Creative Content

When it comes to creative content, I produce mostly design related to things like brand identity (logos, business cards etc), Photo compositions, typography based pieces, packaging, invitations and some photography. I have worked on interactive design projects during my graphic design course but it is not something I have done outside of it (i.e as freelance work).

The good thing about the majority of the work I create is that there as a variety of ways in which this content can be kept. For example, all the files I use from research, scanned sketches, developmental work, working files (psd, ai etc) and finals are all kept in folders that are related to the subject so I can search for it easily if need be. These files are saved in multiple locations like on my computer, on a hard drive and I have in the past burnt everything I have onto disc and labelled it with a date for smarter archiving in case computer or hard drive fail.

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 I also think that a good way to keep my work alive is by printing it and having a physical version of it either hang up some where or kept in a folder with other printed works to show future employees my progression as an artist and also for me to see how my style may have changed over the years. Because I have created designs that have been printed on to apparel, that is another way my work can be kept even if I am to lose the files related to it.

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Having my online portfolio is another way I can store my work and resort back to if anything happens to my storage devices. Because I am in control of my online folio, I can decide whether or not I want it deleted for good and if something is outdated it is my choice on how long I keep certain files up on the site or if I want to change some work, I can because I have the original working files stored away safely and can access them if need be.

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Remix

I believe that remix is a huge part of graphic design. When using a program like Photoshop or Illustrator, using a number of different source materials (stock images, vectors, brushes, fonts, etc) to create one final piece of work I believe is a type of remix. These days I am noticing a trend where iconic images of celebrities, political figures and famous pieces of art and being ‘remixed’ with graphic designers adding their own creativity to the image and creating a juxtaposed image, most of the time in a fun, playful manner. For example, Marilyn Monroe is a part of pop culture and her face is regarded as one of the most beautiful faces in Hollywood, and nowadays she is being remixed in various ways in a lot of posters, street art, internet memes and even printed on clothing.

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“In music, sampling is the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a sound recording in a different song or piece”.

Another form of remix is in the music industry. Because I am a big hip hop fan, over the years my taste in music has expanded due to listening to hip hop and r&b music and then reading the credits of those songs and finding the original song that was sampled. My taste in music now ranges from rap and r&b to funk, soul, jazz, disco and a little bit of pop, electronic and rock. My appreciation and respect for musicians and bands who play real instruments has grown and I am now finding myself searching Youtube for some old school funk and soul music because some of the music these days is average at best and has no real talent to it, it is more just somebody learning how to use a music program.
Here is one of my favourite rap songs with one of my favourite sample. (Warren G’s Regulate from 1994 sampling Michael McDonard’s I Keep Forgetting (1982)

 

Yes I do remix to create my own work. I think that researching and creating mood boards is a good way to get your creative juices flowing and using that as inspiration. Where as some people don’t believe in doing research because they think that they will find something they like and pretty much just copy that without any of their own ideas and creativity.

When I created my designer toolkit poster in the style of Porsche Racing posters from the 1960’s I researched those posters to see the colours, lines, fonts and image treatments that were used so that I could take those design elements and apply them to my poster with my own spin on them.

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1960s Porsche Racing poster                  My Designers Toolkit poster

Collaborations

In graphic design, I think collaborations are a very smart and interesting way to create a piece of art. For example, I am not good at hand drawing, with pencil and paper but I think I have skills in creating artwork digitally. So if I were to collaborate with a person who is amazing at drawing, I can take there drawing and scan it and work on it in Photoshop or Illustrator adding my own flavour and various elements to the drawing and creating something that is unique and original. Sort of like a best of both worlds piece of work.

Designers and Artists that Collaborate

When I read the question about people who have collaborated for change one of the first things that crossed my mind was in that 2013 Reebok collaborated with The Keith Haring Foundation and released a collection of sneakers that used a range of art by Keith Haring.

“In the early ’80s, Haring burst on to the contemporary art scene, soon becoming one of the world’s most influential, controversial and revered artists. Creative spirit and cultural influence provide a synergy between Reebok and Haring’s work, making the combination of his most recognized art and Reebok’s most celebrated models a natural fit.”

Keith Haring started his foundation in 1989, with its mission being to assist non-profit organizations which provide educational opportunities to underprivileged children, as well as organizations involved in research and care related to AIDS and HIV. Reebok working with the Keith Haring Foundation is a good way for people who are into sneakers and street wear but not into art, to become aware of artists they have not heard of and to learn about some art history and how their creativity and work was an inspiration to others.

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I think that the collaboration between Reebok and Keith Haring is something that a lot of people would associate with me because I am a big fan of sneakers (sneakerhead) and last year during our cultural studies subject we learnt about art history, I took an interested in such artists as Keith Haring and jean Michel Basquiat and over the last year have bought cards and posters with their work on them.

Different Cultures

Both my parents are Turkish Cypriots and arrived in Australia in the 1970’s (Dad in 1973 and Mum in 1974) My mum came with all her siblings, parents and some cousins where as my dad came with one sister. My parents met each other here in Australia and got married in 1975.
Like most first generation Australians, food has been the biggest part of my awareness to Turkish culture. But growing up I was also exposed to other things related to our culture by the way we were raised, celebrating Islamic holidays, going to Turkish gatherings and also having furniture, art and other household items sent from relatives from overseas. Turkish rugs, plates and cups, books, art and even music have played a part in my life because all of my relatives in Australia have similar décor in their homes.

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The patterns used are mainly geometric, abstract designs which are duplicated and arranged in intricate combinations.
Recently I have been told that a lot of my work has the use of triangular shapes and geometric patterns. I guess all the Turkish related patterns and designs I saw growing up is sub-consciously slipping into my design work.

Designer similar to me

A designer I came across back in 2008 is a man named Mike Orduna a.k.a Fatoe.
I grew up in the 90s and the two things I got into as a kid (and still am into) are basketball and hip hop. Fatoe has a lot of work that uses hip hop artists or basketball players and creates posters using paint splatters, drawn lines and ink.
I like them because they are a bit messy and have a raw feel to them which also reminds me a bit of street art/stencil art but in a digital way.
I have created a series of posters using musicians who have passed away with a similar style to Fatoe.

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My Jimi Hendrix Poster                                                                 Jay Z poster by Fatoe

Design History of Google Search

Google Search is a search engine owned by Google Inc. Google Search is the most used search engine on the internet having more than three billion searches each day. Google search was developed by by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1997 and launched on September 15 1997. Over the years the design of Google search has changed numerous times with features being added as technology has improved.

Here is a quick timeline of Google and its changes throught the last 15+years.
In 1998, Google was very cluttered. It has a very 90’s look to it with boxes and the blue hyperlinks. It had a ‘Stanford Search’ because it it started as a researsch project at Stanford University. Also, on the front-page you could subscribe to the Google Friends newsletter.

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In 1999 they got rid of all the clutter and just focused on being a search engine.
In 2000 Google added a language box, and also offered jobs and an About page highlighted with blue bullets which moved the logo (which is changed to the font we now know Google for) off center to the left.
In 2002 they introduced blue tabs on top of the search box. The index was placed on the bottom of the page, and the 3 links to the right side the search box. I think this layout was busy, had too much going on because of the different links and their sizes.

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In 2004 Google got rid of its tabs on top of the search box making the page simpler again. They now had a list of links (Web, Images, Groups, News).
Since the beginning of Google, it had always had the navigation above the search box, but in 2007 they moved the navigation from above the search box to the top-left of the page.

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In 2009, the Google search box and buttons got bigger, with more spacing in-between the buttons with auto-completion of search queries when you begin typing a word in the search. The search settings link was moved to the top
In late 2009, Google changed to a completely clutter-free homepage showing only the logo, search box and two search buttons. All the other links only fade in after you move your mouse. Now it was very minimal and easy to look at.

2009

In June 2011, Google turns their top navigation bar dark. When using Google’s Chrome browser, you’ll also spot a microphone icon which, when clicked, allows you to speak your search keywords
In November 2013, Google started testing yellow labels for advertisements displayed in search results, to improve user experience.

Google Logo

g1Original Google logo in Baskerville Bold from September–October 1998

g2The Google! logo used from October 1998-May 1999

g3The Google logo from May 31, 1999 to May 5, 2010.

g4The Google logo from May 6, 2010 to September 18, 2013.

g5The current Google logo was launched on September 19, 2013.

Google Doodles

Google doodles are when the Google logo is changed into a creative version, it can be a picture, drawing or animation that includes the logo. It is usually done on a special day or event like Christmas, Historical events or birthdays of famous people. The first Google doodle was for the Burning Man Festival in 1998. Also as of late they have had interactive versions for Pac-Man that can be played on the homepage.

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