Recent Design Projects

Hi! So I’ve been trying to do more design work outside of work like I talked about in this post. I’ve been really enjoying just designing and creating some digital art just for the hell of it. Here’s some stuff that I’ve been working on:

So, I’ve been working on alternate book covers for some of my favorite books to put up on my portfolio because designing book covers for self-published authors or for publishing houses is something that I want to do. I’ve been working on a few more but I have finished one that I’m in love with, and that’s an alternate cover for the book Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. It’s about Agnes Magnusdottir, the last woman to be executed for murder in the early 1800s Iceland. I’d wanted to feature the setting and tone of the book, using the imagery of vultures circling the farm house in which Agnes was forced to stay before her execution date, signifying her impending death.

This trio was simply doing an exercise. I just needed a refresher and some practice with layers and effects, and especially wanted to work out how to do a metallic effect. It’s not perfect here, but I like how these three image turned out.

I saw a tweet about Mary Shelley, saying how she was both a cool gothic teen and a revolutionary author who invented a genre with Frankenstein. I thought, Yeah that’s right, she’s my homegirl. Then, I thought about the “Mary is my Homegirl” t-shirt with the Virgin Mary on it. These two things merged in my brain for a second. I laughed out lout. Mary Shelley is my Homegirl. And I really, truly, desperately wanted a shirt with that on it. But none had been created yet. I was upset but only for a moment because I realized — UH, I COULD MAKE ONE? So I did and she’s amazing and I gave her a little skull necklace. It’s my first, like, illustrative design so it’s not perfect but I’m really proud of her anyway.

If you happen to be as weird as I and love this little design I made, I have the shirt up on Redbubble for myself to order and I’m just going to keep it there for anyone else who likes it.

I’ve been toying with the idea of an online shop for a while, so I’ve been slowly trying to build a social media presence and designing products that I want to sell. I have a whole big plan and everything, but I’ve just been working on some pieces casually for now. One such pieces is a calendar that I’m real excited about. So far, a few months have been completed but I recently finished “January” and I love it.

And lastly, I played with animation for the first time in a LONG time. I took an animation/motion graphics class in design school, but never really bothered with it since. But as I was working on the calendar’s page for “February,” I started to like the way I was maniplating some of the shapes and thought, “Woah, this would be cool if I saved each change as an image and animated it frame by frame.” So I did and it’s not, like, the coolest thing in the world as I’d imagined (lol) but I still think it’s neat. I think I’ll try to do more of it because it was a lot of fun. I’d love to be able to work out more complicated ones. Anyway, here’s a short clip. (Literally like two seconds lol.)

And that’s it! These are all the little projects I’ve been working on outside of work and thought I’d share!


Design: Favorites – Motion Graphics

Motion graphics is a medium I learned about and started to enjoy the same semester I started this blog. During my motion graphics class, I learned a ton about how to create graphics and design with the thought process of movement, pre-planning how the graphic would move in a space and in relation to other elements. Not only movement but color, size, other effects. It’s a really great medium that I sort of became obsessed with during the time of the class

Recently I’ve fallen in love with two YouTube channels that use motion graphics often within their intros and throughout their videos. The first is Ana Marta’s channel, a design student from Portugal who just moved to London for a year to study. Her style is incredible and the graphics she creates for her videos are minimal and cute. They really make her videos unique.

Here are two of her videos. One where she packs up all her stuff to move to London:

And another showing her traveling to and arriving there:

On a similar note, the New Age Creators channel has become my new source of inspiration and, as I said in my monthly selections post, it’s become one of my new favorite channels. Ana Marta happens to be one of the weekly contributors to the channel, and I suspect designed the logo and motion graphics for this channel—but who knows, they’re all immensely talented.

Both are incredible channels and I advise you to check them out—seriously great content. I’m sure there’s a ton more that I could give, but I’ve only recently dived into motion graphics, noticing it more and taking an interest in it. These two are just a my favorite at the moment.

That’s all for now!