Getting close to the end of the Modern Versals series, but I am considering doing some hand lettered versals in a future incarnation of the Versal-tility series so if you enjoyed this series I may have some more lettering fun in store for you.
Today I spent most of my time working on the final stages of a website for the Adlai Grace Foundation. So I had to knock out a quick daily design and was inspired by the color palette of the AGF as well as the type face that I used when I designed their logo several months ago, Charme Standard. For more information on the Adlai Grace Foundation visit and like their facebook page here. To learn more about the design work I have done for them you will have to wait. I will feature them on my main website in a few weeks after we get their website launched.
Happy Saturday night All. Today’s modern versal is the letter ‘V’. Nothing too exiting in the design here, but I wanted to take it easy on everyone since we lose an hour of weekend this weekend. Hang in there everybody and by next weekend we will be back to normal. 😉
After doing such a good job providing commentary on yesterday’s design I am once again at a loss for words. It’s been a long week and I’m a bit zapped. Perhaps you can provide some commentary in the comments area below?
Sorry I haven’t been very talkative the past couple posts. So, what can I say about this one. The typeface I used today is called Modern No. 20. This face was created in 1905 but became largely popular in the mid 20th century after it’s redesign in the 1950’s. I love that time period and that is basis for my attraction to Modern No. 20. I don’t use it much but truly appreciate seeing it around, whether it be in a contemporary layout or vintage piece.
Modern No. 20 is classified as a Modern face and shares this distinction with similar faces like Bodoni and Didot. These faces evoke a sense of elegance, sophistication and perhaps romance. They are very mathematically precise in form compared to earlier Transitional and Classical typefaces. What I like about Modern No. 20 is that it retains the same high brow feeling as it’s Modern relatives while disregarding some of the mathematical precision. I think of it this way, Bodoni is dressed up in a tuxedo, sipping a martini at a classy evening party. Modern No. 20 is casual, relaxing in dockers and a polo shirt drinking a nice imported beer, perhaps at the country club or on a sail boat. That’s my kind of typeface!
Tonight’s modern versal is the letter ‘R’. Using the same texture effects from yesterday’s design with color changes. The character is set in one of my favs, Hellenic Wide. Not much else to say, hope you like.
Well, I have to dedicate this evening’s modern versal to my cat. His name is Q and he has been at my side for most of the designs you’ve seen here. And, to my clientele, he has been by my side for most of my other work. I must confess, he has his own little chair neatly placed next to mine while I work. Each evening if I’ve not collecting myself to my office by 7:00pm he will be nagging me, standing next to the small hallway that leads the way to the office, meowing and pacing.
I used the typeface Raleigh LT Standard Roman. I have had very mixed feelings about Raleigh in the past. I rarely use it but I insist on keeping it in my default collection because when it works out for a given task it is almost always spot on. Tonight’s design is certainly one of those instances. As soon as I previewed the ‘Q’ I knew without hesitation the face I was using.
For the overall color scheme I chose grays (warm and cool) since my feline companion is also gray. The repeating pattern on the right side background is derived from the tail of the character. Perhaps not as obvious is the use of the shape of the character’s counter as the spots on the left side background pattern. That’s it. This is another favorite for me, and I hope it is for you as well.
Back to experimenting with the tiled background image that I started on Friday. Today I abandoned the Adobe Illustrator scatter brush technique that I used before. Today I tiled individual squares side by side in a grid. Then I changed the color of selected squares to create the feeling of going from dark to light, from upper left to lower right. I used a large gradient back ground behind my tiled squares and set the blending mode of the tiled squares to multiply to help enhance a subtle, smooth transition from dark to light. Finally I deleted several squares in the lower right, light corner. Still not exactly what I was going for but still a worthy exercise. I may return with another one, stay tuned!
As sports fans go I am generally behind on the news and usually oblivious to what is going on with my teams. So as you could have guessed sports is not one of my die hard passions, however I love Steelers’ and WVU Mountaineer football. So during the season I am usually on top of things but at this time of year as we are entrenched in the excitement of basketball or anticipating the warmer days and the boys of summer, I don’t follow sports.
Well, today I learned that Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been released. This has no doubt been heart breaking news for all of us who follow, cheer or bleed black and gold. Ward was one of my favorites. You would be watching a game and see him make a great catch and gain a first down and some nice yardage and then get pummeled by a defensive tackle. You would cover your eyes and say “oooooohhh! That had to hurt!” and uncover your eyes hoping to see that he was ok. What you would see is Hines Ward get up on his feet, shake it off and start running back to the huddle for the next play, nearly all in one motion. The icing on the cake was Ward’s big shit eating grin as he was doing it. Hines Ward loves football, every last bruising minute of it. From the glory of making it into the end zone for a touchdown in a Super Bowl, to the humiliation of being knocked on his ass from out of no where. Ward loves football, and Ward loves the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s a shame that the organization is letting him go. It’s just wrong.
So… anyway, I did a new versal for the letter ‘P’. I don’t really have an archetypal image of a ‘P’ but today I want to give a shout out to the ‘burgh by using the Pittsburgh Pirates ‘P’ logo. Here’s to warmer weather and to Hines Ward. We love you and we thank you for being so dedicated to the sport, as well as to the organization that could not reciprocate.
Hmmm… Today I was inspired by an interesting patterned image a coworker shared with me at work. Today’s post is way off from my expected results. Not sure if I like this or not. I will revisit the concept and see what else I can come up with. Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by.