Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Always the Box

You often hear about children preferring to play with the box their toy came in. Heck if packaging design continues to progress (and it will) I could prefer playing with or at least admiring the box my product came in.

A couple of days ago my niece got a new to: a set of play keys. B. Funkeys. Not only a fun name but the packaging was sophisticated, modern, yet fun. Packaging made to appeal to the person who would buy the product: the parent! Babies can't pick out their own toys and care very little for the design aesthetic. The box not only was beautiful the packaging could be reversed so that the box became a wrapping paper and an easy gift to give.

It was a fun inspiring design. The whole package was conceived in and out. Looks great for child and parent.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Coding and Design

My boss sent me this link today

It's about a professor who makes images using C++ coding. I think that is pretty amazing, and a lot of work has to go into that.

Henrik Wann Jensen must have a lot patience. Using artistic ability along with conventional in depth coding is an odd twist for the art world today. Maybe artists can pass the boundary and discover a relationship with coding.

It's Live!

I am glad to announce that my website went live this morning!
Please check it out and leave any feedback.

Monday, September 13, 2010


while in school we were educated that 12 pt is horsey (and it is) that smaller is better and white space is optimum. In the "real" world I continually find that clients request larger type and want to shove in as much type as they can into a single poster or ad. School I found myself continuously at 8pt (and I think for most designers that is acceptable), but taking it to a client it seems impossible. I continuously make it larger and larger. I do avoid 12 pt at all costs, but it seems now my normal is 10 or 11.

It is important to have design aesthetics and appreciate the simplicity and look of small type, but schools should also emphasize the need to fulfill the market of growing population of elderly. Most non-designers I have met over 40 cannot read 9 pt type. And maybe it is just a time of readjustment after school for theoretical design into practical.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Deadman Walking

A collaboration between GOOD and Amanda Buck. Interesting info graphic, applicable, different, and easy to interpret the data.

All of those are great tools to use for an infographic. We don't have to keep making pie charts, bar graphs, and line graphs. This one is a twist on the pie graph.

Starting from a Dead Stop

This is a great article for any creative person. In order to keep our creativity momentum going we can't stop we must continue. With graduation and lack of job availability has made me a lazy designer. I have to start from a dead stop. As the article says I want to set a goal for myself to work on two things: my website and a raw website starting with 1 hour and working myself to increased time totally focused on these two things.

that's my commitment