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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Mask from the Past

Hey everyone!

I came across some photos that I wanted to share with you guys that were taken at this year’s Carnival of Venice. I don’t know why but ever since I was little I loved these kinds of decorative masks. When I say little I mean like 5 or 6 years old, so yes, I was a strange child but maybe I just appreciated the fine arts at a young age. Anyway I have to do a derivative piece for my ceramics class and I’ve been kind of thinking of creating my own mask for that project, although I’m not completely decided yet. I actually had two or three small masks that I had in my room hanging on the wall in my room when I was little too. I have no idea where they are now, probably somewhere in the basement but that’s an adventure on its own. I thought I’d  share with you some of my favorites and I’ll have the link to all the photos down below! Until next time!

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I was only able to put the two I could find via Google since Flickr doesn’t allow you to copy images 😦

Here’s the link for the rest: https://www.flickr.com/photos/flickr/galleries/72157641328366483#photo_12684530834

InDesign mini project: [in]form

For our latest project we had to use the InDesign skills we learned in class to create document that was informative. We could only use text for this project so it was a bit different from what I normally do. Usually I’ll have text along with some kind of graphic so it was interesting to say the least. My partner came up with the idea to use the Milwaukee Skyline as our focus. We decided that we would fill the outline of the city with different facts about Milwaukee and use scientific facts for objects like the lake and sun. We also liked the idea of having the bottom part of the article be a reflection since it is supposed to be water.  I researched most of the facts while my partner tried to tackle InDesign to create our article. To say the least I learned a lot about Milwaukee that I didn’t know before and I picked up a few InDesign tricks.  Working with this program has really sparked an interest in me and has inspired me to learn more about it. I think our project came out pretty well considering the minor challenges we had with the text!

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