Ok, more Japanese Maple leaf inspired imagery here. I am nearly finished with my proposed stuff for Bonsai Empire. Next step, present it and an refine it.
This past week has been horrible for me at work as far as machines are concerned. I help manage a lot of the light weight I.T. stuff in my office. This week I was in the middle of migrating everyone over to a new email system. While I was trying to accomplish this we had several printer and computer issues in the office which took me away from the task, prolonging the migration. Among my problems were printer problems, and a web server in need of urgent upgrade assistance. By the way, Microsoft Windows in any form is still garbage.
So this evening I get home hoping to relax and work on some of my personal projects and I end up having to deal with a home networking problem. Ugh! By the way, Comcast is garbage, and probably always has been. 🙂
You may come to realize my affinity for the art of Bonsai during the next few days. I am working on some visual elements for Bonsai Empire’s website and I may try to save some time by combining portions of that creative process as my daily design posts. I won’t say exactly what this image is for, although you might be able to guess.
I am using the typography chosen by the client for their brand identity. The image is a close up of a photo taken by yours truly on one of my many visit’s to the National Arboretum’s National Bonsai And Penjing Museum located in Washington D.C.
Contrary to what you might initially think the subject of this illustration is, I’m sorry to tell you that it is merely the five lobed leaves of the Japanese Maple.
I am getting ready to work on some more icons and illustrations for Bonsai Empire so tonight was devoted to a lot of doodling. 🙂 See you all tomorrow.
Yesterday’s design was titled, Have A Dream. Perhaps today’s should be titled Have A Nightmare. Not sure where this came from I was having difficulty coming up with something and eventually I just started painting with the Wacom tablet on two separate layers, random horizontal and vertical stokes. They were colorful at first. I then began experimenting with blending modes, settling on difference. Then I thought “I have to add a photographic image!” after picking the owl I desaturated the paint stroke layers and left the blending mode on difference. I also realize that there is no question mark. I realized this right before posting and went back to add it. After adding it I decided that it looks better without the punctuation. It reads as a question but it is really an answer to it’s own question. 🙂 Good times! Sweet dreams everyone! Mwaahhh hahahah…
Today I would like share with you what will very likely become the final version of my Restorations logo. Thanks for the feedback on color! The teal color for the secondary elements seemed to be a big hit with everyone and it satisfies my personal leanings toward blues. I decided to make the dominant element, the name of the service, a warm color. I experimented with the browns and as I did, ventured into the reds. I am not a huge fan of reds but when they are dark, burgundy, like they are here I can appreciate them. Red and cyan are complementary colors so I think that relationship translates well to the darker burgundy and greener teal colors. As a finishing touch I divided the logotype for the word Restorations into strategic pieces and added gradients of color to create the overall illusion of glossiness.
I would like to also welcome all the traffic from LinkedIn! I know you are all creative professionals and would love your feedback on what you are seeing here! This project is as much of a learning process for me as it is a creative challenge and I’d love some dialog from the creative community.
Today I would like to ask your advice on finalizing a logo for a service I will be offering soon. Photo restoration is a very important service and something I feel very strongly about. I can’t say exactly why I got away from it but I am jumping back into it this year. I am brushing up on my skills and I am also volunteering for a not for profit organization called Operation Photo Rescue.
I started a logo prototype right before the holidays and now I am looking at color ideas and any other advice anyone cares to offer. I went for a retro look as I am sure many of the projects I will take on will involve photos from days long gone by. The original prototype above is a gray scale image which is how I work. I first work only in black and white (and gray). Then once the structural design is finished I work with color schemes.
Above are my initial color ideas. I also changed the sparkle graphic in the logo from the original. Color scheme 1 uses brown tones to indicate an old style, sephia toned photograph. Color schemes 2 and 3 use blue as the dominant color. I like the blue as it represents to me the idea of cleaning, and freshness. But, I also gravitate toward blue colors and fear my personal preference might override a better color solution.
So let em know what you think!
Today I discovered this wonderful site, swissted.com, by NYC graphic designer Mike Joyce. I encourage you to check it out. He is redesigning old punk rock show flyers in the Swiss Modern style. My visit to the page was quite enjoyable and I’m sure yours will be too. Today’s daily design is inspired by my visit. I used Wild Mood Swings, an album by one of my favorite bands, The Cure.
One of the saving graces of my day job is the quiet camaraderie I have with my coworkers. We’re a small group of designers and proof readers creating print ads. Yesterday one of the designers asked me if we could add a font to our group font list. I agreed and said I would add it to the collective soon. Today a proofreader received a file that opened with a font error and I realized I had not yet put the font on everyone’s system yet. Later in the day as I was visiting each design station, adding the font, which is called Free Style Script, I made a joke to the designer who requested it. I kidded her about how her request disrupted my day and told her she was “Free Stylin’!” I know you had to be there I guess.
Here is the typeface (in green) if you’re interested.