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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!

Today’s post will be about wine! I mentioned it in my previous post how wine is incorporated in every french meal (well not EVERY meal). The purpose is to accent and compliment the food being eaten and is very much part of the entire dish like any other spice or seasoning.

This is a conceptualized packaging and label for the wine VIN by Adrian Gilling who graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. His design is based on strong angles and limited metallic colors to parallel the “crisp nature of the wine.” – Adrian Gilling

Another wine label based heavily on sharp edges and text.

A french packaging design for Promenade Wine (very french illustrations and colors).

Recently, my mother found this french wine at the grocery store on sale, you know, when the store puts a bunch of items they’re trying to get rid of in a shopping cart for real cheap. Well it was called “French Rabbit” and she decided to try it out. Turns out its a very nice wine (of course it is- its French!) I admit, I like the packaging the french do for wine, the pouch-like cartons (doesn’t mean I don’t admire the typical glass wine bottles either). Something fresh about these boxed ones…

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And just for fun! I couldn’t resist this when I first saw it. The Anti-Theft Lunch Bags -Its very clever and hilarious, plus you’ll get to have your lunch for the day!

Can we say “saved by the mold?” Haha