I’ve posted this a few times but really liked the typography on this one.
It’s no secret I have a fondness for Japan. I love how an island is totally devoted to art. The unique process to design, that isn’t seen anywhere else in the world. The production of anime and how it has influenced animation.
I was hoping to visit early next year, right now I don’t know if that will happen. If all goes well with the fukushima crisis it’s more than likely I will.
If you want something in return for you donation why not bid on a moleskine diary from a pixar artist? You don’t have to worry about outbidding me since its gone past what I could spend ;(
If that doesn’t take you fancy then the above poster nicely designed by Max Erdenberger is available here.
Of course it’s fair to say that the Japanese Tsunami & Earthquake has overshadow other earlier disasters in the world so if you do feel extra generous don’t forget the Victorian floods, Queensland floods + Cyclone Yasi and New Zealand Earthquake.
A friend linked me to this book the other day. I have to say it’s quite clever in it’s use of typography. It’s worth having a look if you like pop up books and typography. I found it at the book depoistry for £11 pounds roughtly $21 in Australian.
While on the subject of animated or kinetic type, I found this video to be quite engaging.
If only there were videos like this when I was a child to help me learn the alphabet.
I just wanted to take a step back from design and concentrate on personalities for a moment. Quite recently I’ve been watching a series online called “Willie’s Wonky Chocolate Factory “. Although the series itself has almost nothing to do with design (unless cooking is considered a form of design, which is but a different subject altogether), what struck me with this series is Willie Harcourt-Cooze passion about chocolate making.
For my last project (D2-5 My Friend) I was given feedback that it was felt I wasn’t living the project. That there was no passion behind it. While I felt it was the opposite I took that feedback on board. It wasn’t until watching this series did I realise what our assessor is talking about. While I do enjoy eating chocolate, I don’t think I would ever become a passionate chocolate maker. However I believe I could become a more passionate multimedia developer.
There are many people in the world like Willie. An example my facilitator gave me at the beginning of the year is Graeme Base. Graeme Base who was on talking heads eariler this year, admitted to leaving everything behind in order to do what he loves. Much like Willie.
Unlike Willie and Graeme who are passionate about what they do, I would like to find a balance between what I am passionate about and my personal life. While this post has nothing to do with design I hope you can appreciate what passionate people do to follow what they love.
On feburary 11th we were requested to attend an industry visit to ballistic media. For this visit we are required to answer some questions:
Ballistic’s media has been around since 2003 and have a world wide audience. Their demographic are mainly from Western Europe and the USA. However they have a growing market in South Korea and China. Ballistic media are known through word of mouth and don’t really advertise much.
What is Ballistics business model? How do the designer contribute to this model?
Ballistic’s media incorporates two businesses. One is the publishing of books, both tutorial based and artistic based. The books are a showcase of art work from the best digital artist in the world. The books help artist show off their work, gain employment and validate their need as a digital artist.
Ballistic media also focuses on a website developed for the exact same demographic. The website also showcases artist work. As well as digital workshops, forums, portfolios, and many more. The website is where a lot of interactivity happens.
Designers contribute in many ways. They organise the content, navigation, layouts of books and websites.
What is the designer’s role at Ballistics?
Again the designer’s role at Ballistics is unique. The control the content, navigation and interface of the site. They decide what is appropriate content for the site. They also have to deal with briefs and confirmation of briefs.
Who do the designers have to work with?
The designers at Ballistic’s media work with a range of people from web programmers (both back and front end), art directors, marketing managers etc. Each person is expected to put the best work they are capable of. Despite this designers at Ballistic’s are always self learning. They learn what they have to get the job done. However the designers do know the importance of knowing what you know well and focus on the skill set they need to get the job they want.
How important is the interface of the website to the company?
The interface is part of the company which sells their image to world. It also displays their global image to world wide customers and clients. The interface is part of the company and the end demographic must be considered when redesigning the site.
What are the future developments for the website interface?
A redesign of the interface is in progress. Some customers have criticisms of the website and the designers are currently trying to address that.
For a link to the Ballistic’s Media homepage: