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Shortcuts: The Design Experiment

If you’re in the Bismarck, ND area on April 24th let’s say around 7 pm, make sure you take in the Shortcuts event. Visit the FaceBook Event page for more information. A great example of what a group of graphic designers can put together with no money, but a lot of creativity.

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Art Challenge: Day Five—Illustrations

Front and back watercolor illustration for Clancy's Tree.

Front and back watercolor illustration for Clancy’s Tree.

For the last day of the art challenge I will share some current and past illustrations I’ve done. The first six images are of illustrations I’ve done for children’s books. I also did the layout and design of the books they appeared in. The gallery at the end of this post is a sample of visual puns I’ve done in the last year.

Sample of an inside spread and illustrations for for Clancy’s Tree.

Front and back cover of water color illustration for Clay's Frogs.

Front and back cover of water color illustration for Clay’s Frogs.

Sample inside spread of layout and illustrations for Clay's Frogs.

Sample inside spread of layout and illustrations for Clay’s Frogs.

Cover illustration for Dad's Best Present Ever!

Cover illustration for Dad’s Best Present Ever!

Back cover illustration for Dad's Best Present Ever!

Back cover illustration for Dad’s Best Present Ever!

This will be old hat for any of you who have followed me over the last year, but here is a sampling of some of the visual puns I’ve done over the year.

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Great Documentary on Creative Briefs

Basset & Partners has just released an awesome documentary on how some of the greatest design minds use and perceive the creative brief. If you have 26 minutes to spare I highly recommend that you watch it.

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Screen Printing—First Time

Book-and-posters-together

I’ve done my own printing off and on for over 25 years. The process I’ve used up until yesterday is lino-cuts or relief printing. The Graphic Design program I teach at just added some screen printing equipment. My colleagues and I practiced using the equipment prior to fall semester.

Original sketch of Visual Pun #3 .

Original sketch of Visual Pun #3 .

For those who follow my blog you’ll recognize the image I choose to make poster size as Visual Pun #3: Bowl Movement. Notice the lack of shadowing on the original sketch. I scan the original and add the tonal values later in Photoshop.

Poster of VP #3. Size is approximately 9.5x13 inches.

Poster of VP #3. Size is approximately 9.5×13 inches. Print run of 50.

I was fortunate enough to have Jason and Sean walk me through the process for the first time. I was impressed withe amount of detail and the crispness of image.

I think that printing in a less forgiving medium such as Lino-cuts and doing it in reverse helped me visualize what I wanted to achieve. The key is to keep it simple for the first time. Try to see your image in black and white, strong contrasts. This first attempt gave me a lot of information on what my limitations are and how much I can push the medium for future projects.

Original sketch (L). Screen printed poster of sketch (R).

Original sketch (L). Screen printed poster of sketch (R).

I scanned the original sketch and converted it to vector art (eps) using Adobe Illustrator. Vector art allows for crisp lines while resizing  and printing the art to vellum for transfer to the printing screens.

 

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Kevin Tong Presentation at Bismarck State College 2014

Kevin Tong has graciously posted his presentation from April 30, 2014 at Bismarck State College. This is a great opportunity to see what you missed and a refresher for those who attended. Enjoy and thanks Kevin.

Kevin Tong is a freelance illustrator from LA and it was an honor to get to know him.

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Massimo Vignelli Passes Away at 83

“The life of a designer is a life of fight against the ugliness.” —Massimo Vignelli

Graphic designers world wide are mourning the loss of Massimo Vignelli (May 27, 2014). If you’ve ever flown on American Airlines, shopped Bloomingdales, used the NYC subway system or visited a National Park, you’ve been impacted by the design of Vignelli. Tributes are starting to trickle out about this great man and champion against ugliness.  Below are some recent articles on Massimo:

Here is a great article on Vignelli by Ellen Shapiro of Print Magazine.

Massimo’s Heraldic Newspaper

Style Icon: Massimo Vignelli

Massimo Vignelli, 1931-2014 by Michael Bierut

One gift that Vignelli has left behind for posterity is “The Vignelli Canon”, a small booklet of design wisdom. Click on the image below to down load a pdf of this priceless document. Rest in peace Massimo.

Cover_Massimo_canon

 

(Below) Big Think Interview With Massimo Vignelli

(36 minutes)

(Below) Massimo Makes Books (Grids)

(2.5 minutes)

“If ou do it right, it will last forever.”
 — Massimo Vignelli

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Busy Time of Year

As an instructor of graphic design, this is a busy time of year. Our campus celebrates spring with Arts Quest, which brought Chip Kidd to BSC. Our department also puts on a Spring Show to highlight the cumulative work of our students over the school year. Next week our graduating designers participate in a portfolio review (May 3rd) which is open to the public.

We had over 700 entries, which is a record number since I’ve been here. The show was taken down last night and is now one for the history books. I will leave you with a few highlights from our 43rd Spring Show.

egccovers lovebrew saulbass

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