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Weekly Review July 28 – Aug 1

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In an effort to further describe to you the behind the scenes happenings of a design studio, here’s another weekly review. Last week was super busy. And I have encouraged other Go Media staff to write their own weekly reviews! Oliver will be offering up his review in this post!

So let’s get to it.

Jeff’s Weekly Review:

  • We all worked on some posters for the film Amores Perros as a pitch to hopefully get us some more movie poster jobs. We love this kind of stuff.
  • Worked on some guts and slime drawings for Vector Pack 12 (see sketches below).
  • Still working on Arsenal 2 – some parts of Phase 2 are being completed and Phase 3 is about ready for the invoice.
  • Worked on some storyboards for a map animation for the Tattoo Show that will air on A&E this fall
  • Finalized some illustrations for Complex Magazine – I’ll show these once they’re printed in the magazine.
  • Fixed issues/bugs with the zine and posted part 2 of the 15 Mistakes Article. A lot of nice responses from our readers.
  • Made a few Adobe Illustrator brushes for a future Adobe Illustrator brush pack.

Oliver’s Weekly Review

  • I did two Amores Perros posters for our pitch. I had high hopes for the first one, but it didn’t turn out quite like I wanted it to. I started a second poster, and I’m really stoked how it turned out. I’ve been developing a new illustration style and I’m really excited to continue refining it. A lot of us worked on these posters, the results are pretty darn snazzy. Fingers crossed that the client gets really excited about them and wants to work with us.
  • I did two shirt designs for New Kids on the Block. One is based on a wild 3d type treatment, with a 90’s feel. The other could use some more attention. The 2nd design is the little brother of the 1st design who can’t escape his big brother’s attention.
  • I’m close to finishing my work on the illustrations for Complex Magazine. I’ve got two approved, and the third has some minor tweaks, but I think it could use some more work. I was satisfied with it when the week ended last week, but when I opened the file this morning, I really thought the colors stunk and the composition was a B- at best. I don’t like submitting artwork that I’m not proud of, so I’m going to make sure it’s awesome before I upload it.
  • We also had a meeting about getting some new clients and giving the Go Media portfolio site a face lift. I’m looking forward to getting the ball rolling on that. That should do it for last week. I was not in the office on Monday because I was busy screaming, sweating, and flailing my arms around at Cedar Point.

So that’s it for this review. I like Oliver’s in depth review. Good insight in my opinion. Hope all you voyeurs are happy! (wink wink) If you can’t get enough, follow Oliver and me on Twitter.

Amores Perros Poster Pitches:

Amores Perros Poster
By Chris Comella

Amores Perros Poster
By Oliver Barrett

Amores Perros Poster
By Oliver Barrett

Amores Perros Poster
By Adam Law

Amores Perros Poster
By Jeff Finley

Amores Perros Poster
By Jeff Finley

Amores Perros Poster
By Bill Beachy

Amores Perros Poster
By Katie Major

Guts and Slime for Vector Pack 12

Amores Perros Poster

Amores Perros Poster

(New) New Kids on the Block Merch:

new kids on the block merch

new kids on the block merch

About the Author, Jeff Finley

I'm a partner at Go Media, a Cleveland web design and development firm. We also specialize in print design and branding. I started Weapons of Mass Creation Fest and wrote the book Thread's Not Dead, teaching artists and designers how to start a clothing company. In my spare time, I write songs and play drums in Campfire Conspiracy. I'm a happy husband and an aspiring b-boy and lucid dreamer.
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Discussion

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  • Eric Thayne

    Oh man, I love these! It’s fun seeing what you guys are working on in there!

    And those slime vectors are sickkk. Haha.

  • jaime.radar

    those movie posters are amazing!

  • MyW

    You guys rocks ! How I’d like to work in a company like that :o

  • MyW

    You guys rocks ! How I’d like to work in a company like that :o

  • http://designfeedr.com/ Youri

    Like those poster pitches, great work!

  • http://designfeedr.com/ Youri

    Like those poster pitches, great work!

  • steve

    The posters are cool…but wouldn’t that be considered “spec” work? Oliver mentioned “fingers crossed that the client gets really excited about them and wants to work with us,” which leads me to believe you haven’t landed the client yet. I really hope that’s not the case.

  • steve

    The posters are cool…but wouldn’t that be considered “spec” work? Oliver mentioned “fingers crossed that the client gets really excited about them and wants to work with us,” which leads me to believe you haven’t landed the client yet. I really hope that’s not the case.

  • http://www.jameslytle.com James Lytle

    ooo… I love the new kids on the block 3d text treatment. you got style oliver.

    do you all often concept spec work for getting new clients – ie doing the work up front in hopes of getting future business?

    good stuff, James

  • http://www.jameslytle.com James Lytle

    ooo… I love the new kids on the block 3d text treatment. you got style oliver.

    do you all often concept spec work for getting new clients – ie doing the work up front in hopes of getting future business?

    good stuff, James

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff Finley

    Steve – yeah this is spec work – but we initiated the spec work. This is generally the case when the client isn’t looking for our services directly, but we would still like to establish a working relationship with them. That’s a how a lot of these kinds of jobs are landed.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff Finley

    Steve – yeah this is spec work – but we initiated the spec work. This is generally the case when the client isn’t looking for our services directly, but we would still like to establish a working relationship with them. That’s a how a lot of these kinds of jobs are landed.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff Finley

    @James – we don’t often do spec work, we’ve mostly been reactive. Meaning, we react to current inquiries and our projects are usually at the demand of the customer. By being proactive, we can pick and choose which projects we want to work for. Sometimes that requires doing spec work for breaking into a sector of graphic design that we don’t have much portfolio for. IE the film poster industry. It’s something we all want to do here, so we’re just showing off what we can do because our portfolio doesn’t show that off enough.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff Finley

    @James – we don’t often do spec work, we’ve mostly been reactive. Meaning, we react to current inquiries and our projects are usually at the demand of the customer. By being proactive, we can pick and choose which projects we want to work for. Sometimes that requires doing spec work for breaking into a sector of graphic design that we don’t have much portfolio for. IE the film poster industry. It’s something we all want to do here, so we’re just showing off what we can do because our portfolio doesn’t show that off enough.

  • Andre

    You guys rock…hey Jeff can you do some videotutorial explaining for ex., now you’ve sketched those guts and slime for Vector Pack 12, now whats the process to transform that into a vector pack?

    thanks!

  • Andre

    You guys rock…hey Jeff can you do some videotutorial explaining for ex., now you’ve sketched those guts and slime for Vector Pack 12, now whats the process to transform that into a vector pack?

    thanks!

  • http://bloodboydigitalarts.carbonmade.com Tobias

    HEy Guy´s great Review about your Stuff .. I tolay like the posters and the sketches .. good luck with the pitch

    greets from germany !!
    tobias

  • http://bloodboydigitalarts.carbonmade.com Tobias

    HEy Guy´s great Review about your Stuff .. I tolay like the posters and the sketches .. good luck with the pitch

    greets from germany !!
    tobias

  • brian

    that first poster is a gorgeous little ill

  • brian

    that first poster is a gorgeous little ill

  • ChequeredManiac

    Those movie posters are incredible, they are so diverse. Its not like variations, they are each completely unique. Great work

  • Eric Thayne

    Oh man, I love these! It’s fun seeing what you guys are working on in there!

    And those slime vectors are sickkk. Haha.

  • Bryan

    Wow those Amores Perros posters are totally boss, the first one is my favorite. I’d love to have the chance to design a poster for that movie, its one of my favorite movies of all time. The slime sketches look amazing, I was actually wondering where I could find some slime vectors the other day, any chance those will be out sometime soon? You guys rock, keep on keepin on.

  • jaime.radar

    those movie posters are amazing!

  • http://www.geoffmay.com Geoff May

    As always, great work guys. Go Media seems like a great place to work.

  • http://www.geoffmay.com Geoff May

    As always, great work guys. Go Media seems like a great place to work.

  • ChequeredManiac

    Those movie posters are incredible, they are so diverse. Its not like variations, they are each completely unique. Great work

  • Bryan

    Wow those Amores Perros posters are totally boss, the first one is my favorite. I’d love to have the chance to design a poster for that movie, its one of my favorite movies of all time. The slime sketches look amazing, I was actually wondering where I could find some slime vectors the other day, any chance those will be out sometime soon? You guys rock, keep on keepin on.

  • Anonymous

    I love seeing the unique styles of all the Go Media Illustrators and designers. I hope you land the client!

    PS- I’m SO glad you’re including illustrator brushes with the next vector pack!!

  • http://tiffanyforrester.blogspot.com Tiffany

    I love seeing the unique styles of all the Go Media Illustrators and designers. I hope you land the client!

    PS- I’m SO glad you’re including illustrator brushes with the next vector pack!!

  • http://www.chrisobriendesign.com Chris

    Its amazing to see how one idea idea (poster with movie name, actors, etc.) can be interpreted and designed in so many different ways. Being a one-man show, it can be hard for me to not be able to work a project with a team of others. Sometimes the most creative ideas come from the energy of people with different visions who are working together.

    Great stuff.

  • http://www.chrisobriendesign.com Chris

    Its amazing to see how one idea idea (poster with movie name, actors, etc.) can be interpreted and designed in so many different ways. Being a one-man show, it can be hard for me to not be able to work a project with a team of others. Sometimes the most creative ideas come from the energy of people with different visions who are working together.

    Great stuff.

  • Matt Q.

    Great work guys. I’m loving the movie posters.

  • Matt Q.

    Great work guys. I’m loving the movie posters.

  • http://www.collision-theory.com/apparel aj dimarucot

    Yeah like everyone says the poster works are fantastic! Hope you land the job. Good luck!

  • http://www.collision-theory.com/apparel aj dimarucot

    Yeah like everyone says the poster works are fantastic! Hope you land the job. Good luck!

  • http://www.ctoverdrive.ca ctoverdrive

    The NKOTB t’s are great. My Girlfriend is going to the concert (don’t worry she’s in her mid-twenties not early tweens) and she gave them a huge thumbs-up.

    I love that you’re brining some style to Concert merch. Great work guys.

  • http://www.ctoverdrive.ca ctoverdrive

    The NKOTB t’s are great. My Girlfriend is going to the concert (don’t worry she’s in her mid-twenties not early tweens) and she gave them a huge thumbs-up.

    I love that you’re brining some style to Concert merch. Great work guys.

  • smeegy

    the new kids on the block shirt is sick! =D
    id love to have one of those.

  • smeegy

    the new kids on the block shirt is sick! =D
    id love to have one of those.

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