December 8, 2013


In helping determine our design layout, we used objects on a page and arranged them in different ways to experiment with solving design either along a grid, or by breaking the grid. I constrained myself here to using only the shapes that we were given in the original document, and looked to find interesting positive and negative shapes, thinking that text or images could potentially occupy either the black or the white space:


December 2, 2013


This has certainly not gotten as much attention as I’d like, but I’ve at least changed my direction to use two different letters from my Logo design; G and C for Global and Coral, rather than R and C for Coral and Reef. Here are the first two versions….a late night pass to be sure, but at least a jumping off point:

G-C-Font-Studies_02 G-C-Font-Studies_03

November 17, 2013


Moving on from the line studies are the Font Studies. The idea is to use the two most important letters in our logo design and integrate them into a frame. Then those same letters should be distilled in a second frame, and finally the third and fourth studies should use various forms of the letters to create further abstracted designs.



November 14, 2013


The fifth series of studies are the Line Studies. I initially was really hoping to do these exclusively with a Wacom tablet, however I discovered a few distort tools which yielded some interesting results, particularly the width tool and the bloat tool…the width tool in particular being pretty fun and a more technical way to play with lines. And of course, I worked a bit with the pathfinder to play with shapes and positive and negative relationships. Here are the results:



November 2, 2013


The fourth series of studies are a combination of rectangle and circle, with still fewer limitations than the last series of studies. Alterations to the shapes (ellipses, parallelograms) are allowed, as is breaking the frame, gradients, and using any value between black and white. Here are my five:


October 29, 2013


The third in our series of studies are the Circle Studies. I did six, since I felt 2 and 5 were too similar. I actually would like to work a bit more with 6 to get a better result; I think I’ll come back to it once I’ve finished Rectangle/Circle and Line Studies.



October 15, 2013


Our next study in form is the rectangle study; far fewer limitations….a much bigger challenge when there are so few constraints compared to the 5 square study!

To that end, I’ve only come up with 4 examples of a rectangle study so far….didn’t really want to force a fifth until I could come up with a “theme” on which to base it. Here is what I’ve got so far…..

Rectangle Studies_2

The first study came from an idea of making something that looked organic and chaotic from repeated pattern. I wanted to create a group of randomly sized and placed rectangles, but then repeat and rescale the random group into a pattern that evolved and layered into something new. A bird’s nest was one thing that came to mind, (maybe that will be my fifth study!), but this just naturally came as the shape of a tree.

Rectangle Studies_2

The next study was meant to be something quick and inspired by my next digital imaging project….a planar abstract study which could have a couple of interperetations. Depending on how you look at it, it’s either a portrait or a house cutaway…or anything else you might see.

Rectangle Studies_2c

For the third image, I started just playing with very symmetrical, simple patterns. In my career as a camera person, I’ve spent a lot of time looking at siemens stars and various focus charts, a daily tool we use to keep our cameras functioning at the top of their performance as well as making sure our focus marks will result in sharp dailies. While this is by no means as detailed or “correct” a pattern that a focus chart requires, I liked the simplicity and symmetry here.

Rectangle Studies_2d

The fourth image was actually something I’d already had in mind for the rectangle study…I’ve always loved the dichotomy of the organic and the linear that sand dune fence presents on a beachscape. Growing up on the beach I’ve always found these to present innumerably beautiful and graphic patterns.

Rectangle Studies_2b

September 2013


Our first study in basics is a five square study. To place 5 squares of equal size into a frame in a composition that will elicit any of a full range of emotions and responses. The squares cannot touch, except tangentially. After working on my first pass, I realized I could work on the rest together as a series of artboards. So after completing the first, I worked on the next for in the series on individual artboards within the same document. Here is what I have so far:

The first design:

5 Square Design Study_02_v5

5 Square Design Study_02_v5

The next four which I consolidated into the same document on 4 separate artboards. I wanted to look at them together so I could try to achieve a different feel for each and not get boxed in (no pun intended!) to a particular theme…

5 Square Design Study_07_v5

5 Square Design Study_07_v55 Square Design Study_07_v5b 5 Square Design Study_07_v5c 5 Square Design Study_07_v5d


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