Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Campus Map Project

Last Thursday I started the concepts for a new project. I've been contracted by UI Auxiliary Services to produce a map of campus that highlights locations specific to three departments. For the concept phase, I was given only two guidelines: It needs to be accurate and fun.

These are the concepts I presented today. The first, based on highway signage, was a way to present the graphic information in a simple, non-threatening (familiar) manner. I started with the idea of silhouettes or icons and that morphed into the highway concept.

The second is meant to be more illustrative (almost comic book-like). In an ironic twist, it's now an effort for me to make my illustrations look hand-drawn using the tablet. I have to purposefully let mistakes alone. I have some pretty exacting aesthetics, so that's a challenge.

The third concept is a parody of the CandyLand board game. I decided to build the last two concepts around more "retro" elements, and CandyLand is a game I played and loved as a kid, so I assumed it might pluck at the nostalgic strings of many students. Though I think I was able to emulate the look and feel of the original board game, ultimately I think this particular concept is a bit of an eyesore.

Finally, continuing with the retro theme, I decided to use NES games as the inspiration for the final concept. The result looks to me like a mix between Super Mario Brothers and Kickle's Cubicle. I lobbied for this option, but the illustrative concept was eventually chosen. I'm pretty happy with that, though.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Dear Mr. Spammer (and everyone else)...

Howdy. In the interest of full disclosure, I have now enabled the comment moderation function on this blog. Basically, I'll be reviewing every comment before they post. No need to worry: I'll be rubber stamping every comment with the exception of those that include links to porn sites. There's been a bit of a back and forth lately with me and some person who insists on piggybacking lascivious links in the comments section here. So here's the result. Dear Mr. (or Ms.) spammer: In the words of Madam Mim, "I win, I win!".