Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Typography Reflection

Of the images I created in our lesson of designing with type this was my favorite picture. It was created from the font Baskerville and solved the problem of scale. This was my favorite because it not only successfully utilized the concepts of contrast, figure/ground, and balance but it turned out so unique. I like the way it took ordinary type and created an image out of them. The white on black not only made the image crisp and neat but was part of the design as well and contributed to the picture even on its own. I also like how the text is the image but also the background especially seen in the "A". The white and black balance each other out and the scale also balances out the design. The touching of forms of the letters into the blank space of the previous letters is a design element in its own right. Also the "A" does not completely fit into the screen and it is therefore cut off  utilizing the design principle cropping of forms. Overall this piece has a visual appeal as well as a design appeal. While it does not really invoke thought or emotion it is unique and structured. It was my favorite image to create because as I was thinking about what I could do for the prompt, and playing around with different letters and designs running through my head, this one came to me and I instantly liked it. It was not difficult to create but was one of the best designs I did.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Daniel Nelson

While searching for an interesting topic to write on I came across a graphic designer named Daniel Nelson. It started out as a random search on the internet for interesting photography, but suddenly I came across an intriguing photo of hands making up a peace sign. I clicked on the picture and I was taken to a site full of fabulous photographs by Daniel. Below is a sample of some of my favorite pieces.


Daniel Nelson is a designer as well as a web developer from Sweden, and along with these pictures, he has created the graphic design blog From Up North. This has become a very popular blog and has gotten a lot of attention from the graphic design community. Some of the work in the blog is shown below.


I chose these pictures because they were not just simple pictures, but had very interesting designs and colors that made them stand out. Such as in the first picture, he took a regular drop of water and manipulated the photo to look as if you were peering into another world in that one drop of water. He created art in something as common as water. The next photo takes a picture of a man and overlays another picture almost as if to say this is what this man is made of. The third photo gives and interesting view of land and water, which is also prevalent in the last photo of the tree in water. The sunset set in the picture has vibrant colors  as well as in the third picture with the natural colors of the land that invoke emotion in the viewer. These pieces of art are fabulous, and Daniel is a truly talented designer, and in my opinion, one of the best.

Monday, April 2, 2012


I favorite font of mine would have to be the font comic sans. This font is a casual script typeface modeled on fonts used in American comic books for several decades. Sans is short for sans-serif. The modern Comic Sans was designed by Vincent Connare and released in 1994 by Microsoft Corporation. He began work on Comic Sans in October 1994. Connare had already created a number of child-oriented fonts for various applications, so when he saw a beta version of Microsoft Bob that used Times New Roman in the word balloons of cartoon characters, he decided to create a new face based on the lettering style of comic books he had in his office, specifically The Dark Knight Returns  and Watchmen. He completed the face too late for inclusion in MS Bob, but the programmers of Microsoft 3D Movie Maker, which also used cartoon guides and speech bubbles, began to use it. The typeface later shipped with the Windows 95 Plus! Pack. It then became a standard font for the OEM version of Windows 95. Finally, the font became one of the default fonts for Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft Internet Explorer. The font is also used in Microsoft Comic Chat, which was released in 1996 with Internet Explorer 3.0.

This font is one of my favorites because I like how it is not such a straight crisp font but utilizes curves. It almost looks like it could be someone’s handwriting which I really like. Whenever I don’t have to write a document for school I use this font because the style of it really appeals to me and it is really easy to read. I like it for casual documents because it sets the tone for the writing before I have to say anything. It is a refreshing break from the strict fonts we are only allowed to use for school documents like Times New Roman which sometimes is too straight and professional. This cannot always be used for other documents because it would set the wrong tone. I have always liked coms sans loose, relaxed look and can be viewed throughout this document because it is actually all written in comic sans.