Pattern surface design
Even though I learned Illustrator when I was in undergrad at Drexel (circa 2000), most of it had escaped my brain. Luckily for me I have been using PhotoShop ever since 2000, and I am very familiar with the way Adobe products work. I also learned InDesign last semester while laying out Penny Olive. Illustrator and I were off to a rough start in the beginning of the semester, but thanks for laying out my typeface for unconventional typography in Illustrator and having Profes
Pattern design and printing package
This week I gave surface pattern design another go for the interior of the package (Penny Olive's walls). I used two skillshare tutorials to help me design the patterns properly and spent a lot of time tweaking the layouts. I am happy with the working design and definitely feel Bosler was right that it is a lot better than using the textile I purchased. The pattern feels true to Penny Olive and represents everything I love about her. I used Illustrator to design and realized
Package tweaking//pattern design
This week Bosler encouraged me to create a pattern for the Penny Olive package. Since I want it to have fabric texture, I designed it in PhotoShop. I was trying to a similar look to the textile that I was using (the mustard yellow with small flowers and circles), but it wasn't working with my flowers. I decided to go with a vintage fabric from a 40's feed bag. I feel like the blue pattern with the reds and yellows is working better than the yellow. In addition, I tweaked the
Where'd my K + k go? Errrgggg, just when I though AI and I were reunited and it was feeling so good!! LOL! I made a print for cutting and two of my letters didn't show up- but they're on the original file, so they must have been left behind when I moved the work to a new art board.... and in my haste to print I made waste without noticing :( Handlettering this baby! Still the piece looks beautiful and Granny has blessed it! #UnconventionalTypography #PreserveLightInstallation
Scherenschnitte typography design!
This week I printed out my apron type layout and hand lettered curves and bridges for the file and then rescanned into Illustrator and carved back out again so it can function as a Scherenschnitte. I am loving the look right now- it feels more authentic. I took out all of the circle for the "i" but found it was not working so I added a different stroke. So excited about this! Thankful to my professor Karen for pushing me through the fear of Illustrator/typography, I'm really
Unconventional Typography / Preserve light installation
The apron for my light installation is really coming along. Next step is to get approval of layout and create connections to hold scherenschnitte together. I'm so excited at how this project is coming together and having the help of Professor Kresge who understands my vision. There will be a small opening and the work will be exhibited on Friday 4/29/16 at The Pennsylvania German Heritage Center. As an installation it will be ongoing and grow in complexity and size, I hav
Package redesign / typography choices
I really appreciated the feedback from our critique on Friday. Some problem areas with the package design from last week that I focused on this week were: Blackletter font and Skratch font being difficult to read Too filled and busy Copyright issues with fabric used in design Copy wording needing some revisions I spent about 6 hours scoring and researching a serif that is playful yet readable. As I stated before, I am looking towards the Ladybug Girl book and doll set as insp
handmade vs. short run
*Deep breath* I am broke, credit cards maxed out! I would love to get a short run of 100 boxes for my Penny Olive doll/book combo, but it seems it's not going to happen within the next few weeks. Bummer! But I think that if I complete a well designed and cleanly executed package, I may be able to pitch it and get a backer. As Bosler as I researched short run box costs, we found a deal for $60 for sample and $800 for 100 boxes. Unfortunately this is still way out of my budget.