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New work is on its way to Behance soon! This time, we’ll be dealing with:

Breakfast!

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Cereal boxes, breakfast drink, and breakfast pastry. Be warned: high sugar content ahead.

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Hello peeps!

So I’ve been working on a lot of projects and sadly just haven’t been keeping up with the posts on a regular basis.

Today I want to share a packaging project I did a few months ago. This company is called “aeffects.”

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This project was designing for a cause. Think Tom’s and their One for One campaign: “With every product you purchase, TOMS will help a person in need. One for One.” So aeffects is a company that redirects part of its proceeds (40%) towards the fight against animal abuse and neglect.

I thought it’d be interesting to approach this in a more graphical sense- literally graphic. And instead of having such an overdone serious tone to it, I thought that making it a little more “fun” and “playful” would jazz it up (even though the graphics themselves are anything BUT fun and playful-which I do love the contrast of it).

This packaging, however, isn’t just for one item but a pack. This pack includes sunglass, shoes, t-shirt, and a banner.

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I’m planning to submit this piece to The 5th Annual The Dieline Awards. What are you thoughts? Should I submit it?

I haven’t posted this on behance yet, but I’ll update this post with the link once its up to see more info on the project.

Till then, Take care y’all!

Hello everybody!

Its time for another post of my most recent projects! Today I will be sharing the wrapping paper I designed for the imaginary company Wrap Happy (which I also invented :P)

To start things off, let me tell you a little about the company. Wrap Happy is a gift wrap company that focuses on the emotional aspect of gift-giving and receiving gifts. The emotions that prompt us to give gifts are displayed and illustrated through these papers. People give all sorts of gifts, from birthdays and holidays to the simple “just because” gift. I designed four different lines of paper for Wrap Happy but kept with a common style of illustrations and limited color palette to tie them all together. Since my project only required to make four different papers, I did mine on some basic themes such as love/romance, friendship, the winter holidays, and an everyday multipurpose wrapping paper.

I also had to create the packaging that the rolls of paper came in if someone wanted to buy them as a set. My original idea for the packaging was SO different from the actual outcome, due to my inability to find the right materials… So that evolved into another idea…which then was changed into ANOTHER idea because the measurements of the board I got was off. So basically, I had lots of trouble with the packaging but it didn’t end up too bad, considering how last minute I put the whole thing together (please don’t pay attention to the horrible craft quality! >__<)

You can also see more info and pictures of this project on my behance portfolio >>>> HEEERE

I hope you guys enjoyed this project and I’ll talk to you soon!

Today I’m talking TOYS! Okay, so who hasn’t heard of kidrobot? I actually just discovered one of their stores in my city yesterday as I was coming back from the Bass Museum (in Miami). I definitely have to go back and check it out, these stores are definitely not common! If you are a fan of kidrobot then I can probably infer that you are fond of designer toys. Unfortunately, due to their expensive prices I don’t have the collection I would like to imagine having, but I think I might consider collecting them in the future, haha (maybe).

I’m not particularly advertising kidrobot in specifically and I’m certainly not getting paid by them to do so (although that would be nice), just the idea of the toys. They are unique by their non-conventional designs that coat the objects. I find them to be somewhat inspirational for graphic design and in a sense, the two are very alike. Its basically taking a flat design and placing it on something 3 dimensional.

or sometimes plain and simple and focused more on the shape and space that it occupies.

The two above give better examples of graphic designs translated onto a 3D object. It also allows for another option for graphic artists to display their art in more interesting ways that can also be mass produced.

Kidrobot doesn’t only have designer toys, they have usable devices such as flashdrives, clothing, books, and an assortment of flat merchandise. And if you are starting to question art and commercialism, I am not going to discuss it now because trust me, this is a topic that can last for a while and has caused some heated discussions within my family.

There are also other designer toys such as Friends with You, Tokidoki, and many other artists.

This next one is a paper toy by Shin Tanaka. The one on the right is a vinyl version of the same character, his T-BOY.

So really, you can be as creative as you want and make toys out of practically almost anything! (Preferably things that won’t rot). Watch out for when I create my line of toys! 😀 Hah, I’ll definitely let you all be the first to know if that ever happens.

Till then, take care guys!

Hey everyone!

I apologize for not posting this week, I literally hadn’t had time due to the extensiveness of this workshop I have been attending. Luckily, I finished yesterday so now I am free to post again =]  These first two photos are for fun, I thought this first one was especially cute, although I’m not sure it entirely exists…

I want this keyboard, I’m not even kidding.

This next one is a product designed for kids. They are chairs that can fold gently for their comfort, I think it is made out of foam.

Not to mention the bright colors that definitely mix in with a kid’s bedroom =]

For me, I think playing cards are always interesting to work with when its done right. This is another design that cleverly fits that into the design equation successfully.

It is a European clothing company called Burn Card.

This next design is packaging for elastic bands, very colorful, fun, and creative.

And one more packaging design for food for thought 😉

Cacao Monkey, packaging for chocolate bars. This is a student work by Niamh Richardson who describes the work and the assignment: “The project was self-directed and the students were invited to write their own brief on whatever interested them the most. I chose to create an identity and packaging design for a fictional chocolate company called ‘Cacao Monkey’. The text on the front of the packaging was die-cut by hand into rough brown paper, chosen to suggest the organic chocolate. This reveals the bright aluminum foil beneath, which distinguishes each flavour of chocolate. The minimal design reflects the simple, honest ethics of the brand: organic, fairtrade and eco-friendly.”

Enjoy your weekends!

Hi everyone!

While I’m busy trying to figure out what I am doing for my next art project and final project, I am once again side tracked by awesome artists and artworks (although I guess it isn’t really considered “side-tracking” :P). If you have never heard of Friends With You, check them out now! I love collecting designer toys (or rather WISHING I could buy them all…) and I remember buying one of FWY’s designer toys for my older sister. I forgot the name of it until today when my colleagues said one of my vector characters reminded him of it.

Honestly, if I saw these guys walking around that would make my day. They just bring so much happiness to a place, which is exactly their purpose. Friends With You brings luck, joy, and magic with their colorful characters and happy faces. They also opened up “Rainbow City” in New York City which collected thousands of visitors a day! It was basically a huge park with huge blown-up rainbow inflatables. I don’t really know what you did there but I won’t lie, I would  have gone.

A beach ball…I live in Miami…hmm

The best part of all this? The two creators are from Miami 🙂

Visit their website for more happy walking inflatables: FriendsWithYou

Contrasting FWY but similar in style is a better known artist I love, Takashi Murakami. I say contrasting because of the intent of his artwork and characters. I admit that I didn’t know the meaning behind his work until quite recently. Murakami revolutionized the world of art by questioning the line between western and eastern cultures. He also challenges the lines between art and commerce and history and culture. His most recent installations have been about the post A-bomb Japanese popular culture which of course can have a dark connotation to it.

His psychedelic paintings are absolutely amazing.

Look how happy he looks! How often do you see an adult japanese man walking around in an all flower suit? You gotta love this guy…

I am seriously considering doing my final project on one of my characters…I keep thinking about it.

Make a WISH! 🙂

Hiyo!

Today I bought a new watch! As usual, I don’t always intend to buy something when I do and today was no different. I was shopping at Goodwill for cheap items for my art assignment due next week and as soon as I walked through the door I saw it! Its the same watch my sister got months earlier (I even posted it up on my blog) but the colors are different. I love the color combination (I’m realizing more and more that I’m a sucker for pink…) which is really simple and soft, and the best thing about it is that it was super cheap (but the quality sure isn’t!)

Okay, so what’s the deal with me and these watches? I think it has a lot to do with contemporary design. It follows the same guidelines as graphic and interior design- form, function, color, cohesiveness, balance, shape, and so forth. There is nothing distracting in the design and everything is functional and kept straight to the point. And I’m not going to lie, I love contemporary objects.

A little chick posing with my watch:

I kept these bags from a couple of gifts my friends gave me from Japan because I liked the graphics on them. Again, they are simple, but I really do think that space can make a design or art piece more effective. If you have too much going on, the eyes of the viewer will be confused and might miss the message being conveyed. Sometimes it can just get overcrowded and overwhelming for the canvas. Of course this isn’t true for every design out there. Sometimes the purpose of the design needs to be intricate and completely covered, something I also love (like the huge mousepad I bought in Paris –click to see post). In a way, this first one seems “crowded” because it completely covers the bag with text, but it is straight-out bold and basic. As simple as it is, the artist still had to put a lot of thought into it before he/she came to this design. Should it be serif or sanserif? how should it be laid out? The shapes of the characters are even simplified and the balance of the circles and squares create a textile-like pattern.

Need I say more for this one? The same rules apply to this design as the previous one. Color also plays a role in this more so than the top one because the orange, green, and white had to all mix well together and the placement of those colors balance the canvas (I refer any surface of a design as a “canvas”).

Hopefully I write again sooner than I have been (but I’ve always been saying that, haven’t I?) I’ll try to keep you all updated about my sculptures I’ll be producing this semester. Till then, Ciao!

I love looking at contemporary objects and interior design. When I look at them, or even buy an oversimplified clock or strange looking teapot, I feel sophisticated and in tune with “design.” And you know, its no wonder because when you really think about it, they all have the same concepts and elements of design as in the graphic arts.

Take this picture for an example:

It plays with harmonizing geometric shapes into one coherent piece. The circular shapes on the sides of the bed really make it contemporary looking- a lot of modern and contemporary shapes have rounded edges- and gives it a soft essence. The circle also symbolizes unity and a focus, which means all the focus of the piece is within the circle and the shape overall unifies the elements together. It also means wholeness, completion, and perfection.

Then you have the square bed inside the cylinder, the pillows, and the linear lines of the wooden planks on the exterior of the frame. These shapes contrast the circular ones balancing and stabilizing the overall piece (so it doesn’t run off!)

This is pretty much the same,except this is an interior  space. If you flatten the picture out into just shapes, it makes a balanced composition and the variety of shapes and sizes come into play quite nicely. Also, as a photo, it has the rule of thirds focusing the eye to the bottom right and balancing out with the more empty ceiling and windows. Not to forget that in both these photos color was taken into consideration with what compliments the other.

Finally, not omitting everything mentioned before, this one also adds movement and action with the center structure twisting in a languid motion. Again, the shapes are overly simplified to keep the design simple and clean and not overbearing.

I hope you enjoy the eye candy as much as I do!

Hi everybody! Wow, it seems as though a year has past by since the last time I posted on here. Well I can proudly state that I am back and should be posting regularly again. Actually, I came back almost a week ago but I guess it has taken me that long to get over my jet-lag and to settle back into my “old life” again.

Being in Paris was like being under attack constantly with galleries and museums- There’s just too much to look at in a day, a week, or even a month! Just being in the Louvre takes courage to try and see everything (which isn’t going to happen unless you literally take 3 seconds on each painting and sculpture) or trying to keep your feet alive for over 6 hours or to walk up to the furious paparazzi crowd that surrounds the quiet painting- the Mona Lisa. Unfortunately, I find that taking pictures of a painting that you’ve already seen pictures of in textbooks or online is pretty redundant to take yourself, especially if your camera can’t even compete with those photos. So, that said, I will not post any pictures of the sort.

Getting on to the pictures: I went to this famous bakery called Ladurée. This place supposedly invented the colorful french macaroons that paint the windows of most french Patisserries. Not only is its packaging elegant and nicely designed but walking inside is a treat in itself. This is the box that my dessert came in.

The text itself works together wonderfully because of the different “textures” and hierarchy.

I bought this fantastic mouse-pad (yeah a mouse-pad) of a really interesting art piece I found online months before and HAD to get it. I got the mouse-pad because the poster was too expensive, besides, the mouse-pad is the size of my computer!

While I was there I was fortunate enough to find a load of prints tossed in a recycling bin in the school I had my classes. First of all, they were all perfectly fine, second of all, they were Steinlen prints! So I scooped them up and took them home with me, so now I have some free prints 🙂
This picture shows you the small thumbnail versions I also found in the bin:

And a couple of pages from my carnet de voyage (sketchbook journal) while I was in Paris:

This is a three layered piece with cut-out windows.

Hope you all a beautiful day!

Um…can I say too awesome?? I honestly considered getting this till I read up the legality of tasers in Florida…hm. But what this is, its an electric seal! Literally! It is a taser disguised as an adorable pink seal keychain for young girls to protect themselves from crazy people who try to touch you inappropriately (I so want this)

Who would think that such a cute accessory could be so useful and electrifying (not to mention a self defense weapon). This is called creative clever and efficient design right here. 🙂

If any one is interested, this cute little thing can be found at Strapya World for about $30. Unfortunately they’re all sold out at the moment, but maybe they’ll restock soon so keep checking back!