Cd design and construction final

As I described in the previous post my final project consisted of design work and construction of a Cd cover and casing, employing elements of origami. This project definitely pushed me out my comfort zone, construction must have taken place 100 times if not more.(the bin was full of prototypes) each of them a reflection of Murphy’s law “anything that can go wrong WILL go wrong!” must say i improved my exacto knife precision,my patience, and attention to detail levels were elevated. it turned out! lovely experience. satisfied with the overall result, even added a little sleeve to enhance presentation. i created the name of the fictional music group “Angular Momentum” from inspiration of the font I chose to use, it was quite Angular looking. there was no lyrics booklet, it was instead replaced by pullouts, that were stowed away on the CD cover’s inside sleeve.

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Skeletral mock-up.

In my quest to do this off the beaten path as ever, i searched and scoured the web for inspiration, and finally settled on the idea of creating an origami claw to secure the CD. inlaying my theme and design through all the assembled parts. tried to mock it up before laying in the design work. Note to be taken verrry seriously: crafts+me= slight calamity. this project will definitely get me out my comfort zone.  ready… set….. ok….. im going.. im going!

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Is there an app for that?

…In this day and age there seems to be an app for everything… Dont search for the “lo-and-behold” moments you graphic designer/Art lover…(Ive got you!) I found some apps that are structured specifically for graphic designers. soo… with a touch of the download button, these apps could be available to you on your phone! Lets get Creative and inspired to generate great design!

1. Phoster This app makes it incredibly easy to make great looking posters very quickly. Phoster is a great tool. Need to promote an event that is happening tomorrow night while away from your computer? Grab your iPad (or any iOS device) and in 5-10 minutes you could have a great looking poster ready to share.

2. WhatTheFontAll you have to do is take a picture of the font you want to identify, draw a box around the words, check to make sure the app got everything right, and that’s it! The app checks it against the MyFontsdatabase and gives you a list of the possible matches. Apparently it’s very accurate!

3. ColorSchemer  This is a very useful app…It’s full ofgreat pre-made color palettes, and it has great tools for making your own.Once you make a palette, it gives you hex and RGB color codes.

4. Design Tools Design tools is a clean and useful reference app for designers. It is full of great stuff. Need to know the size of an A4 sheet of paper for your new project? Just open up Design Tools and everything you need is in your hands!

Start downloading people!!

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Final Project Proposal

…During the summer I was given the opportunity to design album art for a CD, I would like to re-visit this unfinished project and create a CD- Booklet. I think that booklets are useful tools in conveying published information. When properly designed they are less likely to bore the reader, and since their content is shorter the designer should strive to capture and hold the viewers attention…This final project explores the use of color type and images and their relationship when used together to form a co-hesive piece. I am excited about this project and feel that it would be a great addition to my growing portfolio. Listening to lots of music and looking at different design solutions and approaches to CD booklets. I am fixated upon the theme of evolving or developing a design strategy that leads into another progressive concept (a gradient of thoughts and ideas) one page leading into the next and having a strong connection to the page before in a different way…. i want to do this unorthodoxly….(in my own way) weather it means using the art of scanning, or bringing in elements of traditional art and digitalizing it all… Brainstorming and sketching…

~Michelle Wanyee~

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Awakening Inspiration.

…Can I blame someone or something for the times I lack inspiration? URGH! hate being enclosed in the four white plain walls of my working space at home, just moved, havent had time to make it “me” so heres a new and ingenious ploy after very careful thought… Im about to deck up these plain white walls instead of banging my head against them! *Smiles* insert sing songy voice here… “SA-WEEEET!” heres my inspiration for my DIY game plan. (creating art out of easily available materials)  i think inspiration for an artist is heavily contingent upon the work space…

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Type-setting Composition.

…Theres illustration, and then there is typography, what happens when you marry the two?? It’s a real beaut! (For real) The best of both worlds– What more could you want as a graphic designer?!….its like having your cake and eating it too…. brainstorming,looking at david carsons pepsi bottle type images….(hows that for a heavy dose of inspiration?)… my partner and I tried our very best to create an absolute “top notch job” of designing something unique based on the typographic-imaging concept here’s the final work (created by type paths, a whole lot of conceptualization and a lot of dotty looking words..)I really like the idea of this project and think i may indeed continue to pursue it as a passion project..

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The over-thinking over-thinker.

I over think my projects sometimes, which I suppose cancels out the fact that I have such a minimalist approach to almost all my design projects… Guys, im a living breathing oxymoron… dove right into this one, head first without realizing I was about to go splat onto the concrete from the seventh floor….arranging… re-arranging, moving,removing, planning and outlining … Anndddd then I started afresh, I found my nirvana-overdosed on caffeine  (the imperturbable stillness of mind after the fires of Perplexity, and Flatness were finally extinguished) and finally felt good about this one…Practicing and learning to get comfortable with In-Design layouts.

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