February 11, 2013
As a designer I often get my creative fuel from other designers, and one of the best ways to do that it by looking at their blogs. Websites and bios are helping, but nothing is as raw and as real as a blog. People pour themselves into their blogs and you get to see some of their methods behind the madness. Nowadays, blogs are very easy to find and very assessable, any and every type of blog. In my area of Interior Design there are definitely lots of incredible blogs out there too look at.
My absolute favorite blog in the entire world is that of Brock Davis. http://brockdavis.tumblr.com He inspired the entire year of my life that I spend doing my blog titled, “Project 365: Create something new everyday” http://cre8tionrevolution.wordpress.com He inspires me so much as a designer and challenges me to create art in every situation life offers, and to go beyond the limits of a conventional design. Any designer of any type can appreciate his work, it’s minimalistic, relatable, and so darn clever. I hope you guys enjoy his blog as much as I have!
Another one of the most inspiring and fun blogs to look at for me is Retail Design Blog. For me going into the field of Interior design with a focus in retail/hospitality design this blog is full of pure gold. It shows everything from hotel designs to even exhibit designs. Just looking around on this website makes my heart beat a little faster at the thought of one day being able to design and create places like this. http://retaildesignblog.net
February 4, 2013
Our latest project in Design class was the “Repetition Grid” project.
When you see the picture of the final project you might think to yourself, “Self, that looks so easy! What is this girl talking about, that would only take me 15 minutes to do, Psh*!”
But unfortuntely that was not the case, it was a multiple step process.
So I’ll try & explain that process very quickly & simply.
1.Choose 2 shape and combine together to create a “motif” that is in a 1″ by 1″ or 2″ by 2″ square. My motif was a triangle with a rectangle in the side of it. (a.k.a An arrow) And I chose the 1″ by 1″ because I thought I could play more with the color/pattern.
2. Make a 10 by 10 grid and place motif on grid 5 times, each showing a different layout.
3.Pick favorite layout, glue it down, and use tracing paper to show 5 different ink plans.
4. Pick favorite inking plan, and trace it with another sheet of tracing paper and transfer it onto the illustration board.
5. Mark the graphite transfers with a pen, then paint each line with India Ink.
Phew* That was a mouth full. But all together it was a great project and I liked how mine came together and I loved seeing everyone else’s designs.
After it was as finished as art can be finished, it was critique time. Dun dun dun dun. My critique over all was not too bad, the main complaint was the craftsmanship, and I definitely agree. The way my arrows lined up with one another was off from the get-go, which resulted in the design being “off” all together. Looking back now I would have cheated the lines a little to make them all flesh. On a good note my design was received as a very creative approach and complex design, and a nice choice of no boarder because it allowed the piece to go beyond the four walls. In the end, I was pleased with my design and learned a lot about myself as a designer.
Thanks for reading!
Today in class we did an “Exploration”, which is smaller than a project but still gets our creativity working.
This time we had to solve the “Black Square Problem”. The challenge was to take a flat black square of any size or medium and represent 6 different words.
Such as: order, increase, bold, congested, playful, & tension. This was our first time in Design class were we had to actually represent a word, so it was a fun project for me.
We started with doing thumbnail sketches to get some ideas out there, then procede with the final design. I chose to do mine with pen and Sharpie, just because it was most accessible.
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