Friday, 29 October 2010

Justin Tan

Bread Typography.

Love toast.

I think Tan's work is great and it looks like each letterform has a crust... meaning he must of made each of them individually... not just cut out around a slice of normal shop bread. I like the simplicity of this and that he has decided to toast his bread typography... interesting. More toast typography? I do not wish to try and recreate his work as I want to push myself a bit more. I did initially think about making a bread typeface... but now I am pretty keen on trying to creating something printed on the bread as a promotional piece. This would then be protographed/scanned and used on my other pieces of work for this project.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Sumo Science

Nokia 'Dot' from Sumo Science on Vimeo.

Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Ehrlich

If I could use a small percentage of the craft skills shown here in my 'What is Good?' brief I will be a happy bunny! All of these beautifully created using paper. The craft wrk is amazing! I admire this work but do not aspire to be like them... The next few images however hold more of an appeal to me in terms of my own design capabilities...


Jonathan Calugi

Amazing designer Jonathan Calugi and his site Happy Lovers Town. I love how interesting everything is and there is so much to look at... but it works and is not overpowering. I especially like the different styles between projects, such as how simple the ASFT Mini Ep is at the bottom.

Produces with ABAKE, poster workshop.


Be love.

I love this illustration. It is simple and the use of 2 colour is really effective. I like how they are not red or green as you would expect but the message is still clear and beautiful with simplicity. This style definately suits Calugi. I quite like all of his work, however I do somethimes find it hard to read the typography, but it looks good.

Adam Hayes

Hand drawn alphabet.
Line drawing with pen.

I love the detail in this typeface. I think it works even better because the original typeface used is simple so as to not detract from the illustrations. The tiny details make it something special and not just doodles... the letters do not have a stroke around them but enirely made up of the pen illustrations. each letterform has a different element and some have parts missing and illustrations coming out from them. Really lovely work.

I live in the woods.
T-shirt design.

Filling in the gaps.

Abolish the Forest (2).

From a series of scratched photographs originally exhibited as part of the Abolish the Forest film screening. I am sure I have seen this before but never blogged it. Each time I see it I like it more. I love the interation between image and type. Beautiful stuff. I think I might try and get a copy of this. I find it so inspirational and... waking! Also I am going to try out scratching photographs to add some typography style to them. 

Jenny Odell - typologies

I prefer Jenny Odell satellite prints more appealling then her type work. I love how the shapes sit together and become one image. She made these images by collaging cut-out imagery from Google Satellite.

125 American Swimming Pools.

144 Empty American Parking Lots.

Jenny Odell - typography

I first saw her work featured on Creative Reviews website about satellite prints but whilst looking at her site I found a few typography bits...

Illustrative typeface.

This reminds me alot of Adam Hayes Handrawn Alphabet I have previously blogged. I think his has more detail and I do prefer his, however I appreciate the effort put into creating such a detailed design. I find that when the letterforms are together to create a word, they work better along side each other in adam Hayes work rather than in the word 'design' as Jenny Odell has done. hey just seem to sit more comfortably. I think I will try to do my own version of my Handrawn Alphabet.

More typefaces designed by Odell.

I like them but have a reservation toward these which I cannot explain! I prefer things to be a little bit more structured and out f these two I refer the one on the right as it has more structure and rules which have been followed.

Dirt typeface made from... dirt.

Brown is the new green.

I like the effect of using dirt. Something so simple is quite effective and I also like having specks of green and white in the dirt so it is clear. Yeah I like it... but like Jenny's other stuff I have some reservations... really am not sure what is missing but I do feel like something is...

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

White bread... toasted

As I may focus on toast to promote white bread (as it is more tasty) I have thought about the different types of toast you can achieve by using different forms of white bread.

Bap (burgers)

Maurice Bennett



Mona Lisa.

This guys work is pretty cool. Using heat to change the colour of the bread/toast. This is a really interesting technique and so simple! I don't think they look amazing but I think the process is inspirational. I could do so much with bread that I never even thought of. I am thinking of toasting bread and pantone matching it to see how different bread type react to heat differently to create varying colours.

Potato Printing

I aim to experimented with bread and toast printing in a similar fashion to potato printing. I think this would be a nice way to reflect bread without the trouble of preserving. I could hopefully get some nice effects and textures. Here are some cool potato prints...

Johannes Esper

36 potatoes, each sliced in two halves, the top line showing one side of the potato print and below, the reverse. I think this is quite interesting and I could try this with a range of breads to see which would give me the best effect for my purpose.

Shizuka Kusauanagi.
Grow out of your blue potato skin!
Blue potato print with graphite, foil paper and glitter on paper.

Shizuka Kusauanagi.
Climb to the top bloody potato head. 

Red potato print with linocut, foil paper and glitter on paper.

Even though this work is not what i would class as Graphic Design, it is more fine art. I cannot really understand the meaning and I hate glitter with a passion! But I admire the use of potato printing skills. The red one especially where many different colours and sizes have been used. I think I could experiment with not only the types of bread I use to print but also the colour. If I use 2 colours but change the percentages, I could create something which appears to have more than 2 colours.

Caitlin Mociun.
Cheapy Dress Into a Printed Masterpiece Using...Potatoes!

As shown here, I could use potato printing (or bread printing) on any kind of material. This is something I aim to experiment with also. I guess a different texture could be created from the bread, the colour and stock. Obviously my stock would need to be suitable for whatever I would be packaging and where it would be. It may need to be pretty durable. 


White bread is good and people should eat more of it than they are currently as part of a balanced diet.

It is cheap, accessible, easy and versitile.

Young adults who do not have alot of disposable income or time to cook meals which take a long time.

Target opportunities where people could be eating white bread but are wasting money. (Look at Enterprise notes from lecture 2 - Ideas and opportunities.)

Monday, 25 October 2010

Noma Bar



IBM outcomes.

IMB outcomes.

IBM outcomes.

Noma has illustrated over sixty magazine covers, published over 550 illustrations and released two books of his work through Mark Batty Publisher: 'Guess Who - The Many Faces of Noma Bar', in 2008 and 'Negative Space' in early 2009. I love the use of negative space and unique style ha carries. The simple use of limited block colour is something I would like to use in my work. Even though the colour is limited and the illustration style is simple, his work looks professional. This is what I need to work on.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Make the connection

Seminar notes.

From all the research I do on my Design Context into designers I like and printing processes I need to show how it could relate to my work. I intend to call up printers and find out how much some things cost, also I intend to try and imitate some of my favourite designers. If I can create some work in their style I hope this will progress my design skills and get me motivated to crack on and give me a boost of confidence!

Designer Doppleganger
Noma Bar
Bela Borsodi

Bernd and Hilla Becher


Two of my favourite photographers. I can't explain how much I admire their work. They are the masters of collections. I have a huge book of their work from which I will upload my favourite image/s... once I get though the beast!

Eric Tabuchi

Alphabet truck.

I was sure I uploaded this a while back but can't find it! Eric Tabuchi style is quite about typologies (which I love) but I don't find them that engaging for some reason. However this piece I really like. It is interesting to put together in a collection some things we miss day-to-day.

Kumi Yamashita



Kumi Yamashite is wonderful! Using wood, light and shadow to create stunning pieces. Some are permanent installations too. I would love something like this in my house! A 3D interactive piece that exists rather than just blu-taced to the wall. Brilliant.

Peter Blake


Peter Blakes collection of letters is beautiful. Any collection looks nice but these have a vintage feel to them and I appreciate the effort in collecting all of these varieties.

Jonathan Lander


"Laphabet explores the visual potential of the alphabet" I find that I wanted to try and read what was being said... so it does engage the audience. I am not sure how many people would get it but I really liked the experimentation and the geometric shapes created by words written in his typeface. My favourite is FOX.

Graeme Offord


Graeme Offord does some wonderful stuff with type. This typeface is meant to refelct New Zealand through commercial typography. I have no idea if it works, but it looks beautifully crafted. I found this in 'Alphabets A Miscellany of letters'. I love this book!