Tag Archives: Graphic Design

elbow apple carpet saddle bubble

deployment journalIraq BookThis is the my explanation of time in Iraq


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Trent Richardson

Trent RichardsonThe Brownies havn’t had a BA like him since Kevin Mack. Well hopefully, he hasn’t really done anything yet, but last week he looked like the Brownies finally hit on a draft pick. Trent the Tank, let’s get that going. T-Rich has promise, and I am thinking it’s finally going to be their time.

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Fernando Rodney

Fernando RodneyWho would have thunk it? Fernando Rodney really is good, and that little bow and arrow thing pretty cool. Good on him, he seems like a nice enough guy. I’m glad he finally put it together for a full year.

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The Number Logo

The number logo is the lazy way out in the world of branding. This logo strategy is usually employed by the players who just put up numbers but are not necessarily the most important cultural leader on his team. The number logo is short hand for this guy can play but don’t fallow him on twitter or else you are going to be hearing about their “great workouts” and “wonderful teammates”.

Chris Paul

Tom Brady

Ryan Kesler

Tom Brady, Chris Paul, Ryan Kessler are sterling examples of this logo. I feel like Eddy Murray could have employed this branding strategy if players were branding in the 70’s. 3,000 hits and 500 homeruns and I don’t think he was ever the most beloved player on any team he played on. Chris Sale is a big, hard throwing, Cy Young candidate and it’s time for a logo.

Chris Sale

Eddy Murray



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T-shirt project

The clock is a 1960’s style Mickey Mouse clock. The hands on the clock are Mickey’s arms. I used the arms to point at my words, making a connection between my image and my words. The words I associate most with this clock are related to Americana. In the process of thinking of American icons I thought of the reason why I was associating this clock with that theme. I had to step back from the object itself and examine the idea behind it. This clock is literally one of hundreds of different Disney clocks. Each clock uses the characters arms as the hands. The Disney clock is a cultural staple. Most people can remember a Disney clock from their past. These clocks are designed in a whimsical manner, which lends themselves to its target audience. Children are the predominate consumer of all Disney merchandise. I personally have always had some reservations about the idea of marketing a product to children. To me the concept of marketing to kids reminds me of Nazi Germany. I know the reference is a bit extreme, but the Nazis indoctrinated their kids to hate the Jews, and all Disney is doing is telling kids to love their anthropomorphized mice and ducks. I played with this concept for my words, whether Disney was doing effective branding or if they were indoctrinating our youth with the love of their products. Brand  and Brainwash  flow very nicely and I think those two words sum up my stance on my object.

My T-shirt is a navy blue V-neck with red-orange lettering and illustration. I choose the quality blue V-neck because I wanted my T-shirt to look like a quality retro shirt. The shirt should convey the same feeling as the object. The lettering I picked is red-orange, because I wanted a color that would stand out. The font I chose for my letters is a condensed sans serif. Since brainwash is such a long word and brand is a relatively short word I chose this font to balance the piece. This project was difficult for me. Once I had a clear vision of how I wanted it to look it became one of my favorite projects.

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Typography Anatomy Flash Cards

 I was more interested in making functional cards with easily understood definitions than a highly designed piece of art. Using the cards for a quiz changed my outlook, my flashcards have a utilitarian function. My design for the definition side of the card was to have a large headline, and the definition in a smaller font.

This layout has the name of the word, and the definition, right justified, lined as far to the top right, and bottom right as possible. This creates a large white space, and I placed a 7% shadow of my letter in that space. I justified it to the left margin and centered the letter vertically between the headline and the definition. My copy on each card is roughly the same and my definitions all have the same structure. I start each definition with either A, The, or another two to three letter word. I cut the definition length by eliminating phrases like in typography  or repeating the name of the character like the aperture is  and so on. This gave my definitions a stable format that was easy to read from card to card, and therefore easy to memorize. I have some cognitive disabilities, and due to these limitations, it is difficult for me to memorize long strings of words. The more simple and concise the definitions are the easier it is for me to use them. The formatting was as much about function as it was about style.

The letters I use to group my cards are Q, J, K, A, D, fl, and G. I categorized my flashcards so I could break the studying down to smaller 4 or 6 card groups. Since I had this idea of having these seven letters I put all seven letters on each card as an additional style element. On the illustration, I made my letter simple. I used a basic serif font, and pointed at the desired area of the letter with a 30% grey carrot. Both the front and back of my flashcards are utilitarian in design. I made sure that my cards were as functional as possible. I got an A on the test the cards were used for. That shows the effectiveness of the flashcards.


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