Sunday, February 26, 2017


Source: Computer Arts, May 2012

Artist: Shepard Fairey, 2008 'Hope' poster

The 'Hope' poster is my choice this week. The rule of thirds works well here with the color shift and the focal points from the center to the edge of the design. The simple image makes this print very aesthetically pleasing to look at. The layout with the word at the bottom, really grounds this image and shows the viewer what the message is clearly.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Source: Graphics, Issue 355, Pg. 102

John Bielenberg: "Solving Problems", Text by Andrew Zolli,
 Portrait by Victor John Penner

"When I was younger, I didn't really understand design, and as I got closer to the top of what I though was the mountain, I had this sense of anticipated dissatisfaction- a sense that this can't be what I had wanted. 
What I love about design is that it lives outside the world of rarified practitioners. It lives in the marketplace.
If I'm going to take money from people to design, what should  I be doing for them and what problem am I solving?
Design can be a means of telling a powerful story as clearly as possible."- John Bielenberg

This designer really nailed it on the head with this image. Designers want their work to be known. They are "telling a story" and that is what to be heard.  The color in the back ground is not too over powering that it distracts from the text. The person behind the brochure is out of focus. The hand seems to be burnt down to some degree to ensure that nothing distracts or distorts the message. The image is simple and to the point. Very visually aesthetic. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Source: Graphics, Issue 337, Pg 136

Designer: Stephan Mueller, 1996

This week's design is very minimal. It has 3 different colors that contrast each other. It has very little noise. With all the separate shapes in this design, it engages the viewer to close the gaps and view it as a whole. The negative space is used well with with the highlighted area to complete the image. The rectangles give the image a symmetrical balance which is appeasing to the eye.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Model Search

Source: Graphics, Issue 352

Designer: Studio Boot

This week, the image is from a Graphics publication I have at home. I was lucky enough to be gifted a bunch of graphic design publications. Although this image breaks the subtlety "rule" of 10% of the image being highlighted, the light colored head against the muted turquoise background. The brown bold type against the background, really makes the type stand out. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Source: Communication Arts, November 1985, Pg. 142 

Designer: Sue Merfeld

This week's post is a great example of emphasis. The dark colored box on the red background and the bold white type really allows the viewer to know what they should be looking at. The tag line "Take a closer look." is very intriguing. It makes one want to actually take a closer look at the slides, because it says so! LOL