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Archive for September, 2010

Millie Crawl

Pattern Brushes

Nine Lives Cat

Nine Lives Cat done in Adobe Illustrator

cat0nine <——- link to PDF

Design Treatment Carry-Over

The Baseball cap is an example of  fashion that transcends beyond its original purpose or design.

Not only is the Baseball cap worn by baseball players, but since its introduction it has crossed into fashion statements from everyone from movie directors to musical artists.   Even the Armed forces, especially the Navy, and police forces across the U.S. have adapted this type of hat as an everyday part of their uniforms too.  A variation of the the baseball hat, known as the “trucker hat” is used by company to advertise, this because of the large space on the front of the hat.  The caps can also be seen being used in other sports, like on the sidelines of a football game.

The inventor of the Cell-Phone, Martin Cooper, says that he was greatly influenced by the show Star Trek, when he came up with his idea for the mobile phone.   The show featured the characters using this type of communication device,that looks extremely familiar to the flip-phones we have today.  Its funny that a show that aired in the 60’s inspired the design for  a device that practically everyone has nowadays.

Pony cars are a class of automobile that are very stylishly designed and became popular with the emergence of the Ford Mustang in the early 1960’s.  Other car competitors came out with their own pony cars and tried to use the same muscle/sport design as the mustang.  All these cars would eventually become classics, and individuals in their own right. Fast forward 40 or so years and there was a revival of the pony car design, again being started by the Ford Mustang.  The designers went with the retro design that was so popular, added some updated looks, and in 2005 the new Ford Mustang was available.  Since then, other cars like the Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger have both went back to their old designs.  I’m sure other car companies will be influenced by this retro-revival.

Annie Leibovitz

Tonight in my Photojournalism class we watched Annie Leibovitz: Life Through A Lens.  It was a documentary about famous celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz.  You could name any famous person of the last 40 or so years and there is a pretty good chance that Leibovitz has photographed them before.  Just doing a google search for her gives back some amazing results.  I had no idea that some incredibly famous photos and magazine covers were shot by her.  Every one from The Rolling Stones to the Bush Cabinet has been a subject of hers.

She says in the film that she was inspired by a book she read that revealed to her that she could travel the world, something that she had never really realized.  She attended the San Francisco Art Institute and studied to become an Art Teacher.  But she then figured out that to become an art teacher, you first had to become an artist.  Leibovitz reminisces in the movie about her first camera and how her family was a big influence on her becoming a photographer.  She had a big break when she visited Rolling Stone Magazine headquarters with a bag full of photos and met with the art director there.  The rest was history as she went on to capture some of the magazines most famous covers.

It was also incredible to hear and see all celebrities and friends she had worked with, and what they had to say about her.  One of the people interviewed said that of he could describe her in one word that the word would be “daring.”  After watching the video it really makes you want to get out there and make a name for yourself, just like Annie Leibovitz has done.

Word Cloud

Another Graphic design project, a word cloud made with the lyrics from Hotel California by The Eagles. PDF link on the bottom.

hotelcalifornia <———— link to PDF

Fish & Frog

A Frog and a Fish created in Adobe Illustrator for my graphic design class.  A link to the PDF file is at the bottom.

sharkandfrog <——- link to PDF