My Work: Orange Tree Holiday Card


I designed this abstract orange tree holiday card as an e-card for my department to send out. It had to be somewhat generic but still graphically interesting and, if possible, include some aspect of what we do (Florida agricultural educational materials). A fun little project.

Indie Film Posters


Last week Smashing Magazine had a post featuring 40 indie film posters. These three were my favorites:


  • Zoo, for the startling and unusual cropping of the horse
  • Paris, Je T'aime, for creative use of the Eiffel tower, subtle background texture and the typography border
  • Taxi to the Dark Side, for texture, composition and use of the US flag as a shadow

Farmer's Market


The cute little curl on this can of pumpkin puree first caught my eye when I was flipping through an issue of Real Simple magazine. Worth a second glance, Farmer's Market's design is a cozy mix of old and new. Their webpage has a slightly vintage feel mixed with plenty of white space and well chosen typography.

Photoshop in Real Life


I've seen this real life recreation of a blank Photoshop document a few places on the web recently. Still, it's too cool to not share here. My favorites &mdash the tool bar (especially the paint bucket and the hand) and the transparent sheet for Layer 1. An outstanding idea that's been beautifully executed. Created by Bates 141.

Izze


I really like Izze's simple packaging and ultra-modern look. The logo is stunning in its simplicity &mdash fruit pips in a circle. Izze's logo and packaging are designed by tda advertising & design.

Izze tastes great but you can also make your own sparkling juice at home. Just combine 1/2 cup sparkling water and 1/2 cup fruit juice.

My Work: Lotus Henna card


I designed this colorful card for a traditional Indian wedding I attended recently. The lotus and henna patterns both respect the traditional element and are arranged in a simple composition with this love quote I found. Thanks to keepdesigning.com for the free mendhi/henna vector art used here.

Grady McFerrin Photo Album


I seem to be attracted to autumn colors lately. I love the warm browns and golds in this photo album cover. The beautiful and delicate strip of pattern on the left contrasts nicely with the rough texture and simple butterfly art.

Unique Ampersands


These are some of the ampersands that caught my eye in a recent logo typography search. Just for fun, here is bit of history on the ampersand's origins:


An ampersand is a symbol representing the word "and". The symbol is a ligature of the letters in et, Latin for "and". Traditionally, in English-speaking schools when reciting the Alphabet, any letter that could also be used as a word in itself ("A," "I," "&" and, at one point, "O") was preceded by the Latin expression "per se" (Latin for "by itself"). So the word ampersand is a corruption of the phrase "and per se and".


Over time the way the ampersand was written evolved into the symbol we use today. In some of the examples above, the ampersands are interpretations of the modern ampersand symbol and others are more closely linked to the older Latin et.


This short description is cobbled together from the full Wikipedia ampersand article.

Autumn


The wind is blowing and drops of rain tingle in the air today — autumn is here. This dreamy illustration captures that autumn spirit. It's desktop wallpaper from vnwallpapers.com

Jeffrey Fisher Notecards


I love the creativity, color and handmade styling of these charming Jeffrey Fisher notecards.

Borges Poema


Borges Poema is at the height of italic elegance. I especially love the curlicues and the curves of the W, g and f. I'm going to have to get the whole family.

I recently used Borges Poema on a congratulations card for a retiring coworker. The funny thing is — when I was looking through the retirement book assembled for her, I saw another card using Borges Poema too. I guess I'm not the only designer who likes this font.

US Election Graphics

I'm heartily sick of the presidential election and ready for the media circus to end. (Actually, it never ends, it just switches topics but one can always hope...) I was most impressed with the Obama campaign design although McCain's campaign design suited McCain quite well. So for an election graphics roundup:



Obama's campaign fonts are Gotham and Perpetua (I almost thought it was Warnock Pro but the A's weren't right and a Google search revealed the correct serif font). Gotham is a good sanserif font choice for a message of change with its simple and modern look. Perpetua can actually be annoying as a text font because the x-height is rather small but it works well for titles and has a sharp modern look here. I like the O logo — it's simple and striking, although the Capitol building feels a little too round - it might have been better with the cupola added on top. Using a brighter blue with or instead of the standard dark blue was another graphical way to convey a message of change.

By far, my favorite design item was the multicolored Obama poster. Great choice of colors, image and retro styling. I've seen these posters all around town.


McCain's campaign font is Optima, a bold sanserif font with slight curves in the letterforms. The star was a good choice to emphasize McCain's military experience. It also brings the stars on the American flag to mind. This shade of yellow with this shade of blue doesn't work so well but it's bold and again ties to the military — all of those "Support Our Troops" ribbons are yellow. The McCain stickers are the same exact design as the yard signs so I didn't duplicate it here. I haven't seen any McCain campaign posters around town.

I'd give Obama's website design an A and McCain's website design a C.