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! 🙂




A Skinny Minnie?

Hey Everyone! I recently saw an article about a Barney’s window display featured some thinned down Disney characters. I wanted to talk a little bit about this because I think it brings up an important idea about working with well known cartoon characters in design. I think when you’re working with a design for a cartoon character you really have to use a lot of caution as a designer. I know that a lot of adults like Disney characters but I think we can all agree that  a majority of cartoons are created for children. That being said I think that by modifying these characters to look like twigs was not a well thought out idea.

The idea for these designs were to show that Disney characters can be fashionable too however the message seems to translate into something else. To be fashionable or a model you need to be skinny. Not a healthy weight, but super skinny. I think this promotion could have been more successful if the characters kept their original forms but were given a makeover another way. When I first read the headline I thought that maybe they had glammed Minnie up a bit but they totally changed her image.

Which makes another statement that you can’t be yourself. If Minnie has to change to be beautiful and high fashion what does that say to the kids who are going to see this? Overall I just think they should have thought about the kids who would see this considering Disney characters are for kids. I feel like this is similar to the sexy Big Bird costumes being sold for Halloween but let’s not go into that. You can read the article I found here: http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/skinny-minnie-mouse-inspires-petition-194641110.html

Yayoi Kusama: Dots,dots, and more dots!

Hey everyone! Today I stumbled upon a really interesting artist that I’d like to share with you. Her name is Yayoi Kusama and she loves dots! From what I’ve read and seen dots are really what she is known for through her artwork.  It might not sound very interesting but trust me, she’s good. She is able to keep her work fresh by using dots in different ways. Sometimes the dots can be used in a pattern and other times the dots are used to create features on sculptures. What really amazed me was how a simple dot could create so many unique designs and artwork. Its amazing at what a single shape can create. I also really like all of the vibrant colors she uses. I think that may be one of the reasons her work is so effective. I feel like if she had used colors that weren’t as vibrant her pieces wouldn’t be as interesting. The article gives you a bit about her background but it really focuses on the fashion line that she will design as part of a collaboration with Louis Vuitton. Louis Vuitton will be selling bags, sunglasses, shoes and coats with Kusama’s designs. I’ll post a few pictures here and I’ll also include a link to the article and more photos so you can check out more of her work!

Link to article:http://news.yahoo.com/ap-interview-artist-kusama-sees-world-dots-050836701.html?_esi=1

Link to some pictures :http://news.yahoo.com/ap-interview-artist-kusama-sees-world-dots-050836701.html