Metaphorical Illustrations Reflect on Contemporary Life

This article focuses on the creations of Belgian illustrator, Eleni Debo. Her illustrations highlight issues that the typical modern individual experiences in his/her everyday life. She focuses mainly on manipulating the background, especially by adding very subtle elements to it. This serves as the key way to drive her point across. For instance, she surrounds…

Unforgettable

I’d come across this video on Instagram and when I found it online again I knew I just had to share it. This video depicts Marta C. González, a former ballerina currently suffering from Alzheimer’s. When she is made to listen to music from Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake‘, a ballet she had performed innumerable times during her career,…

‘Awkward’ Animations

I came across a short film by animator Nata Metlukh which depicts a series of awkward situations we’ve all experienced at some point in our lives. By exaggerating the extent of awkwardness and adding humorous elements, she makes her animations come alive. Her film won ‘Best Short Film of the Year’ at Promofest in Spain…

Ben Johnston’s Murals with Typography Popping Off the Walls

Following our discussion in class about the history of typography, I came upon this article highlighting the murals painted by artist, Ben Johnston. Johnston specializes in murals which appear to have text coming out of the walls itself. He plays around with different 3-D effects that he can create for the way the text pops…

Using Animation to Capture the Serene Moments of Daily Life

This article showcases the ‘delicate gifs’ created by the illustrator Maori Sakai. What really stood out to me about her gifs was their simplicity. She uses minimal animation to bring to life a scene that we have all experienced at some point in our lives. Another thing that her creations made me think about was…

Interpreting ‘Invisible Cities’

This article features various interpretations of Italo Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities’ that artists have created over the years. It is very interesting to see the diverse ways in which the same description can be perceived and translated into a piece of art. The article contains both abstract and concrete representations of the same city. I thought…

Intricate Designs Using A Single Sheet of Paper

This article sheds lights on the designs created by the artist, Pippa Dyrlaga. She cuts and shapes a single sheet of paper into various abstract and concrete forms. Some of her abstract designs incorporate distinct elements which subtly hint at the object she is trying to depict. I felt that this is something very similar…

Cassandra Calin’s Cartoons

Cassandra Calin is one of my favorite cartoonists. I find her comics super relatable and they always give me a good laugh. I’ve been following her designs for around 4 years now. I chose to write about her work because I think that it is very similar to the speculative design manual we are working…

Blending Coffee & Design

Scrolling through the featured artworks on Bēhance, a design for coffee cups caught my eye. This one small image on my laptop screen was enough to intrigue me and I knew I had to find out more about it. Understanding the designers’ thought process reminded me of the discussion in class about designing for the…

The Optical Illusion of Negative Space

After our discussion in class, I was very intrigued by the illusions that we can create in our designs through the use of negative space. I found an article that explores the benefits of using this technique and also provides some more pictorial examples of it. I feel that we can effectively use negative space…