Work in progress

Work

I’m still in the time consuming work of term exam preparation. Many things need to be done!

A lot of designs will probably need a touch of perfection here and there but I think that is only the little part of it. The time necessary for completing design can vary quite heavily. Usually there is a certain average time which you can take to guess how long something might take but keep in mind that there are tasks and certain life situation where time isn’t easy to manage.

In the design industry you’re often faced with difficulties or problems along the way and might find it hard to do something. Be aware of your own capibilities and what you can or cannot do when time is short. Sometimes it helps to take a break, a walk outside or even one or two days off, in order to find your creativity again.

Art, design or any work for that matter needs time. That is as important as the actual work process itself, but try not to procrastinate for too long, otherwise it can get really tough in the end.

Do you struggle with beginning work early, or are you working right from the start? I’m interested to know how you manage time and work.

Flowers and patterns

header2014_01_13.jpgExams for this term are coming up soon. This means for  me and my students the stress of doing unfinished work and getting all up and ready, begins. The next two weeks are dedicated for painting, illustrating, cutting and painting. A lot of designs have to be redone or at least getting in the best shape possible. Thus we didn’t really start something new I can show you. But now I have the opportunity to give you a few examples of my work  so far. I won’t show you everything though so we have more over time, which allows me to finish them up.

Here is a series of  three patterns with the use of a single shape, in my case a simplified flower, multiplied and put into a pattern. The main focus should be on the patterns itself so we had to make them black and white. I wouldn’t prefer this method for this particular task but it draws at least enough attention for details in the grid.

patterns flower

The next examples are meant to be postcards for a fictional client: “The International Plant-Akademie”. For this one I had plenty, over 20, different design and we should limit our collection to three. Both of the two green layouts are pretty much done, whilst the  big flower made out of  tiny ones, are possibly sitting in the lower half of a postcard. What do you think? 

flower postcard

Some helpful links

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Since the school hasn’t stated yet and consequently I can’t really show you new stuff, I thought I’d share some useful links with you. There are a ton of blogs and other content about Design, Art and more and so I want to give you every now and then a few hand picked sources which might help you.

We all know the situation, where we have a design in mind or a layout but the font doesn’t  fit the style or purpose we want. So here is a very good page where you can basically find the top 100 fonts of all time. The collection is in German but the fonts are still the same in any other language, obviously. Die 100 Besten Schriften You can browse through them and might find one or two which you buy right away or search for free alternatives somewhere else cos fonts are not the cheapest things for sure! I often find myself reading through the history in the description of the font and I’m sure there is a lot to learn which you may did not know about your favorite font besides  all typefaces.

For the majority of people a great way of learning  is through videos. So Youtube is quite an obvious choice but the vast variety of channels can be overwhelming. Here are some of my favorite Youtube channel for Design:  Stephen Looney and Karen Kavett are making great videos giving tips about the business about specific techniques and more. Make sure to check them out.

I will provide you with more links, tips, and of course more content about my graphic design education next time. Leave me any suggestion of which other websites you like me to check out!