Currently working on a new BattleAxe Network web design considering how the current one is made to fit only 1 or 2 podcasts and if you’ve been visiting, it already has five (5)! Talk about progress of the pioneer podcasting network in the Philippines!
But before anything else, I managed to tweak BattleAxe a bit. Make it look more pro – cleaner, crisp, a custom typeface, better proportion, solid inking. Basically it’s pretty much the same, only improved. And here’s the final product. Hopefully we can develop a better brand for the network starting with this :)
As for the custom typeface, this is how I made it:
What do you guys think? I hope this’ll do great for the network and for its fans :)
Whenever I drive, I always remember this concept thinking I’ve never actually seen one and thought it’d be very funny and for anybody to wear it though it’d make him or her look a bit kinky. All of course are inspired by Facebook’s Like Button and the famous “I Love NY / I <3 NY” shirt design by Milton Glaser. With this first image, I was actually considering the alternative “Recommend” button. HA!
Nevertheless, I thought the like icon could actually do well for any type of application such as…
What do you think? Kinda spoof material but decent enough to be considered wearable, yeah?
It’s kind of unusual for me to find myself being asked for a CV/resume. That’s mainly because no matter how many companies you’ve worked with, how many programs you’ve used, how many seminars and certificates you received, if you suck, you suck. What better way to show that you’re pro at what you do than by simply showing them, right?
Artists and designers are being judged mainly by their byproduct. I’ve listened to a podcast via FSW before wherein one of the hosts suggested to forget about that damn resume and just print a couple of works attached with your card… and it works to land that job.
It’s the unconventional way now that pretty much makes sense because we are creatives and it’s our output that matters yeah? Nevertheless, I’ve come to think that coming up with a CV actually puts me into a perspective where I analyze myself of what I can do at present time – what I am good at.
The following image is a creative resume and portfolio I did back in college. The concept is like that of a box of cereal with nutritional values except that’s it lists my skills and program efficiency as well as contain collateral :)
It goes with a packaging. A box that gets inserted in a sleeve. Inside it will be my resume, calling cards, a CD containing an interactive portfolio, and a few printed works of mine.
Kind of funny how I really worked this out back then to look as cool and enticing as a creative who wants to land the job. It does the job yeah? It makes the impression. Then again, the only place this baby went to was the panel that judged it and put it on the top 10 portfolios.
Oh and if it means anything, I actually look like the character especially the eyebrows, I guess LOL. And hey, when I went in front of the panel, I was wearing the same costume. Blue polo top with black slacks which kind of made them laugh and favor my sense of branding.
Either way, this resume’s outdated and it’s about time to reassess myself. I’m on my way to make myself a new creative resume.
Recently got work order to design for the two rockstars in the industry – Basti Artadi of Wolfgang and Tirso Ripoll of Razorback. Both belong to different bands, but smashed heads to host one podcast. Now the podcast, Tropical Banter, needs a logo.
It’s quite a dilemma if you think about it. The name containes two contrasting words. Tropical which somehow embeds the thought of vacation and relaxation, and Banter which connotes a playful and loud exchange of remarks.
A grumpy ent/treant approach.
An ent is that tree in common folklore with, more often than not, a bad attitude. Think Lord of the Rings. The ent denotes a natural feel, but at the same time, attitude.
The first idea was to do a wooden mug that carried some juice, maybe a coconut texture, and a mini umbrella.
Next, I thought ‘rockstar’ and immediately had the concept of having an ent guitar. The guitar to signify a rockstar might be a cliche thought but that’s where the initiative of the designer comes in to put in that aspect which defines it above the rest. This won’t be the usual logo I come up with. Coming from a point of view that it should be simple enough to be memorable, I may have to break some boundaries.
As seen, the detail is broken down mainly by taking out the outlines. More of contrast between the base color and the highlights, which then define the details of the guitar.
This proposal seemed fine but it’s not that recognizable to be an ent guitar, unless you take out the name.
Remedy? Add the whole neck. It should look more of a guitar. Then again, it’s more horizontally oriented than how usual logos are, not to mention the empty space on the neck part. That’s where the name comes in to balance things out.
Lastly, I took a step further and added color. Mainly deals with 4 colors if you include black and white. Other than that, it’s crimson and cream that go side by side to add detail to the surface of the logo when rendered in full color.
It may not be a usual style. I can honestly say I went out of my comfort zone and broke the norms in terms of my train of thought towards how I do logos. Nevertheless, what’s important here is the client and how they should be able to relate well with something that would represent them and their business.
Tropical Banter plays every Tuesday at 6:00PM (18:00) +8GMT under the BattleAxe Network
I am a big fan of TED. I watch a lot of its talks online and it’s only recently that I realized that a TEDxManila will be held – TEDxDiliman to be exact!
The TEDx are events being held on a local scale and on October 8, 2011, it will be held in UP Diliman with the theme: How Art and Culture Can Change Our World.
One artist recently put it to us that “Hope starts when people work on changing how we think. This is why art is important. Art is the expression of the ideas and aspirations of people, and they form the foundation of culture.”
Confirmed speakers for this event are:
Glecy Cruz Atienza Nina Lim-Yuson Rico Gutierrez Auraeus Solito Lourd de Veyra Noel Cabangon Fernando Sena Patricia Evangelista Roby Alampay Bogie Ruiz
As we know it, the event is invite-only. Excited because yes, I fortunately was given an invite :)
Definitely excited. This theme is very much suited for the likes of me, as well as you reading this blog.