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A logo that moves smoothly

20 Dec

This logo is designed for the inaugural Empire State Marathon as part of their logo competition (go ahead and vote for it! #37  Some submissions are more poster than logo so we’ll see what happens).

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See who’ll be rocking The Dome at this year’s Relay for Life

9 Dec

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Like everything else, the future in printing is on-demand.

4 Dec

iTunes gives me music in the luxury of my home (not to mention in a manner where I can pick and choose individual songs). Netflix, any digital cable company and many online suitors let me watch TV on my own schedule with virtually any individual episode (and often any individual scene) that I want able to be called up in secconds.  So if audio and video can do it, why was I so shocked when Prof. Taylor presented her hypothesis that print can do it through bookstores becomiug printing stores in the next few years? Continue reading

Two journalists, an author and a non-profit connect on the web…

20 Nov

No punchlines, right to the content:

“No One Belongs Here More Than You”

This site is a book promotion tool by multimedia artist/author Miranda July.  I love the unconventional approach (the entire site uses her stovetop as a canvas, all text is handwritten, navigation is all through links and the arrows in the lower right corner) and the aesthetic of it stands out when browsing web sites. Additionally, I think this is an extreme example of a piece of Prof. Taylor wisdom, “Simple web design is best.”  There is no confusion in navigation or in the hierarchy of information yet the site still manages to convey the creativity and perspective of its author. Continue reading

STUBBLE: The World’s Premier Facial Hair Magazine

16 Nov

[See this spread in one file… transparencies aren’t working as a JPEG for some reason]

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Kanye West’s “Good Life” can make a good spread.

12 Nov

This spread comes from the Society of Professional Designers student competition (an ’08 runner up) and there are several reasons to love it (despite whatever your thoughts and feelings on Kanye West may be). ‘

First, the text is very non-traditional. It’s a font you won’t find anywhere in the Adobe library because it’s handdrawn. The idea of unique text is appealing because it gives a new identity to the spread and it stands out strongly when flipping through the pages of a magazine. Next, the font here is also nice because it incorporates an aesthetic that Kanye used in his famous “Good Life” music video (with lots of bubbly text appearing throughout). This will further attract anyone familiar with Kanye to the article. Finally, the text utilizes a color allusion to the Rubix cube that Kanye is holding in the picture. As Prof. Taylor reminds us, color is the most powerful gestalt. The color pattern here is both visually relevant and also thematically relevant (as the designer describes it portraying Kanye’s 80s-inspired stylings).

Needless to say, I’d  be thrilled if I could utilize text this effectively in my own spread this weekend.

Anytime Trainspotting can be brought up, you’re discussing good design.

6 Nov

Spot Color

Simple black and white poster for the movie Trainspotting gets a splash of life with it’s use of orange throughout (they utilize it as a spot color throughout the movie’s entire ad campaign as well).


On Bruton Publishing’s web site, they showcase their publication Clay Shooting Magazine in a simple blue duotone.

Analagous Colors

In this spread for Brides Magazine, we see a highly thought-out dessert spread utilizing purples, oranges and yellows.

Complimentary Colors

In an alternate edition of the issue Sam showed, Print also demonstrates complimentary colors with the familiar orange and blue pairing.

Triadic Harmonies

Finally, this Jefferson Airplane poster utilizes orange, purple and green to fit the period and the definition of triadic harmony.