Water and Wheat

October 5, 2009

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wheat

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Pet Beer

October 4, 2009

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These are the original four labels I did for my beer project. After completing the project, I returned to it later to create two more labels in order to package six bottles, which seems more practical than just four. The creatures are inspired from the ingredients and process of making beer. The two new labels/creatures I created were water and wheat. I will post images of them tomorrow.

Food Product Project

August 23, 2009

As mentioned in Saturday’s post, more as follows indeed and it’s quite scrumptious. A failed project with two distinct looks, never quite saw the light for portfolio inclusion. Maybe in the future, maybe…

The first go-round:

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Cutesy and colorful, two names that go well with my design aesthetic! Oooh!

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food4

The problem with this design was that the finished product didn’t seem edible enough. The colours weren’t right, the image of shroom too cartoony, etc. I was still in “search” mode, looking for that signature piece of design. I was trying to stay away from the natural look and feel of mushrooms, but alas, maybe I should have went with the norm this time.

Second go-round: NEW! color scheme and logo and visual element

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Note: Please pardon the missing fonts, I still need to upload the many many typefaces I lack on the new compy.

Picture 2

Picture 3

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The problem with these was I felt it still borrowed too much from the previous design, so I didn’t print them off and re-execute. I chose to use the band of color as a sort of ribbon to be my signature for the product. The colors are better but still not quite there. I abandoned the project, but still look back fondly at making all those images and prints and sketches of shrooms. Good times. Oh and delishus!

Logo

July 28, 2009

Some alterations of Bean Tree logo I’m working on. Next step, color!

logos

Bean Tree Photography

July 26, 2009

A little something something I’m working on for my dear friend Kasey Portenier. He’s an excellent photographer and he’s putting together a website to showcase some of his work. I’m in charge of creating the logo and overall look for the site, titled Bean Tree Photography.

Bean Tree

I realized I posted those pics without posting many details about the trip itself, so here goes. I drove down with my sister Thursday afternoon to Tulsa. We both had never been to Oklahoma before so it was an interesting ride, lots of roadkill and the like. The drive itself wasn’t bad, we did get lost when trying to find the right street to turn off of. We found it eventually in a roundabout way, still made it in plenty of time before the awards ceremony.

They displayed our work on tables and on the walls in the Central Park Center. I was a little disappointed by how they chose to display things. They printed out the low-res images we submitted to them online, so everything was pixellated and gross. Even the award/piece of paper I received had their logo on it pixellated. The food was nice, the bar even better. They had quite the selection of beer and wine.

Six students from Fort Hays won awards in the single entry categories for students. They called our names and we walked up to receive the award. I didn’t realize it but as I got my award (I was the first award presented), they displayed our work on the projector screen in all its low-res glory. Ah wail. My hands were sore by the end of the night after all that clapping; the professional awards took forever to go through.

The drive home was terribly long. We got a flat tire about 100 miles south of Wichita at around 12:00 am. Had to drive the rest of the way home on a donut, which I was informed later was a miracle we made it that far (the spare is ruined). Drove through a hailstorm in Wichita on the way; we didn’t get back home until 9:00 am. All in all, it was an interesting experience and I’m glad we made it back sane and sound.

Cityscape

Cityscape

Downtown Tulsa

Downtown Tulsa

Mayo Motor Inn

Mayo Motor Inn

Central Park Center Interior

Central Park Center Interior

Byron's Beer

Byron's Beer

Photography

Photography

Silver Award for Professional Illustration

Silver Award for Professional Illustration

John's Furniture Store

John's Furniture Store

Illustration

Illustration

Lindsay's Books

Lindsay's Books

My stamps!

My stamps!

View from the veranda

View from the veranda

My co-pilot on this trip

My co-pilot on this trip

Delishus food and beer

Delishus food and beer

Logos galore

Logos galore

Lol

Lol

Beta

May 6, 2009

My portfolio website is now beta. Enjoy.

http://scatcat.fhsu.edu/~j_wendell/portfolio

by Milton Glaser

http://www.miltonglaser.com/pages/milton/essays/es3.html

“We tend to believe that the mind affects the body and the body affects the mind, although we do not generally believe that everything we do affects the brain. I am convinced that if someone was to yell at me from across the street my brain could be affected and my life might be changed. That is why your mother always said, ‘Don’t hang out with those bad kids.’ Mama was right. Thought changes our life and our behaviour. I also believe that drawing works in the same way. I am a great advocate of drawing, not in order to become an illustrator, but because I believe drawing changes the brain in the same way as the search to create the right note changes the brain of a violinist. Drawing also makes you attentive. It makes you pay attention to what you are looking at, which is not so easy.”

Impressions

April 29, 2009

Last nite, four other graphics buddies and I drove to Denver to see Gary Hustwit’s new documentary film Objectified. More info can be found in my previous blog post here.

The film’s main focus was on industrial design and its effect on everyone’s daily lives. Without many of us realizing it, everything we interact with throughout the day was designed by someone for some purpose. The true success of a well-designed object is when you forget why it looks the way it does. You use it, throw it away, buy a new one, reuse it, etc. without a second thought.

I enjoyed the film, although I wasn’t completely blown away by it. Industrial design is an important facet of everyone’s lives, but I feel like most of its secrets have been revealed already through various media programs. I still haven’t seen Helvetica, and I think that film will appeal to me more not only for the fact that it’s about graphic design(ers), but it’s about something not many people know much. Gary was kind enough to answer questions after the screening, which was pretty cool.

The (Mayan) theatre was packed and we got to drink beer while watching the film, awesome. I couldn’t help but notice another film playing there currently.

Tokyo! is a collection of three films that all take place in the vibrant Japanese city. They are supposed to be pretty surreal and wacky stories, all connected through some on-going theme. Michel Gondry directed one of them. I’ll have to make another trip back sometime, if its still playing there. All in all, it was a pretty fun trip to Denver, it being my first and not last.