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Come one come all to Churchill Square this Saturday! The Edmonton Wayfinding Society is hosting a sign-making workshop where participants are invited to create directional signs that represent a place of personal significance. The signs will be attached to poles around the square, highlighting human experiences in our built environment. It will also be buckets of fun so be there!
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The Devil's colour. The colour of sunshine. Yellow has been both beloved and despised in history. This post looks at the particular shade of Saffron Yellow, how it began, the wars it started, and the mysterious flower it comes from.Read More
The story of how scarlet originally did not mean 'red'. The tale of Spain's secret carmine recipe. And the unexpected critter in our red foods and cosmetics.Read More
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Y'all need to go to the SDA's Pop-Up shop! I'm glad to see it's back for another year and I hope it's to become a tradition. It will be open from December 11–21 in Enterprise Square with store hours being from 11–6pm. Stop by to pick up some art & design pieces and handcrafted goods. For more information, check out the SDA's website, or check out their instagram to see some of the goods available.
Every year, the art and design students at the University of Alberta join together to auction off their artwork and designed goods. The money raised goes towards paying for a final exhibition for that year's graduating BFA and BDes classes (the BDes grad show will be March 29–April 9th, 2016, and the BFA grad show will be April 19–30, 2016. Both will be hosted in FAB gallery at the University of Alberta, and are free for anyone to visit).
This year's fundraising auction is called Outburst and will be hosted at 7pm Friday, November 27th, at the Telus Centre on the UAlberta campus. Although I have already graduated, I'm contributing a couple dozen German Star Christmas ornaments. You should stop by and bid on them... Click here to see some of the other work available.
We've all come across this at some point: a beautiful-looking design... with ridiculously illegible type. Now don't get me wrong—there are defiantly some great designs that specifically use type in artistically illegible way. However, when it comes to signage and communicating vital information, legibility trumps prettiness.
Don't choose a typeface just because it's pretty; choose a typeface because it works hard and delivers. As a designer, it's a constant concern of mine to consider how the type will hold up under different conditions in the real world. What distance will it be read at? What are the lighting conditions? Is there enough contrast between the type and background? What's the viewing angle? Is it digital or printed (or something else)?How readable and legible it is for the key demographic (and other users)? Is the user likely to have some sort of visual impairment? What age are they? Are they moving while reading the text? How fast?
Here's an old article, but a good read nonetheless: Read Typography and the Aging Eye
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I hope everyone had fun on Saturday night at the first Edmonton Nuit Blanche festival! It was so great to see so many people out and about enjoying contemporary art by local and international artists. I was glad to be working with the Edmonton Wayfinding Society to help create the signage and hand-held map for the one-night event (truly an interesting challenge). Wherever the night took you, I hope you had a blast!
In case you couldn't tell from my earlier post of Saul Bass title sequences, I'm a big fan of opening credits in film and television (sometimes I like them better than the actual show...). One of my favourite places to see such great design is Art of the Title. Not only does it showcase great title sequences, but it also features great interviews and articles that talk about the creative process behind the sequence.
I'm working on some print pieces for 2015/16 UAlberta Art Shows season using the illustrations I created for the different events. I'm pretty excited! Looks like some really neat shows coming up! Don't miss it.
If you've got an hour to burn over lunch, these are always fun to watch...
*Let me start by clarifying that this post is about "bad" book covers for Romance novels—not musical covers of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance". So, yeah. Go somewhere else for the latter.
I don't always use Tumblr, but when I do, I go to WTFBadRomanceCovers—the self-proclaimed home of "Objectified Scotsmen Thursdays". Sometimes it's the scary artwork, sometimes it's the hilarious title, and sometimes it's the blogger's commentary that makes it hilarious, but whatever it is I hereby invite you to check out this blog. There's also a WTFBadFantasyCovers if Romance ain't your genre of choice...
Images courtesy of WTFBadRomanceCovers
There's a lot of awesome music concerts and design shows and theatre performances and art exhibitions coming out of the U of A this upcoming season! Here's a bit of a behind the scenes on the visual system we're building (Any suggestions for what represents Drawing & Intermedia at the U of A? That's a hard one).