Seminar Projects 2012
Had a ton of fun working with some three dimensional concepts, a lot of color and some great folks at Wash-U to make the announcements for the senior design show this year. The show is a change from previous years’ formats and called for a solid identity in several iterations: digital and printed invitation, posters, exhibit graphics, and signage. Above is the double-sided invitation,...
Brain Drain's Idea for its City
Participating in the first ever St. Louis Ideas for Cities, Brain Drain was tasked with this challenge: Have an animated conversation with a young transplant or multi-generational loyalist and you will understand the passion people here have for St. Louis. But, too often, the message falls back on empty boosterism. Whatever the cause, we must understand it, admit it and fix it. How do we deepen...
Brain Drain + Ideas for Cities STL
I am proud to announce officially my membership in Brain Drain Collective, a newly-established group of young creatives focusing on the revitalization of the St. Louis community. We are pumped to have been selected to present at GOOD’s Ideas for Cities St. Louis event happening Thursday, March 8 at the Contemporary. I believe the event is open to the public, but will update with details...
Was browsing this Fast Company article about infographic tools and found this free word cloud creator, Wordle. Definitely a lot of fun to play with, and, as the article mentions, a potentially useful tool for client presentations. See below: 50 words pulled from my url. Apparently, I like to be (or at least say) making.
Made this for the upcoming MothUp on Thursday — if you’re in town, come! and take public transit. Some sketches:
a subtle art
As John Cusack in High Fidelity once said, The making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art. Many dos and don’ts. I would argue that just as subtle as the making of a good compilation tape (or cd) is the making of its cover – it says so much about the personality/dedication of the maker. Do you fold your own cover and hand-write the songs or just print the iTunes playlist? Create...
Forecast at the Luminary
I’m excited to announce first-ever gallery showing (out of school) will take place at the Luminary Center for the Arts as part of the show Forecast. My Ways the World Can End dice game will be shown alongside other pieces dealing with prediction and anxiety about the future and the use of scientific and technological measures. The opening’s tomorrow, Friday Nov 12, from 6-9. Even if...
On my country-wide job search, I managed to snap some shots of both mountain and Texan typography. Compare and contrast: Boulder to Austin! Boulder: Austin: Who wins? You tell me. (Note: This last photo is a student piece created to showcase the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection. Professor David Shields has taken up the enormous project of archiving and researching...
a little bit of luck for a good cause
Last year, I created this logotype and stationery as my first foray into logo design for Typography I. ECHO is a nonprofit in my hometown of Paris, Illinois, that provides temporary shelter for the homeless. They had no previous branding material, so after the project was finished, I tried to contact them to donate the logo and collateral. After a while, I’d assumed they didn’t want...
koaladash pictorial mark
Revising the pictorial mark for my logotype seminar project has proven to be harder than first anticipated. During presentations, I was advised to add a shape to unify and connect the pieces that were beginning to separate in the first pictorial mark. I went through several shapes and revisions, finally settling on the above mark. Although the shape changes the “feel” of the koala,...
process: ways the world can end symbols
In choosing a topic from which to create a set of symbols, I wanted something more complex than an easily simplified set of existing objects. I also wanted a topic that would keep me interested, and have an element of hilarity. I picked “ways the world can end” because it fulfilled these criteria and gave me the potential to have fun with visual metaphor. Here’s some sketches,...
The Importance of Content →
The ever-insightful Frank Chimero recently shared this link as part of an argument against the recent slew of data visualization that looks cool but says nothing. Says Chimero: “how foolish you look when you copy form and not intent.” It’s a fake infographic, and its commentary is dead-on. Be sure to zoom in on the image.
why i haven't been posting much
Come see the Wash-U Design + Illustration Thesis Projects next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings (April 13-15) in Steinberg Auditorium. Reception 5:30 pm, presentations start at 6. I’ll be presenting a symbols project and a visual identity on the first night only, but come for all of it! (poster credit: Cheree Berry)
I’m pretty sure I picked the topic of “ways the world could end” just so I could draw this.
I think sometimes that being overly type-sensitive is like an allergy. My font...– Michael Bierut, Pentagram (as quoted in the New York Times article about typefaces & kerning)
afghan poster process: macro views
This first poster, although nearly resolved, was losing some of its structure and communicative value, as the three thematic columns got lost to new viewers. I decided to tighten up the color palette and the information within the columns, so I returned to a previous version (below) for insight. Older version: While I was looking at this older version, I realized that I had also lost some of...
The design process, at its best, integrates the aspirations of art, science, and...– jeff smith
afghan elections poster: process
With this project, my goals were as follows: to work with a large amount of diverse content in the same space to bring awareness to the topic by making it more immediately relevant to Americans to visually depict the ridiculousness of the so-called elections With these goals in mind, I began compiling my research and making initial sketches. Early on in the process I made a large-scale butcher...
christoph niemann's abstract city blog →
Abstract City is a New York Times feature blog written and illustrated by storyteller extrodinaire Christoph Niemann. Each post features a series of illustrations made with one stylistic form, using innovative materials such as legos, woven strips of construction paper, and lines of coffee on napkins. Each shows a masterful level of control, balancing playful handmade materials with clear...
I decided that the Eat Local stamps weren’t reading as quickly as I had intended (as the world map of cow spots was easy to miss). I simplified the coastlines and rearranged the countries into a more recognizable arrangement. I also redesigned the cover of the stamp booklet. Before & After: New stamp booklet cover:
Working with a gray background for a mapping project. Playing with color.
… traveling there soon became a bore so I headed for the ditch. A rougher...– Neil Young (posting this in honor of his performance at FarmAid yesterday that I had to miss)
very short stories
A select spread from a short book (8 spreads) that I designed featuring a dramatic story authored by classmate Allegra Fisher involving a mysterious one-armed man.
Craig Damrauer - NEW MATH →
I really enjoy the simple twisting of content in Craig Damrauer’s “New Math” equations.
For this project, I had to create a definitive stamp that represented America (good or bad) and a commemorative stamp. These two (above) are my finals. What follows is selected parts of my process. (above) Initial thumbnail sketches. Media exploration. I really liked the BRAVE-punch idea, but couldn’t seem to get it to communicate as quickly as the Superman idea, which...
Think about the project starting with a nonsensical statement: For example, if...– stephan sagmeister on inspiration
the first post
stuff that inspires me — other artists, pictures, funny things, songs, etc. also, i’ll post stuff made by me, YATES