March 5, 2014 § Leave a comment
It’s that time again…We had another crit today, and a final one next week to iron out any issues with projects…and then to installation.
On that note, the Fundraising Committee and the class of 2014 is running a silent auction and an Indiegogo campaign to raise money. Check it out if you have time, and if you have any pieces of mine that you would like sold as a print (and you would buy it, yes? o_od), let me know.
March 1, 2014 § Leave a comment
I recently visited the “This Is Not A Toy” exhibit at the Design Exchange Museum.
It’s definitely very cleverly part information design, part history, part art, part merchandise. It’s a collection of designer toys and different kinds of collectible items “that are not toys,” but also a look at art and artists. One of the highlights was definitely being able to see Takashi Murakami’s work on display, and learning a bit more about art that has a common “medium,” such as the Munnies and Dunnies.
The larger aspects of the show served to give a sense of dreams coming to life, as most of the time, the ones I have commonly seen are very small. Oh, and getting to see figures and collectibles I have not been able to collect, like Junko Mizuno’s Pure Trance figures, or just anything by Kidrobot that I haven’t gotten back to collecting. It was also nice to be able to put a name to some of the designs I see at online or at the Magic Pony.
This Is Not A Toy: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art and Collectible Design
Feb 7 – May 19
Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, dx.org
It was very different to actually see a sculpture that is by Takashi Murakami/his studio after spending so much time reading about him.
You may recognize these, they’re Munnies of Akira Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai.”
The figures at the bottom are Labbits, and ones on the sides are Munnies.
The DX Museum is directly across the street from the Deloitte building (and down the street from Union Station) in Toronto.
The show was originally going to be funded by Kickstarter (and I suspect, a lot larger), but not meeting the goal meant a smaller show. I definitely enjoyed it, and would recommend you go if you’re in the area, or if you’re really into vinyl toys. There’s definitely other related items like animation, furniture, paintings, plushies, moving parts, and I felt it nice to get away
from your typical boring art that you’re forced to study for your own good and intended to induce existential crises.
I was actually introduced by this person here to seeing these as “not toys” ages ago.
February 25, 2014 § Leave a comment
Credit for the stock image belongs to januarystock on Deviantart.
- weak on text, typesetting and alignment
- edit text to be shorter
- mismatch between font types and capitals
- Nexa font is too similar to Gotham
- bolded text is smaller than the text below it, causes disconnect between what is important
- possible to overlap the text in “After Party” to tie the two parts of the invitation together, make it more fun
- space between the “You’re invited” and next line is odd
- map out of alignment on one side
- “dumb” quote in “You’re invited”
- confusion of em/en dash in invitation
- trapped space between text and map
- “Semi-formal attire” can be be “Semi-formal”
I made another thing-
I made this using Google Slides because it needed to a. be done in a few hours b. be online. Condensing a 2 page transcript into 4 slides while keeping mind audience and adding images – I ended using a lot of Wikimedia Commons.
View the slides online