Friday, December 17, 2010

Final Post: Graphic Design and Its Many Wonders

    It never ceases to amaze me that the world that we live in today continues to expand and revolutionize from day to day. Along with seeing the evidence all around me, I am extremely drawn to the way graphic designers have stayed afloat for so many years even during hard economic times and other difficult turmoils that they have had to face through the essence of time. If a graphic designer is faced with a low budget or extreme product criteria, it amazes me that there seems to always be a solution. I guess what I love about graphic design is the fact that it combines both the use of art and and a persons use of problem solving skills. It truly evokes a designer’s ability to put together a solution that is well suited for the project’s guidelines. I have always enjoyed challenges were I could use my passion for creativity to create a design or any other art related piece.
    After reflecting on this course, it has definitely opened my eyes to things that I once paid little or no attention to, which makes me more aware of my surroundings and how much work and effort it must have taken graphic designers, new and old, to create such marvelous and cohesive designs.

 For example, Saul Bass has create many timeless designs, varying from logos to book illustrations. They each are unique, yet all possess the style that he has established throughout his work.

I have found it extremely intriguing how every designer has their own unique style, making each piece of artwork created unique and special. I marvel at how a person can lose themselves in their work to achieve a level of complexity that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. I have enjoyed studying the various design styles and am glad that I have gotten a chance to dig deeper into what has made the art of graphic design truly revolutionize and expand, from the intricate hand-drawn designs of early art nouveau to the recent compositions created digitally using various formats.
    I also find it amazing how a person can truly express themselves through graphic design. I find it truly inthralling that any created design reflects what the artist was thinking or what they wanted to portray in the finished piece. This fact alone has drawn me into studying graphic design. I have enjoyed furthering my knowledge in the art of design so that I can create designs that will become examples of how I view and create designs.  I plan to widen my knowledge base on past and present designers so that I will be able to create designs that will be both self rewarding as well as profitable. I want to learn as much as I can about how different designers established themselves in the graphic design field in hopes that I will be able to follow in their footsteps, so that someday I will be able to put what I love about graphic design to the test and into a career. After taking this course, I have been awaken to various aspects of graphic design which ensures me that I have found my starting point, from which I can now begin reaching deeper into different areas that I find truly inspirational and rewarding.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Pantene Ad on Escalator

I thought that the placement of this ad was very appropriate to show that  Pantene products make hair smooth and shiny.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Teeth So Bright

The use of light bulbs instead of actual teeth to show that Orbit gum brightens teeth, is a very clever idea.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Hair Type

This is a very simple yet effective way to illustrate hair and type at the same time.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Retro Cap'n Crunch

I saw this the other day when I was browsing through the cereal aisle trying to decide which one to get.I stopped when I saw this one, it caught my eye because the packaging has changed dramatically from the previous box design. I did a little research and found out that Cap'n Crunch was created during the 60s and the new box design is celebrating the cereal's origin. I thought the design tactic was very clever. Since the design went from something that has been around for a while to something that is not seen today very often it automatically draws the consumers' eye to the product.The design went from having a 3D effect to it to a flat 2D effect which makes it more noticeable as well. Two thumbs up for Retro Cap'n Crunch.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Some Sharp Knives

Wouldn't have to worry about these knives being dull. I'm not a hundred percent sure if this ad is selling the knifes or the block but I thought the overall design was very simple and straight forward with just the use of knives and the block with a very simple background. I also thought that the ad is eye catching due to the fact that knives normally sit upright in wooden blocks but in this piece the knives are placed some where else, which naturally draws the viewer's eye down the page. The quote at the bottom " For the sharpest knives" is small which forces the picture above to visually communicate that the knives are very sharp.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ahh Clean Your Hands !!!

Found this the other day looking for graphic design examples. This is a ad informing people that hands can carry dangerous germs. I was drawn to this ad because of the sharp bright colors and the fact that the hand is painted to look like a monster, very humorous.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Switch Blade Typography

                I am not for sure what this is trying to portray but I thought the adjustment of the letter forms to form the shape of the switch blade is executed very well and the solid black hand demands attention in the center by being the only thing in the piece that is solide

Monday, October 4, 2010

Rockin' Samsung

 Samsung's  many phone models are placed together to form a hand in the rock'n'roll sign, advertising the many music options available on their phones


I found this very humorous, the straw is avoiding the Coke can and likes the Pepsi one. Pepsi used the design of the Coke can without the actual name on the can, it is still recognizable as Coke.

Sitting On KitKats

I found this ad for the candy bar KitKat. I thought the use of the bench slats to represent the actual chocolate is very cool and how the wrapper looks like it is being torn away from the bar adds to the overall effect

Monday, September 27, 2010

at&t works in China

I found this ad for at&t and thought it was cool how the arms that are holding the phone have the Berlin Wall painted on them. Neat Idea.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Toro Cordless Trimmers

I found this ad for Toro cordless trimmers. I thought the overall simplicity of the ad was used effectively. I can almost picture some one using a cordless trimmer to trim the weed growing on the wall.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Try on a Pilots Watch

I like the idea of this ad. It is a promotional bus strap for IWC's pilot watch. Bus passengers can slip their wrist inside one of these straps and feel like they are wearing the watch. I would have never thought to put an advertisement there, very clever idea

Send Them A Letter

I liked the way the letter in the background appears to be hugging the person in front. I also thought it was neat how the words are placed in such a way that it forms a face and head. I also thought the poster had an overall nice message.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Slice of Lime

I found this ad for Coca~Cola for their Diet Coke with Lime. I liked how the can is cut and the slices appear to be limes.

Walking into the Mouth of Jaws!!!

I found this ad of a bus with a National Geographic decal. I thought it was clever that they placed the mouth of the shark on the bus doors so that when some one stepped inside, it would appear that a shark was eating them!!!!1