Monday, 25 April 2011

Cups of Tea 1412 - 1423

Why hello all! Sorry for the absence, but in the light of once in a lifetime theater event that graced my home town, I had to go watch a Teacher get nailed to a cross! I refer of course, to Micheal Sheen's Passion, a 3 day episodic drama that took place in various locations across the town. I loved it. It was strangely serial to walk down a street I used to walk every day, accompany a beaten man carrying a cross... It was moving and made me miss acting a hell of a lot. A huge, huge shout out to Matthew Aubrey and Kyle Rhys, two people I've known all my life, whos performances were exceptional and are living proof people can make a name for themselves in this town. Kristian Phillips and Jordan Bernard were also wicked in it, have to tip my hats to them... God, it made me miss acting...

Anywho, on to design ;) I set myself a day project of designing an Energy Drink, purely because I wanted to use a tag line I'd come up with and want to continue the roll of solid logo designing. I used a technique that Gav talked about in one of our classes, writ down the first 5 ideas in your head, then rip the page up and start fresh. I did this and loved the finished result. No conceived notions of the design or even a name. Just a tagline (that could apply to any energy drink) and went for it.

Amongst the names brainstormed were 'Sledgehammer', 'Beat', 'Apollo' and 'Charge', before I finally went with 'Shift'. Then breaking this down even further into what shift could mean, settled on the idea of cars and shifting gears, which I believe led to a striking concept that then became the finished logo :)

The Font is a custom job, with the 'I' modeled on the idea of a gearstick diagram. Shoop shoop. While the can design is done, I want to print it out and photograph it properly, as I don't think it'll work as a flat image ;)

With this one, thoughts are not only appreciated but encouraged! See you guys and gals tomorrow, and thanks for reading / looking!

M x

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Cups of Tea 1408 - 1411

Hello all, me again. So I've been getting quite alot of brainstorming done in the old sunshine today, I took full advantage of being away from the Mac so don't have as much as I'd like to show, but hopefully it should benefit me tomorrow if the weather isn't nice, as I'll have a lot to get on with!

However, I do have a new logo vectored for was is fundamentally going to be my LAST major project of my university career, scary times but hopefully it will be fun. This isn't to say that it will be the last project, heavens no... I've got another 3 small things I'd like to do (whether they get done for the May 9th Deadline is another thing, if not I'll just do them afterward) but this is the core of the next 3 weeks while I stress printing everything else!

Anyways, I digress. The final core project I will be attempting is a small blurb book on something I feel quite strongly about, mainly because if you asked those around me, I probably suffer from it slightly. Yes ladies and Gentleman, I am a shopaholic.

I jest, I don't suffer from Compulsive Buying Disorder REALLY, but it was fascinating to me that such a condition existed, but as it's productive to the cogs of Western society to keep buying, even if we can't afford things, I could find little on it. As I wanted to find out more on the subject, I planned the Stop Shop project, not only to warn of the dangers of CBD, but also as a general rule book of keeping compulsive buying decisions in check.

Over the next 2 weeks, you'll see a lot on it at this here blog, as well as the other 3 small projects but for now, here's the logo for it at least :) It's the first time I've tried anything like this and I believe it came out well :) Thoughts and opinions, as always, are Welcome!

M x

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Cups of Tea 1404 - 1407

Hello again guys and girls, hello too to Twitter followers! I realized I should probably attack this whole self promotion thing on both fronts... so yeah, hi ;)

Again, another quick update due to the wonders of a 9 hour shift but here's the (approval appending) final stationary for Young Oliver Westicles, I tried to keep it as straightforward as possible after seeing some beautiful stationary on the weekend by Moving Brand (which I'll post up tomorrow). It just seems alot more effective to work

Hope you enjoy it! Tomorrow, I'm aiming to knock a whole project out of the park ;) At least the logo / stationary / a few designers for what they produce.

Exciting times! See you tomorrow :)

M x

Monday, 18 April 2011

Cups of Tea 1399 - 1403

Ho-Ho-Ho! I really don't know where I was going with that one! Due Due... Anyways!

As promised, another day of consecutive blogging and some Design! Wow, you wouldn't swear I was a graphic designer at this rate, but thank God the main hump is now over... 3 weeks left! Christ alive, that's a scary thought! But it does also free me up to do a hell of a lot more design work... the blinders are off and I can once again see completely creatively. It's a nice feeling!

So here for your consideration, the logos of a good friend of mine, Mr. Oliver West. It's a quick project admittedly but seeings as I seem to be uddles better at Branding at the moment, I thought I'll strike while the Iron's hot. 3 colour variations of his new logo with the stationary and some new project work to follow tomorrow!

M x

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Cups of Tea 1357 - 1398

Ho-Ho-Ho! Crikey, it's been awhile! I've been hard at work (mostly on paper... and in my head 8-) ) for the last week or so, but slowly slogging away at the rest of the Wes Anderson posters! To be honest with you, most of them have been done for a while, but I didn't update for a day and then thought bugger it, I'll put them all up in one go for you lovely people!

So without further a due, here are the rest of my posters - Starting with 'The Life Aquatic', Wes Anderson's Short, 'Hotel Chevalier' and the feature film that follows it, 'The Darjeeling Limited'. Then to wrap it up, the last of Wes' films, the delightful 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'.

Anywho, I've gotta get some grub down me and then head off to work (hence the early update!) and I'll possibly post something up after that! Regular updates start again here guys :) If you enjoy the posters, give me a comment or a facebook message as I'll probably be making prints of some of the nicer ones to give away :)

M x

Friday, 8 April 2011

Cups of Tea 1354 - 1356

Shoop Shoop!

Unfortunately, due to some things that needed to be done today (namely making the rounds to see the family, moving back for Easter) little work has been done today :o Yes, I know, this is shocking! To make matters worse, I have also left The Life Aquatic (along with my camera) in the dorm... which means I need to waste more time tomorrow by going back to get them. Monkey fudge.

However, I have at least done the main illustrated Royal Tenenbaums poster despite all this! Horray! So for your viewing pleasure, my poster of my favourite movie of all time - The Royal Tenenbaums!

M x

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Cups of Tea 1349 - 1353

Hellooo everybody! Sorry for the lack of a blog post yesterday, I was feeling a little under the weather and while I'd done one of the following, I wanted to post them in a complete set :)

While the Blume International poster was pretty self explanatory in where I got the inspiration, it was very hard for me to try and create a piece of artwork that in my eyes at least, is up to the quality of Rushmore. It is without a shadow of a doubt, in my Top 5 movies of all time. In fact, only second in my eyes to The Royal Tenenbaums, which I can imagine is going to be a nightmare for me to design the poster for haha!

I looked around a lot at what had already been produced for this cult classic, they all seemed to focus on the same things. Either Max's hobbies / Beret, Bill Murray's Bad Ass moments or The Rushmore crest. However, as the first frame of the film after the curtains open, we as an audience are exposed to the beautifully simple and modernist 'Rushmore' sign on the school gates. Just 8 fading red squares with 8 dulled gold letters. And nobody has done a poster of it! haha!

so I present to you my Rushmore posters :) My original, and then the logo version (with the original from the movie)!

M x

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Cups of Tea 1330 - 1348


While I had planned and strategically drunk my cups cups of Tea throughout the week to reveal this at 1337, by the time that magical cup of tea rolled around, it was 4:15 in the morning when I'd finally got this to work... but alas, I am here now! Batteries rested, and another project underway! Hazaaa!

What am I babbling about you may ask? Why, the launch of of course! Go look! it's got some of the work i've been upto over the past year, with more updates to come of past work and of course future projects! It's all exciting. Now, when someone asks 'do you know a graphic designer?' You can say 'Of Course I do, but boy does that fella love Tea!'

Short of this, I started a new project today, what initially started as a project that was a homage to my favourite movies / directors, it soon became something more...

I started, as regular readers would guess, on posters for my favourite film maker, Wes Anderson. I've slowly been starting at the beginning of his movies and working my way through, screen shoting and taking notes as I go (I'm currently watching 'Hotel Chevalier'). But what started as a rather nerdy poster project, is now and extremely nerd-core project...

You see, while watching Bottle Rocket (A film that I've warmed to after repeated watches over the past few months) I began to look REALLY hard for an angle that hadn't been used in a poster yet. There are plenty out there with the Yellow Jumpsuits and the 'You look like a Banana' line... Similarly, There are many typographic pieces that I feel have covered the best quotes... So I had to look EXTRA hard. While I realized quite early on, that nobody had made a big deal of the massive Colt .45 that Owen Wilson wields for most of the movie. So I started here, combining it with the tip of a rocket from the firework stand, the Futura typeface from the title sequence and the exact same shade of red used on this title card. Nerdy yes, but apparently not nerdy enough...

Despite the poster being done, I continued to watch the film, then I noticed something that I'd never noticed before - Mr. Henry, the man Dignan (Owen Wilson) spends the film trying to impress, has a branded truck of his company 'Lawn Wranglers'!
It's only in shot for about 3 seconds, but I saw it. Then I screen Grabbed it. Then I did the most nerdy of nerdy posters... because I thought it would be fun...

And now this, has become the project. The Branding of fictional companies within the films I love. Rushmore has Blume International (which I shall post tomorrow), Royal Tenenbaums has The Tenenbaums Flag, Various hospital logos and a few other 'blink and you'll miss them' brands, Zissou of course has the Team Zissou logo and I'm hunting the others in Darjeeling and Hotel Chevalier as we speak!

Fun Fun

M x