Modern Graphic Design

Modern Graphic Design

Working on a project this week, the question came into my mind – What is ‘modern’ graphic design, really?  Such a wide range of techniques and styles are acceptable in the world right now – when you are told to give something a modern look, where do you start?

The default setting in my brain sent me into research mode, and I found a few things I thought were interesting.  CreativeBloq.com serves up a list of 20 design trends from 2012 said to be both popular and timeless.  My observations of these include many bold, often bright colors.  Clean lines, minimal patterns and more abstract layouts than you might be used to.  Projecteve.com predicts things we will see more of in 2013 are large, professional photographs, infographics, white space and strong typography.  Seems to me that some things just never fade – and others make a come back every now and then whether we like it or not (like parachute pants… who’s idea was THAT?).

So who is to say what ‘modern’ graphic design is (or is not)?  It will be different in the mind of every person observing it – one of the joys and pitfalls of having our own opinions.  Someone else’s opinion makes my design modern (or not), and exactly what they were looking for (or not).

Take a look at my ‘modern’ graphic design interpretation in Day 50 of my 365 Project.  Happy Thursday everyone!

365 Projects

365 Projects

It’s easy to get burnt out in the design field. All day long we create according to someone else’s standards, expectations and even taste. I was recently inspired by an article I read by GoMediazine on Hannes Beer’s All Day Everyday project. Check it out here.

It’s all about getting back to the reason you got into graphic design to begin with – it’s fun, it’s creative, colorful, inspiring and had endless boundaries. It’s about creating a design, everyday, just for you. Whether it’s to learn a new skill, polish up a rusty one, or just getting out that idea you’ve been holding on to. You can spend an hour on it, or the whole day – you can sketch it, draft it, or design on the fly. Whatever works for you, right then, everyday.

So I’m doing it – actually both Arlo and I are doing it. For ourselves. It’s been a point of conversation and a challenge to each other. It’s been fun, and different, and harder than I thought! We are 14 days in… I’ll share projects along the way. I’m thinking about making a postcard series out of the ones that turn out the best. We’ll just have to wait and see if that inspires me when we get to it!

Photo of a starfish.

Day 18 of 365.

Colorful flowers.

Day 28 of 365.

Chandelier

Day 4 of 365.

Day 24 of 365.

Day 24 of 365.

Day 35 of 365.

Day 35 of 365.

 

in·spi·ra·tion

in·spi·ra·tion

Dictionary.com always gives me more information than you would tend to want on a particular word. In the case of ‘inspiration’, the fifth definition (with a sub-category of Theology), is defined as a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul.

It’s most interesting to me where people get inspiration from. Some just wake up with it in the morning. Others need to go for a walk or dig through stacks of photos. For me it tends to come in the most inconvenient moments.

Anyway, the purpose of this post is simply to say I was inspired today. Art is happening again in my house and it makes me happy. I’m working on my entry to the “Miniatures” exhibit this year. Next I’ll work on my strategy to actually get in to the show. Wish me luck!