After my depressing post yesterday, I self composed my own design brief, starting in August. Involving my love of reading and story telling and design, this will be an interesting visual experiment.
Book Cover Design Project
Book Covers have been around for Centuries, they are part of the reading experience. Similar to album artwork and record sleeves, book covers and jackets are expressive, mysterious and like closed doors to the world inside. Used to draw the reader in, the book cover can either make or break a story’s success.
Your task is to re-imagine at least 5 stories and produce a cover / jacket using either CMYK & White OR a maximum of 3 colours. The way you produce these covers are up to you. The use of photography, collage, illustration, typography and mixed media may help to produce interesting outcomes. The style is up to you.
Starting from the 1st August 2017 you must blog your progress to finally show the final designs through Instagram. Other methods of showing your progress could be through film, photographs and screenshots.
There is a deadline of the 31st August 2017, however if this project runs well, you may consider continuing on the brief further.
Any suggestions of literature, stories, poems, plays etc send them my way!!!
My mind is open.
Carrying on with the posters, I have two more designs which I’m quite happy with.
The first, from week 5
This was influenced by the simple shape of the triangle and how it can be used with colour, texture and layering. It may look like different things to many eyes, such as a rewind button or fast forward. I didn’t see this when I designed it, I only saw the simplicity of triangles, kind of like Pythagoras in the BBC’s Atlantis series. The colours reflect my own personal branding.
I was ill this week, and by the weekend I had no ideas or any inspiration to design a poster. Bad I know, but I think I needed the rest and time to think.
Week 7, I thought about how I could incorporate this geometric theme I have, and make something even more interesting. This time I played with circles, their size, and using gradients to produce a harmonising contrast. It surprisingly turned out quite Space Age, I thought about adding some typography like in the NASA posters, but I couldn’t think of anything to put, so I left it to the imagination.
The past couple of weeks have been busy. I went to an Interview, for a 4–6 week Internship, at Whitelabel UK. Also, I have been training and have become a Supervisor at Trespass in Aldershot. I have also begun playing with watercolour pencils, for some very special invitations, all to be revealed later this year.
So in between work, and the daily drawings which are going well. Still, I feel they’re not quite good enough to post up. However, two more poster designs have been created.
Week 3 – ‘Fading Away’
I wanted to play with Typography again, this time using a single tone with a gradual difference in the opacity, on each character. Keeping the design simple and minimal it allows the word to be enhanced, with the effects used.
Week 4 ‘Every Adventure’
This design looked completely different, before I added the subtle gradient in the background and the shadows on the mountains. However, the design again, is minimal (I think that’s my thing at the moment…) with the added interest of colour, simple typography and a calming sense of feeling. This is something I would love to produce as a vinyl transfer or poster OR even a screen print to sell.
Sharing two weeks of my poster challenge! I have posted these on my instagram, but as this is my design blog, it made sense to post them here as well!
Week 1: ‘The Boys of Summer’
Influenced from The Ataris cover of this awesome song! I decided to use a gradient of orange and yellow, at a low opacity and a lettering typeface for the display. I wanted it to be simple, subtle and as summery as possible. (Also, rather calm and lazy… summer time is an interesting part of the year)
Week 2: ‘Offset’
I like offsets, I used one in my logo. I like how they create different colours and play with your vision. Helvetica Nue was the best choice, because it’s clean, geometric and I haven’t used it at all in a long time.
Dear readers, (if I have some… I honestly don’t know, what’s more important is that I continue this blog on…)
Just recently, my boyfriend challenged me to draw something everyday, seeing as my ‘illustration’ skills need improving.
It’s now Thursday, and I started Monday. He’s also making models for multiple uses for a game each week, and his friend is making his personal project. (My boyfriend is a game programmer, you can see his portfolio here).
So, we’re all in it together! Which is great.
I am also challenging my self to produce a poster, each weekend to keep up my design skills and hopefully produce some different styles, and find my niche with print while also editing my portfolio site to be more responsive and edit down the work, to only my best.
(I might produce a side blog / page for my poster a weekend thing…. OR I might just use my instagram to showcase my outcomes)
Alright, here are the long awaited photos of my circular book, about Adrian Frutiger titled ‘Adrian Frutiger in the Round’.
It was really difficult to put together, because of the format so a lot of trial and error was used here. Also not to mention, before I had an acrylic template, to cut out the blasted thing, I had to cut out my prototypes 1/4 x 1/4 and stick together with countless strips of masking tape…..
BUT on the whole it was a frustrating but incredible challenge to do this, as it tested my abilities as a designer. This whole year has been about experimenting more, for me so it was a good experience to have (Plus the pride of my lecturer not binding a circular format, before now! So that’s a first).
This in the end is a perfect bound circular book, celebrating the life and works of Adrian Frutiger, a well known typeface designer of Avenir, Frutiger, Univers and many many more. I looked at his life, and some of his typefaces as well as depicting my own homage to him in respect of his death and contributions to design.The circle idea came from the Lumitype Photon plate, which is circular as well as general boredom of square and rectangular formats. (I’m not saying I dislike square and rectangular formats, I just wanted to do something different to my peers and be completely experimental (which Frutiger was, in his approach) so I saw fit in doing so my self. I will have better photos of this, on my behance and website portfolio (Once that’s under constructon), when my book is returned from the judging of the ISTD.
Imagination is an amazing thing. What we know and, what we have learnt can only get us so far. I wouldn’t be anywhere without my incredible imagination. I think because of that, I have become a creative person while growing up. It’s who I am and I would never give it up for anything. Einstein knew this, as this quote proves that logic will only get you to one place from the other. Imagination is a bigger and far more incredible universe that will never end. It takes you anywhere you want and you can be who ever you want.
Today, I just had a fun challenge, set to us in a unit called ‘Professional Practice: Live Design Breifs’.
The first brief, we were set a few weeks ago, is to design and produce a poster design, convincing the power of the poster, to the people. The client is Fenner Paper, who uses 100% recycled paper. And this task we were set today, was to help us free our minds up a bit, to create something in a short space of time.
My Team’s word was ‘Warn’. We had to use this word, to inspire our design.
So, what did we come up with?
A piss take on the warning signs, we thought this could be something humorous on a serious nature, seeing as there are so many of these out there, it was difficult to produce something original.
Designed and Produced by:
Me – Jasmine Hotham, William Chew Chiu and Joe O’Shea
A request was made on the mcm group on facebook, for a bit of photoshoping from a fellow cosplayer, of the name Sam Marshall (<– his Cosplay page)
I took up the request, and used my magic to create a fantasy forest scene, using an image of a woodland that I live opposite, and some brushes that look like smoke / mist.