My First Client(s)!

Hey everyone! I wanted to give you guys another update on what I’ve been doing this semester and I’m proud to say I’ve had my first client(s)!!! Ironically it had nothing to do with my graphic design class but another class where we had to provide some kind of service to the community. Me and another fellow student teamed up and came up with the idea to create posters for a library event at our school. That lead to us meeting with the director of the library as well as two other associates involved with the event. The event we wanted to make posters for was the therapy dog visits that occur at the end of the semester.

They come the week before finals week to help students deal with stress and take a break from the books. What I’m going to show you first is the moodboard that I made before creating my versions of the posters. My partner and I decided to do our own thing separately and then show our designs to our clients. That way we could show them two different styles and concepts and go from there. The clients did not see this moodboard and it was mainly for my own reference. I’ve found making moldboards really helpful in fleshing out my concept and they’ve become an important part of my process! As always feel free to leave you’re thoughts below!

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More Moodboards!

Hey everyone! I wanted to take the opportunity to show you guys a bit more of my work and give you a taste of what I’ve been doing this semester. One of our projects was to create a timeline or infographic poster that highlighted a current event. I really struggled with the beginnings of this project and it was hard for me to come up with a topic that I wanted to highlight. Some of my other classmates chose to focus on topics such as the Ebola outbreak, Human Trafficking and war related spending. I wanted to make sure that my topic was not only current but also had significant importance.

The situation in Ferguson, Missouri is something that has been widely focused on and I felt this project would help me to communicate awareness of the situation. I chose my timeline to be on the number of black males killed in the U.S. by police officers per year. I felt that by focusing on this the project would end up being more credible since I was not communicating an opinion but rather facts and statistics. Below is the moodboard that I came up and represented my concept for my poster. I eventually plan to post the end result when I have a bit more time but I thought I’d share this with you guys! As always I love hearing your opinion so feel free to make a comment if you like! Until next time!

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Open for Business

Hey everyone, I found these examples of business cards and wanted to share them with you guys. While I really liked the design of some others were just a bit too much to say the least. As I move forward on to next semester I’m going to probably making some business cards of my own so for now I’ve just been looking at examples. I think my favorite ones in this collection were the ones that were functional or would be something you could look at often. I remember when I was little this floral store would give out little coin purses with their information on the front.

It was a good way to have people aware of the business because it was usable. People could keep them in their purse or bag and had access to that information immediately. Note that this was before Smartphones were everywhere, so it really was a great way to get the word around. That being said the ones that really stood out to me where the cheese grater card, bike repair card and the photography card. You’ll notice I’ll have more examples down below that I liked but the ones I just mentioned stood out the most. They’re unique, clever, and most importantly, memorable. I think they’re pretty self-explanatory so I won’t go into much detail about them but if you want to see some really interesting ones check the link below. Also, I just had to add the divorce lawyer one, it was just too good to pass up. It gave me a good laugh but I’m not sure how his clients would feel about it. Anyway, until next time guys!

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Link to others: http://www.answers.com/article/1177876/12-brilliant-business-cards-that-make-yours-seem-obsolete?param4=fb-us-de-money&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=ssde-all#slide=1

Oh My Mood board!

Hey everyone! I know I’ve said in the past that I was going to post some of my own work on here and today I’m actually going to do it! That’s where mood boards come in! I did my first mood board at the end of last semester in the Spring and now they’ve become something I’m expected to do for every project. In case you don’t know, a mood board is basically a collection of ideas that a designer has about a project. A mood board usually includes a color palette, images, textures, typefaces, and even fabrics.

Essentially it gives you and your client (if you have one!) a visual of what you anticipate for the project. Not only does this help  you nail down your concept but its a great way to make sure you and your client are on the same page as to what direction this project is going in. The mood board that I’m going to show you today is one that I did as a series of three boards. The idea was to choose three artists, designers, or any other type of visual artist who inspires you and make a mood board centered around them. I think this actually turned out to be a pretty fun project because it was one of the more laid back assignments and it was a way to see the similarities between artists that have influenced our work.

I wanted to have three different types of artists for my boards because I wanted to avoid overlap and I thought it would be less redundant. So for my first board I focused on the brand Chanel. This choice was one of the ones that I just had to go for because I honestly never thought Chanel had a direct influence on my work or could even have similar aspects. Boy was I wrong, the aspects between my work and the Chanel brand were actually pretty dang similar. First off if the focus on women, which is something I never set out to do but it just happened. I know I haven’t posted much of my own work on here but just take my word for it. This past Spring I did a timeline on women’s fashion in the 1920s, prior to that I did a magazine spread on Grace Kelly, before that I was doing paintings emulating female painters…the list goes on. Another aspect was the use of flowers by Chanel which to be honest I never really noticed, yeah I would notice a flower here and there but it never seemed like a recurring theme until I started throwing images together. Also Chanel uses a lot of black and white in their images as well as other areas which gives it this vintage yet timeless feel. After about ten hours after fooling around researching on Pinterest I picked the images I liked best, found a fabric sample I thought fit, and added words with specific typefaces that I could use if I wanted to develop this concept further as a project.

The end result is below! Kind of…I actually reworked it recently to help with another project so I will post both versions. I didn’t do a major revamp, it was just something for me to help me be a bit more organized and apply the original idea to my current project. Anyway I hope I didn’t overwhelm you guys with this large post but I didn’t want to do a separate into because who would just want to read that. My next one will be a bit shorter and you have two more of these to look forward to. Also please feel free to give me some feedback as it is always appreciated! 🙂

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New Semester, New Post

Hi everyone! I was on somewhat of a hiatus this summer which wasn’t necessarily intentional. This blog mostly functions as a kind of school blog but I usually try to make posts even when I’m not in school because I like sharing things with you guys. This summer I was pretty busy, I was working a lot and when I wasn’t working I was trying to enjoy the summer with my leftover time. That being said I really didn’t do much on the artsy side or writing side for that matter either. However, I wasn’t gone, I’ve been trying to go on Twitter more often and try to make a somewhat interesting tweet. By the way if you haven’t followed me on Twitter please feel free to do so @melfranco17 and send me a message or two!

My goals for this semester are to start working on ways to develop my style more and expand my portfolio. At this point I’m not completely worried about my portfolio but I definitely think I need to start focusing on it more. What I had a hard time on during the summer was coming with projects to create. I really wanted to do simple projects so that I could have a couple of small items instead of a larger project since I was low on time. I guess the good thing about school is that time is more balanced and scheduled, at least for me. I’d like to keep doing mini projects along the way not only for fun but so hopefully something will come from them. I’m thinking more like postcards, posters for events, even maybe some promotional-like items, who knows! Also, I promise to have much more interesting posts with pretty pictures soon! Until next time guys!

Minimalist Movie Posters!

Hey everyone! I found these a while back as they were all posters done on MTV Movie Award Nominees and they kind of work as a source of inspiration for me. A couple of weeks ago we had to design a calendar page for one of our projects in my Graphic Design 1 class and it was something I had never done before so I needed help. I felt that the best route for me to go was to make a minimalist poster since I really like them a lot and well…they’re simple. These are all amazing and I love how even though they’re really simple they really represent their movies! I think they pretty much speak for themselves so I posted my favorites down below as well as a link to the rest of them. My absolute favorite is the one for  Dallas Buyer’s Club which is funny since I haven’t seen the movie, but that goes to show you how appealing the poster is to me! Hopefully they can inspire you guys the same way they did for me!

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Link:http://www.mtv.com/news/1726004/movie-awards-nominees-minimalist-posters/?xrs=share_copy_email

It’s all in the Fine Print

Hey everyone! This is going to be a quick post but I thought the topic was kind of interesting so I wanted to talk about it. We’ve been talking a lot about the business aspect of being a graphic designer in my Graphic Design 1 class lately and I felt that this kind of touches on that. A student has come up with a way to save money but investigating how font contributes to the cost of print. I know this may be my inner Typography nerd coming out but come on, tell me you don’t find this at least a little interesting.

According to his research he found that using certain fonts affected how much the printing cost would because of how much ink is used for certain letters. Depending on the font that was used by his school they would end up paying double for the same amount of words just because of the typeface they chose. As a graphic design student I’m always looking for ways to save a little money without sacrificing quality so this really interested me. His findings caught the right amount of attention and he not only found a way for his school to save money but also the government! Thank you sir! Anyway, I will link the article below so you guys can learn more about this if you want. Like I said before this was a short post but hopefully an informative one if you even need to keep something in mind about printing costs!

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/your-font-is-showing–student-comes-up-with-plan-to-save-u-s–big-bucks-192231144.html

Be My Guest

Hi everyone! I’ve been working on creating some invitations for my Graphic Design class and in order to do that I’ve had to do some research. I’ve been looking for a lot of sources of inspiration and I thought that I’d share some invitation designs that I really liked! I was looking for not only the design of the invitations but also the packaging since I feel that its also a very important aspect. One thing I keep trying to tell myself and look out for is to not over do it. I tend to embellish things more than necessary which leads to too much going on it the design. For my project I’m doing an Alice in Wonderland/Queen of Hearts theme that I talk more about later but for now here are some invites that I think are pretty cool! By the way clicking on the pictures will lead to the site if I was able find one for it! 🙂

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Olympic Art and Matryoshka!

Hey everyone! I always look forward to the Olympics and the opening ceremony so I wanted to talk about that a bit even though it seems to be everywhere. I don’t know where it started but I’ve always loved pretty much any thing to do with Russia and the arts. I know this seems like a pretty convenient statement but I promise its true! I even a have a matryoshka on my dresser. Have you seen the ones on the Slopestyle course? Anyway this made me especially eager to see what was planned for opening ceremony.

One of the things I really appreciated were the way Russian’s culture was portrayed in not only dance and song but also graphics! Come on, this is an art blog, you had to see this coming. I liked how the whole revolved around the dream of a little girl. It’s actually pretty inspiring if you think about it because sure we got a nice brush up on Russia’s history and its achievements;  it also revealed how much can be accomplished in the future. One of the major things I liked was the use of the floor. I loved how at one moment it could be a frozen sea and another a map of St. Petersburg.

I feel like they did a great job of focusing on what they had and what they could do with those resources. That being said the floor and the open space above was used really well! Another moment that stood out to me was the performance to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. It was just a really unique and different take that I wouldn’t have thought to do. That being said I actually used one of Tchaikovsky’s songs for a project last semester! There is so much to cover on the opening ceremony, I could spend days on it but these are the moments that really stood out to me. I hope you guys enjoyed this post since it’s a little different from what I usually blog about on here! What was your favorite moment? Missed it? Check it out below! Then check out the cute matryoshka!

Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1bhx4t_opening-ceremony-sochi-2014-xxii-winter-olympics_sport?start=6507

Russian Doll article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/06/russian-nesting-dolls-sochi-slopestyle-course_n_4735454.html?utm_hp_ref=sports

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Traveling in Style!

Hey everyone! I actually found this story on my Facebook newsfeed and I thought it was a really nice example of redesigning something so that its more functional. Pete Smart is a designer who was inspired to redesign one of his boarding passes and create a more user-friendly version. What amazed me the most about this was that without omitting any crucial information he was able to create a really clear and organized boarding pass that still manages to look appealing. I feel like boarding passes are more confusing than they need to be. With this organized layout you can actually find the information you need quickly.

I also like the use of images in his redesign and the use of color. The pass he created was for Virgin and I really like how the logo is incorporated. I keep looking at the old one and I’ve realized that I really don’t even want to take time to read it. It looks like a bunch of jumbled information and that makes me just scan over it and want to move on. I love how he designed this and hopefully it will promote some changes that would benefit everyone!

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