Packaging for Lavazza coffee.

I was looking at Italian design for inspiration, since this coffee is from Italy. The 3D look in Franco Grignani’s work excited me so I experimented with the 3D tools on Illustrator.

I also enjoyed creating the big bold titles out of shapes, instead of relying on existing fonts. I especially like the O and the C in ‘Mocha’, and the sense of movement in ‘Espresso’.

Three frames out of a film title sequence storyboard we did at TAFE. I chose Lost in Translation as my movie! This is meant to be the bottom of the pool at the hotel the story takes place in.

I decided to hand draw the lines and type to create the feeling of water moving. There is a subtle texture to make the colour less flat. Compiled in Illustrator.

Two magazine layouts I made for an assignment. Our teacher encouraged us to experiment with grids to create structure, so this one is based on 4 columns and 3 rows per page.

I really like the combination of fonts. I increased the tracking for Helvetica light and used all caps, I think it looks crisp and balances Baskerville well.

For the contents page I looked at Monocle magazine for inspiration.

“Wes Wilson is a Leonardo-haired philosophy dropout from San Francisco State who is willing to admit he has taken at least six trips, ‘before it was illegal, of course.’”
We did research on famous graphic designers, and I got allocated Wes Wilson, the father of the 60’s psychedelic movement. Then we had to design a poster in the style of our designer. I was inspired by Wes Wilson’s use of complementary colours and flowing, nearly illegible type. I listened to Jefferson Airplane and had fun drawing the letters. I wish I could visit the year 1966 now…

“Wes Wilson is a Leonardo-haired philosophy dropout from San Francisco State who is willing to admit he has taken at least six trips, ‘before it was illegal, of course.’”

We did research on famous graphic designers, and I got allocated Wes Wilson, the father of the 60’s psychedelic movement. Then we had to design a poster in the style of our designer. I was inspired by Wes Wilson’s use of complementary colours and flowing, nearly illegible type. I listened to Jefferson Airplane and had fun drawing the letters. I wish I could visit the year 1966 now…

This is a funny story.

I work at an online shop, fulfilling our customers’ orders. Last month I spotted an unusual request in the message field of one of the orders. "Can the order please come with a picture of a mermaid riding a unicorn?"

So I drew the picture and sent it with the order. (While questioning whether a mermaid should be riding a sea-unicorn since normal unicorns live on land. But, the customer is always right…)

The customer shared my drawing on Facebook, which caused another person to request another unicorn… I was getting tired of unicorns, so I added a little note saying I prefer drawing cats. After that one was also shared on Facebook, there was a day of four or five requests of cats and one centaur lady.

A thing that started as a little joke lead into my first commissioned painting, a unicorn for a friend of a friend who, apparently, loves unicorns. It’s good to go along with silly things I guess. You might end up in interesting situations!