Just had to share the current exhibit "Going Places" at Norton Museum in West Palm Beach. Although the exhibit focuses on the art of 20th-century transportation design, I was impressed with the enormous collection of original illustrations of automobile concepts chronicling the development and design of cars of the 1950s-1960s and the advertising that ensued.
Air brush and gouache watercolor in perfect detail! Having wielded the air brush in art school, I have immense appreciation for the ultra smooth finish that can be applied with that instrument. Can be applied...with great patience, a steady hand and expertise!
Just attended a fascinating show in Delray Beach titled "Reimagined" at the Cornell Museum of Art. To be honest, I could have spent an entire day absorbing all the wonderful expresssions of these 10 artists. Each had their own way of using found objects, unique materials or unusual collections to create visual masterpieces.
It was a busy summer this year. I made four road trips to New Jersey and Ohio, Virginia, Connecticut and again to Ohio through Tennessee. Having lived in New Jersey for 28 years, I knew it was one of the very few states where one does NOT pump their own gas. Not that one ever got much "service" other than getting their gas pumped. Gone are the days when attendants would wash your windshield or ask to check your oil.
While pumping away on a highway stop, I took a moment to look at the pumps, littered with colorful labels that the station owner just continues to sticker wherever possible, and stopped to think, we are so bombarded with messages some...
Branding has come a long way. Today, we as designers can be quick to assign meaning to such simple shapes and colors. In a way, it is our wizardry that can create a lasting memory that simply did not exist before our designs are published and linked to a company, organization or brand. My latest work revolved around a company that wanted to use a bee in their logo. They suggested I search "bee" and "Napoleon."
What a rich history!
"Due to its industrious habits the bee has come to symbolise hard work, diligence, industriousness and orderliness. Because it is also the producer of honey, the bee also symbolises sweetness and benevolence."
Okay, can I just say up front, I only eat at KFC about once a year. It does not win any awards for being healthy but every now and then I like to visit my childhood memories. A bucket of KFC after our evening church service in Ohio was a mighty fine finish to a weekend. And then there was the time my mother decided we would have Easter lunch at the beach with a bucket of KFC. Gotta love spontaneity.
On a recent drive from the north, hubby and I stopped off at a KFC near Daytona, FL. Hello! Interiors were updated, fresh and modern. Wall graphics combined the history of KFC with subtle marketing messages. They were both graphically appealing and...
I suppose I should have started this blog about 25 years ago and saved my family all the grief of hearing me drone on about my visual impressions regarding signage, color, lighting, placement or some detail that would have made the presence of an image stronger.
Now I have a place to call my own.
This sign caught my eye at a Cuban restaurant on Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. It was a rainy day and as the only seats we saw were the 10 or so bar stools on the street under a small canopy, we parked in the back in one of the few spots, hoping there were a few tables inside. Not so. I loved the way this sign appeared, apparently hung on...