Cool Website!

OLIO BOARD

Ok so here’s the greatest site ever made for set stylists, designers, and anyone who is renovating or updating a room or home.  In this site you pick a background, room, colors or whatever as a base.  Then, you add whatever you want and arrange it however you want in the space.  Here’s the best part, everything you just set up and put together can be purchased, buy exactly the items you used.  They are not super expensive and there are deals and sales.

Have at it.

Wine Labels

I’ve always loved the look of wine labels and for a while I actually wanted to go into label design.  There’s just something about the visual space, the classy, mature subject, and the room for creativity and play on words.  Some of these are incredibly unique and clever.  I’m more of an image person so I kind of gravitate towards the bottles with little or no text, however the typography on these are quiet interesting.  My favorite bottles feature the lizard, fish, and duck on the front.  They have simple, symbolic icons that are very easy to recognize and remember, always good for attracting attention on the shelf. I just can’t believe how much potential label design holds.

Awesome Advertising

OMG this is so cool!  It took me a while to understand this and here’s the best that I can come up with:  I believe Coop’s is a slight play on word hinting at opps, to which nationwide replies: “Life comes at you fast”.  I looked up the paint company just to make sure and yes, it is fake.  This is such a creative use of color and space, taking one awesome idea, which is completely random, and applying it to something so boring like insurance.  I think this was a smart move, I’m getting sick of the Nationwide guy in those commercials.  I’m just curios how they were able to paint the buildings, van, and lot, I wonder how much it cost…

Graphic Design Meets Contemporary Painting

        I’ve noticed this trend becoming more and more apparent, either that or it’s been here all along and I’m just figuring it out now, but it seems to me people are taking more commercial art or graphic design elements, style and technique and incorporating it into paintings.  What causes me to deduce this?  Well in looking at the “tombstones” or blue, purple, and red hashes at the bottom and around the trunk, as well as the circle patterns, it just feel like it could have been designed on a computer, then painted.  It just gives me that impression or feeling because it’s so simple and repetitive..  I’m totally ok with this.  I think it’s great to mix different media ideas, especially in this case because it works.  Given, the circles are quite obviously imperfect (unlike circles created on a computer) but they contain this quality that I can only describe as “Graphic Designer.” 

      What I like about this piece is its color pallet and composition.  The colors used are almost tropical and acidic, but they are mixed in with some neutral and natural tones which helps create some visual balance. It’s like eating a lemon with a lot of sugar, you know, to tone down the intensity.  I also like how the tree is way off to the left of the frame, it gives more focus to the bubbles or circles it’s emitting.  I just think this is an interesting, fun piece; something I’d like to emulate in my paintings.  I’m almost obsessed with drawing and painting circles and circles  and circles within circles.  This sort of demonstrates what I’ve been trying to achieve in some of my work.