and master of the Swiss Grid system.  He worked a lot with the Tonhalle for live music event posters.  Was inspired by Carl Jung and his personality theories. 
  3. Brockmann was known for simple designs, the use of the grid, clean, legible typography (Akzidenz-Grotesk) repeated geometric forms and bold monochromatic compositions.
  4. Brockmann’s work was frequently for educational use, or live entertainment. He was closely related to constructivist, Bauhaus, De Stijl and Suprematism movements.
  5. I feel that the grid can help to place the sequence of the action in the narrative.  Characters can be simplified to primordial collective unconscious geometric shapes or symbols, which I feel will add a more active composition.  ImageImageImageImage

Folks n’ Yolks Logo Design

In Uncategorized on September 20, 2012 at 9:19 pm


Road Signs

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2012 at 8:45 pm


The easily available typeface

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2012 at 6:43 am

Virginia Postrel’s article “Playing to Type” discusses the relatively recent over-abundance of typeface designs due to the increasing power of technology. With so many choices always available, the designs can easily lose their power. It is easier now to purchase, and experiment with different fonts to fit your flavor.  Though it is inexpensive, and easy to access, it does not make design better or easier.  With the added abundance of type designs comes the problem of misuse, abuse or confusion of the statement made by the typeface.  It is nice to be able to choose a typeface based on your likes and dislikes, but now one has to realize that there are just as many different interpretations of a font as there are fonts.

“Just a collection of cells overrating ourselves…”

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2012 at 6:08 am

In the article by Paul Elliman, it is suggested that creating a collection of objects serves to remove the objects from their intended spot in the world and freeze them in a permanent bond with the perceptions of the collector.  The objects in the collection are forced to react to one another, and each object causes the meaning of the next to shift.  As in Karel Martens collection of found industrial type-form stamps, most of the objects would not be seen as letters or numbers (and weren’t ever meant to be type) without the support of the other stamps.  Circles would not become O’s if there were no M, N or P shapes.  The artist’s perception is bound to an object when it is grouped into a collection, and removed from its solitary function; just as the cells that make up our bodies are quite indistinct until grouped together to form an eye instead of an ear.  Elliman raises an interesting point by revealing that people are victims of a grand collection, and our ideas, perceptions and language are a direct reaction to the ideas, language and perceptions of those around us.  What would a human be if removed from the collection?

In Uncategorized on September 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm