16 posts categorized "Graphic design"

27/05/2017

Life Watch - a play time adventure

 

 

 

Everything started with a term that I had never heard: “Gap Year."

 

Jill Allemang decided to drive a blog called notabackpacker.com, with the aim to take a Gap Year 30 years late and without stopping work. She would develop activities that she still wanted to do and share them on the blog. For that, we needed a good plan, good organization and an image on the blog that explained this all.

 

I realized the fun part had just started.

 

We needed an image that reflected the whole blog; so, during our conversations, the words became a draft and the draft became an image. I drew a clock because time was present in all of our discussions. I added “career,” “finance” and “age” as our key words because, as Jill said, these were the reasons to take a gap year now.

 

For me, everything in life has a reason. In this image, I created a reason for every small detail. I chose 6:45 – sunrise in Zürich during the winter. From this choice came new words on the clock arrows: “opportunity” and “decision.” I think that each sunrise means the opportunity of a new day, opportunity to do better, and the opportunity to make decisions about how to take opportunities, when and if it makes us happy.

 

We also talked about the idea of turning back time and added the backwards arrow in underscore because time doesn’t return, but the desire remains. From this same desire, we added an arrow in the opposite direction that represents the future.

 

As my Grandfather says, “stopping is dying.” I added the play button because, to live, we need to move, to feel, and to be humans – for that no pause button exists.

 

Combining technology and our minds to improve the Life Watch visual, we gained essential help from our designer, Elizabeth Hitchman, who embraced the project with the same passion as us. With small steps together, we created perfect harmony because, with Elizabeth, the Life Watch became our beautiful design, a real image with a purpose.

 

When I look at this image, I say to myself – I only have time to try, time to go forward and, most important, to be happy.

 

* Warmly invited as a guest blogger, Patricia Vila Nova brings high levels of creative energy to every project she engages in. 

18/01/2017

Thought process...

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As we embark on a new year, l find myself thinking about how l wish to shape the next twelve months. A box of beautifully crafted pencils and a copy of the inspirational Flow 2017 diary have set me on my way. 

Looking forward to see on which enriching paths the creative thought process will lead me this year? Without a doubt, it all feels pretty exciting...l feel ready to discover and explore...

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world". - Buddha.

Wishing you a year of creative adventure!

05/10/2016

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A month on and the Long Night of the Museums discoveries have been processed and explored. It was a beautiful and insightful journey. 

Commencing from the floating wooden platform of Manifesta ll, Jill and l watched a series of short films. A collection of stories bringing together various local professions and artists - compelling in topic in conjunction with the artists' individual visual approach to story-telling.

Moving on through-out the evening, we amusingly found ourselves falling down a rabbit-hole via a set of charming book illustrations by Zurich-born artist Hanny Fries, complimented by a live musical performance, extracted from the classic novel Alice-in-Wonderland...this was duly followed by a colourful ride on Moroccan carpets at the Museum Bellerive - striking in textile medium and traditional craftsmanship! 

A few tram stops later, we mused over many an art piece at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv ..."Thinking Outside of the Box"  happily led us to the outside bar to enjoy a colourful drink and engaging conversation under the twinkling stars and fairy lights.

To round off our long night, we slowly made our way up to the Kunsthaus to view the retrospective on the diverse works of artist Francis Picabia. 

In the wee small hours, Jill and l happily concluded that a visual feast for the creative mind had been fully enjoyed. Food for thought indeed. 

*Visual Investigations images: © 2016 Elizabeth Hitchman

29/05/2016

Spotlight on Annie Atkins

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The magic of film has the power to inspire, enchant, captivate and above all else transport us to another world.

The exceptional work of Graphic Designer Annie Atkins (for filming-making), poignantly stands out as a rich example of visual impact with its meticulous attention to detail.

'The Grand Budapest Hotel' trailer alone grabbed my attention with its quirky and endearing charm...excitedly followed up by watching the film on the big screen. l happily and whole-heartedly confess it was the rich array of graphic design visuals (created by leading graphic designer Annie Atkins and her team) which captivated me from the out-set.

Magnificently amplified by the hand-crafted visual props, the visual story-telling from packaging and stamped documents, to the "artistic" merits of the prison escape map - when handled with care and admired by the characters on-screen is simply beautiful! 

l find the creative process within graphic design film-making fascinating, as Annie Atkins explains, the process involves various steps, including script breakdown, continuity logistics, and the production of several copies of one piece to name but a few, with each step holding its own challenges.

l have great respect for the medium and feel inspired by the perspective in which Annie Atkins views her work  - "Look after the little details...you will in some some way contribute to the movie as a whole. It's our job, people do see it. When we create graphic props and set pieces, we're not always making them for the cinema audience – these are pieces that are dressed into the sets to create a more authentic experience for the director and actors to work in"

l'm delighted to share a short film link for further exploration of Annie's film projects and to invite you to listen to Annie describe her graphic design work in her own words. The clips will undoubtedly generate a deeper sense of appreciation for graphic design work within the field of film-making.

Be enchanted! 

15/01/2016

In 2016 ...

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l wish to start this year's Looking Glass postings by sharing a photograph of my 'Seaglass space'. This is where my visual communication work is created, where a calendar can be turned in typographic style, where a 3D-cardboard globe can be spun while pondering creative ideas, where l rotate creative expression that inspires...

l wonder with much anticipation, as to which visual direction client projects will take me in 2016...all very exciting!

Wishing you a creative & inspirational 2016!

19/12/2015

A sprinkle of season's greetings...

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It has been said that *"Christmas is almost the Olympics of wit for designers, with the toughest competition and past performance to surpass". 

Not wishing to appear twee or over the top, as a designer l like to take the creative direction of raising a smile with a gentle injection of seasonal humour, and the "Christmassification" of an object is an approach l find most fun. 

l was recently asked by writer D.B. Miller if l had interest to come up with visual ideas to sprinkle some wintery sparkle onto her corporate identity, (a project l also had the pleasure to co-create) ... during our conversation, it became quickly apparent as how best to add a note of seasonal cheer.

Best wishes for the holidays and for 2016!

*Extract taken from 'A Smile In The Mind' by Beryl McAlhone, David Stuart. Published by Phaidon.

26/06/2015

Beyond words...introducing D.B. Miller

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I feel most fortunate to have struck up a friendship with the writer D.B. (Daryl) Miller in the spring of 2003. We met through a magazine project which we were both working on at the time. From the outset she inspired me not only as a creative, but as an individual whose outlook in life carried an air of authenticity and richly cultured prose. The words "raise my game" sprang to mind when l happened to glance over her impressive achievements as a writer.

Blending her passion for music and her gift for telling a story, l believe Daryl's gig-based essays capture a plethora of heightened emotions that arise when watching a band perform live - in her words "the power of something much harder to name". Her acute observations allow the reader to truly feel.

Daryl's writings also extend to other creative individuals and spaces, whether it be a floating theatre, a bookstore or a guitar shop in downtown Zurich, her ability to tell their story goes beyond words. The poetic construction of language which features in her work evokes a powerful sense of truthfulness layered with emotive depth and richness.

As the iconic Glastonbury festival kicks off, l warmly invite you to explore online the published works of D.B. Miller.

 *Graphic Design credits: Elizabeth Hitchman/Seaglass

15/05/2015

Snippets from a new sketchbook

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l was recently given a beautifully hand-crafted sketch-book with crisp white pages. To me, these pages excitingly appear as a blank canvas in which l can play, collect and create visual stories.

l tend to start at the end of the book, as well as the beginning, meeting in the middle - l find this process entices the page to maintain a balanced level of visual interest throughout.

Beginning this sketch-book just a few weeks ago has generated a new creative space for the many layers of clippings that l have collected over time. In this posting l'd thought l'd share an artwork piece of a bookmark which l designed to compliment a book gift, and the opening end pages of my new sketch-book.

ln years to come, l feel it will be fun to look through ... catching a glimpse of inspired conversations, ideas for design projects, exhibitions visited with family and friends, or simply a lovely reminder of visuals that caught my eye.

*Please feel welcome to click on images for a magnified view :)

20/03/2015

Fresh air for the creative eye

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Founded by wife and husband team, Anna & Nathan Bond, Rifle Paper.Co knows no visionary bounds. Starting out as a small stationary business in 2009 their design journey has rapidly, yet intuitively developed into a global "lifestyle brand" with products galore.

Anna has taken her creative talents to heights of visual impact that packs a stylish punch. l'm impressed how original illustrative pieces have been translated and adapted for different mediums, from gift-wrapping to phone-cases, proving a pattern can travel a visual path with distance.

Two collections which have been picked up on the Looking Glass radar are the recent collaborations with French illustrator, author, and photographer Garance Doré and Lauren Conrad of Paper Crown. Featured above, both give a compelling nod to glamour from a different perspective, a pure reflection of their own unique style.

"We strongly believe life's personal stories and moments are best told through the gift of a handwritten card or note". With this ethos, it's no wonder Rifle Paper.Co are growing their stationary roots and branching out to wallpaper and other homeware products...be sure to check out the carefully crafted gift guide and the enchanting 'Puffin In Bloom' book collection.

A welcomed breath of (visual) fresh air for the creative eye.

*Special thanks to Jill Allemang of jallé GmbH for bringing the Rifle Paper Co. brand to my 'Looking Glass' attention.

04/07/2014

A typographic celebration of a band, that speaks to me...

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Pearl Jam live in concert, Milan, 20th June 2014. A date that will remain steadfast in memory. A band that l've followed since the release of their debut album 'Ten' (1992). A repertoire steeped in emotive music, richly indepth lyrics sung with a beautifully haunting voice...

A captivating combination of artistic elements - inspiring me to create a typographic set-list.

Perhaps you'll discover a Pearl Jam song, that speaks to you...