New Posters: Influenced By Words

Words can have a profound effect on our way of thinking. If used properly, words can shift opinions and convey ideas. Writers having been sharing knowledge through the written language, song and art for thousands of years. Great books can still inspire thought and imagination thousands of years after the writers death.

I have been inspired by many great writers and wordsmiths throughout my life and I wanted to honor their knowledge by making some posters. So I’ve dedicated a wall to the literary and musical influences in my life.

a use for the ‘ex’ unit value in css

Combining images with text in a cohesive manner requires planning and problem solving and is a necessity in graphic design. Most designers prefer to see an optical alignment between the tops of images and the tops of blocks of text. It gets even sexier when the top of the image is aligned with the x-height of the top line of text in the text block. This gives a better visual and optical alignment.

In the example paragraph below, I’ve merely applied the severely under-used ex unit value to the positioning of the image. The result is the perfect optical alignment with the top of the paragraph it lives in.

New Poster – The Misanthrope.

Here’s a new poster I created for a joke. I wanted a new poster on my wall and this is the result. I love lego and I enjoy seeing them in a negative context. I’m also going to make a t-shirt exactly like the one he is wearing so I can wear it. I’m not necessarily a misanthrope but I can see where they are coming from. The text reads as follows:

Teach your children the truth about humanity. We’re nothing but a virus with shoes, but don’t let that thought get you down! Digressions, objections, delight in mockery, carefree mistrust are signs of health; Find joy in knowing there are others just like you!

You can purchase a print on my Society6 account. Follow the link after the image.

Pro-Bono Logo – Tarot Synthesis

A nice lady approached me recently saying she needed a logo for her Tarot Reading company but she couldn’t afford to pay me. Her budget was super-low (which is often the case) and you could tell by the DIY aesthetics of her website that she’s been working very hard by herself to get this thing off the ground. I liked the idea of working on something as unique as a tarot reading company so I broke down and said yes. I would love to get compensated for my work but it also feels good to help someone out. In the end I just like to create things.

I decided to go with a simple and classy look for this logo. Most of the local tarot reading companies in town had cheesy Papyrus-style stype mixed with weird spirals and symbolism; I wanted to differentiate my logo from theirs without going over-the-top. I utilized H&FJ’s Requiem face (one of my favorite font purchases) for it’s classy and elegant feel.

Font Preview

Here is a preview of a font I’m currently developing. It’s based off of Feder-Grotesque, originally designed by Jakob Erbar in 1919, although I’m looking to modify it for less of a German appearance (for lack of a better description), so it won’t be an exact revival. Currently the redrawn letters are the same as Feder-Grotesque, but it’s only in the early stages of the design process and I’m not sure if I want to do a revival or maybe just something based off of the original. All I know is It will be a multiple-master font with many weights, alternates and other goodies.

Pro-Bono T-Shirts

These t-shirts were done for David Yakoma of somewhere in Zambia. He approached me very nicely and kindly asked me to design him some t-shirts but he wouldn’t be able to pay me very much. He told me he wanted to sell t-shirts in order to get his kids through school—which may or may-not be a complete pile of poop—but I agreed to do the work for free. If I was indeed lied too, I can at least keep living with a good conscience knowing I was only trying to help someone out.

Free Font: NINJO

Ninjo was inspired by ninjas and the disco era. I wanted to create a super-funky display font that was easy to manipulate and play with. I used this opportunity to hone my skills in type design software and open-type programming, making many mistakes and corrections along the way. I am offering this display font for free, there will be a link at the end of this post. Enjoy!


Using Proportions and Grids in Logo Design

Mathematically a proportion is defined as a four-term relation among quantities: A is to B as C is to D. In essence, the task of proportional reasoning is to compare the relation between one pair of terms (or quantities) with the relation between the other pair. One of the simplest examples of proportional reasoning occurs in the identification of shapes. Even young children can tell whether two shapes are equally proportioned, in terms of the ratios of their heights to their widths for instance—even if they are very different in overall size.

What Eye-Movements Tell Us About Ratios and Spatial Proportions by Catherine Sophian and Martha E. Crosby

Comic Sans in a Poster – An Experiment in Reverse Inspiration

In Canada, British Columbia has the lowest in government funding for the arts per-capita by a longshot compared to the other provinces. Among other things, communities that lack funding for the arts risk losing important culture, inspiration and innovation. Creativity is just as important to children as education and health. It allows for the growth of a more vibrant community that can inspire tourism and ultimately help the already weakened economy. I happen to live in the capital of British Columbia and have the chance to try and make a difference to something I am passionate about and to commit an artistic social experiment. (cue maniacal laugh)

I decided to make the worst poster I’ve ever done, one that was both uninspiring and boring — at least on the outside. I wanted to show how lack of creativity and inspiration could affect the very world around us. I believe industries depend on artists to make information palatable to the public and I wanted to portray a world where art is without value to its government. A world where art, music, writing — even something as simple as a poster, becomes bland and uninspiring.