Type Two students choose broad themes and are given very tight deadlines to express ideas through experimental typography and placing typography in environments. More student experimenting after the jump!
Louise Fili Ltd, founded in 1989, specializes in logo, package, restaurant, type, book and book jacket design. A senior designer for Herb Lubalin from 1976-1978, Louise Fili was art director for Pantheon Books from 1978-1989, where she designed over 2000 book jackets.
She has received awards from every major design competition, including Gold and Silver medals from the Society of Illustrators and the New York Art Directors Club, the Premio Grafico from the Bologna Book Fair, and three James Beard award nominations. Fili has taught and lectured on design and typography and her work is in the permanenet collection of the Library of Congress, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and the Biliothéque Nationale.
Above: Character Design and Animation by Ward Jenkins for the company Primal Screen
Ward Jenkins wants to tell you his 9 favorite tips and tools. Ward is also our special guest in 210 today too! WHEEEE! Thanks Ward! Ward is an illustrator and animator and just wrapped up his first children's book.
1. Carmine Red Col Erase pencil - A (somewhat) standard among the animation industry, I still use this type of colored pencil for sketching and animating because of the fact that you can erase fairly easily (although I've been very bummed out by the quality of the lead & eraser ever since the name on the pencil changed from 'Sanford' to 'Prismacolor' several years ago). I used to draw in blue, but switched over to red when I realized that the scanner (and camera for penciltests) picked up more of the red.
2. Scanner! - My dream is to have a large bed scanner some day. I've got a regular 8.5x11in. bed right now and animation paper is much larger which bums me out immensely.
by ward. created in ink and gouache
3. Delete whites action in Ps: this is a Photoshop action created on my own after finding out about it when I worked at Primal Screen. It basically does what it says: deletes all the whites on an image without leaving behind an ugly white 'halo effect'. Some have asked me why not use the 'mutiply' layer effect instead, since that kinda does the same and to them I say, 'phooey'. It certainly does not do the same. I explain some of the action on this post: http://wardomatic.blogspot.com/2005/06/how-to-on-black-white.html -- I plan on going into more in depth detail about this later on on my blog. Soon, I promise.
4. Edit > Transform (& transform again)
5. Chalk brush tool - I cannot live without this one.
6. Eyedropper tool
7. Command U - Changing of hue/saturation: My theory is that colors like to play well with each other. Especially if they're from the same neighborhood. So, working with hue, saturation, lightness, etc. becomes this game I play with the colors on a constant basis. Lately, I've found that I'm starting to play with stronger, more saturated colors than I used to. Which is nice.
page from Ward's sketchbook
8. Sketchbook is imperative: (sorry, Frank, but I gotta have mine) any ol' sketchbook is fine, from the über-nice quality of Moleskine to the $5 garden variety you find at your local art supply store. As long as there's some blank paper, it's good to go. I try to take it with me everywhere I go, so I can record interesting scenes, buildings, people. Mostly people. When I was taking the bus on a regular basis, my sketchbook was my best friend. It became my own visual journal, as I can go back and see what I was doing during a particular time. Any thoughts or ideas that pop in my head, I'll write or sketch them down. Later on, it helps to have these sketchbooks readily available in case I need some inspiration for an interesting character I'm currently working on, or for a location, etc. It becomes my own in-house resource. But with the Ward-filter to guide me.
9. Sense of humor: Especially when dealing with various clients and art directors. Gotta keep a sense of humor for all the crazy things that might come up -- if you're easily ticked off then being an artist/designer/illustrator is probably not the best career choice for you.
One thing I try to do is stay away from actions, effects & filters that make the piece I'm working on look too 'computer-y' or 'photoshop-y'. I'll go out of my way and do certain things manually, even if it takes longer (like shadows, textures). Basically, it's about aesthetics for me. I always try to keep the human element intact with each illustration I create. That's why I still draw on pencil. On paper. I've tried out the Cintiq for inking and lines, but it's not enough for me. I'd rather have more control over what I draw with good ol' fashioned graphite & wood on paper. Going the paperless route is not an option for me right now. Sorry, trees. I still love you, though.
Okay. I'm done. Hope that's enough! Thanks for listening.
The 1000 Journals Project is an ongoing collaborative experiment attempting to follow 1000 journals throughout their travels. The project has spawned a book and documentary film, as well as numerous exhibitions across the country. We're glad to have the protagonist of the project, Brian Singer, AKA"Some Guy" , in town to share his experiences and some the amazing imagery in the journals.
How it works:
The goal is to provide a method for interaction and shared creativity among friends and strangers. Those who find the journals add something to them. A story, drawing, photograph, anything really. Then they pass the journal along, to a friend or stranger, and the adventure continues.
How it Started:
I (AKA "Some Guy") had always been fascinated by what people scrawl on bathroom walls and in public spaces. I had been taking photographs of this writing for years, and wanted to put together a book. It seemed appropriate to encourage readers to become contributors, and join the conversation by writing in the actual book. From there, I decided that a blank book might be more fun... especially one that traveled around, to gather a variety of thoughts and opinions. And then, why not 1000 of them? It's such an absurd number.
The project officially launched in August of 2000, with the release of the first 100 journals in San Francisco. I gave them to friends, and left them at bars, cafes, and on park benches. Shortly thereafter, people began emailing me, asking if they could participate. So I started sending journals to folks, allowing them to share with friends, or strangers. It's been a roller coaster ever since.
Welcome to the second installment of This is How We Do it (TiHWDi, as I like to call it). On deck is Maker Frank Chimero!
Save the Date, by Frank Chimero.
I asked Frank what some of his favorite tools/tips were and he is generously sharing them with us!
Preface About Tools:
I hate expensive tools. I'm scared to use them. Does your grandma have one of those sofas with the plastic cover on it that you're not allowed to sit in? That's how I feel if I buy a nice new sketchbook, or spend money on fancy nibs for a pen. So I buy cheap stuff. Because ideas are cheap, and you can't be too scared of your tools. You have to bend them to your will. I don't use fancy tools, but these are my most frequent.
I don't believe in sketchbooks. The only one I have is a tiny moleskin, and all I do is write in it. For sketching, I have a three-ring binder with hole-punched copier paper. Cheap, awesome. And, you don't feel bad documenting your bad ideas, because, c'mon. It's cheap paper. Getting the first, awful ideas out of the way is crucial for me, and if I document them on paper, I feel like I've acknowledged it and can move on to better things. If I had nice paper and a nice sketchbook, I'd be paralyzed to make the first idea good or great.
Extra-Fine Tip Sharpie
Writing and drawing utensil of the gods. Did you know that the Declaration of Independence, the Magna Carta, Huckleberry Finn, and the first draft of Wuthering Heights were all written with an extra-fine tip sharpie? For truth! I love these little things. They're cheap, so I don't feel bad losing them. They're writing point is small enough to do tinyish drawings, but they bleed just enough to keep me from getting too much detail. The less detail the better in my sketches: it forces me to focus on content and the central idea I want to communicate.
There's something magical about scissors. I don't know what it is, but it makes your mind work differently. Cut paper out. Glue it together. Simplify things with a clumsy tool. Turn things upside down. Or just hold a pair of scissors and pace while you think. Just the right amount of danger, no?
In all software. To undo is to forgive. I'm forgiven. Hallelujah.
Illustrator's Pathfinder Tools
I make shapes out of other shapes. It's really handy, and gives me a nice structural, simplified look to my work. If everything is based off of geometry, it always comes together so harmoniously.
iTunes Next Track Button
I have music pumping all the time, and I'm SUPER fickle with what I'm listening to.
That One Kind of Comfortable/Kinda Not Pillow on the Sofa in the Studio
Just comfortable enough to relax you. Not enough to have you fall asleep. Right before you fall asleep, your brain is making connections between all of the unrelated thoughts in your brain. There's no filter in your conscious mind saying "This makes sense and is acceptable. This does not." Without that filter, you can consider many more possibilities. So, grab your sharpie and some cheap paper, and fill your mind to the brim with research and what you already know. Then, take an almost-nap and get ready to document the ideas that come rushing in.
My Friend, The Delete Key
Anything that's good comes from editing. Delete unimportant things. Even if you love them. Sometimes you have to kill puppies. Delete. Refine. Edit. Improve.
ahhh...awesome piles. everyone make awesome piles of WORK! (photos by PSU AIGA student Belin!)
Today marked the first of many AIGA collaborative WORK meetings. Check out the poster project brief (written by PSU student Rory!) they were all generating ideas about ---->
Overview •PSU/AIGA initiated poster series. •Goals are to excite GD students about self initiated projects, get more engagement from GD students in the PSU/AIGA and bring awareness of the GD program to the larger PSU campus. Provide relief from the stark and grim atmosphere of the bare campus wall.
Primary audiences •PSU/GD students •PSU students and Faculty. •The message should not be condescending or pushy, but to get people thinking about GD.
Theme and Format •The theme is MAKE? To explore what making means to the artist and to engage the viewer with your message. •Must contain the elements from provided template. (PSU/AIGA logo and MAKE) •Large format 24x36 black and white poster. Can be printed on a plotter printer. •Posters to be hung around campus in public areas and communal spaces.
More details CLICK HERE! If you are a PSU student COME WORK WITH US!
Screenprint by Meg Hunt. I have this in my possession if anyone want to take a look!
She brought a bag full of GOOD STUFF to show!
Meg and the Digital Illustration Class!
YAY! Illustrator Meg Hunt was so nice to stop by my Digital Illustration class on Tuesday. She was visiting Portland from Phoenix and, again, was so gracious to take time out of her visit to share her work with us! She talked about her process, client work, her style, getting jobs and what it is like to be a full time freelance illustrator. She brought a bag filled with original drawings, sketches, screen prints, postcards to pass out and tear sheets. It was great! Check out her website: http://meghunt.com
I have decided to start a new series partially inspired by my Digital Illustration class this quarter. We have been looking at a lot of illustrators and we have also been trying to figure out the best way to use photoshop, illustrator, pens, pencils, paper, brains and bodies - essentially learning about tools and the best way to use them - along with learning to generate awesome ideas and concepts! Everybody uses different things to get to their desired results so I was curious and have slowly started to ask designers and illustrators that I respected about the tools they use!
I am going to start the series with an interview by my former professor from undergrad and an interview with a former student of mine. Full circle! Let's ROLL!
Marcus Melton was my undergraduate graphic design professor at College of the Ozarks in the late 1990s. After a short break from teaching to do design in the music industry, he is now back at it at West Texas A&M (which is awesome, because along with Marcus being an amazing designer, he is also an amazing teacher ). I asked Marcus what tools he uses the most while working and here is what he so graciously responded with:
1. My eyes and hands. (don't list these if you don't want to... corny i know, but they are VERY important to me!!)
4. Photoshop layer blending modes and layer masks.
Will Bryant was one of my former students at Mississippi State and I am dang proud of him. His joy for MAKING is infectious and I think he can make rainbows shoot out of his palms. He and his new bride now reside in Austin, Texas where he is drawing away, night and day. Be sure to check out his technicolor vibes at his website: http://will-bryant.com
Here are the tools that he uses:
1. sharpie pen
2. select > similar (ai & ps)
3. epson scanner (drivers & plugins can be a pain!)
4. layers and grouping are crucial to my sanity
5. healthy environment...declare your creative space. this has become very important to my ability to make anything. If possible, having a separate space to live and create will get you a starting spot on the '92 dream team roster.
Thanks Will! Thanks Marcus!
If you want to share your tips, tricks, tools please do so! Email ME. I would love to know! You might even find yourself on the blog!
Smashing Magazine released their list of 2009 web trends a few days ago. This is a good list to look over and also a good list to generate discussion...do you agree with these trends? Do you see these trends being used in sites that you currently look at? Fun exercise: try and find these web elements in the wild. Hint: anything that is a web app is rich with these trends (see twitter, brightkite, crazyegg and vimeo to name a few).
Another place to keep on top of current popular web news is to check delicious popular every few days or so to see what the internet is bookmarking. What are you looking at? What sites excite you in 2009?