Monthly Archives: August 2010

I’m headed off to the woods for some much deserved rest and relaxation, and as I was thinking about packing everything up for a camping trip, it got me wondering – what crazy designs there must be in the world of tents. After a little searching, I found some of these amazing designs. 

See you in a few days!

Justin Bua is a New York City artist who is well known in the graffiti scene, but has been making major waves in the global art community. He is mostly known for creating nostalgic pieces about the way things used to be in his neighbourhood – the community was alive with music, street art, and street performances during the early years of the rap scene in the boroughs of New York. 

Bua is a caricaturist, and his depictions of the community that surrounds him have made him a prolific artist, capturing the essence of urban street life in his own stylistic way. His people are drawn out of proportion and their true individualistic details are what give each person their character.

Many of his works involve the theme of the four elements of Hip Hop: breakdancing, DJ’ing, MC’ing, and graffiti art. Hip Hop originally gave people the opportunity to find something productive to do in a time where crack-cocaine was becoming prevalent and destroying the community. Bua also depicts the world of underground jazz. I’ve been collecting his prints for years and can’t wait to get my hands on some more. You can check out his website and see where he will be showing his latest exploits by clicking here

Okay, I admit it, I am a typography fetishist. There’s just something about being able to express yourself further than just using words. Lately, I’ve been immersed in collecting as many fonts as possible, and thank to my instructors and sites like I’ve learned a lot about typographical manipulation. But typography can go a lot further than just cool font designs. Here’s a few examples of quirky alphabet sets that I’ve recently come across. As a personal goal, I’m hoping to be able to create one of my own this year to add to my portfolio. There are an infinite number of possibilities…all I need to do is start brainstorming. 

Lacoste has come out with a brand new limited edition men’s polo pack to celebrate 60 years of ‘Peanuts’. Apparently, these designs are the first time that Lacoste has allowed another logo to share space with their classic croc. Currently, they’re only available for a limited time at Dover Street Market, in London, UK. 
I’m getting married next summer, and was thinking about getting some crazy cupcakes made instead of buying a fancy wedding cake. I’ve been trying to search for great ideas online, and came up with an overwhelming number of possibilities. So now I have to narrow it down…what kind of theme do I want? Colour scheme? Flavours? So many to choose from! It’s not going to be easy…

In the meantime, I’m drooling over some of these awesome designs!

I tried my hand at creating my very first online portfolio. In the past I had been used to mounting everything on heavy black stock and packaging it neatly in an oversized portfolio, but this time all it took was two hours, a little patience, and iWeb and it was easy and relatively painless. My only problem is that I never know what to put into a portfolio – I want to show as much as possible. I think I need to pare it down a little, but I need more great quality projects to replace all the ones I created as a beginner. And I also need to figure out a really good URL name for it. 

I still have one more year of Graphic Design training and then I will be officially starting my second career. I feel like I have a long way to go, but I know it will go by in the blink of an eye. I need to have a great site that will really represent my talent and ability. 

You can view my online portfolio here.

And send in your suggestions – I could use some guidance. 
I’ve always loved the look of vintage surf posters – old and new. The colours, the simplified, almost-woodcut lines. So classic. Makes me want to buy a longboard and get out on the reef! I would love to be able to design any kind of board one day – surf, skate, snow, you name it. I’ve always been a big fan of board sports and culture.

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