Icons in Illustrator – Feeling summer

Intoduction

Is it summer already? Time flies and I don’t mind it, especially when we talk about summer. While school is still going for me, I try to enjoy my time outside as much as I can.

As I was looking for an inspiration for my Illustrator project I thought about something that I always associate with summer, an ICE CREAM!

I created the icons that will attract attention of those who already enjoys their time off school, like school kids on the summer holidays along with college students who can take a break between classes.

I continue to learn about adobe programs and this time I used Illustrator to create my icons.

If you work with this program for the first time, like me, you will soon understand that life in Illustrator goes around shapes. You have to think of every object as a combination of shapes. Circles, triangles, rectangles, stars, ellipses, you name it.  Even though there is a pen tool that you can use to draw, but it might take longer than modifying and combining different shapes together (at least it was for me).

First thing I draw some sketches of my future ice cream. Great tip to be original in your work, try not to look for examples of icons made bu others, rather look at the actuall object you want to use as icons and then try to recreate the way you see it. But, remember that your design should be simple and recogniseable, so there wouldn’t be any questions about the weird shapes put together. Each of the icons should send an individual message.

Remember, think shapes! So I did! That’s how my icons looked before I added color.

But another trick is that they all should be realted to each other. You have to come up at least with 3 rules that your icons will follow. For example, my rules were that all the popsicles will have bite marks, they will have undertone glimpse and will correlate in color.

 

I chose what was called Romantic Pallete, with lots of pink, pastel green and purple. All of those colors give the attitude of relaxation and ballance. What else do you need for a break!

I found this palette on the Pinterest, and I thought it was perfect not only for the colors but for the codes they had. Can you see the last column has letters and numbers code. As you go to you color tool on Illustator you can simple put the code and it can give you the color you need, no need to spin color wheel looking for the right shade. Perfect!

I added blue circles for my back ground to add finishing look. That was my first time experimenting in Ilustrator and colors and shapes. There are still a lot tricks to learn, but I liked what turned out so far.

Here are each icon individually 60 px by 60 px and 400 px by 400 px

 

You can check the icons fo clearity of their message if you can recognise in these small picures what is it then you did a good job!

Conclusion

When working with Illustrator think of shapes! Every object is a combination of shapes. It’s like the world of Mine Craft 🙂

If you want to be original, use the actuall pictures of the objects rather than somebody else’s design.

Come up with rules, at least 3 of them, that would be equall for allof your images.

Alway think of color and what message it sends to those who look at your design. There are so many things online than can help you to figure out what color means what.

Keep it simple. You don’t want to confuse the viewers.

All of these tricks help to enxance your design and make it stand out.

 

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Magazine Pages Spread

I started learning how to work in Adobe programs and the first one was Indesign . From the little time I spent using the program I can say that it’s pretty user-friendly. It still takes time to learn where and how things work but it’s not a something that only genius can work with.

Oh, and using Mac added a little struggle to it as well.

Regrets and Resolutions

Going to school, trying to catch up with homework and job sometimes feels overwhelming. I often think about the time I spend and how much of it I simply waste.

So the article I chose for my magazine was just about it, how to live the life without to its fullesst without any regrets. This was a talk given by one of leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints.

I hope that article would help college students  like myself to enjoy life and feel peace that comes from understanding that there is hope in tomorrow.

Introducing principles of design

In one of my classes for Visual Media I discovered that not only images and font type helps to deliver the message but the colors as well. Every color sends a message, such as red is very bright and is associated with energy. A lot of times this color is used for sports activities. Green color represents balance and clarity.

For my project I chose blue color as the main one. This color is associated with peace, content, rescue and hope. Its pallet perfectly adds to the message.

I took some pictures of my friend and a building outside my apartment.

I like how in the first picture the windows make the my eyes go up, as a reminder that there is more to life.

The second picture of my friend Anna, represents all the college students that often think about their life and wonder what the future holds for them.

The third and the last picture, shows that we can always start doing things that mean the most.

As I was working on this project (some people might say it’s a project, but I spent some good time doing it) I incorporated the skills I’ve learned about typography earlier.

As you can see I used the principle of Alignment. I placed headline word Resolutions straight under the word Regrets. You can draw a line through those “R’s”.

Along with that I incorporated the principle of Proximity. I put the words of the headline all together because they are related.

Other principal I used in the principle of color. If you scroll up you will notice how the second picture with the girl has the white background. I took the shade of the blue color from the first picture of the building and added the color to the background, so all the pictures had common color. 

The last trick I used was Typography.

I took different typefaces for the headlines, quotes and the text. For my headline the quote on the last picture, I used Oldstyle font, you can identify it by looking at the diagonal lines of the lowercase letters noticing that they are slanted.

I used Sans Serif typeface for the text.

One of the tricks for typography that you can mix different faces from different categories of type. You also should not forget about the principle of Contrast. Use size, color, thickness, structure to take advantage of it.  

Conclusion

It’s amazing how little thing can make your design stand out. Implementing each principle mad my magazine spread sheet look professional and interesting to the reader.

For self-portraits. Not for selfies

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Introduction

This ad was created by SUMSUNG. I love art and that’s why I choose it. The image using pun underlines the unique characters of the product.

The selfie craze and the Samsung ad campaign are a vivid reminder that we live in an age in which something cannot possibly have happened unless we have a photo to prove it—and further that we then have to flaunt the selfie-captured activity via social media.

Particularly disturbing in this case is the collision of selfie and art for this ad campaign. Van Gogh was a prolific self-portraitist and created the images of himself as an opportunity to perfect his art and to save the expense of a model. He most certainly never intended his likeness to be manipulated and exploited to sell a product.

       http://adsoftheworld.com/media/print/samsung_masterpiece_1

       Aligment

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Even though they use central aligment, the line with small font aligns with the thin  line. It adds peffect finish to the whole text.

Proximity

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The proximity of this ad doesn’t draw away from the main message that the image caries, but puts the main focus on the company name. the text on the bottom is well synhronized.

Repetition

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This ad uses a lot of repetition of colors. It helps to keep focus on the image better.

Contrast

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The ad uses contrast of sizes using small head on the picture and the bigger of the person who’s taking the picture.

Color

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I love how colorful this image is. The designer used a lot of hues and shades of blue and orange.

Conclusion

Designer used all of the  basic principles (Contrast, Repetition, Aligment, Proximity, Color). It made the ad the main message of the ad clear and understanble. contrast between the history and reality keeps the audience interested.