Logo Design: New Ways to Create Custom Vintage Type

I’ve always wanted to learn about creating type from scratch so I signed up for this Skillshare class taught by Simon Walker. He sure makes it look easy! Starting with just a simple stroke width I learned to work in different thicknesses to create the type. I have to say, I’m not very happy with my first results. I am going to try again though! This is one of those skills I really need practice on.
By the way, D’Anna’s is a deli in Soquel that is really yummy! If you’re ever in the neighborhood pop in a get the Gene Burns sandwich – roast beef, pesto and roasted red peppers.

Logo Design the Draplin Way

Here’s another cool Skillshare class, this time taught by Aaron Draplin. I adore his design work, it’s simple but awesome. I picked up a few of the Field Notes memo books he designed and always have one kicking around with me. Check out the memo book archive – all that vintage design is scrumptious!

In this logo design class we were instructed on how to use simple shapes and type to create a family crest. I learned how to keep it simple and really work on the shapes and negative space. My crest includes a hummingbird to symbolize determination, a drafting compass which is where my roots are, a guitar because music saves my life everyday, and a stylized ocean wave because I live by the ocean and never want to leave. The Latin reads: This too shall pass.
I took the lessons I learned and used them to create this Chihuahua crest. I love the simplicity and colors and am discovering that less is sometimes more.

Blood in the Shadows… a Horror Movie Poster

I had some fun today and submitted a design concept for a horror movie poster over on 99Designs. I know a lot of designers hate spec work, but I see it as good practice! As an added bonus I might actually have one of my designs get chosen and make a few bucks.

For the movie poster I created the word ‘blood’ and the drips with India ink. Then I scanned them in and created vectors which I used in layers on the poster. I wanted a simple text based design and took my inspiration from Saul Bass.

Speaking of horror movies and Saul Bass, The title sequence for Psycho is my favorite!

The Weather Outside is Frightful!

I had some fun today designing monster snowflakes. We have Frankenstein’s Monster, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Dracula. These designs were all about symmetry – reflection and 6 fold rotational symmetry. If you are brave and handy with scissors and a hobby knife you can try cutting some out yourself – get the PDFs!
Creature from the Black Lagoon

Craig & Karl

I first read about designers Craig Redman and Karl Maier in the December issue of Juxtapoz Magazine. I immediately fell in love with their playful designs, especially the portraits!
I knew I had to translate that fun style into some of my dog images. I’ve done two so far and love them! I worked on simplifying my images, using bold outlines and making them symmetrical.