Archive for September, 2012
Weekly sketch número 11. And the second sketch playing with digital street art. Might have started a side series without realizing it. Also, recycling old visuals from old personal identities… something I find myself doing often in side project work.
Quick sketch (weekly sketch number 10) coming off of a weekend of festivities around 15 Septiembre, Costa Rica’s independence day. Flags everywhere, but never flat – always furled and liquid. Not crazy about this one, but the vectors were pretty cool to play with. Deliberately flat color on those.
Summertime is postertime for the Phase Collective. This took forever (‘pixel’ details shown below – all done manually), but was 100% worth the labor. Meditational, almost. Large format, single color production on the way soon. All side projects are born from previous experiments. I can trace every detail of this project back over the last few years – fascinations with the California flag, pixel-level detail, custom ‘pixel’ blocks, and a pull back to print production.
The typographic landscape in Costa Rica is dominated by bright colors and hand-painted typography. Some are done with machine-like detail, worked off of existing typefaces and vector references. Others are thrown up on whatever space is available, and the designer just goes to town with whatever flows from their hand. Loose or no rules, blatant inconsistencies in scale and repeating forms.
And it’s all wonderful. After a decade+ of computer-aided typography, I’m finding myself thoroughly refreshed. The sketchbook stage is the final stage, not just the exploration process. Here’s weekly sketch number 9, built off of iPhone snaps from the last few days, constructed in just under an hour to start my Monday:
Weekly sketch número 8. Giant thunderheads forming above warranted a few iPhone snaps. Took one of those and played for 20 min, which was the best I could do this time around. That’s the nature of side projects though, right? Lots of great visuals on their way next time around after some road tripping.