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Monthly Archives: April 2011

So, today I decided to put together a list of my favorite designers. I am starting another poster series based on their works and how they directly impact my work. This list has everyone I consider an influence not only in my design but in my day to day life. Let me know if you think I am missing someone and I will gladly take them into consideration. Thanks.

Andy Warhol – Everyone knows Warhol of course because of his influence in the pop art era but more importantly to me, because of his ‘Exploding Plastic Inevitable’ Series as well as his film work.

Art Chantry – Chantry’ logo design has probably brought him more popularity than his other work but his album covers and music posters are what I am drawn to the most.

David Carson – Known for his type design but also should be praised for his work with the Ray Gun magazine and his first book, “End of Print.”

Jonathan Ive – Ive is an Industrial Designer for Apple and most people do not realize he designed products we use everyday; PowerBook G4, MacBook, unibody MacBook Pro, iPod, iPhone, and iPad.

Josef Muller Brockmann -Now here is a man who has influenced us in many ways, through architecture, design, history of art and photography.

Milton Glaser -From his ‘I Heart NY’ logo to his ‘Bob Dylan’ poster he has had one of the most creative/influential minds in contemporary illustration and design.

Neville Brody – Brody has brought together magazine, graphic design and typography and is well known for works in magazines such as ‘Face,’ ‘Aerna’ and my favorite is his role in the FUSE project.

Paul Rand -Such a likable guy! Logos are his specialty and he played a huge role in Swiss Design which has been a huge influence on me.

Paula Scher -Scher’s list of clients is enormous and her reputation exceeds her as a very influential in branding and identity projects.

Roy Lichtenstein -Another awesome pop art painter and sculptor. Known mainly for his animations which were basically abstract parodies.

Saul Bass – All designers should know this name, because surely they have seen his work, whether in film, logo or movie posters.

Seymour Chwast -Founder of ‘Push Pin’ he is most know for his posters, book and magazine covers and packaging design.

Stefan Sagmeister -This Grammy winner may be controversial but his work is like no other and when I see his work I immediately know who was responsible.

Tibor Kalman – If you have never looked at a ‘Colors’ publication, you need to.

Last but not least – My favorite Illustrator – Ralph Steadman = AMAZING!!!

Here are a couple of pictures I found on stock exchange a really great stock photography site that’s actually free. (check it out at http://www.sxc.hu)

Anyways with a couple of minutes in photoshop you can really change a picture and give it a whole new meaning.

In this picture of a man, whom I call Cowboy, all I really did is play with the highlights and the dark areas, make a few areas pop, like the eyes and add a background. One of the easiest ways to change a picture in my opinion is to adjust the eyes, it is the first thing I usually am drawn to, and usually in the center of the image. By playing with the dodge and burn tools you can really make this type area pop.

Once again, started with the eyes and worked around the picture a little and made it have a completely different feeling. From sweet to sinister in less than 5 minutes.

This season our NSL kickball team wanted to spruce up our uniforms a little, so I designed a new logo.

Family friends Robert and Carl Ladd have been in the Landscaping business for some time now, they recently decided to venture out on their own and asked me for some help. Here is the logo we decided to go with.

Let me know what you think.