Thursday, February 24, 2011

Map Challenge

I am designing a brochure/poster for the first annual Dedham Open Studios (story here). This will be a big undertaking. This is the style map I would like to use. I have been using Illustrator. I think that is the best program to use. More flexibility with sizing and colors. I am using online maps for a basis.

If you have lived in Massachusetts or visited you would realize how confusing our roads are. I feel bad for visitors. That is a whole other story about our road layouts.

I think the challenge will be fitting in text and graphics to point people in the right direction to see the art and studios. This is my first pass and I know there will be lots of revisions. It will be interesting to see the transformation of the map. Stay tuned.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Jewelry Business, Cristina Hurley Jewelry

Months ago, I revamped Cristina Hurley's logo. She has come back to me to design her business card. She had the idea to put some of her beautiful work on the back of her card. Cristina asked me to make a simple design with a font that complimented the logo. This work represents what she does, very well. She has an online shop and retail shop she opened about six months ago. I love her work. You can see it here. Her shop also carries some of my work. Nice

Monday, February 14, 2011

Pantone Fall Color Report

Pantone Colors for Fall 2011. I know spring is not here yet but in Fashion it is always several season ahead. These colors are so wonderful and rich. I just love the deep teal. If you go to Pantone there is all kinds of information on the color choices as well as, examples from designers working and combining Pantone colors to create wonderful creations. Designers working with Pantone include Tommy Hilfinger, Chris Benz, Tracy Reece and more...

All images from Pantone

Friday, February 11, 2011

Poster Cabaret

Alien Space Keeper by Robert Lee

Battle Ready by Brian Turner

Beep Beep by Tad Carpenter (Vahalla Studios)

O.K. more posters but, I couldn't help myself. These posters are cool. Check out more here
They are very inspiring! The top one is my favorite.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Oscar Poster Time II

I have seen The King's Speech and Black Swan. I loved both movies for different reasons. I have Inception at home and plan to see Winter's Bone and the Kids Are All Right, as well. I do like all these poster designs but the winner for me is Black Swan.

The photograph of Natalie Portman's face is so bold and compelling. It is a simple but powerful image. It really fits the movie which, is quite creepy.

My second choice is the King's Speech. I love the use of the orange and black and white photography. The lettering is simply done but elegant, as well. The movie was set just before WWII and I think the poster reflects the time of the movie.

Monday, February 7, 2011

It's Oscar Time

I love movies and watching the oscars! I use the DVR, who needs to watch all the commercials. I do try to watch as many oscar nominated films as I can. With ten of them that can be tough.

I also love movie posters, some good and some are cheesy. It is fun to get a little inspiration from these posters. the next five will be tomorrow. My favorite in this group is True Grit. It really captures the movie. I love the use of old fashioned western font and the old time wanted poster look. My second chose is 127 hours. I love how you see the title right away but it is not overwhelming.

What is your favorite?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Business Card Inspiration

I just discovered this site. Cardonizer has on display all kinds of cool business cards. On the site you can click on each card to see more photos and descriptions. Very fun and the stuff of graphic designer dreams.

My Etsy shop ads go live today. I hoping for a jump in sales. To take a look on the sites were I placed them, check out Windshield Diaries, The Dainty Squid, and Seabird