GoMediaZine » Design Community http://www.gomediazine.com Design insights & tutorials. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:05:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Go Media owners Jeff Finley and Bill Beachy host the show and discuss the business of design and how to improve the quality of your work and life. Go Media no Go Media jeff@gomedia.us jeff@gomedia.us (Go Media) Go Media Real-world advice from working artists and designers. graphic design, artist, business, inspiration, go media, tutorials, advice, illustration, photoshop, illustrator, art GoMediaZine » Design Community http://www.gomediazine.com/wp-content/images/powerpress/gomedia-podcast-300x300.png http://www.gomediazine.com/category/inspiration/design-community/ Cleveland, Ohio Monthly An Interview with Rock Star Designer Tad Carpenter http://www.gomediazine.com/insights/tad-carpenter/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tad-carpenter http://www.gomediazine.com/insights/tad-carpenter/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:35:32 +0000 Heather Sakai http://www.gomediazine.com/?p=43437 He'll be the last to tell you, but for us here at Go Media, WMC Fest 3 alum Tad Carpenter is a rock star. Designer, illustrator, author and teacher, Tad balances good stuff like brand identity, packaging and book design, illustration and interactive along with his role as Professor at University of Kansas. Surrounded by design (his parents were artists and his wife Jessica a designer, too), Tad creates whimsical, smart and all-around fun for clients like Macy's, Chronicle Books, MTV, Adobe and Hallmark Cards. Continue Reading »

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He’ll be the last to tell you, but for us here at Go Media, WMC Fest 3 alum Tad Carpenter is a rock star. Designer, illustrator, author and teacher, Tad balances good stuff like brand identity, packaging and book design, illustration and interactive along with his role as Professor at University of Kansas. Surrounded by design (his parents were artists and his wife Jessica a designer, too), Tad creates whimsical, smart and all-around fun for clients like Macy’s, Chronicle Books, MTV, Adobe and Hallmark Cards.

Clevelanders, be sure to catch him on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the next AIGA Design Speaker Series.

Now onto our chat!

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THE SHINS (SASQUATCH)
Poster

You’re pretty much a rock star designer in our eyes. In your opinion, why was it you who “made it”? What are characteristics that would drive someone to achieve such a status?

Complacency breeds death. I want that fire, I want the pressure, I never want to stop climbing.

I dont know how to answer that. Ha! Thank you for the compliment but I am just thankful to have work and to be doing something I love everyday. I don’t know if I have “made it” like you say. I still feel like I have so many things I want to make and so much I want to do that I’m still each day just climbing that hill. I will always be climbing that hill. The older I get at times that hill starts to feel like a mountain. I want to make more, I want to do more. The hill keeps growing. To be honest, I hope I never feel comfortable and complacent. Complacency breeds death. I want that fire, I want the pressure, I never want to stop climbing.

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YEAH! BURGER
Illustration, Identity, Restaurants

If you had to choose one defining moment in your career that pushed you towards notoriety, what would you say that was?

Perseverance and sweat are vastly underrated traits.

Geez, again I am not sure. I don’t know anything about notoriety to be honest. I, again, am just so happy to love what I GET to do for a living. It is important to remember we GET to do this. There sure are a lot of other professions out there and I am so lucky this one chose me. I can say this, ever since I was a little kid I wanted to be an artist, a designer, an illustrator. I got my first taste in 3rd grade and at that moment I knew this was the life I wanted to lead. I worked really hard. I still work really hard. That is what it all comes down to in my eyes, how hard do you want to work? I have never been the best draftsman, or the best with color or have the best type skills or can draw anything I look at or whatever. But I have always been willing to roll my sleeves up and work, work, work. Perseverance and sweat are vastly underrated traits.

TARGET HEARTWORK Illustration

TARGET HEARTWORK
Illustration

What is one important piece of advice you’d give a fellow designer who wanted to land a dream client, such as Hallmark – but had zero connections?

No way to fail.

Connections are important of course. I could be wrong, but to me making connections today is the easiest it has ever been. Everyone has those big pie in the sky dream clients they would love to work with. Anymore finding out their contact info is literally just a few clicks away. Never, ever be afraid to ask for something you want. If you want to work with Nike or Hallmark or Apple go make it happen. The worst that can happen is you end up exactly where you are now. No way to fail.

Have you ever broken a “rule” to get ahead in your career?

I did once go swimming 5 minutes after I ate. I regret this daily.

I also talked about Fight Club which I think might be a big no-no according to the clubs first rule.

What is your biggest fear, creatively speaking?

When I first wrote an answer down I wrote that I fear not getting any work in the future. All of it just drying up. This is a BIG fear for me but really, I would just have more time to make things for myself. That can never be taken away from you. So yes, not getting in more work and having to get a real job is a big fear but also just time passing you by scares me. I want to do this for another 70 years…can I? What will our profession be like in 10 years? 20 years? 50 years? The fear of the unknown is always present.

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TRICK OR TREAT: A HAPPY HAUNTERS HALLOWEEN
Illustration, Books

What is your biggest dream, creatively speaking?

I have so many things I really want to do. A huge passion for me is writing and illustrating children’s books. I have been so lucky to work on several over the past few years. I want to keep doing this forever. My first real exposure to art (like most of us) was from children’s books. I love that maybe I, too, can inspire or get a child excited about design. That is a serious responsibility that I don’t take lightly.  Something I have always wanted to create is a clothing line. My wife and I (also a designer) have played with a few ideas over the years and I would love to work more on this one day. I love branding new start-ups too. I hope I can create more and more of these as well. Restaurants, retail, anything. It is such a rush creating a new brand and seeing the clients excitement as it comes to life.

BIKE PRINT Illustration, Prints

BIKE PRINT
Illustration, Prints

What is the biggest challenge you have faced, or face on a regular basis, to achieve success?

I guess having too many dreams, goals, work and commitments is not always a bad thing.

I am sure it is the same challenge everyone faces. Never, ever enough time. Outside of running my own studio I also teach graphic design at the University of Kansas. I love teaching. It no doubt makes me a better designer and I love working with aspiring young designers. It is so rewarding and flat out fun. But, it does add to my workload to get my “real work” completed. I feel I am pretty good with time management but could get better. I guess having too many dreams, goals, work and commitments is not always a bad thing.

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Your chance to win $1,000 in cash and design weaponry, huge exposure and more (in 3 minutes or less) http://www.gomediazine.com/insights/the-design-battle-is-coming-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-design-battle-is-coming-2 http://www.gomediazine.com/insights/the-design-battle-is-coming-2/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:19:46 +0000 Mockup Everything http://www.gomediazine.com/?p=41682 Get ready for the design battle of a lifetime, from your friends at Go Media. Continue Reading »

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Head to MockupEverything.com to scope out our mockup templates and prep your original designs for battle.

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- Choose your template wisely, mock it up and then upload your original kick-ass design above or at http://woobox.com/4mx6fa by Thursday, May 29 at 11 pm EST.
- Vote Up your design – and those you love – at our gallery!
- Keep entering! On May 29, 2014 at 11 pm ET, we’ll close voting off and choose our winner from the top 20 public vote recipients.

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- Keep the faith. Winner will be chosen by graphic design greats Brandon Rike and Jacqui Oakley as well as our design team. We’ll announce the good news by 5pm ET on Friday, May 30, 2014.

Judge Brandon Rike

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Packaging Design: 50+ Awesome Inspirations http://www.gomediazine.com/insights/packaging-design-inspiration/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=packaging-design-inspiration http://www.gomediazine.com/insights/packaging-design-inspiration/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:03:11 +0000 Go Media http://www.gomediazine.com/?p=43081 Here at Go Media, we're passionate about all aspects of design: web, print, branding and illustration. Some may say we have too much fun, but we'd disagree. It's just that we believe it's really important to love what you do. Recently, we were tasked with yet another awesome project - packaging design for Dirty Energy, a brand new energy bar packed with all sorts of goodness. We enjoyed building upon its core theme, "built from the ground up," incorporating earthiness into our design. Continue Reading »

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Here at Go Media, we’re passionate about all aspects of design: web, print, branding and illustration.

Some may say we have too much fun, but we’d disagree. It’s just that we believe it’s really important to love what you do.

Recently, we were tasked with yet another awesome project - packaging design for Dirty Energy, a brand new energy bar packed with all sorts of goodness.  We enjoyed building upon its core theme, “built from the ground up,” incorporating earthiness into our design.

Berry Energy Bar

We’ve been collecting inspiration for our next design – and thought we’d share with you. Enjoy!

Packaging Design Inspiration

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Jones Holiday Bottles

Jones Holiday Bottles

Porter de Glace

Porter de Glace

Helt Packaging by Studio Arhoj

Helt Packaging by Studio Arhoj

Pour Moi Coffee

Pour Moi Coffee

Packaging Design Served' NiceFuckingT-Shirts Packaging

Packaging Design Served
NiceFuckingT-Shirts Packaging by Ilustración: Raúl Urias, Alan Guzmán

Kleenex tissue packaging: Cultures of the world by Carli Herbst

Kleenex tissue packaging: Cultures of the world by Carli Herbst

Make It Pop

Make It Pop by Farm Design

Gravity Coffee Packaging

Gravity Coffee Packaging by Matt Hammond

El Mariachi Red Wine Collection

El Mariachi Red Wine Collection by Steve Simpson

Jamie Oliver's Food Line by Pearlfisher

Jamie Oliver’s Food Line by Pearlfisher

La Vieja Fabrica Strawberry Marmalade

La Vieja Fabrica Strawberry Marmalade

Petit Natural packaging by Isabela Rodrigues

Petit Natural packaging by Isabela Rodrigues

Momiji

Momiji

Muyum Packaging by Tatabistudio

Muyum Packaging by Tatabistudio

Phin & Phebes Ice Cream

Phin & Phebes Ice Cream

Label Design Class on Skillshare by Kendrick Kidd

Label Design Class on Skillshare
by Kendrick Kidd

Jafa Cafe

Jafa Cafe

Rutt Beer

Rutt Beer

Folksaga

Folksaga

Design by Sociedad Anonima for Mezcal Manonegra.

Design by Sociedad Anonima for Mezcal Manonegra.

 

Buck O'Hairen's Sunshine

Buck O’Hairen’s Sunshine

Tokyomilk

Tokyomilk

YÜMI by Natacha Algani

YÜMI by Natacha Algani

Uinta Classic Series Cans by Emrich Co.

Uinta Classic Series Cans
by Emrich Co.

Teapee Herbal Tees

Teapee Herbal Tees

Waldo Trommler Paint Box Packaging Design

Waldo Trommler Paint Box Packaging Design

Bitches Brew

Bitches Brew

Kitten & the Bear | Chad Robert Design

Kitten & the Bear | Chad Robert Design

Williams-Sonoma packaging by Stout

Williams-Sonoma packaging by Stout

Illegal Burger Packaging Design

Illegal Burger Packaging Design

MIND by Chad Michael

MIND by Chad Michael

Half Moon Orchard Gin

Half Moon Orchard Gin

Stories of Greek Origins

Stories of Greek Origins

Nuts.com

Nuts.com

Honey Hunter

Honey Hunter

Target Gift Card | Invisible Creature Speaks

Target Gift Card | Invisible Creature Speaks

Empire Dogs

Empire Dogs

Mayrah Wine

Mayrah Wine

Santo Habito

Santo Habito

Whitebites by Cecilia Uhr

Whitebites by Cecilia Uhr

Gauss Lamps

Tacos!

Tacos!

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Sweets Packaging

Good Fizz by Lydia Nichols

Good Fizz by Lydia Nichols

Beehive Honey Squares by Lacy Kuhn

Beehive Honey Squares by Lacy Kuhn

Yahho bluing

Yahho bluing

Blackbird Tea Nº One: The Moon

Blackbird Tea Nº One: The Moon

Schepps

Schepps

Paint Brush Packaging

Paint Brush Packaging

Ginsters Reinterpretation by Charlie Davis

Ginsters Reinterpretation by Charlie Davis

Nostro by Graphasel Design Studio

Nostro by Graphasel Design Studio

Standard Dress Shirt by Jille Natalino, Elizabeth Kelley, Rob Hurst, Joanna Milewski, Mary Durant

Standard Dress Shirt by Jille Natalino, Elizabeth Kelley, Rob Hurst, Joanna Milewski, Mary Durant

Mera® Goat Cheese Packaging by Stephan Pretorius

Mera® Goat Cheese Packaging by Stephan Pretorius

KOOR - Kalev Chocolate Bar Designs

KOOR – Kalev Chocolate Bar Designs

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Witness 20 Creatives Sharing their Struggles and Successes: the WMC Fest 4 Videos http://www.gomediazine.com/insights/witness-20-creatives-sharing-their-struggles-and-successes-the-wmc-fest-4-videos/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=witness-20-creatives-sharing-their-struggles-and-successes-the-wmc-fest-4-videos http://www.gomediazine.com/insights/witness-20-creatives-sharing-their-struggles-and-successes-the-wmc-fest-4-videos/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:52:46 +0000 Go Media http://www.gomediazine.com/?p=42851 Jeff Finley, founder of WMC Fest, said it best: "Something about the WMC Fest stage, people stand up there and start spilling their guts. It transcends career. They took off their band-aids and showed us all their wounds, and it's okay because they know they'll be supported and taken care of. They will be loved." Continue Reading »

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WMC Fest Speakers Bare their Souls

Jeff Finley, founder of WMC Fest, said it best: “Something about the WMC Fest stage, people stand up there and start spilling their guts. It transcends career. They took off their band-aids and showed us all their wounds, and it’s okay because they know they’ll be supported and taken care of. They will be loved.”

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Whether you were there in the crowd, or did not have the fortune to be, you’re in luck. We’ve collected all of the WMC Fest 4 speaker videos for you. They’re available below, as well as on our Vimeo channel.

Here, you can gobble up the generous, heartfelt, honest stories of John Jennings, Alonzo Felix, Timothy Goodman, Ann Friedman & Dylan Lathrop, Lisa Congdon, Rena Tom, Christen Carter, Stewart Scott-Curran, Caroline Moore, Adam Garcia, Valerie Mayen, Grace Dobush, Jon Contino, Nick Disabato, Jacqui Oakley, Kern & Burn, These are Things, Troy Deshano, Stephanie Landes Burris and Brandon Rike. Here, you can feel like you’re not alone.

Enjoy and we can’t wait to see you all at WMC Fest 5, coming up August 15 – 17 at the Cleveland Public Theatre.

Head to the WMC Fest page here: button

John Jennings: The Souls of Black Comix

Alonzo Felix: Fieldwork

Timothy Goodman: I Want to Get Away with Shit

Ann Friedman & Dylan Lathrop – A Picture and 1,000 Words

Lisa Congdon in Conversation with Rena Tom: Illustrating Gertrude Stein

Christen Carter (Busy Beaver Buttons) – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Work

Stewart Scott-Curran – How to Find the Devil in the Detail Without Selling Your Soul

Caroline Moore – How Punk Rock Made Me a Better Entrepreneur

Adam Garcia – The F Word

Valerie Mayen – Emotional talk at WMC Fest 2013

Grace Dobush – The Sound of One Man Networking

Jon Contino – The Rise of the Underdog

Nick Disabato – Too Uncomfortably Personal to Share at Professional Conference

Jacqui Oakley – The Substance of Style

Kern & Burn – Quit Jobs. Start Projects.

These are Things – How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Enjoy The Ride

Rena Tom in Conversation with Lisa Congdon: Building Your Dream Job

Troy DeShano – The Best Decisions Rarely Make Sense on Paper

Stephanie Landes Burris – What I Learned About My Job from My Eight-Year-Old Self

Brandon Rike – Betray the Institution

Our WMC Fest speaker videos are also available on our Vimeo Channel.

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Why Working from the Beach Could Double Your Income http://www.gomediazine.com/insights/why-working-from-the-beach-could-double-your-income/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-working-from-the-beach-could-double-your-income http://www.gomediazine.com/insights/why-working-from-the-beach-could-double-your-income/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:37:22 +0000 Alex Singleton http://www.gomediazine.com/?p=42379 So recently I took a couple of months out from design to go travelling around South East Asia. Get me. I'd love to peg it as an adventure where I was searching for the lost city of whatever to find the hidden treasure of something something, but this was really just a straight up holiday. I really don't do holidays that often. I don't really feel the need to - I love what I do for a living so why would I ever need a break? That being said, I'd had one too many big projects with tight deadlines in a row and even I was starting to feel like I was getting worn a little thin. However after just maybe a week of exploring the Orient I genuinely started to pine for my wacom. I missed designing. I'd told myself that this was going to be a proper refresh for me, so I'd brought no laptop, no drawing pads, not even a pen! "Anyway", I told myself "Bangkok really isn't the kind of place you could sit down a get a really productive days work under your belt", and so I tried to put it out of my mind. Continue Reading »

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So recently I took a couple of months out from design to go travelling around South East Asia. Get me. I’d love to peg it as an adventure where I was searching for the lost city of whatever to find the hidden treasure of something something, but this was really just a straight up holiday.

I really don’t do holidays that often. I don’t really feel the need to – I love what I do for a living so why would I ever need a break? That being said, I’d had one too many big projects with tight deadlines in a row and even I was starting to feel like I was getting worn a little thin.

However after just maybe a week of exploring the Orient I genuinely started to pine for my wacom. I missed designing. I’d told myself that this was going to be a proper refresh for me, so I’d brought no laptop, no drawing pads, not even a pen! “Anyway”, I told myself “Bangkok really isn’t the kind of place you could sit down a get a really productive days work under your belt”, and so I tried to put it out of my mind.

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So I meandered on, from country to country, collecting currencies and filling up my passport with oversized visas, until I got about halfway through Vietnam, to a little city called Hội An.

I spent the first couple of days in Hội An doing the tourist thing, I wandered around the temples, ate in the ‘secret’ restaurants, I even had a very nice suit made. Hội An is a remarkably beautiful city, and there’s a real European vibe that comes from all the colonial French architecture that lines the river running through the city. There’s none of the hustle and bustle that I’d found in some of the larger Asian cities and it was also one of the cheapest places that I’d visited so far (I’m talking a beer for $0.14 cheap).

After those first few days though I had a realisation – I’d had WiFi connection everywhere I’d been.

I’m not just talking bars and restaurants here (although each and every one of those has their own network), the whole of Hội An actually has a giant network that you can connect to, just to make sure you’re still able to send those tweets between cafes. One of the days I actually decided to rent a motorbike (which was all of $3 for the day) and see if I could find the coast. It took me maybe ten minuets to reach a stunning almost deserted beach and guess what I found? Free WiFi.

It was insane, I was in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited, I couldn’t seem to actually spend my money everything was so cheap and I could genuinely have worked from the beach.

And this wasn’t the only place I stumbled on in my travels where I could have happily and easily set up shop; Chiang Mai, Luang Prabang, Vientiane, the list goes on. All beautiful, all cheap to live (even in hotels), all with excellent WiFi and amenities.

The more I though about it, the more sense it made too. I’d put my entire business on hold to go on this trip, but there really wasn’t any need to. In fact I could probably have had the same number of free days and just stayed away for longer using the extra revenue from my work to pay my way.

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I know I’ve stumbled onto nothing new here, Tim Ferris coined the phrase ‘geoarbitage’ long before my epiphany, but what was perhaps new to me was just how possible it really was. You always hear stories of people packing in their 9 to 5 and living the good life, sipping coconut milk on a beach, and it kinda goes to the same part of my brain that emails from wealthy African princes go; the ‘bullshit’ section.

No doubt you’re reading this and part of you is thinking just that. Bullshit. Trust me, it totally isn’t. It’s totally totally possible. The fact I feel like a total idiot for not doing it is testament to that.

It doesn’t even have to be that mega life changing event either. Ask yourself really, what’s stopping you from leaving for say six months? Even three months? Are your clients all going to abandon you because you want to do a few meetings over Skype? Can you really not work without an office filled with stuff? Is that second monitor absolutely critical?

I’m not talking about changing your nationality here, just give yourself some new scenery for a bit.

There’s an article by Tim Gregg that I read that recommends renting out your home whilst you’re away, and it makes a lot of sense. Some of these countries are so cheap to get by in, what you make in rent could probably cover your mortgage and your day to day living expenses. Add to that the fact that you’re working and earning, and there’s a very good chance you could come home with a bigger bank account than when you left.

There are tonnes of places you can do this too, Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, Argentina, Turkey, India, Indonesia, Romania, Uruguay, just loads. All with a very high quality of life and a very low cost of living.

So the next time you’re thinking of taking a holiday – be professional, take a sabbatical instead.

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Comic, Creature and Character Illustration: 4 Pro Tips http://www.gomediazine.com/insights/comic-book-design/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=comic-book-design http://www.gomediazine.com/insights/comic-book-design/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:11:27 +0000 Go Media http://www.gomediazine.com/?p=41086 Dei G of Deisign is a master of comic design. A provider of unique character and creature designs for the entertainment industry, as well as a generator of character driven covers and promotional illustrations, Dei has won numerous awards and has produced work for Paramount Pictures, Stone Circles Pictures and ToonBox Entertainment, to name a few. His work is captivating, his characters jumping off the page with a refreshing sense of life, movement and vitality. Just how does Dei animate his illustrations so exceptionally? Here are some of his pro tips: Continue Reading »

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Tips for Comic Book Designers

Dei G of Deisign is a master of comic design. A provider of unique character and creature designs for the entertainment industry, as well as a generator of character driven covers and promotional illustrations, Dei has won numerous awards and has produced work for Paramount Pictures, Stone Circles Pictures and ToonBox Entertainment, to name a few.

His work is captivating, his characters jumping off the page with a refreshing sense of life, movement and vitality.

Just how does Dei animate his illustrations so exceptionally? Here are some of his pro tips for comic book style graphic design:

Designing Creatures & Characters

Move beyond emotion.

It is not so much about “the best way to depict emotion” but about the best way to emote. What I mean is that the goal shouldn’t be to draw great facial expressions that are identifiable, but believable and relatable ones. To achieve this, I try to abstract myself from the fact that I’m just drawing lines on a piece of paper, and believe that I am in fact revealing a character that was already there, who is genuinely alive in its own little universe and therefore, has got real emotions that I need to stay true to. Ideally, when looking back at the character, you wouldn’t go “boy, that’s a good sadness expression!”; you should say “boy, this character is heartbroken”. In fact, another thing that helps is to be precise with the vocabulary of emotions you are looking to express. Never go for generic emotions like sadness, happiness or fear. Instead, think in terms of specific shades of emotion, like feeling melancholic, bitter, defeated, thrilled, glad, anxious, terrified, etc. When you do all of the above, it becomes a matter of drawing with emotion (I frown, grunt and smile at my drawing table all the time) and asking yourself if you can truly empathize with the character’s expression you just drew. Drawing great expressions is not so much an exercise of draftsmanship, but an exercise of emotional honesty.

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Evoke a sense of movement and life.

My background in Animation taught me that every pose and every drawing is not an isolated instance in time. Every drawing is coming from somewhere and going somewhere too, like a single frame from a film sequence. To evoke that sense of life, motion and emotion in drawing, one should be mindful of what precedes and follows the instance that is being depicted, both physically and emotionally. Additionally, a good base of anatomy and life drawing can’t hurt. Being aware of these things helps inform the drawing choices and ultimately increases that sense of dynamism and life in the illustrations.

Mind your composition.

I don’t use any actual grid systems when creating cover illustrations or character designs, but I am very mindful about composition, which does have some inherent guidelines. One example could be the famous rule of thirds: This particular rule states that when the canvas is divided in three equal vertical and horizontal segments, the top left and bottom right line intersections (and vice versa) are thought to be the most restful and comfortable for the human eye to settle on. However, one may also choose to set the focus at the very center of the page for a striking effect, etc. Composition is a very powerful tool that’s worth learning about and the possibilities it offers are endless. The only general recommendation I could give when it comes to planning the composition of a drawing, is to strive for clarity and to know beforehand which is going to be the focal point of the image.

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Know your Focal Point.

As a character oriented illustrator and character designer, the focus in my illustrations is usually on the character, but it could be any element in a composition. What’s important is to know what that focal point is (could be one or multiple) and to use the background and other compositional elements to direct the viewers attention to it. This doesn’t necessarily mean keeping the background plain, but using it to compliment the main element of the composition. This can be achieved through subtle directional lines/elements, but also through contrast in tone, color and detail.

Lastly, Dei reminds, always be prepared when inspiration strikes.

“For my professional work, for efficiency’s sake I usually use Photoshop all the way from initial sketch to final color. However, I always bring a sketchbook with me to doodle and sketch out ideas. Nothing beats the feeling of pencil on paper.”

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The Countdown to WMC5 is on! Join us for the WMC Fest Kick-Off Party and Benefit Show on April 19 http://www.gomediazine.com/inspiration/design-community/wmc-fest-kick-off-party/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wmc-fest-kick-off-party http://www.gomediazine.com/inspiration/design-community/wmc-fest-kick-off-party/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:07:39 +0000 Jeff Finley http://www.gomediazine.com/?p=42102 I can’t believe there’s less than 160 days left until WMC Fest 2014… yeah, it’s coming up fast! Have you heard about our new team members? Margot Harrington and Stewart Scott Curran are our new speaker co-directors, and James Carol is our new music director. We are honored to have them on our team and they are busy booking… Continue Reading »

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I can’t believe there’s less than 160 days left until WMC Fest 2014… yeah, it’s coming up fast! Have you heard about our new team members? Margot Harrington and Stewart Scott Curran are our new speaker co-directors, and James Carol is our new music director. We are honored to have them on our team and they are busy booking right now.

Head to the WMC Fest page here: WMC Fest.com

But the point of this post to tell you all that we’re officially kicking-off the countdown to WMC5 at our benefit show on Saturday, April 19th! It will be like a mini WMC Fest for only $6. It takes place in Cleveland at the Beachland Tavern. I’m sorry to all our out-of-state friends, I know it’s unlikely you can attend, but I wanted to keep you in the loop anyway. If you want to help support WMC from afar, just click to tweet this message. 

It will be a great chance to reconnect with your WMC friends and get excited as we roll into the spring time and start counting the days till the big fest in August.

Here’s the link to the Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/528371310613524/

On tap for the evening:

In the spirit of WMC, there will be a special presentation by OKPANTS (Designer, Illustrator, Ink Wars Champ, WMC 2 speaker) and a gallery of over 50 posters and prints on display for silent auction. This will be your last chance to buy some of the beautiful works donated by last year’s featured artists.

OKPANTS at WMC Fest

OKPANTS at WMC Fest

We’ve got an amazing night of music planned as well with a diverse group of Northeast Ohio bands including Black Puddle Noise (garage rock power trio), Hawkeye (in-your face rock & electronica), and one of our favorite WMC Music Alums Bethesda!

And finally, there will be door prizes, discounted WMC merch, and best of all, you can get a this-night-only discount on WMC 5 Fest passes!

How you can help!

  1. If you are planning to attend, grab your $6 ticket to the benefit show here.
  2. If you can’t attend, click to tweet about the countdown till WMC.

Thank you!

WMC Fest 5 Benefit Show Poster

The poster for the benefit show

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Pause Fest Ident Shows What Happens When Ideas Run Wild http://www.gomediazine.com/insights/pause-fest-ident-shows-what-happens-when-ideas-run-wild/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pause-fest-ident-shows-what-happens-when-ideas-run-wild http://www.gomediazine.com/insights/pause-fest-ident-shows-what-happens-when-ideas-run-wild/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:21:05 +0000 Meleah Maynard http://www.gomediazine.com/?p=41774 Motion designer and 3D artist Rich Nosworthy was one of several animators, designers and studios asked to help create an ident for this year’s Pause Fest in Melbourne, Australia. Titled “Airspace,” the ident served as a sort of animated logo for the annual digital film festival, and was shown frequently throughout the event. Continue Reading »

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Airspace

Motion designer and 3D artist Rich Nosworthy was one of several animators, designers and studios asked to help create an ident for this year’s Pause Fest in Melbourne, Australia. Titled “Airspace,” the ident served as a sort of animated logo for the annual digital film festival, and was shown frequently throughout the event.

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Working with a very open creative brief and the festival’s theme, which this year was “connected,” Nosworthy used Cinema 4D and After Effects to create an ident that shows how unusual and interesting things can happen when inspiration and all sort of disparate ideas meet. “It was a great opportunity for me to play with a lot of ideas,” Nosworthy recalls, explaining that he started with a general concept involving unique objects in the sky connected by wires.

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As the objects meet, they react and transform in time to the music, which was created by Wesley Slover of Sono Sanctus. The goal was to bring to life the way all kinds of weird ideas get conceived of during the early stages of a project only to be thrown out later for being off-brand or just too strange. “So the whole thing needed to feel like this landscape of unused ideas that were too silly to be used in the real world, but over time they start to grow and take over the space above us” he says. “To be honest, it was just a good chance to have a lot of fun with this style and let the imagination run riot.”

A Love of Design

Currently living in Auckland, New Zealand, Nosworthy taught himself to use C4D and After Effects in 2009 after first learning Maya while studying computer science in college. Though he is a skilled visual effects artist, he’s become more interested in motion graphics over the years because he likes the opportunity to work in more abstract ways and do more with design. (See his reel here.)

In addition doing personal and freelance projects, Nosworthy works full-time as a motion designer and 3D lead for the New Zealand-based creative studio, Bunker. He was invited to create an ident for Pause Fest by Melbourne-based motion designer, Caspian Kai Pantea, one of the curators of the event. Though he’d never done anything like that before, he was excited to give it a try.

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In all, Nosworthy figures it took about eight weeks working nights and weekends to create “Airspace,” a name he came up with when the project was nearly finished and it stuck. After first doing a few sketchbook doodles of different ideas and choosing what seemed to be the strongest, he worked closely with Slover, the sound designer, who is based in Seattle, Washington. “I would send him test animations and images and he’d send back clips of sound design and music,” Nosworthy recalls. “It was a cool dynamic where the inspiration kept moving back and forth around the clock.”

A Little Bit of Everything

Nosworthy says that “creative block” was the biggest challenge he faced while working on “Airspace.” While it was great to have a lot of creative freedom, it was no easy task to tie together all of the ideas he had for the abstract piece in a way that looked the way he wanted it to. Cinema 4D helped because it allowed him to try out ideas quickly and keep moving. “It’s very modular, so you can plug in deformers and effects and see what works,” he explains. “It’s a great concepting tool from a designer’s point of view.”

Once he’d chosen the ideas he wanted to include, Nosworthy modeled various objects in C4D and starting putting bits and pieces together, each piece building up more and more over time in a way that sometimes felt like the objects had minds of their own. Much of the modeling was achieved using simple geometry, MoGraph cloners and C4D’s rigging and Xpresso tools. (Watch a project breakdown here).

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One of the things he enjoyed most about working on “Airspace” was the chance to use many of the skills, tools and techniques he’d learned over the last few years for one big project. To animate the lottery ball machine, Nosworthy used dynamics and softbodies with spline IK (inverse kinematics) controlling the attached horns “to give them a bit of personality,” he says. Dynamics was also used to fire the ball in the pinball hammer scene in the middle of the ident.

ZBrush came in handy when creating the giant squid creature that appears toward the end of the ident. A fun oddity among the other creations in the sky, the squid was modeled in DynaMesh and then the base mesh was imported into Cinema 4D. Rigging the model with deformers and dynamic joints allowed the tentacles to react to wind and turbulence fields.

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Nosworthy used C4D’s cloth for one of the final shot of the sails expanding. An Xpresso rig controls the connecting wires between the sails, allowing them to be blended between expressions and spline dynamics. “I learned a lot about C4D’s dynamics, especially cloth rigging and spline dynamics for this project, and it was a lot of fun to dig deeper into that stuff,” he says, adding that working on an ident of this size was challenging, but a whole lot of fun.

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Feedback on “Airspace” has been overwhelmingly positive, which was something of a surprise to Nosworthy and Slover who weren’t quite sure what to expect. “Honestly, there was quite a bit of time during the middle of the project when we were weren’t sure how it was going to come out, but as we got towards the end, with the sound and visuals getting tighter, we were both pleased with the result.”

Meleah Maynard is a freelance writer and editor in Minneapolis.

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February 2014 Flickr Pool Showcase http://www.gomediazine.com/insights/february-2014-flickr-pool-showcase/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=february-2014-flickr-pool-showcase http://www.gomediazine.com/insights/february-2014-flickr-pool-showcase/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:11:02 +0000 Go Media http://www.gomediazine.com/?p=41217 Hey Everyone! We’re so excited to show off our next round of outstanding Flickr Pool Showcase Designs! Continue Reading »

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Hey Everyone! We’re so excited to show off our next round of outstanding Flickr Pool Showcase Designs!

Interested in Joining?

If you are new to the Flickr Pool Showcase, check out the instructions below for how to sign up.

  1. Login to your Flickr Account (sign up if you don’t have one)
  2. Join the Go Media User Showcase Group (only group members can contribute)
  3. Upload your designs to your own profile
  4. Make sure to allow us to actually embed these image into a post, not just link to them. This can be done from your Flickr settings.
  5. Click on your newly uploaded designs then click the button “send to group” above your image and choose the Go Media group.

The February Showcase

* Thanks to Simon Birky Hartmann of Studio Ace of Spade for this month’s “Make It Happen” header art!

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Rome "Italian Job" from Top Gear Where's Stig? The World Tour - Illustration by Rod Hunt

Dude and the Bear

a small world of cute

Tree Pattern Berlin Kreuzberg Viktoriapark

Look Up More shirt now on Cotton Bureau!

Make it happen - wallpaper

Human Cannonball

Kawaiiju

Lovebirds
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Life Lessons From Princesses

Bryan

DOS COMMANDS IN HIPSTER FASHION

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Reality of Dreams

Robopop

nike

behhh

Scheming On Company Time

Cypher

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20 Excellent Examples of Retro Logo Designs http://www.gomediazine.com/insights/examples-of-retro-logo-designs/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=examples-of-retro-logo-designs http://www.gomediazine.com/insights/examples-of-retro-logo-designs/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:42:20 +0000 David Edwards http://www.gomediazine.com/?p=41002 The logo is the visual face of the company. It doesn't just tell you the company’s name; it helps to give you an idea of the style, tone and personality of the brand behind it. The way in which a logo is designed can affect how the company is perceived – even on a very subtle level – and great designers can make use of that brilliantly. I've always been impressed by logos that manage to create an elegant, stylish and retro look. A vintage style logo can be such a difficult style to pull off, and usually involves a tremendous amount of work around getting the typography just right. This is where hand-drawn scripts come in really well, as retro logos often make use of custom, hand-written lettering – or heavily adapted typefaces. Other elements that are common to retro logo designs include the use of textures to add a level of grain or noise to the artwork. Often, shapes such as ribbons and circles to create a badge effect can help to add a nostalgic air to a design. Continue Reading »

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Logo Love

The logo is the visual face of the company. It doesn’t just tell you the company’s name; it helps to give you an idea of the style, tone and personality of the brand behind it. The way in which a logo is designed can affect how the company is perceived – even on a very subtle level – and great designers can make use of that brilliantly.

I’ve always been impressed by logos that manage to create an elegant, stylish and retro look. A vintage style logo can be such a difficult style to pull off, and usually involves a tremendous amount of work around getting the typography just right. This is where hand-drawn scripts come in really well, as retro logos often make use of custom, hand-written lettering – or heavily adapted typefaces. Other elements that are common to retro logo designs include the use of textures to add a level of grain or noise to the artwork. Often, shapes such as ribbons and circles to create a badge effect can help to add a nostalgic air to a design.

I’ve collected some of my favourite examples of logo designs that all make use of a vintage or retro effect, and have a touch of elegance to them as a result. If you’re about to start working on a retro design, I hope this collection helps to give you some creative ideas. And of course, if you know of any logo designs that should have been included in this post, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

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Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1392256-Woodstyle

02-logo[1]
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1345169-Huckleberry-Film-Production

03-logo[1]
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/985698-Cavalier-Barbers

04-logo[1]
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1131626-Modern-Retro-Badge-05

05-logo[1]
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1305080-Founders-Union

06-logo[1]
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/765146-Shield-Logo-2

07-logo[1]
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1065675-Cigar-Box-Diaries

08-logo[1]
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1372467-Steve-Depino-Logo-C

09-logo[1]
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1377843-Dream-Machines-Logo

10-logo[1]
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1284798-Meget-Mere

11-logo[1]
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1386122-La-Fabrics

12-logo[1]
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1245884-Thunder-Mountain-Coffee

13-logo[1]
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1394912-Gif-Co

14-logo[1]
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1063680-The-Lost-Weekend-Traders-badge

15-logo[1]
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1355153-Colorado-Vintage-Logo

16-logo[1]
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1311170-Capitl-Co-Revisions

17-logo[1]
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1254273-One-On-One-Flavours-logo-design

18-logo[1]
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1333457-Overdrive-Pedals-WIP

19-logo[1]
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1394824-FPH-Copywriting

20-logo[1]
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1292832-Nicole-Leever-Logo-D

Which of these designs do you like best? Do you know of any other examples that you’d like to add? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

 

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