Was shot during the period I was working on my personal identity.
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Some more experiments, some aspects of the type will change after today. Specifically in “Earth”. I’ll be posting updates and my progress on this project more frequently from now on.
And the sky is filled with light
Can you see it?
All the black is really white
If you believe it
As your time is running out
Let me take away your doubt
You can find a better a place
In this twilight
– Nine Inch Nails “In this Twilight”
To pick three of my own favorite designs is a difficult choice to make, not because I have a lot of favorites, but quite the opposite. I’m a pretty harsh critic when it comes to my own creations, this is even true with my photography, so picking three for this post was quite difficult. My first choice was the lowercase “h” I created for my font (H is for Hoax), my favorite part of the h is the details, specifically the ascender and head serif, I’d like to believe that we’re seeing “inside”, like an x-ray.
The second design I chose to show is a poster design that I’m still working on, the title (a work in progress) is “Fall of Reach”, its a tribute to the videogame Halo. I like the simplicity of it and the focus on the center of the poster, it could possibly make the viewer contemplate what they’re looking at and that’s usually a good thing.
The third and final design is also a poster, done for a course in university, we had various choices of posters to design, I chose to create a fictional movie poster based on Year Zero, the Nine Inch Nails album. I had decided from the start to take my own photo for the background and I think that’s why I have a soft spot for this poster.
When I first heard of Nagib Khazaka, I was told that he primarily shoots architectural photography, but I was not sure what type of architectural photography he was into, because there are a lot of styles and some of them could be quite uninteresting and difficult to appreciate. I didn’t know what to really expect from his photographs so I didn’t set any specific expectations. Now once I sat in my seat and Nagib Khazaka started speaking, things started to change. He had this really friendly aura and has a really cool, humorous and laid back way of doing things, he was passionate, but he didn’t take things too seriously in the lecture so that we as an audience would enjoy his presentation more, which he did [presented] quite well.
There isn’t one particular aspect of the lecture that I enjoyed the most, the whole lecture in general was interesting. I really enjoyed his portfolio because I didn’t really know what to expect, so when I first saw the interior shot of what I believe was a museum, I was amazed. The composition, the lighting and the quality of the photograph really got to me, not only was his architectural photography impressive, but he had an intensive collection of portrait photography, which impressed me as much. The angles he took the shots, the lighting, quite simple in some shots, was spectacular and the whole experience was pretty inspirational for me, especially since my mind had had a creative block and he has inspired me to start taking more pictures. Hopefully I’ll be able to work with him in one of his workshops soon enough.
You can visit his site here.
To pick one form of graphic design is a difficult choice. I’m interested in graphic design because I love typography, but I also love poster designs and advertising design, I also happen to be interested in title sequences and the challenge of creating a corporate identity design. For the sake of this assignment, I’ll choose poster design, because you can incorporate many things into a poster, photography, typography, illustrations and obviously they should be all backed up by a powerful, solid concept and composition.
One designer springs to mind when I think of poster design and that’s David Carson. I like the fact that he broke the rules and pulled off some pretty unconventional, but amazing designs. What I also like about Carson is that he’s able to merge photography and design pretty efficiently. He is so influential that his “unconventional” designs have kind of become conventional because there have been so many designers that attempt to mimic Carson’s style.
For something to be dynamic it requires a certain type of energy or “power”, not really needing to show motion. There are many graphic designers who create dynamic poster designs or CD covers without necessarily showing any real type of movement. The typography or some form of graphic might be positioned in a certain way, shaped in a certain way or placed in a certain way to show some form of dynamic design, but no “real” movement could be shown. I believe that more print designers should experiment and focus on introducing this type of dynamism in their designs to keep things interesting and fresh.