What if Disney stories had Instagram?
Probably not a good idea.
Instagram has been a huge part of the social media sphere ever since its introduction in 2010. Created by software engineers Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, it gained rapid popularity with over 300 million active users at the end of 2014. It was so popular that social media giant Facebook purchased it for $1 billion in cash and equity.
If Disney fairy tales existed in real life, they would probably have Instagram too. Something freelance designer Simona Bonafini illustrated in her series Selfie Fables (which is still ongoing!)
Disney characters come to life as they share candid selfies using Instagram’s tilt-shift effect and filters complete with #modern #era #hashtags. Even other characters from their respective movies show up and comment on their pics.
Check the rest of Selfie Fables below.
She’s a Game of Thrones fan!
Simona Bonafini is a graphic designer from Politecnico di Milano, now working as a freelance illustrator. Check out her websites: Facebook Behance Tumblr DeviantArt. If you would like to buy her prints, check out Society6.
Do you think these selfies need more Sutro? Comment below!
In today’s commercial world, barcodes are almost everywhere.
Present in every product packaging that we use today, barcodes have become universal with their use in automating supermarket checkout systems. Recently, innovations in barcode technology have made it possible to do more than tagging products. They can also be used to encode music, images, URLs and emails.
Barcodes encode data by varying the widths and spacing of parallel lines. At some point, they evolved to rectangles, hexagons, and other geometric shapes which encoded more than their 1-dimensional counterpart. They serve their function but sadly, they are not as decorative and might even be intrusive to the packaging.
But not in Japan, the land of kawaii.
The concept of kawaii (roughly translates as “cute”) is prevalent across Japanese culture and can be seen in almost every aspect of the Japanese life. Everything from teen idols and lolita fashion to anime and RPG games speak of kawaii in varying degress. Heck, they even have Pokemon-themed airlines.
And barcodes are no exceptions.
Japanese group Design Barcode has been creating custom barcodes since 2005. Asking themselves “Why has the barcode never changed?”, the group began innovating a process of integrating design elements into the barcode.
The result? The mundane parallel lines of black and white become a refreshing way for brands to use as a communication tool.
Check out some of the designs of Design Barcode below.
Do barcodes need a redesign? Comment below!
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Despite all the bad effects of drugs both physically and emotionally, there’s no question about the visual stimulation it can give to a user.
Something graphic designer Meaghan Li tried to depict in her side project This Is Your Brain On Drugs.
The title is reminiscent of two ad campaigns of the same name by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. The two PSAs are large scale anti-narcotic campaigns using a frying egg as a metaphor for the brain getting “fried by drugs”.
Meaghan Li’s posters, however, attempt to illustrate the lucid effects of each drug in an objective manner and make it accessible to everybody, especially to non-users.
Meaghan is a graphics designer from New Zealand studying at Duke University. She is in her final year as an undergraduate majoring in Public Policy and Political Science with a minor on Visual Media Studies.
Her academic experiences include working on drug policy research in the Netherlands and implementing an arts-based educational curriculum in Tanzania, something that reflects on her poster series.
Check out some of her work below.
(DISCLAIMER: You The Designer does not advocate the use of drugs and the pieces are featured here for the purpose of commentary and critique)
For the full set of posters, visit her website here.
Did Meaghan capture the effects of drugs visually? Comment below!
The creative mind is like the human body.
Creativity is something that should be trained everyday, or else it would get out of shape. Thus, doing some creativity exercises would ensure that your brain remains sharp enough for you to do your projects effectively.
Aside from that, it’s inevitable that you will run into a creative block where it would seem that your fountain of creativity has run out. Doing some light Photoshop manipulation or even doodling will help getting you back in the zone.
I’ve listed some mini design exercises you can do to get your creative juices flowing.
Typography is one of the hardest graphic design components to master. The choice of typeface should reflect what the quote is trying to say. Even the line breaks, spacing, or the choice of color and background are essential in creating a harmonious and coherent design.
Mini typography design exercise #1
1. Choose a quote from the most recent movie/TV show you watched or the last book you’ve read.
2. Allot a specific amount of time, say thirty minutes, and see how many ways you can design a quote typography study within the timeframe.
3. Submit it to the respective fandom for profit.
Mini typography design exercise #2
1. Choose a free font at random from font aggregator sites like dafont.
2. Look for fonts that go well with selected font.
3. Write a quote using the font partners you created to verify.
Mini typography design exercise #3
1. Check your feed and look for status updates or tweets that you could use.
2. Choose an appropriate font for said update/tweet.
3. Comment the finished image and wait for hilarity.
We’ve done it all the time ever since we were kids. Why not use that as your preliminary exercise before designing?
Mini sketching exercise #1
1. Look for kindergarten monster doodles online.
2. Create your own version of the monster.
3. Use Photoshop to bring it to life.
Mini sketching exercise #2
1. Make a list of fantastical skills from video games or fantasy novels.
2. Doodle a monster within the constraints of your list.
Mini sketching exercise #3
1. Choose a famous painting such as The Scream by Edvard Munch or The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.
2. Include a monster to interact with the characters of the painting.
3. Take it to the next level by imitating the style of the artist for your monster.
Logos are one of the fundamentals of graphics design. Being able to illustrate an identity through the use of a symbol is an arduous task, and comes with a great responsibility for a graphic designer. The logo is the most associated object with a company and thus, it has a significant impact on the company’s future marketing strategies.
This is one aspect you should definitely train for.
Mini logo design exercise #1
1. Check crowdsourcing sites like Kickstarter for startup companies.
2. Use their company and project summary as a client brief and sketch as many logo concepts as you can.
3. State reasons how each logo could or couldn’t work.
Mini logo design exercise #2
1. Choose one of your friends.
2. Write a brief on what kind of person they are and how you know them to be.
3. Design a personal logo for them.
Mini logo design exercise #3
1. Look for a random article in Wikipedia until you have a prominent personality. (Alt + Shift + X for Windows and Linux, Control + Option + X for Mac)
2. Use the wiki entry as a creative brief for you to make your logo.
3. Design a personal logo for them.
The best weapon in a designer’s arsenal is arguably Adobe Photoshop. Knowing how to use your weapon in more ways than one is essential for survival in the design wilderness.
Mini photo manipulation exercise #1
1. Subscribe to the Photoshop Battles subreddit. Here, users submit interesting photographs that you can manipulate to your heart’s content
2. Use your Photoshop skills to create the most hilarious pic you could think of.
3. Submit for that precious karma.
Mini photo manipulation exercise #2
1. Choose one photo from various stock photo sites.
2. Use Photoshop to make it not stock photo-ish.
3. Instead of a monster, use the stock photo for Mini sketching exercise #3
Mini photo manipulation exercise #3
1. Look for old black and white photos. Photos from your parents’ family albums works great, but you can search for old photos in the internet.
2. Colorize them using Photoshop.
3. Give it to your Mum next Thanksgiving.
That’s about the list of things I could think of. I hope they could prove useful to you.
Do you have any design exercise you do before getting to work? Comment below.
One of the most crucial aspects of designing a logo is making elements reflect what the company really is.
But there are times when we as designers get influenced with current design trends. It may be caused by false inspiration, unintentional plagiarism, or just a plain result of the changing design times.
In a previous article, we talked about the generic logo that we are all too tired of seeing. Graphic designer Giovanni Todini curated a list of logo cliches most run-of-the-mill designers use. Logos using Trajan font cut by an arc or the use of graph icons for finance-type firms are all too familiar to us by now that we would probably mistake one for the other.
1. Warm, multitone triangles family
2. Three lines on blue circles family
3. Flipped letter “C” family
4. Red circles logo family
5. Southeast open teardrop family
6. Orange doughnuts with triangle holes family
7. Hands and leaves family
8. Black letters with a touch of red family
9. Incorporated number “1” logo family
Have you found a generic logo in the wild? Comment them below!
They are called intrusive thoughts—disruptive fantasies of anger, hate, and most of all, fear.
In psychology, intrusive thoughts are negative ideas that’re automatic, frequent, upsetting or distressing, and difficult to control or get rid of. They are associated with obsessive-compulsive disorders and depression, but they can be experienced by all of us.
And now, this guy illustrates them.
Los Angeles-based artist Fran Krause is an animator. He is currently faculty in the Character Animation Program at CalArts, creator of several cartoons, and he’s the guy who draws the Deep Dark Fears web comic series.
Deep Dark Fears is a Tumblr blog where fans can submit their darkest intrusive thoughts and Fran Krause would illustrate them. It started with Krause’s own phobias. Now, there are hundreds of short comics featuring irrational fears and intrusive thoughts that readers sent him.
It’s quite amazing how common some fear-inducing thoughts are.
Prepare to cringe.
If you have an intrusive thought and brave enough for it to be illustrated, submit it to http://deep-dark-fears.tumblr.com/submit.