These are 3 of about 70 banners I designed for Publix. The client found me via some abstract compositions I was selling through Getty Images. The challenge was to create multiple compositions using an existing color palette. The pieces were to be used as environmental graphics in two Publix locations in central Florida. I designed the compositions and then printed each one with my Vandercook Proof Press. I had just begun using polymer plates which make the job of printing these multicolored one offs achievable. See more signs here.
For me, inspiration comes from different places. I tend to avoid looking at design when seeking inspiration for design. Instead I pay attention to what sparked my attention to the various details of a project. I am designing a book cover at the moment, the title contains a word that is also present in the title pictured. Part of my process is to repeat the title and subtitle over and over to visualize the words while also holding gently the direction from the author, the words from the manuscript, and my own experience of reading them, all the while staying vigilant for images that may appear to me. The central idea of the memoir led me to this book which was given to me as a gift many years ago. I have cherished the book but had not looked at it in some time. Today I leafed through it and also looked at Duchamp’s painting “Nude Descending a Staircase” and I was able to approach the work with purpose. None of the covers I produced remotely look like any of these other elements but they served to give my mind flight to make connections and decisions about the initial look of the comps.
In observance of the anniversary of D-Day I give you “Our Finest Day”. This 36 page book with removable documents sets the scene of that infamous day. The book includes a handwritten statement from Eisenhower accepting full responsibility if the whole thing should fail. Maps and handwritten notes are just a few of the tasty items residing in this book.
Occasionally, drawing letter forms is my best defense. I made this title this week for a book cover I am working on. I wanted type that felt like it was made for a music poster and posted on telephone poles around a gritty city. I could have looked for a font to use but it was faster and easier to draw it and scan it and put it together.
Upon distribution of this year’s Farmers Market Poster I dug up this old post from last spring. We’ve been enjoying terrific (until today) weather. Everyone is glowing and busy with the sunshine that has visited us for a week. I thought I would look back and see what was happening last year.
It’s spring, sort of. It snowed today, just light flakes but still, it is March. I am thinking about planting things and feeling envious of people with greenhouses. It’s too early and we have to be careful not to jump the gun. Design is like this too. I go along moving things around, introducing elements, color, typography and sometimes it’s all for naught. The client waves the idea down and I am left feeling like a barren desert, no idea in sight. I generally walk at these moments. I get out on my little stretch of untraveled country road and I mull the problem over and like magic something comes to me. In the case of this poster I got off on a tangent involving a lot of words and to that I added lots of dingbats and the overall effect was not good. After a little reflection I came up with what you see here which uses some elements from the earlier piece and a simple image of a carrot in suggested ground. And with this poster the 20th season of the Bellingham Farmers Market is launched. I am proud to say I have been on a 10 year journey with this client.