It’s hard to believe my 30 Days of Design challenge is already over! I’m happy to say that despite a few close-calls and a semi-neglected social life that I was able to successfully complete a design on each of the 30 days. It was a great learning experience, allowing me to try styles I wouldn’t normally work in, hop into programs I don’t use often enough (or even learn new ones), and grow overall as a designer.
It’s hard to believe that it’s day 30 of my ’30 Days of Design’ series already. Challenging myself to come up with a new design every day has been a great learning experience. I’ve learned some new programs, discovered some new features in programs I’ve been using, and found a love for some styles I had stayed away from in the past. Anyways, my buddy just had his wisdom teeth out and isn’t feeling too great. So today’s design is a very wise tooth… And a rainbow for good measure.
Paul Pierce ended game 7 of the Nets/Raptors series today with a block at the buzzer to prevent the go-ahead basket. It’s great to see The Truth still playing at such a high level. With the Nets taking on the Heat in the next round, I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of him.
I finally got my Rebel T3i and Sigma 18-250mm lens yesterday and this was the first photo I took. I have a lot to learn, but I’m really liking the camera so far. The photo is of a miniature Rajon Rondo (an awesome gift from my sister) of the Boston Celtics, my favorite player.
Lately I’ve been toying around with a cool new program called Hexels, which lets you draw with a brush shaped like various geometry (hexagons by default, hence the name). So to try it out I threw it into “trixels” mode (triangles) and sketched a quick bear. The “low poly” look tends to lend itself to looking hipster, and for some reason bears are popular in hipster imagery at the moment, so I felt like it was appropriate. After the sketch I imported the Hexel artwork to Photoshop and added the grain and film burn effects.
This came up the other day joking around with some friends. We determined ‘Trill Clinton’ would be Bill’s moniker if he took to emceeing, so I wanted to immortalize it in a quick vector illustration. Naturally the mic skillz would be ridiculous.
A friend needed a ‘Signature Drinks’ sign designed for an upcoming wedding, so I figured it was a perfect project to squeeze in for one of my daily designs. The sign utilizes an elegant script and bright, pastel colors to achieve the desired modern wedding aesthetic. If you’re looking for any quick design work be sure to head over to the contact page, I might be able to work your project into one of my daily designs!
I’ve been doing a lot of photo shoots for work over the past couple of months and have wanted to pick it up on a personal level for a long time, so today I finally decided make the jump and pick up a big boy camera. After (too) many hours of research, I decided to go with the Canon Rebel T3i for its ability to beautifully shoot both stills and video, its overall quality, and its scalability. Naturally, with nothing but cameras on the brain I decided to make a vector illustration of the Rebel T3i for today’s daily design.
Since I went with an 80’s theme yesterday I decided to do something inspired by the 90’s today. While I was looking for assets to create today’s design I realized that there are very few good, free 90’s patterns available on the web, so I decided I’d create one myself and give it to you guys to use in your projects. Just click the button below to download the free 90’s pattern you see in today’s design (feel free to use it in both personal and commercial projects with no attribution necessary). The pattern is completely seamless, so just open it in Photoshop, go to Edit > Define Pattern, and you’re good to go!
“Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.” – AC/DC
I’ve always had a thing for glitched out, glow-y 80’s graphics and I recently had to use the style for a video at work, so I figured I’d use it for a personal piece in today’s daily design. Something about the randomness of the glitches on old VHS footage is almost like abstract art to me. That and I’m a sucker for neon.
For today’s daily design I jumped back into Cinema4d and put together a quick render of some 3D text. I’m still taking baby steps when it comes to 3D, so it’s nothing too crazy, but I’m getting more and more comfortable every time I get back in the program. Anyways, happy Earth Day, now get outside and plant a tree or something!
It’s officially the halfway point of my ’30 Days of Design’ series, it’s been a great learning experience so far! I’ve really enjoyed doing something new every day. For today’s design I made a short gif animation of some of my portfolio pieces in a cut out of my logo. I’m looking forward to re-visiting some of these daily designs after the series is over to refine them and get them in the portfolio!
Some quick custom typography for today’s daily design for all my fly locals. Originally started off with some airplane imagery, but I did away with that version in favor of something a little more urban and ‘personal’ to match the same vibe as ‘buy local’ signs.
“‘The pen (tool) is mightier than the sword.’ -Edward Bulwer-Lytton” -Tom Munz
For today’s entry in my ’30 Days of Design’ series, I put together a quick vector illustration of the almighty pen tool for my fellow designers. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the pen tool, it’s the main tool used in Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop to create vector graphics, something most designers use on a daily basis. I’m not entirely sure I would want to fight someone who had a sword with it, but hey, it’s a metaphor so let it slide.
I’ve been using the same beautifully done Rondo vector by MLVN40 as my desktop background for a year or two, so for today’s daily design I decided to whip up a new background to switch it out with. I was inspired by my design idol ISO50’s retro style and love for everything circular and Circa83’s beautiful photography. Click the button below to download the 1920×1080 version of the wallpaper for yourself!
A friend approached me about putting together a quick logo for his new photography project, so I jumped on it for today’s daily design. I wanted to steer clear of photography logo clichés like aperture slits and camera icons while attaining a modern feel. The design is minimalistic both in form and color in order to keep the focus on the actual photography when it’s used as a watermark. The word ‘focus’ in the logo is set in an italic serif to mimic the f symbol which is often associated with f-stop.
For today’s daily design I put together a quick logo for a rap duo called ‘Dudes in Balloons’. The logo necessitates a bit of thought to put together as it doesn’t spell things out in a literal sense, but given that the duo’s main focus is witty references and clever punch-lines, I felt it was appropriate for the target audience. I also applied some film grain and discoloration to give the application a retro treatment.