Monday, November 29, 2010

2012 Calendar Progress

This past Thanksgiving break was a week of immense frustration with the calendar project. My initial idea was to make a "Commonly Misspelled Words Calendar" with a different word for each day. I worked on that idea for about six hours knowing within the first hour that it wasn't working. It looked like a jumbled mess on the page. It was visually bland. I tried different fonts, alternating colors, different sizes, column widths, alignments, you name it... Needless to say, I walked away defeated. I even said to myself, the Panthers at least scored 7 against Alabama, but I have nothing.

The next day, I reevaluated just what it was that I wanted to accomplish with this calendar. I simply wanted to design a calendar that would exhibit the beauty of type. It didn't need a gimmick. With that renewed vision, I got to work.

The idea became to allow the days and weeks of each month to determine the placement of each letter of type and then to number each letter accordingly. The result shows the uniqueness' and aesthetic qualities of various typefaces. One of the beautiful surprises was the resultant negative space and counters of each letterform.  It not only draws your attention to the letterform itself, but to the space around it as well. The typefaces for each month were chosen based on two criteria: 1. I liked it/used it often, 2. It had a bold. Color became an important factor. Each month's colors are intended to capture the feeling of the month or that time of year: cold colors, warm colors, spring colors, fall colors, etc. The days of the week are included at the bottom for 2 reasons: to show off the type in lowercase form and to let the viewer know that the days and weeks are laid out in order even if they don't line up like a traditional calendar.

Here are a couple of examples:

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cool T-shirts (week 11)

Saw some of the shirts from Paste T-Shirts at the Indie Craft Experience.

Really cool t-shirt designs at Threadless.

This guitar shirt is cool. From Uneetee. They have a new design every monday.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Indie Craft Experience This Weekend!

November 20 + 21 at Ambient Plus, 11am-6pm both days. 

The Holiday Shopping Spectacular will be our 11th show and will feature 100 of the best indie crafters from the Southeast and beyond! Can't wait! 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Some Ridiculous Calendars

Ink slowly travels along the raised paper.

Pop the bubble wrap each day.

Scratch each day off.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Day in the Life... (week 9)

These photos were taken Monday, November 1, 2010. It turned out to be a fairly uneventful day.

A few more things to cut out for the wine bottle project. Actually, it's mostly the mess left from the weekend's wine bottle mayhem.

Sitting down for a second to do a blog post and check everyone else's blogs.

Heading downtown.

Arriving at the offices of the Fox Theatre.

I walked up to Carmie (front) and Caroline and suddenly raised the camera to my eye. This is their snap judgement as to how they wished to be represented. They are both incredible employees at the Fox Theatre Institute and a true pleasure to work with. As you can see, they are a lot of fun.

Bay 9 at the Fox Theatre where I do design work.

Parking at Turner Field and heading to Georgia State to do some research in the library.

Getting some work done in the library. I am writing a research paper about William Hogarth.  

It may look as if I'm studying in the library, but I am actually placing the camera on the floor several feet away,  setting the timer on the camera, running toward my chosen spot to sit, grabbing a book off the shelf and pretending to be engrossed in it while my picture is being taken.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Finishing Touches on the Wine Box

Most of the parts of the box are held together with wood glue (wood glue is typically stronger than the wood itself). Above is a photo of the bottom being glued on.

Here, I have just applied the first coat of varnish to give a smooth, finished look. It brings out the warm tones in the wood (poplar). I used satin finish so it would not look too glossy, but have just a little shine. Next, a light sanding and a second coat.