Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I have always loved the Chick-Fil-A advertisements. The idea of using cows to encourage people to eat chicken instead of beef is a brilliant concept. Chick-Fil-A is a unique fast food chain because they only serve chicken, so this concept is a way to emphasize that difference. I also love that they have mis-spelled the message because it reflects the purposefully mis-spelled company name Chick-fil-A.
I found this image on accident while surfing the web. I thought it was entertaining but it also says something about the product. The image is of the top of a wedding cake with a hole in the top and the groom figurine bent down grabbing for the brides hand. The text is a good size, not overwhelming the picture and the image of the Slim-Fast product is in the corner appropriately. The ad directs the viewers eye well by having you look at the image of the wedding cake first, then the text at the bottom of the page, then the product at the right.
This album cover has always stuck out in my mind as the classic Beatles image. It shows the Beatles in the center dressed in different colored marching band outfits holding different marching band instruments. In the background there is a crowd of famous people including Marilyn Monroe, Bob Dylan, and Edgar Allan Poe. I think maybe these people represent the world and how great an impact it has made on the Beatles' music.
Although I have never read this book, I do own it and I am always seeing it lying around my house. The cover is very colorful and fun with the image of two girls playing leap frog. I don't know exactly what the book is about, but the cover tells me that it is set in maybe the 50's because of the style of clothing the girls are wearing. I also would guess that the story is kind of like a flashback as the image of the girls is faded with high contrast like an old photo would be. This cover design has always made me want to pick up the book and read it.
I love the book cover for The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The green color dominates the cover and there is a small picture of someones legs in the top right corner. I think this layout really defines the book as the main character is a misfit. The odd placement of the picture represents this. The fact that the picture is only of a persons legs I think shows a bit of mystery, because through out the entire story the main character is writing to a person who he does not know. This is one of my favorite books and I recommend it to anyone who is a bit of a wallflower.
**Please excuse the annoying arrow as I am downloading these pictures from Amazon.com
Although we are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, I think a small part of us always does. This is the cover of The Devil Wears Prada. The image displayed hear of the red stiletto heel in the shape of a pitch fork has always stuck in my mind. It is very representative of the story, which is about a girl who starst working for a fashion magazine and her boss turns out to be completely evil. The title also reflects this with the "V" in Devil resembles the end of the pitch fork.
The Harry Potter book covers I think are a good representation of media design. These book covers each display a scene from the book that they are covering. What I like about each scene that is shown is that they all have a bit of mystery to it, so that you don't know exactly what is going on. In this particular one, you could probably recognize the characters if you had read the previous books but you may not know exactly what they are doing. This sense of mystery plays into the general theme of the books which is that they all are mysteries within one big adventure. I also think that the fonts used on the book titles are a good choice because they are whimsical which reflects the magic in the Harry Potter stories.
I love the Apple ads for their iPods and iPhones. This ad for the new iPod nano is very simplistic, as all of them are, with a plain white back ground and a simple text above the picture. The ad shows the different color options of the iPod as well as different artists and videos that they have displayed on the screens. I think these Apple product ads are effective because they put all the focus of the viewer on the product itself as if saying the product doesnt need anything else to sell it; and it doesn't.
This is an image of the music artist Mika's album cover. The title of this album is Life in Cartoon Motion, which is reflected in the colorful cartoon design of the cover. Mika's music is flambuoyant, creative and fun just like this design. He uses cartoon images of different colored gears and lots of clouds that I think are representing his imagination and creativity that he incorporates into a lot of his songs. The album cover also includes a small picture of Mika, which to me shows that he is of lesser importance than the music he produces.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Just recently bamboo flooring has grown more popular. There have been new improvements in technology to make the bamboo smooth like normal wood floors. The best part about bamboo floors is that it is sustainable. Because bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world, it is a renewable resource.
The shelves holding the products are also backlit to put focus on what they are selling. The flooring shown here is made of limestone with squares of sandstone used to give it more interest.
This is the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio and it was Zaha Hadid's first commission in the US. The design is much different from the first two I displayed. It is very geometric with the squares protruding off the building compared to the organic shapes of the web-like designs. I like the color she used here with one black cube and all the rest in a gray color.
This is a wallpaper she has designed with a leaf motif in shades of cool colors.
This was my favorite wallpaper I found. It is a color combination that I have never seen with the pink in the background and the cream of the bamboo leaves and then the dark red of the leavs in the foreground.
In product design, Mayer has another obsession: heat sensitive materials. The product depicted here is a bed sheet that turns white when it gets warm. Although I see no practical reasoning behind this product, it would still be fun to play around with.
This design focuses on the Bisazza mosaics on the walls and floor. Novembre uses a geometric pattern on the floors and then continues it up a curved wall in a smaller sized pattern. I like that the curves in the floor pattern mimic the curves of the walls.
This is a Stuart Weitzman store in Rome. The whole store is designed around a ribbon theme that is used on the walls, the ceiling, the floors, the seating and also the shelving holding the shoes. He uses a neutral color palette that helps to make the ribbon concept less shocking.
I loved this chair design with its fin-shaped back. He creates a "u" shape with the seat and then mirrors it with the arm rests. I also love that it is sitting on only three legs because it gives the chair a more modern feel.
This buffet table to me looks like upside-down reeds sticking out of the water. I love how the wood pieces create a zigzag on the floor and also on the opposite way where they meet the glass.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
This classic Finnish home was designed by Kaisa Blomstedt. The clean lines and simplistic look is ideal for Finnish design. Blomstedt uses large windows taking up one whole wall and white stucco that gives this home a clean, modern look.
Finnish glassware is famous around the world for unique shapes and classic designs. This particular vase was designed Alvar Aalto, a famous Finnish designer, in the 1930's.
This is a photo of a typical street in Barcelona, Spain. Within the city it appears that the car is not dominating, but rather the pedestrian. A normal car would not be able to fit down this street. This is something you would never see in an American city. You can also see some examples of Spanish design trends such as the plants on the balconies and the wrought iron accents as well as some tile work.