Inspiration For Job #21

7 May, 2012

Bowl Logo: Design a logo for one of the given bowls.

Inspirational pieces:





Personally, this one is a favourite. It’s a pineapple football. That’s pretty awesome…and super crafty…but simple!



Job #20 Inspiration

30 April, 2012


Create a design/layout of your choice based on the specs [below]. Once complete, you will have the choice to submit it to the Verve Student Gallery Show in May.



Digital Photography


Image manipulation/actions


Fine art piece


Inspiration? In all honesty, music inspired me. In particular, it was “Sins of My Youth” by Neon Trees. However, for photography, the idea of sparklers or fireworks in the night sky and drawing with them, etc. sounded really appealing and fun to do. For the sepia tones, I decided to look up artists with really nice sepia tones. I stumbled upon Lorne Resnick and loved the colours…or rather, lack thereof. I do not photograph wild animals, so something more simplistic seemed better. The idea for sparklers popped into my head and I found some really great photos: [photos are courtesy of the websites they are linked to!]




As for my model, I needed someone with long arms, someone tall. This way, I could write “SINS OF MY YOUTH” on his arms on one arm and have him holding a sparkler in the other. Finally, I just wanted a simple black background that I could write lyrics on. From there, I would only colour “SINS OF MY YOUTH” located on his arm, and the sparklers bursting with all sorts of colours. The background would consist of lyrics or words that depict the idea of a sinful, but fun youth. Live free, live young, always. Or something of that essence. The piece is not supposed to be very light or very dark, so it is a contrasting piece of both aspects.


#17 Research & Inspiration

16 February, 2012

Job: Social Commentary of the Decades

Job Description: Create a poster design and shirt design based on the social commentary of a particular decade. The typography, colours, and style should mimic that decade. 1) Research the decade (20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, or 80s). What was the culture like during the decade? Discuss the social commentary of the time period? What were members of society rebelling against? Can you pinpoint just one issues?

My Decade: The 1960s!

Culture, Rebellion, & the Issues: One word: INTENSE. There were so many aspects to the culture of the 60s. It was an experimental decade, really. If you were to ask people “When I say ’60s, you think…” and the majority of the time, the answer will be “HIPPIES!” Yes, this is true, there were hippies in the 60s. This was new and more widespread and the idea stayed until the mid 70s, until disco REALLY set in. The hippie culture advocated for peace, love, and harmony between all. Free love was pretty big, as was rock n’ roll. Feminism also took a step into the limelight, with riots and protests, asking for equal rights and leadership amongst all women. When doing this piece, you cannot really pinpoint just ONE issue. So much happened in the sixties, it would be far too hard to pick just one. Here’s a short list that represents all walks of events (not in order): JFK’s assassination, Woodstock, Cuban Missile Crisis, the rise of feminism, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, record sales, the rise of rock n’ roll (at its peak!), hippies, Volkswagen buses, drugs, Aids awareness, integration, etc. The list could seriously go on for all of eternity. THAT is why I picked the sixties, plus I’m a HUGE classic rock fan and loved the idea and performances at Woodstock… So yes! The Sixties!

Fonts/Colours: Lots of neon pinks, purples, reds and blues. Subtle, oranges and purples. Swirly, swishy, fun fonts done usually in a typographic style in multiple colours, giving a trippy feel to a lot of design. BIG and BOLD was the way to go, with all the information you needed in a swirly, swishy, trippy way.

Inspiration: Great colours. Great font. All coordinated together with all the info you need.


Great looking Anti-War poster. Beautifully done! Sends a message, right?


Great colour, great typography.


Classic saying, done with fire as the ring of peace, and very flowy.


Flowy. Trippy. Colourful. Great typography and placement.


Job #10 Questions

8 November, 2011
  • What did you do for each step of the creative/design process? Describe your process from start to finish.

–> For the creative steps of the design processed, I began with research. My initial idea was to show a “listening through the decades” where I would place how many phonographs, turn tables, Walkmans, CD players and Ipods have been bought since each came onto the buyer’s market. However, finding the phonograph statistics were nearly impossible, seeing as they have been around far longer than the other listening devices. The hard part became the brainstorming process. I had the idea, now I needed to implant it. How was I to get a picture of a phonograph? I suppose I went about this all wrong. I should have used my pen tool when sketching to do a sketch of each product and have a separate picture along side them. I sketched the idea onto notebook paper, and it looked absolutely brilliant. This next stage, the stage of execution, is where it all came tumbling down. Illustrator was not cooperating and I ended up being so frustrated, I only had the background and cassette done. The piece was so frustrating to actually create, I arbitrarily created a new layout, took some snapshots of a Walkman and a Zune and I slapped some statistics on there. THIS is my critique and revision. I do not like my piece at all because it was not what I originally envisioned.

  • What is color psychology? How can it affect a composition/design?

–> Colour psychology is the study of colour through human behaviour.  It can affect a composition/design in the way that it can be misinterpreted because the wrong colours were used. You don’t want a red smiley face, that is contradictory and uninviting. You would rather have a yellow smiley face, it’s much more inviting and warm.

  • How did you incorporate color into your infographic? Did the color enhance the design? Why?

–> I used neon for the background and a darker coloured cassette tape to show contrast. It makes the infographic more appealing than it actually is and enhances the design. It gives the infographic livelihood.

  • Examples of brilliance (borrowed from the internet…Not my own work!)

Found this example on the internet. The use of colour is appropriate for the topic. The information is concise and clear and is not confusing at all. The type is appealing as well, and the sizes of the fonts are harmonious.

This is extremely detailed. The colours work together and attract the readers attention. The piece shows all kinds of charts as well as a working influx of typography.


Review #2

31 October, 2011
Why is file management (organizing your design files) an integral part of the job/assignment process?
–> Organizing each file will help move the job process along faster as well as keeping track of each assignment, layer, text, drafts and final copies, etc.

What is the resolution necessary for printing raster images (images from Photoshop)?
–> The resolution necessary for printing is 300 DPI.

What is the resolution necessary for displaying images on a monitor or website?
–> On a monitor or website, the resolution necessary is 72 DPI.

Name the principles of design and define each in your own words?
–> The principles of design are:
  1. Contrast: Using elements that conflict with one another.
  2. Emphases: Point of attraction in piece that draws the viewers eye.
  3. Unity/Variety: Combining elements in a design to make them work together.
  4. Figure/Ground: A viewer’s eye differentiates object(s) from the surrounding area(s).
  5. Balance: Elements on the piece that are of equal size.
  6. Repetition: An ongoing loop of an element, texture, or pattern.
  7. Rhythm: Visual harmony with design.

Job #10

26 October, 2011

In-Depth Infographic Inspirations

This is one of the coolest infographics I have ever seen. It’s in-depth, extremely detailed, and shows different aspects of design emphasis.


This detailed in-depth infographic is imaginative and quirky. It gives a fun-aspect to becoming President. Adding a sense of fun to an infographic is appealing to the eye.


  This inforgraphic is inspirational because it incorporates the design into the landscape (example: the cellular phone is part of the mountain on the left side). It is appealing to the eye.


This infographic is extremely informaitonal and has a great design. It is a functional design that works well with the information.


Job #8: Basic Infographic

20 October, 2011

The following images are inspirational pieces as to how I may possibly create the infographic. All are from USA TODAY because the way they create the SNAPSHOTS is just…so…creative…

This baseball infographic is informational and appealing to the eye. The chart is incorporated with the players’ body and makes it extremely easy to identify the information quickly.

A great example of an infographic. Easy to read, appealing to the eye.

  The colours are impeccable in this informational graphic. It’s adorable and informational.