Some personal posts, cool links and other interesting stuff.
Today, I thought I would have a little ‘show and tell’. This week, I received a package from my uncle containing a very interesting and nostalgic piece of family artwork. You see, my great grandfather Nels was a commercial illustrator that worked for one of the many Northern California fruit packing label companies back in the early portion of the 1900s (seems kinda weird to say it that way now).
Hot off the presses! The new edition of the Directory of Illustration 27 from Serbin Communications just arrived on my doorstep this week. It’s got some of my most recent work included, with samples of my illustration, logo design, lettering and icon design. You can find it all in full-color splendor on page 469 of the directory.
Every once is awhile, you need to take a little inventory of the old portfolio. Usually, it happens whenever you get ‘forced’ to do it with an upcoming client meeting or an interview. You find the trusty book in your office or studio and gently blow the dust off of it and thumb through the work. Hopefully, you can find stuff that needs a little update and replace it with some new pieces. Many times though, I have looked at the case or book and thought that it might be time for a new look, you know, give it a bit more – oomph. And, unfortunately, it usually gets put off until the next time you have to get it out – reminding you once again.
There’s a whole lot of controversy going on in the design community from the latest Gap logo redesign. But, why? Is it because of its familiarity? It is their strong brand presence? Is it the twenty-somethings screaming the loudest? It IS the only Gap logo they’ve ever known. Don’t companies have the right to evolve or change? Are they just simply off-target?
With a rather popular post I wrote entitled, ‘How to find the right illustrator’, I thought I would contribute this one for those looking for logo designers.