1 week of sporadic work, 6 random Unsplash themes and imagination pumped up by my Spotify collection are the ingredients used to create the above.
Sure I could have held on and extended the release in another week, which would have meant either another 6 designs or a seriously good-looking/quality-controlled output. BUT I want to get on to other things and I am happy with this effort.
The Design Process
- Exercise or Coffee (or both) to kickstart the body
- Music to kickstart the imagination
- I first went to Unsplash (free to use but I like giving credit where it’s due)
- I selected 5 random photos
- Right click on the image, Save Image As, and gave it a name
- File, Open and import the image using Illustrator
- I used the following tools:
- Type Tool
- Shape Tool
- Line Tool
- Typography toolkit
From there, it was a matter of playing around / experimenting with patterns, while manipulating the designs with the Anchor Point, opacity, spacing, stroke, character, colours and a bit of wordplay. This is where I let my imagination run wild with the only real constraint of keeping the design simple.
I also Behance’d the above images here.
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About this post
Designing is a process of reckless trial and error, of experimenting with shapes and colours that should not work, of creating abstract designs with no fear of failure. And the best ones are marinated through time.
In other words, designing is one of the few areas in my life where I can summon the playfulness and energy of my childhood and wring it through the creative process.