My new invoice design. This was designed in Libre Office Calc aka Excel. The top and bottom are pictures created in Illustrator. It picks up values from a pivot table and has made my life better. The pattern down the side is cells with fills. Suffice to say this was not an easy piece of design to work with but I am very happy with the outcome.
Last year I was asked by a musician to do a photo shoot and to create a stylised vector drawing of him for the cover of his upcoming CD. Long story short: the three versions of the illustration never saw the light of day until now.
Since the design remains my intellectual property I can show you the stylised vector of the unnamed musician:
For what it is worth: I chose the bottom of the three versions for the cover and placed all the required text in the white space and it looked amazing.
A friend of mine recently travelled. I had a look at their itinerary and cringed as it was too difficult to find all the important details but of course they are all important details.
This is the word doc that made me cringe:
Since they were doing two stops on their trip it made sense to start with splitting up the Sydney trip and the Melbourne trip. I have a plethora of international standard symbols in EPS format so I grabbed Hotel and Plane as these are important details and need to be seen at a glance. I created a symbol which was the logo for the Printex convention they were going to. The flight details needed to stand out amongst the other flight information as well as the hotel details needing to stand out amongst the other hotel information. Once all these were in order it was easy to add in days, and lines to separate them all.
This is all the same information as the original except now it includes visual hierarchy, symbols and white space.
I asked my friend how the itinerary worked for their holiday. They told me that is was so much easier to use than anything they have previously used. They also told me they kept showing off their well designed itinerary to people.
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I recently bought 10 different types of flowers and pots to plant them in so I could add some colour to my backyard. After planting I was very upset at how crappy the flower tags were. I will not show the originals because they were that bad. They were all red, had a crazy huge logo and the text for each flower was small, upper case and white on red. These tags were more about the company who grew them than about the individual flowers. I had to change this – design tags that were all about the flowers and not me.
As a graphic designer and photographer I started with photographing my new flowers. After getting the photographs off my camera I had to select all the best photographs, about 10 minutes. I spent about 15 minutes getting a rough template together that has the shape, clipping mask all ready to go and the text in place. Using the ‘template’ and the selected photographs, typing in the name, changing colours etc took about 20 minutes for all the tags. So basically I made 10 flower tags in about 45 minutes. Below is 8 of the 10 tags:
Once I printed them all I cut them out and laminated them and then cut them out (again). Below are the flower tags as they are displayed in the pots:
I have already had some friends and family mistake these flower tags for being the tags that came with the flowers since they are so well designed and professional looking. I smile because this is what I do.