I wanted to follow up on a previous post where I was writing about “New Heroes” and my inspiration for the work in progress typeface. A few months back I went to an AIGA event where James White from SignalNoise spoke about design, cool stuff, and making cool stuff. It was really great to hear him talk about what he called “Getting out in the woods.” What I took away from this and what I think he meant to express is the idea that as visual artists we need to push our own boundaries. We need to really work on things we love, that way we attract client work that will reflect our true passion. His illustrations for NASA actually ended up getting used simply because he was putting his work out there.
I wanted to write about this for a few reasons. I did not want to discredit any work that re-designs “old heroes” such as Yoda for instance. I was merely saying that future generations could benefit from new stories, new heroes, and new ideas. The other reason I wanted to post something here is to give props to SignalNoise for really getting out there and making awesome things. It was great to hear about the work he did on the un-official Drive Blue-Ray sleeve. A great idea, and even better execution. He designed his own sleeve to insert in place of the very poorly designed original. And until I heard about this from him, I actually thought that it was the official design. I have recently been following him on Instagram, and really like the way he has been Illustrating all kinds of pop culture icons. I suggest anyone who is reading this to click the SignalNoise link above and check it out. And for all of you who are trying to make it in the world of design– take the advice of James White and get out in the woods. I am certainly trying to, and it’s harder than it sounds, especially here in the city.
Here is the link to the original post. If you can’t tell I frequently ride the Design Taxi. I have been opening up Cinema 4d here and there and this is project really inspiring. Making a typeface in Cinema is ultimately my goal, and Txaber just set the bar pretty high with this one. Can I even call it a typeface? Do we need to invent a new descriptor for 3D type that is built for motion graphics? It would be nice to see this display face workable across all platforms, a simplified version that you can use in word processors as well as the 3D version. This type of project is a great way to incorporate typography skills into the modern world of motion graphics.
I have been thinking about this for a while now and thought this would be a good chance to get it off my chest. I am sure it has been happening for a long time, since way before I was concious of it, and before I even cared about graphic design. I am talking about the revolving door of pop culture & comic book references, which is continuously spread about on all the design blogs. I was never really into the comic book scene. I owned some comics, I enjoyed them, but it was never a real staple of my media diet. I had some friends who were way more into it than me, especially Batman and Ghostbusters. I started getting way more into it when I saw Star Wars for the first time. I am sure you can see where this is going. The trilogy lit a spark in me that I am still running with or away from. I am a lover of all the culture surrounding these epic fairy tales, I probably would not even know about most of it if it weren’t for the unavoidable influence of the big players. Now it seems like I can’t get away from it. Star Wars is the big one but Dr. Who, and all the Marvel/DC stories are close behind and there are so many more. The images, ideas, and subsequent re-creations get passed around the internet like wildfire. Below are two examples from I took from Design Taxi.
Olly Moss Star Wars poster re-design.
Fat Super Man by Jonathan Calugi
fat super heroes
A long while ago I was working on a project that had a similar feel to it, but it was a play on the type of heroes we find on Wheaties cereal boxes. Instead of putting sports heroes on the box, we were putting heroes like V, MLK, Ghandi, Abbie Hoffman… etc. These type of heroes always seemed a little more real to me. They had no super powers; Only the will to fight the evil powers that be. There was no kryptonite, no Professor X, and certainly no happy endings. Don’t get me wrong, I love Luke Skywalker, but there is no force I can rely on to help me crush the empire. In an effort to spread the idea of new heroes, and even better the idea of being your own hero, I wanted to make something more then a poster or a logo. I really enjoy graffiti and street art (the same?), the whole idea is amazing, it is expansive, open source, and influential. Banksy is proving that point for me, if you don’t agree, well… your wrong. So I am making my contribution with a street art slant to it. I am making a typeface that will embody its freedom of expression. I started with a few doodles, made a rough illustrator thing, and now I am putting together the whole family. Here are some shots of the process so you can follow me through it. I am also looking for the files of the Wheaties boxes caus they are fun! See you soon.
New Heroes type design process
Just received my copy of Emma’s new cd. I designed the layout and typography for the album. Shoutout to Laura Lauterbach for the cover art!
A small improvement has been made to the actual submission but you get the idea…
I just found this digital illustration I did of the CA coast near Big Sur.
Buoy Tree graphic for Emma.
As I was working on my AIGA submission I remembered this file I had from way back. It is a type treatment that I did because I was really into the work of Ed Fella at the time. I thought I would share this and get it out there while it was on my mind.
I just took this piece down from the header of the site but I’d still like to share it with you so here it is. Just one more set to go and I think I am going to shop this style around and see if anyone likes it!!
I recently finished a little side project for PDX design week // WeMake. http://www.designweekportland.com http://wemakepdx.tumblr.com // My birdhouse is inspired by Por Que No? one of my favorite taco joints here in PDX. They have already donated a free taco for the lucky person who bids on this birdhouse!!!! Be sure to check out the auction at Union / Pine 525 SE Pine Street Portland OR 97214 on Friday October 12, 2012 at 7:00pm and see everyone else’s birdhouse or for free (no auction) Sept 21, 2pm, Union / Pine. Thanks to everyone who made this happen.