Clever Design

I happened to find this seemingly straight-forward t-shirt design…… until you look closer!

It's A Trap
It's A Trap

I feel it ties well into our current identity project.

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Neville Brody | Typeface Designer

As I researched Neville Brody, I noticed that the hot topic was his font designs. I checked them out and there’s some really interesting typefaces. I particularly enjoy his clean sans-serif fonts, especially Insignia and Industria.

If you looking some unique typefaces to use in an upcoming project, he’s designed quite a bit that are definitely useful and will “pop” without looking too crazy. You can check them out at MyFonts.com

Graphics For Change | Emek

Emek’s style instantly stood out when I walked in the gallery. His images are often very detailed have powerful messages. This is a poster done a few years ago for “Queens of the Stone Age”. Although it’s advertising for a band’s show, it’s certainly expresses a strong viewpoint of our government.

Right away, you can see that the politicians are shown as “dumb apes”. The peace signs on the missiles are intriguing. (A great poster already, it caught my eye and influenced me to examine further.) At the top it says, “Lullabies to paralyze”. This confirmed my assumption that the peace signs on the missiles are describing how the white house will tell us everything that we want to hear and promise peace, but they just cause more destruction and peace is never achieved. Even simpler, they label harm with “peace”. The missiles don’t necessarily have to be literal either, such as war. Simply think of the missiles as their solutions to issues and the consequences involved. Emek did a great job (to say the least) depicting that concept. More on this topic can be found here.

As far as the layout of the poster and such, I really enjoy how the type is involved with the characters by the ape grabbing the O. Not sure if that letter has any significance? If you figure it out, let me know. Emek also keeps your eyes moving throughout the poster with the use of color, implied motion of the apes as well as their negative spaces between them.

Forrst | A Place for Designers

Not too many people have heard of Forrst.com (pronounced just like “forest”), which may be due to it only being a year old. Essentially, it’s a collective space for designers and developers of all sorts. Whether you’re a graphic designer, web developer, programmer etc. you’ll certainly find Forrst extremely useful. This space is great because you can use it in a variety of ways.

If you’re working on a project (for school or an actual client), upload a snapshot and receive insightful critique from Forrst’s vast global community filled with a wide range of professionals  in a variety of fields, as well as students.  Evaluate their feedback and use it to improve your current project. In the same sense, you can share your own bag of tricks with others. This holds the true value of Forrst. Everyone brings something different to the table and is always very helpful. The result is a more beautiful product.

Although fellow designers are often looking for critique on their current project (poster, website, code, etc.) or help with using certain software, they’ll often post a number of resources that they find useful too. For example, a designer may learn a new cool trick so he/she writes a tutorial and shares it with the community. Or it may just be something as simple as a link to a convenient resource, such a website offering free fonts. Either way, it’s also something beneficial to you, even if it’s down the road.

Even when I’m in between projects, I’m always on Forrst looking at what every one else is doing, learning tricks of the trade, and offering my input when possible. In fact, Forrst has become a website I check daily.

If you’re interested in joining Forrst, you must know it’s an invite-only community. This means that either a current member must invite you, or you can apply (as I did) by providing a link to something you’ve made (I used my website). If you’re approved, a Forrst “ranger” will send you an invite.

Try it out. I’d be happy to invite you (plowdk51@suny.oneonta.edu). Forrst is a free place to receive expert advice.