Graphic Design 7
Who ya gonna call this election season? My one-off quick-n-dirty “Trumpbusters” sign made the front page of our local newspaper today. This was needed here in Trumpland.
My friends Carl and Rachael got hitched last year and I really wanted to do something special for them, but since you can’t rush creativity, I didn’t think of something quick enough. But while we were at their reception, the light bulb went on and I had my idea. Carl is a huge nerd (and I mean that in the most loving and cool way possible). We’ve been friends for years, dating back to when we used to stock shelves at the grocery store. He loves comic books, so I thought what better way to capture their “moment,” then to immortalize them in a comic book cover. And while I was halfway through making it, I thought why not document the process as well. Read Post
In 2007, Bill Hanstock (progressiveboink.com) published The 40 Worst Rob Liefeld Drawings, a scathing review on the art of one of the 90’s most popular comic book artists. Rob Liefeld is credited for characters such as Youngblood, X-Force, and the recently resurrected Marvel character Deadpool (thanks Ryan Reynolds). As if 40 weren’t enough, Hanstock wrote the followup 40 More of the Worst Rob Liefeld Drawings in 2012.
If you love the work of Rob Liefeld, then I suggest you don’t read these. Personally, as an artist myself, these two articles are freaking brilliant and funny as Hell. I’ll honestly admit too that I hate drawing feet as much as Rob Liefeld does; the difference is that I’d draw them until I get them right, where Rob Liefeld would just not. I digress. These are fantastic reads and I know I have a bunch of friends who love these just as much. So, because I like pretty things and I like to read things on my iPad, I decided to reformat these two articles into nicely polished PDFs. I wasn’t sure how Bill would react to them, but I got official Twitter confirmation today by him by getting a “like” and a retweet. By the way, follow Bill on Twitter at @sundownmotel.
Click here to download a .zip file of the two articles and show Bill some love and tweet him, telling him how great these are.
Opening tomorrow at Bloomsburg University’s The Gallery at Greenly Center is a group exhibition titled Design As Art | Art As Design. Curated by BU’s Sculpture professor Ron Lambert, this exhibition displays the work of 5 artists that bridge the gap and blur the lines between Art and Design. I am excited to be part of this group show and can’t wait for everyone to see my work and meet the other artists. So, please come check it out!
Featuring the work of:
- Terry Conrad
- Patrick DeGuira
- Barry Jones
- Lee Millard
- Jessica Westbrook
The show runs from February 9 through March 4, with an opening reception Tuesday, February 9, from 4-6pm.
The Gallery at Greenly Center
50 East Main Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
I’ve been working on a side project for some time now and I’m happy to release it into the world. I love all of the movies, shows, and shorts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) canon and wanted to create an interactive chronological timeline for them.
I originally intended to use Articulate Storyline 2 because of their great new slider feature, but that quickly went downhill because of the shear pain on creating hundreds of separate images and triggers. I then moved on to Adobe Edge Animate and quickly fell in love. It was such a great experience to both learn that one software didn’t live up to my expectations for a certain application and another I got to experiment and learn for the first time.
The timeline includes Phases 1 and 2 of the MCU and is not yet responsive or adaptive (I will be working on that part later). It’s best viewed on a screen resolution of 720 x 1280.
UPDATED: I replaced “Loading…” with “Assembling…” because I thought that was neater.
Tonight I created an animated GIF preloader for my in-progress Marvel project I’ve been working on. Thought I’d share with you.
Comic Sans has been getting a bad rap in recent years. Everybody’s poo pooing it for some reason. I for one, actually enjoyed it when it was the standard font for the Notes app in iOS 6. Even Helvetica is being driven out of the cool club these days. Well, I believe that there’s a time and place for every font.
Recently, fellow BU MSIT alumna Melissa Milloway (melslearninglab.com and @MelMilloway) posted a link to an infographic on The 10 Commandments of Typography. While I agreed with a lot of the “commandments” listed, it brought me back to thinking that there could be a time and a place and a purpose for every font. I would like to stress that again: “…there could be a time and a place and a purpose for every font.” That doesn’t mean it’s okay for my buddy Phil to use Minstrel, or whatever horrible script font he uses, for his email signature (sorry Phil, I still love ya). My point is, it’s really okay to use bad fonts like Comic Sans in certain situations. For example, I made a spoof image mashing up Game of Thrones and Frozen where the font choices were very deliberate (as they should be).
The Comic Sans font is used in Olaf’s dialogue bubble and is appropriate for the playful, childish character he is. While Lucida Blackletter, used in Ned Stark’s dialogue bubble is a very serious, medieval-type font. They juxtapose each other in order to pull off the comedic nature of the image.
So, depending on the application and your audience, it can be okay to use some not-so trendy fonts, but don’t make this your excuse.
I’ll leave you with a quote from Thou Shall Not Use Comic Sans: 365 Graphic Design Sins and Virtues: A Designer’s Almanac of Dos and Don’ts:
One of the great things about typefaces that become villified due to inappropriate application or overuse is they gain a platform from which they can be used to portray irony, sarcasm, satire, dry wittedness, and so on.