Love this illustration from Esquire magazine. The way that magazine is designed is all around awesome.
‘Nuff said. Also, it makes Comic Sans cool.
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I love design. I love color. I love layouts. I LOVE typography. Although I ended up being a graphic designer, it did not start out that way. Originally I was supposed to be a pharmacist, dispensing out pills to customers, while what I really wanted to do was to be creative. Not necessarily in a I-spend-all-day-painting-while-suffering-for-my-art kind of a creative, but creative in a way that had very real results for people. At the time I didn’t really know who created logos, how ads came about, I just knew that these things were done at agencies. I didn’t know anything about account executives, proofs, fonts and all the good stuff. So, I finally decided to take the leap and go for it, somehow knowing that this is what I really wanted to do, and I never looked back.
Now that I’ve been working in the field for several years, I’ve come to look through everything with design colored glasses. Everywhere I go I notice type, every piece of junk mail I get is analyzed, IT JUST NEVER STOPS! Inspiration can strike at any time, but that’s not to say that there isn’t a whole lot of hard work that goes into it. I think most people think that it takes about 5 minutes to think up and lay out an ad, or a website, or especially a logo. Even though that logo looks very simple, trust me, it DEFINITELY took longer than 5 minutes. But that’s a whole other story, kids.
Having worked in the science field before switching to design, it has definitely influenced my design aesthetic. Plants, nature and animals usually seem to find a way into my work, with lots of textures and organic elements. I also love the retro style, and I’ve been influenced by the fifties (I LOVE Elvis) since I was in my early ‘teens. I’m also very interested in the Victorian era, and am reading all I can about it. And I guess that right there is what I really, really love about design. I can have a huge variety of interests, and I am always learning something new, a new technique, a new idea, which can then fuse together and create something very relevant and unique for a client.