// Wedding design work

24 11 2010

Two posts in two days?! Told you I’d missed blogging! Before I disappeared, I told you I’d share some of my wedding designs once my big day had been and gone…

This heart (click for larger version) took me hours and hours to complete. When it comes to designing, it transpires that I am my own worst enemy as I simply wasn’t satisfied, despite my other half telling me it looked good.

“I’ll just move this a little bit. Maybe I could swap these two things and see how that looks. What do you think? Should I put it back to how it was before?”

It was never ending, and I don’t know how he put up with me!

The heart contained a series of wedding-centric words and phrases, including our own names and the wedding venue, and was used on the front cover of all our invitations (day and evening), as well as at a reduced size on all the interior pages. We also used it on our table plan, and followed the same theme for all our table numbers.

Our colour scheme (trendsetters that we are, haha) was turquoise with hot pink accents. We’re seeing turquoise everywhere at the moment, and it makes me laugh that our colour scheme —which we chose in 2008— it what 2010 is all about.


// Wedding Prep

18 07 2010

As some of you will know, I’m a designer who’s getting hitched at the end of August. It makes perfect sense that of course I would design everything that needs to be designed. Invites, table plan, guestbook, you name it, I’m making it. My invites have of course been created and mailed (I mentioned them briefly in this entry), table plan is designed (but not printed), table numbers need to be designed and I need to ‘make’ the guestbook*, so these last six weeks are looking to be pretty hectic.

I don’t fancy giving out details about the wedding to all and sundry, so once the big day has been and gone, I’ll consider posting some of the design work on my blog. Since creating them, I’ve actually been approached by the sister of the printer I used to create her invites in the same style. We got a lot of compliments for the design, but there’s no bigger compliment that others love them as much as I do when they want to use your design for their own wedding. I’m really chuffed!

*I can’t take credit for the whole book, as I’m actually going to be customising an existing scrapbook.

// Things I love (IV) – Limited Edition Posters

18 02 2010

As I’ve mentioned before, I get weekly emails from Typography Served. This week I enjoyed The graphic sentences collection by Harmonie Interieure; a short series of limited edition posters (numbered to 100), 45 x 55 cm and printed on 250gsm. I would love to get a set of these, if it weren’t for the small fact of not having anywhere to display them. They’re beautiful though, and I bet they’d be a real treasure to own (and see on your walls every day). You can make your own mind up as I’ll share visuals below:

What do you think? Which is your favourite? Will you be purchasing one of these posters, or even a complete set?

// Nike Plus

1 02 2010

At the weekend, my fiancĂ© and I made what I would class as an ‘investment’. We bought a new pair of Nike running shoes (you can see mine here), and a Nike+ sportband each. Naturally I got the white & pink one (pictured), and he went all manly and got the grey and yellow one. Technically they are grey & pink / black & yellow, and whilst mine might be very light grey instead of white, there’s no way on earth the grey is black!

For those of you who aren’t in the know, the wristband comes with a sensor which you slot into the sole of your left shoe (underneath the insole) and you sync the two pieces of kit together. The sensor in the shoe transmits details of your distance, pace and calories burnt to your wristband, which you can plug into your computer (via USB!) and upload to the Nike website to track your progress!

Sounds pretty fantastic, doesn’t it? I’ve only used it twice so far, but I’m already impressed, and plan to use it regularly for the foreseeable future!

From a design point of view, the wristband is sleek and attractive, and the incorporation of a removable USB device to share your runs is ingenious. The sensor is a design marvel in itself, from the way it slots into the sole of the shoe, to the fact it’s cleanly branded with Nike & Apple making it not only a nifty tool, but visually pleasing too (considering it’s not on show!).

Furthermore, I’m loving the infographics on the website; it shows your runs according to the date, and each individual run in graph format based on speed and distance, with icons to map how you were feeling, the terrain upon which you ran, and also a route for the run. I’m looking forward to getting some more information logged over the next few days so I can start seeing my progress!

// Numbers

26 01 2010

I get weekly emails from both Typography Served & Photography Served. This week, rather than the typography, it was actually some of the showcased photography which caught my eye – in particular the series below.

When they’re reduced to small scale as below, they aren’t instantly recognisable for what they are; the naked human form (all female), artfully arranged into numerical forms. Whilst this series of number is entirely female, there is also a set of male numbers on the creators website (featured below). I love how fluid the numbers appear, and see no reason why the sequence couldn’t be expanded in the future to also include letterforms.

I feel like this concept is the kind of thing which could work really well within a Sanex / Vaseline ad campaign; their television adverts lean heavily towards imagery of nude models, so in my opinion this would align perfectly as a headline typeface or similar. They’re eye-catching to say the least!

Sequence of numbers created by Arjan Benning | Credit to Kimberley Chan for reminding me what the naked-adverts were when I’d come up against a total mind block.

// Christmas by Colour

29 12 2009

Just before Christmas, I stumbled across Christmas by Colour. I think (correct me if I’m wrong) Christmas by Colour came about in 2008 to try and escape those bog-standard Christmas colours we find ourselves inundated with from some time in October.

As the website says, Christmas by Colour is an exploration into the colours that shape our Christmas. Frustrated at the plethora of Christmas reds, whites and greens we decided to explore the colours people really associate with their Christmas.

A brilliant idea, I’m just disappointed I discovered CBC and their fantastic greetings cards (& wrapping paper!) too late to order any. That said, I did take advantage of the wallpapers available for download, and ‘Sprouts’ graced my desktop at work until I left the office for Christmas holidays on the 22nd.

Some of my other favourites (not all of which made the cards) include ‘Bank balance’, ‘End of the Sellotape’ and ‘Going to/from work’. Which do you like the best?

1) My twist on ‘Sprouts’ 2) Original ‘Sprouts’ by John Dowling 3) ‘Going to/from work’ by Greig Anderson

// Portfolio design

26 11 2009

I spent some time during the last couple of afternoons looking for portfolio designs – very few of which were anything to write home about, and a vast array use Lightbox technology. Sure, it looks pretty nice and I used to be a massive fan of it…until it started cropping up everywhere. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen it in action the last couple of days, but as soon as I saw that telltale overlaid image opening up, I clicked that little cross in the corner of the window — you know the one I mean.

It’s only recently that I’ve begun to delve into web design, and perhaps in light of that you think I’m probably not ‘qualified’ to judge other peoples attempts, but I think it’s exciting to see something fresh and different; something unique; something that makes you think “wow”. The first time I saw Lightbox in use on a webpage I have to admit I thought “Hey, that’s pretty cool”, but after the hundredth time I have to try and suppress a yawn instead.

My rooting around in the depths of The Internet did bring some level of success; there were a handful of websites which I deemed interesting enough to add to my substantial collection of bookmark folders. I’ll share the favourites with you below:

Marc Anton Dahmen Images

Thibaud’s Portfolio

Nisgia Interactive

Obviously I’m not saying “these are the only people who have created a portfolio like this”, I’m merely stating that from the sites I’ve seen over the last two days (and there have been A LOT), these are the three I would regard as the most original, and visually interesting. Let me know what you think, and if you have any personal favourites.