Posted on February 22, 2020
Wine and Design (Week 6)
This week has been a doozy. Flying out on Tuesday for a family emergency without any access to a computer all week has been hard. But, I made it work, for the most part. Apart from personal troubles, design-wise, the creative juices were really flowing.
The week started off with reading The Vignelli Canon by Massimo Vignelli and A Kid’s guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd. These two reads were excellent for anybody wanting to dive deeper into graphic design on a more structural level. Design is creativity-heavy but structure and guidelines can really help facilitate one’s ability to create amazing work. Here is my blog post on those two fantastic reads.
After reading and dissecting those two great works, I got to work on a Design Blitz. My design blitz blog post (as seen here) was very successful in my view. I took a lot of pictures and only came out with 4 noteworthy pictures, for good and bad commentary. Knowing the difference between what makes a picture fundamentally good or bad is incredibly important when thinking about what to take pictures of and how to do it.
For this week’s Daily Creates, amongst all of the travel, I was able to complete 3 of them. The first one was a Table Top Inventory where we had to take a picture of a table near us and document what was on it in detail. My second daily create was to explain something you’d love to see in claymation. Mine was using the movie Coraline to display cold weather. My third daily create was answering the question of what my ideal last meal would be. I, of course, chose spaghetti and meatballs with tiramisu as dessert. Here is a link to my twitter to see my tweets.
Weekly Design Assignments
My first weekly design assignment was a minimalist movie/TV poster I did for the 1980s film Back to the Future. This was a good assignment because I enjoy practicing minimalist art and design. Blog post, here.
My second weekly design assignment was One Story, Four Icons. This assignment asked us to tell a story of a movie or book or anything in only four icons. I chose one of my favorite tv shows, Stranger Things, as the story to tell. Telling a full story with only four icons is very hard but it is very rewarding when you get the concept mostly covered. Blog post, here.
My third weekly design assignment was A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing. This assignment asked us to take two opposing companies and combine their logos together. At its core, this assignment must really make the marketing teams at both companies really mad.
For this, I chose Lamborghini and Ferrari to put together and I believe it came out really well. My photoshop skills were put to the test and I hd a great time working on it the entire time. Blog post, here.
My fourth and final design assignment of the week was to Create a Logo that is Simple but Detailed. I love designing logos so this assignment was right up my alley. I asked my sister to come up with a company idea and she told me surfboard company so I rolled with it. After some trail and error I came up with a cool triple surfboard-based design which was simple but just detailed enough to show the viewer exactly what the company is all about, surfboards. Blog post, here.
Overall, this week has been pretty hectic but productive. A lot of love, sweat, and tears have been shed this week, with and without family. Design wise, I really loved this week’s assignments. Graphic design is one of my favorite hobbies and I hope to have many more weeks like this moving forward. Learning about graphic design from Massimo Vignelli and Chip Kidd was very interesting and the design assignments were excellent practice for certain things I needed more work with.