Category Archives: Design

Designblitz

I decided to do the designblitz in my living room, mainly because I didn’t feel like leaving my apartment, but also because I thought it would make for a more interesting challenge, which it did because all we have in our apartment is Harry Potter posters and books.

Designblitz 1

This is the first photo that I took for the designblitz, which was meant to portray typography.
I used this book cover because the typography was so interesting. The title of the book is written in a script font, which is very dramatic in a large font. Comparatively to the very serious font used for the author, it is not fun, but seems more natural. I think this is effective typography because the contrast between the two fonts is very eye catching, especially on the spine of the book (which is what you would first see of it at the book store).

 

Designblitz 2

This is the second example I found for the designblitz assignment.
This is the very minimalist cover of The Hunger Games. Granted my copy is missing the dust cover (but a lot of people loose those anyways), but the book itself only has the one symbol on the front. It doesn’t even have the title of the book on the cover, only on the spine. I thought this was a great example of minimalism because this is about as minimalist as they could have gotten without just having a blank cover.

Designblitz 3

This is the third photo I took for the designblitz. This photo is meant to convey proportion in design.
I decided to use this book because I think it is a very powerful image on the cover, which manages to portray the intensity of the book. Whereas the other Harry Potter books that came out before this took the whole book to lead up to one big adventure, this book was a series of very intense adventures, one after the other as Harry is in a competition for his life. The proportions on the cover of the dragon vs Harry really shows how much danger he is in. He was the smallest contestant and got the scariest dragon, and the fear associated with taking on a dragon comes across well in this cover, as Harry is being towered over by a fire breathing dragon.

Designblitz 4

This is my fourth and last example for the designblitz assignment, meant to portray the use of color.
This weird cover of The Lord of the Rings trilogy mainly uses dark colors, mostly grays and blacks, and gold (because that’s the color of the ring). While the text is gold (it looks yellow in my bad picture, but it is really gold, I promise) the rest of the cover is colored in very darkly, and as a result has a very dark, ominous, and dangerous feeling to it. Black is associated with evil, power, death misery, etc. while gray is associated with sorrow, detachment, and isolation. These are all themes that are very present in the story of Lord of the Rings. The one ring is a “gift” from a very evil force that is looking for power and kills a lot of people on his way to get it. Frodo, as he carries the ring, has to deal with many feelings of isolation and detachment as the ring takes its toll. Although the book isn’t all depressing and scary (it’s really not everyone should read it), it is a dark book because it deals with such evil forces. I think this cover, while the picture itself is awkward, did a really good job using colors to portray the emotions of the book.

Harry Potter Minimalist Poster

Harry Potter Minimalist Poster

For my last design assignment of the week, I made a minimalist poster  (worth 3 stars) for the 442nd Quidditch World Cup. I used photoshop, and a Harry Potter font to make the poster, as well as editing a picture from a Harry Potter coloring page online, to make it all black, to create the minimalist look.

I decided to do this post because I have several Harry Potter minimalist travel posters hanging in my apartment, but I wish I had one for Quidditch. Obviously this doesn’t look as good as the really nice ones found on etsy, but it was a lot of fun to play around with and figure out how to make it. I played around with adding more to it, like the hoops and some balls, but I think it ended up looking best (and the most like a minimalist poster) with just the player. I wasn’t quite sure which color to use for the background. I went through all of my favorite colors, and then decided to go with the green, because I am pretending this is a poster that would have been hung up in Ireland, so going with the Irish colors.

 

Lyric Typography Poster

Lyric Typography Poster

For the Lyric Typography Poster assignment (worth 3.5 stars), I made a lyric poster with lyrics from Fall Out Boy’s “Young Volcanoes.” I used different fonts from Fonts2u.com to portray the different lines, such as a roman font about Rome. I put this all together in photoshop with the different fonts and the volcano clip art.

I decided to do this project because I have a friend that makes stuff like this all the time (on canvases) and they always turn out so nice, so it was fun to give it a go. I had a hard time trying to figure out which song to do and what lyrics to pick. The lyrics I decided to use were actually not together in the song (but were part of the same son), but had the same message behind them, so I decided to put them together. I used the color that I did because it matches an actual poster that I have for the same band.

Ye Olde Wire

Ye Olde Wire

This was a really funny assignment to do. I did the Tell a Tale on Tapestry assignment (worth 3 stars), and used the Bildwirkerey von Bayeuxbe website to put this tapestry together. This tapestry is supposed to portray the two groups of drug dealers in The Wire fighting over the high rises, and people dying in the process (or crossfire like the child at the beginning of S2 E9).

I did this assignment because it seemed like a challenge to try to show a scene from The Wire with the limited images available to make the tapestry. I decided to use this scene because I had watched it early in the morning, and really couldn’t get it out of my head because it was both really moving, and really disturbing (seriously though, it had me crying into my coffee this morning).

Honest Wire Poster

Honest Wire Poster

This is my If Movie Posters Told the Truth assignment (worth 3 stars). I decided to do it on The Wire, but not on a specific episode, more on a general theme of the series.
I got a copy of one of the HBO posters online and then edited the text in photoshop.

I wanted to put something about the actual point of the show, (like not all the good guys are good, or something along those line) but McNulty was front and center in the poster, so all I could think about was his women problems, and then I realized that this was a common theme on the show. Seriously, almost everyone in this show has some sort of deep rooted emotional issues that makes it so they are incapable of having good (or respectful) relationships with women, and that is an honest review of the characters.

 

One Story, Four Icons

One Story, Four Icons

This is my One Story, Four Icons assignment (worth 2.5 stars) for The Wire S2E9, “Stray Rounds.” I used a gun because of the opening sequence with the shoot out and the  boy being shot. I used a computer because of the continued monitoring of the docks. I used the phone and the prostitute because McNulty called up the brothel and then went undercover. I used clipart off google, and used photoshop to put them all together and add the text.

Otherworldly Distortion

Otherworldly Distortion

For my first design assignment of the week, I did an otherworldly distortion assignment (worth 1 star). I used a picture I took of the alps when I was visiting Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, and distorted it so the mountains were red. I got the inspiration for this form Doctor Who’s Gallifrey.
To make it I used photoshop and had two identical layers of the original photo. I made the top layer red by playing with the hue and saturation. I then used the Quick Selection tool to grab the sky on the top layer and delete it, so that the sky still came through as blue from the bottom layer.

Website Logo

Website Logo

For  my second assignment of the week, I created a new logo for the top image for my blog. This was an assignment that I had wanted to do anyways because I was using one of the wordpress pictures, which was boring. I picked one of my favorite colors, but hopefully kept it with the general warm color scheme of the blog. I also learned how to draw guinea pigs on photoshop, and I colored him in to look like one of my guineas, Arthur.