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Posted in Uncategorized by emmanichols on February 27, 2013


The Domestic Rebel


Oh mylanta. What have I done?

If I’m not mistaken, that’s a ball of cookie dough surrounded by a fudgy brownie and then coated in chocolate and sprinkled with mini chips.


Sometimes, I don’t even know WHERE half my ideas come from. I literally operate like a mad scientist part of the time, throwing things together with my fingers crossed, hoping it’ll work. Sometimes it does, like in this instance. Other times, like when I tried to put Jello mix into prepackaged sugar cookie dough and it tastes like a chalky version of Play-Doh and I stared at Pinterest like all disappointed because it let me down with those tempting Jello-cookie recipes that taste like poop, it doesn’t.

Most days, you can find me scatterbrained and roaming the grocery store like a complete looney tune. I’d love to see the surveillance footage of me wandering aimlessly between the candy…

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Barak Obama Posters

Posted in Uncategorized by emmanichols on October 10, 2008

Graphic Marks

Posted in Uncategorized by emmanichols on October 10, 2008

Graphic design is cluttered everywhere yet we don’t realise the impact and its overwhelming presence in our everyday lives, everywhere we go.

Such as a book shop like Borders where tables are covered with books with their own unique book covers, the walls are plastered from floor to ceiling with shelves of books, magazines covers, display banners with messages of all kinds.
Every inch of the place is covered with typography, symbols, pictures, images and graphics.

It’s often unappreciated unless its a piece of information we find efficient such as railway timetables.

Graphic Design and Businesses

Posted in Uncategorized by emmanichols on October 10, 2008

“Graphic Designer’s best customers are the businesses and commercial enterprises who want to harness design’s power to package and present the products and services they sell” – Adrian Shaughnessy

Major businesses and corporations heavily rely on Graphic Design to sell their products to the masses. Examples of this can be found in any ordinary shopping area or high street. Examples of this would be the McDonalds branding and Apple advert campaigns.

Many an iPod touch
The business/corporation are given an identity that is carried across their products with each of them being portrayed in a similar fashion.

Graphics design is …….

Posted in Uncategorized by emmanichols on October 10, 2008

Andrian Shaughnessy  explained that …

“Occasionally, graphic design lurches into the media  spotlight, as it did recently when the London 2012 logo was caught up in a media firestorm”

2012 BRAND

  • They want to use the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to change lives
  • They needed a powerful brand to help people achieve an ambition
  • A brand that combines the power of the Olympic rings and the city of London together
  • The number 2012 is the brand
  • It is universal and understandable worldwide
  • The emblem is simple, distinct, bold and buzzing with energy
  • Its form is inclusive yet consistent and has incredible flexibility to encourage access and participation
  • It can communicate with anyone from commercial organisations to kids playing sport.
  • It feels young in spirit
  • Full of confidence, certainty and opportunity

“Our Games will be for everyone”

Street Signs and Logos

Posted in Uncategorized by emmanichols on October 10, 2008

“Someone had taken a series of photographs of busy streets and then painstakingly removed all the logos, symbols, signs, colours, street names and road markings”

Examples of this can be found on Gregor Graf’s website under the “Hidden Town” link

A Petrol Station with all signage and adverts removed creates an almost unrecognisable image

A Petrol Station with all signage and adverts removed creates an almost unrecognisable image

We have also found examples of the opposite that produce a similar effect by Chicago based artist Matt SiberFloating Logos. By removing the poles, similar to the removal of the signs all together, it highlights the way graphic design is everywhere.

Dennys Logo missing is pole and looking like it is floating in mid air, unsupported

Denny's Logo missing is pole and looking like it is floating in mid air, unsupported

Graphic timeline

Posted in Uncategorized by emmanichols on October 10, 2008

Cave paintings are paintings on cave walls and ceilings, and the term is used especially for those dating to prehistoric times. The earliest known European cave paintings date to 32,000 years ago. The purpose of the cave paintings is not known. The evidence suggests that they were not merely decorations of living areas, since the caves in which they have been found do not have signs of ongoing habitation. Also, they are often in areas of caves that are not easily accessed. Some theories hold that they may have been a way of transmitting information, while other theories ascribe them a religious or ceremonial purpose.

The earliest surviving substantive illuminated manuscripts are from the period AD 400 to 600 (also in the gothic period), primarily produced in IrelandConstantinople and Italy. The significance of these works lies not only in their inherent art history value, but in the maintenance of a link of literacy offered by non-illuminated texts as well. Had it not been for the monastic scribes of Late Antiquity, the entire literature of Greece and Rome would have perished; as it was, the patterns of textual survivals were shaped by their usefulness to the severely constricted literate group of Christians. The very existence of illuminated manuscripts as a way of giving stature and commemoration to ancient documents may have been largely responsible for their preservation in an era when barbarian hordes had overrun continental Europe and ruling classes were no longer literate.

Calligraphy is an art dating back to the earliest day of history, and widely practiced throughout China to this day. Although it uses Chinese words as its vehicle of expression, one does not have to know Chinese to appreciate its beauty. Because in essence, Calligraphy is an abstract art. While viewing a Western abstract painting, one does not ask, “What is it?” When viewing Chinese calligraphy, one need not ask, “What is the Chinese word?” 
In this page, we selected single words from the works of many master calligraphers from the past to illustrate the astounding beauty of the art. Like all art, it is best to simply look at them for enjoyment. Do not be sidetracked with questions of theory, technique, etc. Do not worry about “What is it?” 
Beside each work, a very short comment is given to describe its “style”, based on the classical book of Tu Meng.