HELLO THERE! I have been a busy bee, but I have also had time to do some more design work to add to my portfolio and thought I’d share! This isn’t any client work, just stuff for fun, (ps I’m available to hire, see my portfolio above and contact through the site) and I really enjoy sharing the work that I do on here so I thought I’d give another update of the projects I’ve been working on on the side!
This is a logotype/masthead and brand identity (a partial job, as I have more I want to work on with it but won’t have time until mid-summer) that I worked on for a fictional young women’s magazine called, dóttir. After researching a lot for my Further Learning series about language, I became obsessed with the Icelandic spelling for their word for daughter. It just looked so concise and interesting, and I decided to play around with it.
I wanted it to be young and kind of indie feeling, a similar vibe to several Instagram accounts I follow. So with the color palette chosen (warm tones with a touch of blue, which is a common palette to many of the images that I was aiming to find), I created a mood board of images that emulated the style and feeling I was going for.
In addition to the logo and color palette, I did a couple of mock covers to go along with them. There’s a few typography issues (like the Ts and Fs not being entirely readable with the main typeface when small) that I’ll work out. But for now, I’m very happy with the look. In the future, I’d love to go further with some sample spreads and other material, like a website and social media touches.
I’d wanted to do a couple of logos, not for anything specific, but just a few to add to my portfolio as I haven’t done as many as I’d like to display. So, I chose a random word and went from there. This isn’t a logo for anything specific, but I wanted it to be playful and colorful. I had the idea, after choosing the colors, to make it a double word logotype with DRIP above it. I think Drip Drop would be a cute type of ice cream and the colors reminded me of an old fashioned ice cream shoppe (WITH TWO Ps AND AN E). I decided to leave it for now, but would love to play around with it in the future.
Recently, I did a few new book covers as well. I wanted to work with more photos incorporated into the design as well as doing more fantasy. I already posted about doing the cover for the made-up book In the Dark Woods here, but I haven’t mentioned the one I did for James Lasdun’s The Horned Man, which is a real book. I found this old photograph and immediately thought of that book. It’s a strange thriller that kind of winds into madness as the main character does, so it fit perfectly.
I’ve been working on a calendar for a while (potentially for a future online shop that I don’t know when or if it will happen) and decided to start posting them on Instagram with each month this year. Here are the first five months, and I posted the full calendar page of January in my last post of recent designs. It’s really a fun project. I already have September and October (which is my favorite) finished, but none of the rest. I really just want to post October’s though, it’s so cool.
Anyway, that’s all for now, folks!