Nov 29, 2010

Infographic Progress

I was having a tough time deciding on what to do for my infographic. I quickly realized that my brain does not work well when trying to incorporate pictures with numbers. I finally came up with the idea to illustrate the map of the U.S. using the names of seasonal produce available in each region during the month of November (the month of my magazine issue). Not surprisingly, this idea came to me after deciding on the subject for my calendar. :P

Nov 28, 2010

Typography Calendar

So the idea I'm working with for the calendar is a 13-month seasonal produce calendar for the Southeast U.S. that informs the user of what produce is in season for each month. My first idea was to use the names of the fruits & veggies in different type arrangements with the dates for each month being on a separate page, so it would be a 2-page vertical spread suitable for a wall calendar:

After doing a few months' layouts, I was afraid that this would get too repetitive/boring. So then I tried a more illustrative approach, which would end up making each month a single-page layout:

I'm unsure of what might work better. Any suggestions?

Nov 19, 2010


I may have finally found a use for all those vintage suitcases I've been collecting...


Nov 13, 2010

Parish Restaurant Website Design

I got the Scoutmob coupon for Parish today and wanted to check out their menu on their website. I have to say, it's a very lovely design. It makes me think I'm reading some sort of publication.

Nov 10, 2010


I thought this was an interesting idea that could be related to our type calendar project.

New Table of Contents

While working on my main article for my Eat Well Magazine re-design, I played around with the table of contents again because I just wasn't satisfied with it, but I think I finally made a breakthrough that I'm pretty happy with. What do you think?

Nov 7, 2010

Marc Tetro

I came across this guy's pop-outs while shopping at Sam Flax & I thought they were pretty awesome, and very simple. :) Check him out: Marc Tetro

Each week I feel as though I must check in at/with…

If you don't know by now that I'm a webcomic nerd, then let me reiterate: I am a webcomic nerd. Therefore, I have an ever-growing list of comics that I check in with multiple times a week. My favorites are:

Among others. :)

I also try to check in often with my classmates' blogs throughout the week. As lame as it sounds, I'm always on Facebook too, but besides e-stalking I sometimes come across interesting articles/websites/videos that my friends post on there, and I can share with them the things that I find interesting as well.

I didn't realize it until now, but another place I frequent often is the coffee shop across the street from my job, Joe's in East Atlanta Village. Whenever I go there I usually scan through their massive wall of flyer postings for shows and whatnot. Some of the posters are pretty well designed, others are more bizarre.

Best Seat in the House

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Reading Material

The following are some art/graphic design-related publications I've collected over the years. Ellen Lupton's works are obviously a favorite of mine. :)

One: Color by Paul Zelanski & Mary Pat Fisher - A great resource concerning color theory and more. It explains four color process printing, the psychology of color, the use of color in different artistic practices, etc.

Two: CMYK Magazine - I recently picked up an issue of CMYK Magazine (as it was one of the lesser-priced art magazines!) which showcases new creatives.

Three: How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul by Adrian Shaughnessy - I just purchased this a couple weeks ago. Haven't gotten a real chance to sit down and read through it, but I like what I've read so far. :)

Four: Graphic Design Theory, Editor Helen Armstrong - A lovely collection of writings from then and now concerning the theory of graphic design with a wide range of topics. In my art history classes I always found the theory behind artwork to be the most fascinating part.

Five: Graphic Design That Works (Rockport Publishers) - A collection of examples of successful design, ranging from logo design to magazine layouts to promotional and identity design. A good book to glean inspiration from.

Six: Design It Yourself (D.I.Y.) by Ellen Lupton - Nothing beats real, hand-made d.i.y. work. This books gives approachable tips on how to go about designing and physically creating various things from books, zines, notecards, coasters, t-shirts, CD packaging, and more.

Seven: Thinking With Type by Ellen Lupton - This was actually the required textbook for my Intro to Typography class. Gives you the history, technical terminology and practical usage of type, as well as showing examples of unique type treatments.

Nov 4, 2010

Paper Cameras

Or, to be more exact, pinhole cameras. This link has an awesome resource of paper cameras (many including downloadable templates and directions) that anyone can make themselves:

12 Amazing Papercraft Cameras

Nov 1, 2010

Wine Bottle Mock-ups

It's all coming together! I haven't been this excited about a project for a while. Here are some photos of the mock-ups I've been working on (click for larger view):

(Sorry for the low-res quality, these were taken with my cell phone.)