This is a self-promotional piece I came across on www.behance.net from artist Citra Kumala Birowo. Self Promotion “Christmas Edition” is a set of the artist’s portfolio and resume. The concept of this self promotion is about giving someone a gift. This project was created a few weeks before Christmas, so for that reason the self promotion looks like a Christmas present. The designer states the main design looks like a Christmas wreath formed in letter “C”. The rest of design uses orange and brown color to show the warmth of Christmas. However, the actual gift is not the portfolio book. Instead, the chocolate bar inside the box is used to be a creative media for her resume. On the label, it contains all her biodata, personal information about her education, my skills, and etc. The plan is when someone or a design agency receives the gift box, when they read the portfolio book and also eat the chocolate bar that has been inserted. Under the chocolate bar, you can find a flashdisk which contains softcopies of her portfolio. I feel this piece was very successful because it is creative and well thought out from every aspect. You can see more photos of her project here: https://www.behance.net/gallery/12758153/Self-Promotion-Christmas-Edition
While researching this assignment, I came across a website called inspofinds.com. The goal at InspoFinds is to promote and celebrate latest design work, up and coming designers and the design community. Aside from showcasing designers work online, InspoFinds publishes a collection of books featuring 365 design pieces from fresh graduates, designers and agencies. I was most drawn to this blog is that it celebrates inspiring designers and gives them a platform to become noticed. In particular, I was inspired by a packaging project from student Josephine Hermanto for her brand Smooj. You can find it here https://inspofinds.com/blog/smooj .
I was first drawn to this diagram because of the content it was covering. The title “Why Do Freeways Come To A Stop?” is something I’ve always thought about and the visual description really helps to grasp it. Where the road bends helps to show where traffic slows down and jams up which is a good example of an information design because your mind easily makes the connection. I also feel the design is very youthful and easy to read and comprehend. The funnel effect is also easy to understand based on the images side- by-side. The faint red oval behind the second funnel also helps to easily make the connection that there’s a problem with that method.
One of the most known logos worldwide is Apple. This logo is a prime example of use of both negative and positive space. Apple has taken a simple fruit and turned it into an elegant, recognizable design. The “bite” out of the apple draws your eye to the design and creates an interesting contrast of both positive and negative space using black and white.
The United States Postal Service logo can be recognized by nearly every citizen living in the United States. It’s an independent branch of the federal government that responsible for providing postal service in the United States and caters to both residential and commercial customers. The USPS handles the mailing of letters and packages, sorting and delivering mail, and selling products such as stamps and mailing supplies. The logo itself is an excellent example of an identity system because it is a bald eagle and represents the values, power and patriotic spirit of an American. The eagle also appears to be soaring through the air which is representative of the speed of their services.
This is a sign that my roommate has hanging in our apartment. It’s always been funny to me that there are very educated graphic designers that create silly novelty signs such as these. I was intrigued to chose this sign because it is printed on a mirror that is covered in glass. I’m curious to see the process behind how typography such as this gets printed on such delicate surfaces and the whole design process from start to finish.