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Week after week, month after month, there is a seemingly endless supply of wonderful new designs to be found online. Here are my latest finds.
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This CAN'T be computer graphics. It is.
Alex Roman (a pseudonym of Jorge Seva) uses software tools such as 3DS Max, Vray, Photoshop, AfterEffects, and Adobe Premiere to produce amazing computer graphic renderings. If you're like me, you'll look at his work and think, "That cannot be computer graphics." It is. If you haven't seen this, you're in for a treat.
Thanks to my son Jeff Green for pointing us to it.
Here > Alex Roman's The Third & The Seventh...
Here > An interview with the designer including images of the computer graphics framework...
An inkling of innovations to come
If you lived near Mainz, Germany in the 1450s, you may have heard of the machine Johannes Gutenberg was working on. I doubt Gutenberg had an inkling of how profoundly his printing press would effect mankind.
Today we are witnessing a similar phenomenon. Just down the proverbial road, great innovation is taking place. Yet we are so inundated with advancements, I think we tend to miss the advancements that move into our line of sight in a more subtle way.
Inkling (below) is one of the many new ideas born out of the development of the iPad. It proposes a new way of producing and navigating textbooks. I have no idea if it will be one of the ideas that catches on, but it's exciting to watch it sprout.
Which leads me to a point I continually remind myself of--don't miss this opportunity. All of these new technologies, devices, and ideas are new to ALL of us. I, you, we can contribute to their advancement. We have an opportunity, like none of those before us, to change the world for good. Pretty exciting.
Here > Inkling for the iPad...
Here > A press release about another quiet step...
Here > A little perspective...Comment
Haha... the history of graphic design... http://ht.ly/2IGUs
Interesting: Perception of fonts: Perceived personality traits and uses http://ht.ly/2Hd3h
Illustrator Alex Gross has a new solo exhibit at Jonathan LeVine Gallery http://ht.ly/2DC5T
Where did album art begin? http://ht.ly/2DtDH
Thank to John McWade for the link http://ht.ly/2DtBn
The use of symbolism in graphic design
When I think of graphic design I don't normally think of heraldry. (Heraldry, as one definition puts it, is the "the art or science of blazoning or describing in proper terms coats of arms.")
It sounds like a rather archaic subject but when you take a closer look you see how strong the ties are between the many forms of heraldry and the design of logos and other symbolic imagery today.
What I will share here are a few of the many interesting resources stumbled across as I researched the connection.
Here > An illustrated atlas of French and English heraldic terms...
Here > Many listings lead to a detailed illustration and explanation...
Here > About the origins of heraldry...
Here > Here is an interesting interview with Charles V. Mugno, director, Heraldic Services and Support Division at the Institute of Heraldry...
Here > The activities of the Institute of Heraldry include "the research, design, development, standardization, quality control, and other services relating to official symbolic items--seals, decorations, medals, insignia, badges, flags, and other items awarded to or authorized for official wear or display by government personnel and agencies..."
Here > The symbolic significance of one seemingly simple graphic element, the fleur de lis...
Here > A few examples of how heraldry is used in fashion design...Comment
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