Self-Promotion

May 4, 2012

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Alright, I think this is pretty cool. This site shows that through graphic design you can make a self-promotion package for almost any kinda of artist. Whether its for a graphic design artist, make-up artist, or to promote a new video game, it can be done! Speaking of the video game, it’s called Fez and all you gamers should really check it out. It plays with 2D vs. 3D perspective.
Anyway, the company that created the self-promos on this site is called International designers Network. It seems you can only get their magazine from Brooklyn, NY or subscribe to the magazine.
http://idnworld.com/mags/?id=v16n4 

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Information Design

May 4, 2012

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HistoryShots is an information design company. I’m pretty sure this company was started by Larry Gormley and Bill Younker but has many designers working and researching for these info designs. As of right now they have 25 posters, each one is filled with information, and designed well in collaboration with the type information given. They have 6 categories. The image above is from their exploration category and is called “Fifty Years of Space Exploration.”

Look at This

May 3, 2012

We are Build is a small design company that has worked with some large clients like Sony Playstation and Nokia and many smaller clients. They work in all styles of graphic design. Right on the main page you can select if you want to view their advertising, editorial, exhibition graphics, identity, illustration, or one of their other 12 design types. It’s fantastic too cause each piece has such a clean, easygoing style.

Look at This

May 3, 2012

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Rob Clarke is a very skilled typographer. Plus he’s smart about the set up of his website. As soon as you click on his site you see examples of his work. Then if you want to view one of his logos zoomed in you can click it and view the logo in a personal large square along with information like who his client was. If you’re looking to get into typography this is definitely someone to learn from.

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This logo was created by Pentagram for American Institute of Architects Center logo. I looked through this site http://www.logodesignlove.com/negative-space-logo-design and decided I enjoyed this logo the best. When glancing over it I really only saw the key because the buildings fit so well as the nudges in the key. Every aspect of this logo balances very well too. I can’t pick out any parts of the buildings or the key that aren’t logical and/or well placed.
Pentagram has a ton more logos in a variety of styles that people definitely should look through.

Identity Systems

April 7, 2012

 

Alright, we all know this one. Actually the more I looked into it the more interesting this logo became. This article: http://www.logoblog.org/nintendo-logo.php  analyzed the logo and stated towards the end “the famous “Nintendo Logo” does not deliver unequivocal and complete information to its targeted customers in a very impressive way.” The fact that it was saying the logo didn’t deliver it’s information in an impressive manor is just ridiculous. The point of a logo is to get the viewers attention and become recognizable to the viewer. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t recognize this logo. Even my 60+ year parents at least recognize this logo.

The article also mentions that the logo was not created by a professional designer or company.
I see this as a strong identity system because of Nintendo’s use of a vibrant red, originally on black but changed later to white, bold text, and especially its use of the ‘capsule’ shape. The article and two others I looked through say the capsule make the logo look “childish”,”simple”, and “unprofessional.” Again these are just ridiculous things to say in my opinion. Nintendo is generally a childs/preteen company that originally was to make playing cards and now makes various video games and video game systems. I’m pretty sure everything they’ve made/sponsored has not been more than a T (+13) rated game. Taking what is produced by the company into perspective this logo fits perfectly.

Irma Boom is a creative, skilled book designer and she is well known for her design of the SHV book. Especially since it is about the size of a matchbox. She has also done other designs such as for stamps, cards, and catalogues. Some examples are her Butterfly Stamps for Dutch PPT…
… this Telephone Card…

…and more close to home she designed a new catalog for MoMA.