Online Portfolio

While researching ideas for online portfolios, I came across the ‘Artist A Day’ website. This website features a top, emerging artist each day, giving people the opportunity to discover and collect art from around the world. The artwork featured on this website range from drawing, painting, sculptures, photography, illustrations, designs…etc. If you explore this website, you will see many beautiful works and creative ideas that can serve as inspiration and motivation to become apart of this site and submit a piece of your own.

Some pieces included in Artist A Day:

 

To explore this site or submit work visit:

https://www.artistaday.com/?page_id=2

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Self Promotion: Steve Harrington

 

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Steven Harrington is best known for his bright, iconic style that encourages a two-way conversation between the artist and viewer. I thought his website was very professional and fun to look through as he offers the viewer an array of his artworks from tee shirt designs, canvases, sneakers, and of course his beautiful murals.

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For more works by Steve Harrington visit:

http://stevenharrington.com/works/first

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A Blog Worth Visiting

Design Crisis is a funny, self-deprecating blog that comes across to be extremely professional. The personality of this designer shines through in each post she writes. While this blog is visually appealing and interesting, her posts also offer good advice and keep the reader engaged and wanting more.

Here’s a recent entry: “What I’m trying to say is, I’m sorry I’m such a crap blogger. I have great hopes of being better in the near future. But the future is later so in the meantime, look at these random pictures and let me tell you about my adventures.

Want to read more? visit: http://erinwilliamsondesign.com/design-crisis/

Information Design

This informational design represents each nation and their contribution to the overall global carbon footprint. The artist has used different sized circles in various colors to create an image of a footprint, which could possibly allow us to draw the conclusion of what issue this design is going to address without even looking further into the information given. This design is effective and successful in that just by looking at the image you can tell that some countries have a much more significant effect on the environment than others. Because this design is very easy to understand and visually pleasing which will make the viewer feel more inclined to look further into the design and take in the information the designer has included.

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This design can be found here:

http://www.sustainableplant.com/2013/03/Global-Carbon-Footprint-Infographic/

Identity Systems

Although I have never really looked too much into the logo for Starbucks coffee, I have always found it very attractive and it has never failed to grab my eye, even on a a fast drive by on my way home from work. However, upon research, I have learned about the thought processes and ideas that went into creating this design that I find to be a very successful logo.

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The logo was originally made in 1971 in Seattle, Washington by Terry Heckler. The first version of this logo depicts the image of a “twin-tailed mermaid”, which is thought to symbolize the seductive imagery of the sea, and also intends to be as seductive as the coffee itself.

With the rapid growth in popularity of Starbucks coffee, the the logo has undergone many changes to meet the recent times of our society. However, the current Starbucks logo still retains its original Mermaid icon.

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I find the design of the Starbucks logo to be very original, its not something that is seen anywhere else, or something that can be confused with another product. The logo uses a a circle to contain the image of the iconic mermaid. Although the design only uses one color, it makes the design have a sense of simplicity yet still very satisfying. The color of the logo has become so iconic for this company that I feel as though in a list of Pantone Colors, this same green should be called “Starbucks Green” because the color alone could be associated directly with the company because it has become so well known and well recognized around the world.

Ambiguity of Positive and Negative Space: FedEx

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The FedEx logo uses negative space to convey the forward-moving nature of the company

This legendary and iconic logo was designed by Lindon Leader in 1994 and has been praised for its creative, sophisticated and eye-grabbing use of negative space ever since. Although the use of text is very prominent in this design, the artist creates the visual of a forward arrow in between the letters E an X, which once you see, is very hard to unsee. The use of negative space in this logo has lead this design to win over 40 awards and was ranked as one of the eight best logos in the last 35 years in the 35th Anniversary Icon issue of Rolling Stone Magazine.

For information on the story behind the FedEx logo please visit:

https://www.fastcodesign.com/1671067/the-story-behind-the-famous-fedex-logo-and-why-it-works

Seen in the Real World

As I was walking through the fine art building, I noticed this exhibition. It includes multiple pieces that exhibit a common theme. Each piece includes a photograph that are altered in different ways to make each piece more interesting to the viewer. I was drawn to these pieces due to the artists great use in both positive and negative space. The artist puts a intentional, unexpected twist on ordinary photographs, almost as if digitally painting vibrant patterns over the top of the black and white photos. By doing this it adds a particular feeling of a day dream, hints the name of the exhibition. Screen Shot 2018-02-27 at 2.46.34 PM