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First Project Back

24 Oct

Ok so I thought I would share with you all my first project of 3rd year.

Any of you who have been to Uni, or are currently at Uni will understand when I say that 3rd year is definitely the hardest.

So the project was to design and make a 2013 Calendar for an organisation of your choice, that was all we got given. Needless to say we all ran with the prospect of having a free rein. I decided to do mine for DogsTrust which is a dog rehoming centre across Britain.

So here is the final result, hope you like it 🙂











Disclaimer: All concepts, designs and images (above) belong to Laura Ball


Graph Paper Doodles Come To Life In Mesmerizing GIFs

17 Sep

So we have all been there, sat in maths class, not really understanding whats going on and doodling on our graph paper. Well this artist has taken it a step further and animated the doodles. They are so different to the other GIF’s I have looked at which is one of the reasons I like them. (Give the GIFs a few minutes to work if not click on the image and they should come to life)

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In addition to being an ideal vehicle for pet follies and YouTube pratfalls, animated GIFs have emerged as a versatile new medium for visual art in the Internet age. Art GIFs–as opposed to, I guess, “LOL GIFs?”–run the gamut from simple optical illusions and early Internet kitsch to theevocative Cinemagrams that set the Internet on fire for a few days last year. Alma Alloro’s GIFs fall somewhere in between, serving as a commentary on the relationship between analog and digital media–and also just giving you something cool looking to zone out to while you eat your lunch at your desk.


The collection, Further Abstracts, shows geometric doodles sliding and spinning with life on plain old graph paper. It’s basically what every day-dreaming trig student wishes would happen with his time-wasting sketches. In fact, that was more or less Alloro’s impulse for creating them.

“I made many still image drawings in the same style before,” the Tel Aviv-born artist told Co.Design, “and was curious to see what it would look like in animation.” But in addition to being relatively high quality and easy to disseminate, Alloro thinks GIFs represent a new kind of frontier in visual art–something related to but separate from its older sibling, video art. “Video ‬art began as a comment on cinema‫,‬ and I think it was never capable to become free from that role,” Alloro explained. “Now‫,‬ when videos occupy about 50‫%‬ of any important biennial, it seems like GIFs are replacing video-art and becoming the new avant-garde ‫.‬.. It is also part of this new trend to bring the Internet to a gallery space and vice versa.”


As if to prove her point, Alloro’s GIFs have been chosen for exhibition at the Caesura Gallery, an online-only collection that places some (relatively) traditional visual pieces, like a set of photographs of cleverly Photoshopped beer cans, alongside some more novel web-based works. Jesse Darling’s Menetekel (2012, Spray paint, animated GIF), another piece on the site, wins the award for collapsing the most media in the shortest amount of time: The work is a 7-second animated GIF of a hooded figure spray painting the Twitter hashtag #IRL on a brick wall, in real life. Basically, Alloro’s GIFs–a timeless analog time waster presented in the Internet’s freshest time wasting file format–are right at home.

Furthering their artistic bona fides, GIFs have even been accompanied by some jargon-heavy explicatory text. Alloro’s friend and fellow artist Gabriel S. Moses writes, “Alloro revives the Bauhaus movement’s celebrated core symbols (the triangle, square, and circle), only to subvert their refined ideology of functional beauty. Replacing iconic solid colors with a hyper-saturated radiance, the bare technical grid-aesthetics of these corrupted Bauhaus designs render the modern myth of functionality obsolete.”

He’s not kidding, Alloro insists, but she does admit she didn’t have much of that in mind when she was making the GIFs. “It’s nice not to over-analyze your own works,” she told Co.Design. “Let someone else do that.”

Check out the rest of the Further Abstracts GIFs at the Caesura Gallery.




Watch Danny Roberts Illustrate All 69 of IMG’s Models Using Colored Pencils and Candy

13 Sep

As I used to work at Next I am big into fashion, not to mention being an aspiring designer and a woman 🙂 So when I came across this articles regarding colouring over the top of images with coloured pencils and candy, I thought it was bonkers and had to look into it more. Here’s the article, see what you think.

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Before each fashion season, all the big modeling agencies put out show packages featuring their roster of leggy beauties, complete with their measurements, so designers can cast their shows and campaigns. Think of them sort of like model baseball cards–all the essential stats are there. And lately, agencies have started to get a bit creative with them. Last season IMG turned out the most creative show package, transforming their models into classical paintings. You’d think it would be hard to top. But they have.

This season, IMG recruited super talented fashion illustrator Danny Roberts to illustrate and decorate all 69 of its models for their spring package. In three days. So how did he do it?

“Since I only had three days to color 138 pictures [Ed. note: That’s two drawings per model], I knew I didn’t have too much time to plan out each page, so I did whatever was the first idea that popped into my head,” Roberts told us. “I basically, gave myself a minute to come up with an idea, then it was approximately 11 minutes per page.”

The entire process is captured on video and as you can see, while Roberts works mostly with colored pencils, crayons, and pastels, candy plays a big role. When I asked him about his favorite drawings, he told me they were the ones that included candy. “The image of Kori I painted by dipping Good & Plenties into warm water, then rolling it over the page.”

Take a look at Roberts in action and click through to see the full show package, including Joan Smalls, Jessica Stam, Charlotte Free and so many more.

Machine Creates Art Using The ‘DNA’ Of ‘The Perfect Espresso’

13 Sep

This is such a unique way to create art, I dont know how they thought of it. I think it is also a great way to brand a coffee shop, instead of the usual illustrations, this creates individual images depending on the coffee/drink you ordered. So your takeaway coffees have their own personal sleeve. I really like how they have done this!!

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For the project ‘The Naked Espresso’ that highlights the features of an espresso machine, Australian ad agency Reborn hacked a Breville Dual Boiler espresso machine to include: an Arduino, flow meters to access espresso flow rate, steam LED to indicate when the steamer was activated on the machine, NTC temperature sensors, and pressure transmitters.

As an espresso gets brewed from the coffee machine, the science behind its making (temperature, flow rate, pressure and steam) gets collected and artistically visualized in a real-time animation.

The speed of the animation is based on the pressure and flow rate of the espresso; its color palette, frequency and variety of shapes, based on the temperature and steam used to make the espresso—making each piece of art one-of-a-kind and a summary of the espresso.

The artistic pieces were printed and attached to coffee cups, to give customers a unique coffee experience and create identifiable coffee cups—even if they all drank the same drink—as they were different based on the visualizations.”









Animated GIFs That Show Cool Kids Made Of Stardust

13 Sep


These animated GIFs are fantastic. If you have seen my other posts on animated GIFs you’ll probably know I have a slight obsession with them at the moment. These show people with stardust, random yes but they are still amazing photography and animation. Like my other posts if they don’t work straight away give them a few moments or click on the actual image and they should work.

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For decades, scientists have known that we–along with everything else on the planet–contain bits of stardust. That bit of real-life magic has made its way into countless lines of poetry and one horrible Moby song. It is also the basis for Ignacio Torres’s Stellar project, a series of animated GIFs picturing men and women seemingly floating amid sparkling star particles.

The Texas-based photographer says that his interest in “our celestial ancestry” began in college, where he took several astronomy courses and started to read and watch Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series. “At the same time,” Torres tells Co.Design, “I was obsessed with the stylistic imagery inAlejandro Jodorowsky films, which mostly consisted of desert landscapes. So he decided to combine the two–recruiting friends to be photographed among cacti in El Paso while being pelted with baking flour and confetti. “The process of creating the imagery was an adventure in itself,” he writes. “It was always a battle against time because I was relying on the brevity of the sunsets to create the right mood.”

To achieve the 3-D effect, Torres used stereoscopy, shooting four images from different angles and then compiling them into a single animation that creates the illusion of depth. The movement, according to the artist, “serves as a visual metaphor to the spatial link we share with stars as well as their separateness through time.” The floating quality belies the more mundane considerations of the setup: “The most difficult part,” Torres says, “is getting the models to jump at the exact time that the flour and confetti are thrown at them.”








A Top Nike Designer Rebrands Game Of Thrones

13 Sep

So as I’m studying graphic design, I’m always interested in re-brands. But I have to admit that I’m not exactly geeked up on Game of Thrones, but this is still an interesting article to read, as a designer of Nike has re-branded it.

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If you’re Nike Brand Design rock star Darrin Crescenzi, and you’ve created everything from the Nike Fuel gauge to the U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball uniforms, what do you do in your spare time?

You, like the rest of us, get hopelessly addicted to George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series Game of Thrones. (Warning: Extreme, esoteric geeking out ahead. If you have no idea what the heck Game of Thrones is, go read the series, then meet me back here in a few months.)




“Like many people, I was introduced by the HBO adaptation–I’m sure to the chagrin of the longtime readers. I began reading the first novel while watching the first season, quickly becoming hopelessly obsessed. I basically disappeared for about five months, devouring all five books in the series, culminating in this borderline-depression when there were no more books to read,” Crescenzi tells Co.Design. “I’m not entirely sure of the full impact the books had on my social life, but there was definitely a span there where friends stopped calling.”

But unlike the rest of us, Crescenzi didn’t end his obsession there. He’s a branding expert, after all. Logo and typographical designs are what we eats, sleeps, and breathes. So while he devoured the books, he also kept a notebook at his side, recording the text descriptions whenever George R.R. Martin introduced a new house sigil. By the third book, Crescenzi stopped taking dictation and began drawing the sigils then and there, eventually compiling the whopping collection of sigils you see here. “I didn’t brand each house–George R.R. Martin did, and whether or not it was intentional, the result is an integral piece in the success the series,” Crescenzi says. “All I wanted to do was give them a sort of unexpected and unified visual language.

“The sigils really do act as branding, in that they give each character formal distinctions–Lannister’s use of crimson and gold, for example, sets that family apart from the rest on a purely visual level. But they also serve to give a vague indication of the values and psychology of the wearer. That same crimson and gold alludes to power and wealth and vitality, and when combined with the symbol of a rearing lion, tells a holistic story about the prominence of that family and their importance within the narrative,” he explains. “Conversely, the white and grey of House Stark is a straightforward representation of them–stoic, bleak, rather depressing. House Bolton’s pink and red ‘flayed man’ sigil pretty much screams psychopath.


“What I find most fascinating, however, is the fact that these ‘brands’ exist only as the written word. A Song of Ice and Fire is devoid of illustrations (other than the maps, of course), and yet when we read a description of, say, a battle between Lannister forces and Stark forces, we immediately create a mental image of screaming gray-clad men rushing into an army of red, despite not being part of the exact verbal description of a battle. These brands become such a key part of the reading experience–Night’s Watch black might as well be Tiffany blue or UPS brown or T-Mobile pink.”



I asked Crescenzi if his work at Nike influenced his work on this sort of visual fan fiction, and surprisingly enough–while most designers tend to distance their professional projects with their geek side projects–he admitted that it absolutely did. “One of our biggest challenges is maintaining a consistent brand voice despite having an incredibly diverse consumer-base. Athletes have very different interests, and sometimes you want basketball to look like basketball, women’s to look like women’s, running to look like running. Other times, you just want it all to look like Nike,” he explains. “Then, you try to maintain brand voice though both Nike and in-direct retail, digital, out-of-home, broadcast, and social media, and do it in incredibly diverse marketplaces around the globe. It’s a daunting task and takes teams of talented and highly organized minds to make it happen. This immense scope of our work makes discipline a core competency for designers here. “That endless pursuit of visual consistency was one of the driving forces behind the look and feel of the poster. I never thought of the project as a series of logos; The approach was much more that of creating an icon set.”

In the end, as true as he remained to the books, Crecenzi did take a few artistic liberties of his own. He ditched all of Martin’s descriptions of physical figures, as he didn’t feel the forms would shrink well to icon-size prints. (He also just found such depictions, like House Umber’s giant breaking out of chains, too literal for his taste.) Other times, he combined a few of Martin’s visuals into one simpler, unique logo.

“House Seaworth, one of the most popular within the texts, is a black ship with an onion on its sail,” he explains. “I decided to create a form that was both simultaneously an onion and a ship–in my opinion, the result is more memorable and was more fun for me to design.”

Now fellow geeks, Crescenzi openly admits that a few houses are missing from his poster, but if you’re a diehard GoT fan, who’d like a print for your wall, they’re available for $35.”

Wonderfully Witty Dog Portraits by Ron Schmidt

11 Sep

I am a massive dog lover, so these portraits of dogs really caught my funny bone. Ron Schmidt has captured the humour within dogs. I love what he has done. It brings a smile to your face even if your having a down day.

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“Though we’ve seen a lot of dog portraits in our time (see herehere and here) these might just take the cake as the most creative ever.

Ron Schmidt is the person behind the company Loose Leashes, an online shop where he sells funny prints of our furry friends in wonderfully witty scenarios. Dog person or not, you can’t help but fall in love with these photos.

As he told Dogster, “All the images represent the freedom that a dog would have without someone holding its leash. These are the things dogs would do if no one was around and they had absolute freedom.”

Though his past experience is in fashion and celebrity photography, Schmidt found his true calling by accident. After branching out on his own to pursue commercial photography, he found his niche when, one day, he decided to design a creative Christmas card for his family, friends and clients. Featuring his yellow lab Indy, the card didn’t just show her pose in a traditional way, he had her carry a tree on her back. “It was a fun, conceptual image that was a big hit with everyone who saw it. Since I love dogs and photography, this worked out really well.”

While looking through these photos, make sure to spot out how each one is labeled. Working with his wife, he comes up with the dogs’ clever and (very) fitting names. Now, here are 20 of our favorites. (The top one has been added to our board Cute and Cuddly on Pinterest.)”