16 posts categorized "Graphic design"


Dot-to-Date your way through the year



What a wonderful way to spend the calender year, plotting your way through British made 'Dot-to-Date'a playful piece, designed by Dan Usiskin. Each design takes a well-known London landmark and invites you to join the dots in your choice of medium. Perhaps you may feel inspired to brighten up Nelson's Column with an array of coloured crayon derived dots, or for the tactile stitcher, weave colourful threads to join up the dots on the London Eye?

l like the idea of taking an object which helps navigate our schedules, and customizing each month with a moment of creative expression. This calendar will surely enrich the working space.

Dan tells me that due to the global success of the Dot-to-Date London Edition, he has plans in the artistic pipeline to create a World Edition...watch this space...


A quote beset with typographic jewels


I recently had the immense pleasure to work again with jallé and design a set of materials for a client workshop. One element of the design brief was to create an A6 postcard depicting a quote from fashion & style icon, Coco Chanel.

In homage to the 'Little Black Dress', (highly associated with Chanel), it deemed only natural to start with a black canvas. The exploration of typographic language led me to select a serif typeface for the quote, to which l reversed out in white, giving a strong contrast to the solid background.

With a vision of traditional elegance taking shape, further dialogue took place, and the idea of adding a splash of colour was born.

My thoughts soon turned back to Chanel, as l pondered on another quote from the iconic 20th century fashion designer, "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory".

Symbolised by orange quotation marks, l visualise the quote as being beset with a pair of jeweled earrings. l wonder if Coco Chanel would view this as wearing just the right amount of accessory?

l'd like to think so.


Looking sideways


Working with the talented Jill Allemang, owner and managing director of jallé gmbh is an absolute joy that generates creativity, ideas and a smile. l've been working with Jill for the past few years, and our developing designer/client relationship never ceases to inspire me.

During the past weeks, l have been working with Jill, along with fellow jallé team member Inge Van Halst on jallé's 5th Anniversary celebration event. And last week saw our design concept go live.

The jallé event was held at the Kunsthaus in Zurich, which proved to be the perfect setting for the jallé ethos of exploration. As an introduction to the launch of the new jallé Studio Pass concept, we designed an interactive art-based teaser card activity, inviting attendees to select a postcard. Part two of the concept saw Jill and Inge, hand-out black square envelopes that contained a question, along with space to attach a postcard, and record an answer.

l was initially drawn to Paul Klee's Persian Nightingales (1917), for the striking colour and composition. And yet upon closer inspection, my heart began to sing, when it occurred to me that this piece of art truly tells me something rather telling about my career as a graphic designer.

Jallé is a learning studio, a platform to explore your career, talent & potential. And l feel this art-based exercise authentically captures the exploratory, creative essence that is jallé.

Inviting you to take the side ways!


Creativity easily flows on rainy days


It was a wintry December morning, when l discovered this gem - A History of Graphic Design for Rainy Days. A smile beamed across my face, as l took a peek at the book online. How utterly gorgeous to find such a book that takes the reader on a illustrative journey of Graphic Design! Overflowing with bright graphics and fun activities, this entertaining book demonstrates the humour and creativity that can be found in the world  graphic design.

The graphic design agency behind this masterpiece is Studio 3. An in-school agency that is held at the Graphic Design Department of Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo. l believe Studio 3 exists on the steadfast foundation of raw talent - hand picked 3rd year graphic design students - truly inspirational to all graphic designers!

They say lightening only strikes once, and yet Studio 3 keeps on giving... in the form of another book - Hyperactivitypography from A to Z. A vintage styled journey celebrating the beauty of typography. Glorious in form and activity structure.



Creating a visual voice = playtime


I've been creating "visual ideas" sketchbooks for quite some time, and l thought it would be fun to share some of my tactile books with you on my online sketchbook - Looking Glass.

l tend to start visual thinking in my head, which then leads me to carve out my visions onto paper via my A5/A6 sketchbooks. l have started to see my sketchbooks as a journey - a space in time that evolves with the development of ideas, yet leaving a colourful reflection of a "moment in time".

It's always exciting to start a new fresh book with bare crisp white pages, as l never quite know the direction l may go with my thoughts, and the vibrant forms that start to take shape never ceases to give joy in my quest to quench my creative thirst.

Whether it be a textured piece of paper, a tactile cut of fabric, a charming illustration that perfectly fits a visual that l am creating, or the written word that matches the mood, for a vision that is taking form in my mind...l have fun playing around with concepts, giving them a visual voice that l eagerly seek as an artist/designer, yet generating a long-lasting piece of "pictorial happiness" for the intended recipient is truly the reflective objective.

Such playtime makes my soul sing.


Playing with mixed media


Last week's post inspired me to think about the time spent, studying for my BA in Visual Communication (graphic design) at the innovative Edinburgh College of Art. This set of stamps that l designed as part of an ECA brief, reminds me just how much fun it is to play around with mixed media.

We were able to choose our own subject matter for the "Celebrating the Millennuim " four stamp project, and l chose to explore the history of writing. Happily for me, how humanity communicated via drawings, and the written word, opened up a plethora of technique.

The beginning of my journey found me screen-printing hieroglyphs onto linen. l was then most fortunate to commission a calligraphy talent (called David Nash), to take the words from the well-known 'Canterbury Tales' by Geoffery Chaucer, who inturn gave them a flourishing twist. l lovingly recall how exciting it was to receive the hand-written piece in the post, which l then later sealed with a dash of candle-wax.

Next port of call, was the much-beloved traditional Letter-press. This was lots of fun, and the final result achieved, was worth the challenge of setting the type by hand!

With the final stamp, it appeared natural to complete the circle. And so by hand-cutting a hieroglyph from tissue paper, which was then layered onto a lino print of blue colour, l then scanned the graphic piece onto my computer to finally implement the "futuristic" based typefaces. It was integral at this point to mix the media as part of the story-telling.

Looking back on this piece of work, l realise once again, how precious it is to nurture traditional techniques, and yet l feel re-juvenated with the realisation, that the past and future can go hand-hand rather beautifully!