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Finally making some point /March Feature 1

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 4, 2012, 6:07 AM
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Belle & Sebastian
  • Reading: My To-Do-List
  • Drinking: Green Tea
Alright fellow followers,

this is my first journal entry since ever. It feels strange to write here again, since my deviantArt profile turned into some kind of morgue with some occasionally appearing zombies made of art. I am willing to change that, what actually is very important to my life now. I finally decided to apply for studying graphics design at a well-known university here in Germany. It takes a lot effort to be able to apply and hopefully pass all the selection processes – at first I have to update and re-create my portfolio. And that is where you guys are in the game: What do you think could be stuff for my portfolio? There are a lot of weird pieces in my gallery which I don't like anymore, but I guess I have such a personal point of view, since they all belong to some parts of me and my soul.

Anyways! Make a selection. Tell me what you think could be a nice deal to satisfy the jury! Most important will be to show my interest in typography and my skills in turning typo in some kind of visual communication.

Oh, and please keep your fingers crossed the next months to support me. Thanks a lot, especially for making me what I am today. The decision to become a professional graphics designer would not have been made if I'd never started to share my art with this great community. I appreciate that!

WEEKLY FEATURE – 1st week of March 2012
Of course I would not write a new journal again without my weekly feature set. So here we go – these are my three favourite pieces I've seen the last week.

:thumb288422755:  Willgoz kitchen tools typography by AguedaMarcia  The Gears Wailed. by midnightINK

1. "26" by ~Mischa-Soleil | I love the concept behind it – the skulls are cool, yes! And feltpens are a great tool to create art.
2. "Willgoz kitchen tools" by ~AguedaMarcia | Typography made of elements can be really cool. The overall look makes it so special, love the details and the sharpness. That illustrative style is something I adore these days.
3. "The Gears Wailed." by ~midnightINK | Do have I have to say anything about how much I admire that love to the detail? So much to discover! Obviously, this piece took a long time to be made. Great that midnightINK shared it with us!

Stamp: Gothic by typoholicsLast.fm Stamp Pack by NyssaCreativeDecemberists Stamp by clockwork-lotusNikon D200 Stamp by CroWelsh
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Oh where are you applying? :eager: (you are German? :paranoid: I had no idea)
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mrgraphicsguy Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm going to apply at Universität der Künste Berlin (University of the Arts). And yes, I am from Germany :)
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wordzz Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Your typography shows a lot of thought. I think there are many pieces you have that would work with only minor corrections. You may want to revisit a few of your stronger pieces and really look at your visual elements and decide if they are reinforcing the intended message or just there to look pretty. If they are to look pretty then take them out and rearrange the piece. Hopefully you still have the original photoshop files to play with. One thing I have noticed about typography professors is that they are in love with the shape and form of the typefaces themselves. You may want to include pieces that have little changes to the fonts themselves.

Society's Third Eye Needed is very interesting with its play on perspective and use of a simple palette.

Aggression is very strong. One thing you may play with is the flow of the lettering. The flow of the lettering is broken at "because" where you read the lettering in almost a circular pattern, and then there is an empty space before "words." Maybe if you brought the s & e of "because" down a little closer to "words" it would help the eye read down the composition without the sudden stop.

Life and Lines has some great contrast and yet the elements work in unison. The contrast in letter and word spacing work very well, along with the subtle uses of color. The only thing my design teacher would fuss over is the dead center orientation of "Lines". Although it is the focal point - moving the placement off center would give the piece a little more visual interest and encourage the eye to move around the composition a little more. The X in the bottom right of the piece is also drawing a great deal of attention to itself and really doesn't contribute to the message of the piece. If you feel it is vital to the arrangement then you might consider reducing the value from solid black to a lighter tone of grey.

Broken Muse is also a really interesting piece although the tape in the background reads as "broken" and not "desperate". Perhaps if you incorporated the unwinding tape from Related it would read less as broken and more like desperate or in need of repair...?

There (for what little it is worth) is my two cents =) I wish you the best of luck! Design school is tedious and insanely repetitive, but I am finishing my first year and have learned a lot from the process. =D
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mrgraphicsguy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your time and effort! I guess you helped me a lot with your analysis (which is very detailed, so I have a lot to think of and work on). Very much appreciated. :) And good luck with finishing your first year at the design school!
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wordzz Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
You're welcome. You'll do great!
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