Constellar

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Developed as part of my submission for the ISTD Student Briefs, Constellar is a typeface inspired by connections. It comes in two weights (100 and 700) and is free to use so long as you attribute me!

If you plan to use it in commercial projects i’d ask that you let me know (just so I can be nosey).

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Deew Social App

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While I had been initially attracted by the stunning visuals, Deew, a new social app, has an intriguing concept behind it; “To help people connect deeply with each other via interests and activities”.

The idea is that Users would sign in with their Facebook accounts, select their interests, browse nearby events and connect with other people who wanted to go but may have nobody to go with. A very interesting way to meet new people, but not in a judgy, pseudo-romantic tinder sort of way.

The visuals themselves are great, with the whole experience kept clean, clear and simple. However, the event chat could have done with a clearer UI design to perhaps make it seem more like a chat than a wall or timeline.

That being said the project constitutes both a fantastic concept and effective piece of design and art direction.

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  • Revolution.pn

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    I’m a big fan of The Hunger Games, both the films and the books strike accord with me personally, but i’ll not delve into that too much now. I want to focus on a piece of promotion for Mockingjay: Part 2, Revolution.pn.

    Designed by Watson DG, this is a piece of interactivity which seeks to embed the audience in the narrative. It’s slick, futuristic design references the modernist appearance of District 13: a place where the people has long since done away with everything except the essential. It’s clean aesthetic and neutral colour palette connote purity while the splashes of red connote violent resistance, justified by the purity of the cause.

    While the design is effective, it is the concept which i’m most impressed with. The first-person voice brings the user into the story in a way that web promotion for film hasn’t done until recently, and drives the user to not just consume the product, but become immersed in it’s narrative.

    Source: Revolution.pn

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  • Personal Branding – Angelo Vito

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    The final piece of Personal Branding I wanted to showcase was that of Angelo Vito. He brands himself as Cosmic and styles his brand around sci-fi imagery and iconography, a duotone colour palette and well considered typography.

    In his rationale, he states “The concept of branding is associated with the idea that people have about Astronauts.. a symbol of creativity and intelligence”

    The consideration and application of his brand of a wide range of media is as effective in it’s traditional forms as it is in it’s digital forms, but the type selection and ‘techy’ aesthetic hint that he developed his brand with web at the forefront of his mind.

    Source: COSMIC | Personal Branding COSMIC | Personal Branding

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  • Personal Branding – Robynne Redgrave

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    Finnish Postgraduate Designer Robynne Redgrave features an interesting approach to portfolio packaging on her Behance portfolio. While the actual design is by no means the best I’ve seen yet, her approach to packaging and sending off her work was very interesting. It consists of a wide format book, containing thinner greyscale inserts on yellow cardstock, bound by hand with 5mm Perspex covers.

    The whole thing is then packaged inside a clear plastic pocket with separate CV, a documents folder and cover letter.

    The whole package works well together, and perhaps represents an idea for how to package a large volume of work alongside other important documents involved in an application process.

    Source: PORTFOLIO MAIL PACKAGE

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  • Personal Branding – Dylan Dickinson

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    With the final year show fast approaching my next 3 posts are going to be on the topic of personal branding and self promotion. The first designer i’d like to feature is Dylan Dickinson, a Brazilian Graphic Designer.

    What initially attracted me to his personal branding was the intelligent use of colour and space. Dickinson keeps it simple and sticks to Colours, Photography and Iconography which reminds the user of the Sea (owing to the Welsh Translation of Dylan to “Big Wave”).

    The finish achieved with respect to his brand stationary is also effective, tying in the colour using a luminescent stock.

    My only criticism of his branding would be the typeface selection, which seems somewhat naïve but perhaps this is down to personal taste rather than actual effectiveness.

    Source: Dylan Dickinson | Personal Branding

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  • Folding A2 Poster Mockup

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    I’ve been working on some folding printed type specimens and decided to release my mockup for free. Same as my magazine, i’m releasing under a CC-BY (Attribution Only) Licence.

    Click Here to download

    Resn.co.nz

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    Before you ready the rest of this post, go resn.co.nz and use it for a bit. I guarantee you it’ll give you at least some enjoyment!

    Resn are an interactive design agency in New Zealand, The Netherlands and the US. What I found most refreshing about their site is that it doesn’t open with a gallery of their work or some meaningless slogan about how “we’re all creatives really”, but with a piece of interactivity which aims to show us the endless possibilities of the screen.

    Their work comes secondary to what it is that they do, and that’s something worth taking note of. They state their goal as: “Resn is a creative agency with a digital obsession. Our singular vision is to infect minds with gooey interactive experiences that amaze and stupefy”. The site itself is worderfuly simple and clean but rewards the user with spectacular visuals if they continue to interact with it.

    Absolutely phenomenal.

    Source: Resn.co.nz

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  • Cha.ology

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    I’d mentioned in a previous post that I like elements having space. It gives design an outward aesthetic of order that denotes the effort that the designer put in to actually giving it order. With this in mind I’ve decided to talk about a recent branding project by Alphabet I stumbled upon for a Japanese Tea Room called Cha.ology in Manchester.

    In reference to the project, the agency states that “The Teahouse aims to capture the tradition and heritage of Japan in a clean, sophisticated and contemporary way that works for the Westernised market. We worked alongside Hong Kong born founder of Cha.ology,  Mei Lee on creating a contemporary brand that is firmly rooted in Japanese Heritage.”

    Both the brand and stationary are heavily influenced by Tatami, a traditional Japanese flooring system which uses a grid and mats which stack and slot together. Perhaps the rigid grid structure and minimalist approach are what leaves the viewer feeling so Zen..

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    Source: Cha.ology

    Club AVi 12th Anniversary Posters

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    Normally when I see nightclub posters for local spots I feel a little bit dead inside. If only we could see more of the sort of thing produced by Mihai Baldean, Milo Themes and Loredana Papp-Dinea for Romanian club AVi.

    While I have a tendency to Fanboy over anything which uses massive glyphs, photography and a black-white-red colour scheme I think that this project breathes a bit of life into an area of advertising which is all too often dominated by messy layouts, shameless celebrity endorsements, tacky colour schemes and tasteless typography. The juxtaposition between the photographic subject and the contemporary style are extremely effective and would make as welcome a advertisement as a piece of artwork to be kept in a gallery.

    Source: Club AVi’s XII-year Anniversary Posters Series

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