MoMA posters

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These posters were created for a fictional exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art called “The Art of Indie Games,” featuring the game design company Amanita Design as the main artist. (Amanita Design really does have beautiful indie games that truly are art, so you should definitely check them out if you’re into that).

The style was driven by the company’s symbolic Amanita mushroom, along with their signature style of earth tones, textures, and layered 2D art with an almost hand-drawn quality.

While I began this assignment prior to reading this article, apparently the MoMA will be opening a Games as Art expo in March! — Guess I’m not the only one hoping to see games appreciated as art in these kinds of ways. Hopefully it can move beyond the classics and into the indie scene, where there is so much talent and creativity!

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PROCESS - I started out by scanning my drawing and digitizing it with the pen tool in Illustrator. Then I brought it into Photoshop to add the textures and effects.

PROCESS

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Queen City Arts – Graphic Design / Rebranding

The Dutchess County Arts Council is working hard to celebrate the many arts, talent and beauty in the Dutchess County community, and to revive Poughkeepsie as the “Queen City” — a diverse, cultural place where music, art, tourism, theater, entertainment, restaurants and the spoken word all matter.

I designed this logo and these banners for a rebranding graphic design project for the cause. My idea was to take a modern, hip spin on a classic 1900s feel incorporating the spirit of jazz, heritage, artistic expression and different people coming together.

Logo design

Logo design

Queen City V1

Full series – V1

Sample full banner (V1)

Sample full banner (V1)

Queen City V2

V2

V3

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V4

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V5

V5

+1 Digital Wizardry Skills

Well, it’s the mid-point of the semester! I’ve been enjoying my Graphic Design I and Digital Photo I classes, covering everything from layout design in InDesign, typography in Illustrator, and tons of Photoshop wizardy such as color correction, hand-coloring, floating spheres and composites. Here are some of the projects so far:

Floating Spheres (October 2012)

Assignment: Impose floating, reflective, colorful spheres into a photograph you took. (Adobe Photoshop).

Typography Self-portrait (September 2012)

Assignment: Create a self-portrait only using type. (Adobe Illustrator). You can view the original and many more variations of this project here.

Hand-Coloring (September 2012)

Assignment: Change one of your photographs to black & white. Then, use digital tools to appropriately recolor the photo to create a picturesque style. (Adobe Photoshop)

I took the photograph this is based off of at Marie Antoinette’s cottages in Versailles while studying abroad last semester.

Logo Designs (September 2012)

Assignments: Create two logos: one for an eco-friendly company, and one for yourself. (Adobe Illustrator).

Personal logo. I also whipped together an animation for this logo in After Effects, which you can view here.

Logo for an electronics recycling company

Rapid Typography (August 2012)

Assignment: Quickly illustrate five words through typography. (Adobe Illustrator). You can view the other four words here.

Grid Systems (August 2012)

Assignment: Create two spreads using grid systems. (Adobe InDesign). You can view the other spread here.

This subject and the photos come from my trip to a winery while studying abroad in Italy last semester.

Puzzle Project (August 2012)

Assignment: Use your photography to create a nine-piece puzzle, with a different filter on each piece. (Adobe Photoshop)

Grunge Intro (Sound Editing & Motion Graphics)

This is an experimental grunge intro for a hypothetical underground music scene label or promotional company. I mainly focused on creating the soundtrack, which was compiled in Adobe Premiere using about 6 different sound files that were cut up, looped, overlapped, and varied in different ways. Grunge graphics were created in Photoshop and Illustrator and integrated with live footage in After Effects to create motion graphics.