Sunday, 7 October 2012

Study Task 2 - What is Graphic Design Part 1

During the PPP Session today we had shown our 10 images that reflect our creative interests and were put back into the blog groups to explain and present them, these are the notes from that session:


·      Detail
·      Traditional Print
·      Type on its Own
·      Layering and Collage
·      Progressive Rock/Pink Floyd Style
·      Ink Drips
·      Hand drawn/Skills


·      Contemporary
·      Hand Drawn yet computer edited
·      Type
·      Paper Cutting
·      Old and New
·      Skateboarding Design


·      Computer  Design
·      Clean and Sophisticated
·      Type and Layout
·      Digital Collage
·      Branding
·      Intricacy
·      Screen Print
·      Charity Related Work


·      Info-graphics
·      Clean
·      Informative
·      Contemporary Graphics
·      Use Of Type
·      Scale
·      Finishing Techniques
·      Logo Design


·      Flat
·      Hand drawn
·      Simple
·      Quirky
·      Meaningful
·      Political
·      Urban Regeneration
·      Music Related Art
·      Wes Wilson
·      Psychedelic
·      Detail/Intricacy
·      Lines and shading
·      Clean and Tidy – Photoshop


·      Crisp Design
·      Minimalistic
·      Street Art
·      Photography
·      Geometric Shapes
·      Architecture
·      Vector Based


·      3D Work
·      Instantaneous Graphics
·      Info-Graphics
·      Tattoo Designs

After having gone around the groups we then had to select the most unique and bespoke reasons to say to make a list as a class, we had chosen:

·      Detail
·      Type
·      Print Techniques
·      Photography
·      Clean
·      Conceptual Design
·      Info-Graphics
·      Branding
·      Computer Generated
·      Hand Skills
·      Music Art
·      Finishing Techniques
·      Collage
·      Tattoo Design
·      Packaging
·      Illustration

From these we had made a list of 14:

·      Visual Quality
·      Tone Of Voice
·      Detail
·      Simplicity
·      Meaning
·      Visual Content
·      Interactive
·      Media
·      Format
·      Creative Use Of Type
·      Style
·      Personal Interest
·      Language
·      Layout

From these 14 we then had to select 5 that particularly interested you and then collect 5 images for each criteria. The 5 that I chose and thought would be interesting to further research were:

1.    Creative use of type
2.    Personal Interest
3.    Detail
4.    Simplicity
5.    Interactive

Creative Use of Type:

This image is by Martin Schmetzer Swedish designer who has created some amazing typographic based labels for a beer company. 

These logos/images have been done by various graphic designers for a project to re-brand graphics around the city of Melbourne, the though processes and visuals is what most interested me about this piece.

This image is by Irish Graphic Designer Steve Simpson, this image caught my eye due to how the type looks like it is part of the image and not just placed in it, I think this is due to the actual context of the type.

This illustration is by British designer Andreea Niculae which was for Brothers Grimm - 300 years, I like how she has used the type in its simplest form yet keeping it sophisticated.

These images designed for Nike are by Brazilian  graphic Designer Marcelo Schultz, the texture and 3D element to this piece of work is what drew me to it and how well executed it is.

Personal Interest

These logos designed by Polish graphic designer Redkroft have been something that has inspired and interested me for a while now, especially due to how simple of a concept it is.

These illustrations by Florian NICOLLE have adapted some of most crucial styles of illustration and use of ink and watercolor that had inspired me when I had initially started to explore illustration in the past.

This amazing piece of digital art is by Italian Graphic Designer Alberto Seveso,  I like how he has used to very simple components and merged them together to make something which is truly stunning.

This next image of some embossing which was done as a branding project for some Organic Honey, this was done by south African Graphic designer Marcel Buerkle. The attention to detail as well as choice of colour and finish is what I think is what makes this image piece so interesting and visually pleasing and effective.

This Image of a collection of items which was part of a re-branding for a company is done by multiple owners. This piece caught my eye due to how clean and simple it is, yet of substance at the same time.


This illustration is by German illustrator Philipp Lemm, this piece has been done so intricately it immediately got my attention, I think that I personally highly regard it even more due to it being done by hand. 

These beautifully designed icons have been done by American Graphic designer Jared Nickerson, who works purely withing a vector based style keeping everything clean and crisp. I think that this unique style and how he has done it with so much detail is why it looks so well executed.

This intricately done piece is by French Design duo Zim And Zou, who have created life size models of basic items from the 90's, they have made all of the items using cut paper, which is why I have chosen this piece as the attention to detail is immense.

These photos of British illustrator Joe Fenton at work on his 'Solitude' project are the pinnacle of attention to detail and hand drawn images as the scale and amount of detail he works with is something that not a lot of designers and illustrators can achieve.

These photos of branding & packaging project by Mexican designer Anagrama, are very simple but very much sophisticated at the same as the use of colour and composition are really something throughout this piece.


The simplistic images are done American Graphic designer Mehmet Gozetlik, who's take on re-branding simple house hold items is truly beautiful as he strips items down to there bare form.

These cleverly designed everyday items have been done by Spanish Graphic design studio MENOSUNOCEROUNO, who have taken items that we usually see everyday and around the house and has simply re-branded them simply using type and colour.

This cleverly designed shop front and all of its graphics has been done by Japanese graphic designer Ken Lo, who has created some very simple yet visually pleasing packaging, menu's and other items which keep to a very strict yet effective uniform of colours and style.

'Cipher' a fairly simple yet incredibly clever concept developed by Serbian designer Damjan Stankovic, has created a glass with a mosaic which shows what drink is in the glass due to clever use of colour theory.

These informative pieces of graphic design done by Polish graphic designer Peter Tarka, utilizes typography, geometric shapes and use of colour in such a combination, that it create beautifully simple piece like above.


This beautifully designed Iphone App for the Behance network has been done by multiple owners, I like how simple it is yet still keeps it's functionality.

This weather app has been designed by American Graphic Designer Roberto Nickson, who has used photos to create a nice backdrop for a beautifully simple weather app for the Iphone.

This piece is by Argentinian Graphic Designer Martín Liveratore, who has designed an ebook in homage to the typeface Helvetica.

This clean app for weather for the Ipad has been designed by Graphic Designer Alberto Antoniazzi, who has used simple vector based graphics against pastel colours to create this visually pleasing app for the Ipad.

This creative website for Puma was designed by Chinese Graphic Designer Yong Yu, who has used bright and bold colours to interact and attract customers.