Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Even the typography is lovingly handled, with each segment changing ever so slightly and unified by the use of Gotham in most of the applications, and using other typefaces as fitting — even the "kids" typography looks finessed, despite the looming pitfalls of faux child-drawn typography. This kind of playful flexibility is typically reserved for the likes of MTV, VH1 or Nickelodeon and the breadth of this kind of brand architecture for global corporations with endless divisions.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
On the other hand, being a graphic designer and having the ability to use those tools as I wish may frighten some...and it has. Some of my friends have been terrified to give me a photo of themselves, just for the fact that someday I may get bored and play. (insert wicked little laugh here) I admit, I've done it before. I've added a few curly afros to the best of them. I've meshed faces seemlessly onto bodies they only wish they had. Oh, I've played, people...and it was damn fun.
But, today I got an email titled : What celebrities would look like if they lived in Wisconsin (hence the nice little photo of Jennifer Aniston below) It was one of the best things I've gotten in awhile. This guy takes the power of Photoshop to a whole new level. Love it!
And remember folks...never, ever fork with a graphic designer.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Which got me thinking....so many people are convinced that we are crazy for living in ND. I say they're crazy. I CAN'T IMAGINE not having winter and snow and even cold. Have you ever seen the pure joy on a child's face from romping around in the snow? I think of all the memories I have as a kid building snow forts, sledding, riding snowmobiles, ice skating, throwing snow balls, making snow angels and climbing (and climbing and climbing) up those hills only to experience the one minute rush of racing back down.
Spending the weekend with my family was just another reminder of how lucky I am and how excited I am to give my son all the same moments that I had growing up. As we sipped hot chocolate afterward, I thought it was a Norman Rockwell moment.
I know we curse the cold and blizzards seem to change our plans sometimes, but on a day like Saturday, I'm sure glad I live in North Dakota!!
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I'm not really saying that I want a complete font banned. I told my intern the other day that comic sans was not allowed in this office. ;-) But, then I had to back-up and admit that there is a time and a place. Yes, good 'ol Comic Sans does have an appropriate use out there somewhere.
It is more about making a statement. How do you explain typography and how important it is in the world of graphic design? How do you teach how a font can communicate to your audience?
bancomicsans.com says it best:
Like the tone of a spoken voice, the characteristics of a typeface convey meaning. The design of the typeface is, in itself, its voice. Often this voice speaks louder than the text itself. Thus when designing a "Do Not Enter" sign the use of a heavy-stroked, attention-commanding font such as Impact or Arial Black is appropriate. Typesetting such a message in Comic Sans would be ludicrous. Though this is sort of misuse is frequent, it is unjustified. Clearly, Comic Sans as a voice conveys silliness, childish naivete, irreverence, and is far too casual for such a purpose. It is analogous to showing up for a black tie event in a clown costume.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Speaking of....my house is driving me nuts lately. I never seem to catch up. How do people do it with 3-4 kids? And single moms. Man, do I have a new appreciation for single moms!! Anyway, between the piles and piles of paper and the dog hair....BLA!
I think it should be a new law that there is only a four day work week. Fridays are for cleaning and catching up and Saturday and Sunday is for spending time with your family.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
So, we have our annual meeting the other day at church. They present us with a lovely little booklet summarizing the year; budget, church council, etc. I open it up and what do I see? Comic sans. An annual report in comic sans. With a little Times New Roman thrown in for good measure. If it was going to be bad, couldn't they at least make it consistantly bad?
By the way, do I use too many commas when I write?