Friday, April 27, 2012

Business Card, Logo Designs and Tattoo Ideas

I've done a few freelance projects since the last time I posted. A couple logos and a business card for a good friend's candle business (check her out here: She has the most awesome curly hair! :) I painted her and her husband that one year I gifted paintings to my friends and family for Christmas!

The logos were for friends/coworkers. I also did a couple other small projects that aren't really fun to look at - booklet layout, coupon design.

On my plate currently are 2 more logo designs, one menu design (for my sister-in-law's new restaurant)... and I am sure there is something else that I just can't think of right now.

I recently received a late Christmas/bday present from a friend - a new sketchbook! I've been dying to get back to sketching/drawing... or trying to anyway. I have never tried to draw Liam, which is sad, so I'd like to make that one of my first drawings in that book. And I told my friend (who gifted me the book) that he'd be one of the first sketches int he book as well... now... all I have to do is find the time to do it!

I recently ordered a book called 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People (Voices That Matter) by Susan Weinschenk, who has a Ph.D. in Psychology, and a 30-year career in applying psychology to the design of technology. I am excited to get it (should come today -- thank you Amazon Prime!) and read it, as I think it will help me with my design process and also refresh my graphic design foundations. Amazon link: here

Speaking of graphic design, I have been toying around with the possibility of getting another tattoo.This time a tattoo that represents me, as a graphic designer. I want it to be something small, yet meaningful and something specific to my area of expertise. I came up with the idea of getting something along the lines of "CMYK", which is the acronym for the 4 standard colors of offest printing - Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (K = key color). As much as print design is becoming more obsolete (so sad...) with the digital age, my roots are in print/paper design and I don't want to ever forget that. I was thinking to get it on the inside of my wrist, small enough to be hidden under a watch band (even though I hate wearing watches). Something along the lines of the image above, but my own design. I have to think about it more...

Or another graphic designy tat idea would be a Pantone color chip. Pantone is the most popular universal color matching system for designers (graphic, interior, etc). Pantone colors are not made using the CMYK color model, but are actually their own mixed pigment. Companies use these colors to ensure color consistency throughout their logo placements. If I were to get a tattoo of this it would be something like what is shown above, but I'd have to find the Pantone color that matches my skintone and make it label it as such. (I'm sure the person in the photo changed the word "Pantone" due to copyright issues!) I think it's awesome!

Hope by my next post I will have some drawings to post! See you then!


Peng-Peng said...

ok, first of all, i have a sketchbook that i was totally gonna send u but forgot to when i sent u the comics. =(
secondly, the cmyk tattoo sounds flippin cool. why not just got the blocks of colors in a line without the letters? i want a star tattoo inside my wrist for a while. have yet to do it. sigh.

theFranchize said...

these logos are AMAZING!! I need to study your work more so I can level up

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