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!
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.
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.
More Bonsai related workings this evening. I know I started a new theme yesterday but I need to get some things done for Bonsai Empire and I will take any opportunity to combine tasks and save some time. 🙂
You might recognize this Stone Lantern logo from Circadian Creative 2010’s Brand Re-brand series. Today I have taken the basic shape of a previous design and reworked it, hopefully for official usage. Changing the color and creating a glossy texture to the surface has given this design a whole new life. Who knows, this may become the next default user avatar for the Bonsai Empire website! We’ll see.
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!
Daily Design #351. Today I display the symbol used for my Annual Family’s reunion, which I designed several years ago. Yep, we’re Irish, among other things. This reminds me that I am way behind on sending out the annual announcement. Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone. See you all tomorrow. ~Sean.