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Sketchbook

Here is a page from my sketchbook that I redid on the computer. It is called "Favorite Letter"

Here is what I came up with on the computer.

The page from my sketchbook didn't really have any form or purpose, so I thought what better shape to give it than the shape of the favorite letter itself.

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Homemade Type Lights My Fire

We are experimenting with "homemade" type. We made 1 letter out of 20 different materials, narrowed it down to 2 possibilities, and then made 4 more letters with the 2 best. My favorite of mine is made of matchboxes.

What do you think?


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Patience and a Steady Hand

Through my many searches of the internet to find some unique art, I have piled up quite an image collection. Here is a series of typographic work that I wanted to share with you.

I hope you like them.

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While Stumbling...

I came across these awesome images:

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One Awesome Designer

Jonathan Ive is the Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple Inc. He is internationally renowned as the principal designer of the iMac, aluminum and titanium PowerBook G4, MacBook, unibody MacBook Pro, iPod and iPhone.

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Bad Typography

Bad typography is everywhere! Some of the best examples can be found on the web. Businesses use horrible fonts that aren't kerned. Most people who aren't knowledgeable in graphic design and typography don't see the problem with most of the bad typography in the world. The following are three examples of bad kerning that everyone should be able to see the problem with.
Unfortunately my first example may appear profane, but that is not the case. Apparently the owners of the video rental store "MegaFlicks" didn't realize their mistake until it was too late. A combination of a poor all caps type choice and bad kerning led to this seemingly offensive store. The second example is of the same problem. Bad typography decisions makes the store "Kids Exchange" appear like "Kid Sex Change."

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Graphic Design Ad

I absolutely LOVE this add. Old school pen and paper, pure art and beauty. It is a very successful advertisement, in my opinion.

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Collage - The Letter C

Above is a collage that I have made in honor of the letter C. I searched magazines for anything and everything that began with the letter C, and this is what I came up with.

Description:

This Collage depicts a Chick Chatting on her Cellphone as her Convertible Collides into a Covergirl Clutching her Champagne Colored Chance Chanel as the Contents of the Cranium of a Conair Carrying Cutie (including Cosmetics, Curve, Cats, and of course the letter C) spills and Crashes onto the Car.

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My Favority Typeface

My favorite typeface is Futura. The Futura typeface was created by Paul Renner in 1928. He worked for seven years on its development. Futura is an important type face because it was the first sans-serif font to be widely accepted and used. The Futura font created displayed the core of the Bauhaus ideology: strictly geometric outline, lacking any embellishments and just barely conforming to the historical shapes of letters. The resulting blend of geometric consistency and aesthetic awkwardness may be disputable, but it was at least something quite new, and therefore impressive, at that time. Although at the present time, people are much more accustomed to the look of Futura and similar fonts, the inborn radicalism of the font still shows through.

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20th Century Design

The Bauhaus is a school in Germany that combined crafts and the fine arts, and was famous for the approach to design that it publicized and taught. It operated from 1919 to 1933 and marked the beginning of the Bauhaus Movement. Above is a Bauhaus catalog cover designed by Herbert Bayer. The sanserif typeface and simplicity of the piece really exemplifies what the movement stood for. I like this piece because it is so bold. The colors and large lettering really attracts my attention.

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New Orleans Signs



In New Orleans, there are some pretty unique signs. Most of them, however, have a few characteristics in common. First of all, most signs in New Orleans appear old and worn, as in the Ignatius sign above. Some signs are on wooden planks hung in front of the business, others are places directly on the exterior walls of the buildings. Either way, the wood is warped or the paint is chipped. There are water marks and rust, dirt, grit and grime. This is because New Orleans is surrounded with a deep rooted tradition. New Orleans is unique because of its culture. In order to preserve the diverse cultural history of New Orleans, people tend to cling to their traditions and heritage.

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Best and Worst Logo Redesigns

Hello all,
I was stumbling the web and I came across this best and worst website. It reminded me of a brief conversation in class about the dislike of the new Pepsi logo. You should check it out..

http://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/brand_new_best_worst...

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Book Finds

While looking through the bookstore, I came across this book. The cover caught my eye. It's so simple, yet it still has some elegance to it. The tree on the cover reminds me of the little scribbles I make in my notebook. I couldn't find a picture of the back cover, but it has similar swirls around the edges.

I also found this book, The Joy Luck Club. The title is so familiar, but I've never read it. I love the cover. I like the color scheme and the simple design...I think it has a sort of Asian feel to it. It is simple and elegant and I like it, and even though stacking type is a type crime I love how the author's name makes the cover asymmetrical.

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