This is another book I picked up, this time while procrastinating at the Cornish library. Written by Anna Wray an illustrator whose work is featured in a many English publications.
She devotes each chapter to a different graphic artist, focusing on their preferred method of illustration or design outside of the computer. It was almost like a craft book but showed the professional application of (some rather homespun) hand techniques such as stamping and collaging.
One section I learned a lot from was embellishing photographs which can turn a humdrum image into a unique graphic. Kenneth Do combines his drawing with digital photography and I think this creates fun, lighthearted, layers with a strong personality.
It’s helpful to think of ways to produce images that are outside illustrator or photoshop and consider methods that bring texture and personality to a design piece. Since these 2.5 quarters of design school, I’m noticing trends in design in the things I see around me: event posters on the street, ads on public transit, mass mail pieces. There’s a lot of text inside boxes, lots of cursive faux-handwritten font mixed with sans-serif, crossed arrows, arrows in general, text or logos within polygons, etc. Makes me wonder how to buck a design trend while still catering to a general public aesthetic.
I think adding unexpected and unique, more handcrafted touches are what can possibly set a design above the rest.
Another awesome benefit of this kind of mixed media approach to design is that it can transform a hodgepodge collection of so-so skills and assets into one amazing creation. So while I’m not a talented draftsman or artist, I have a little bit of arty doodler in me.