I thought it’s still early to write about Halloween…but it turned out to be that it’s even too late! Submission to most of Halloween design contests have been stopped today at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time…sad as it is, but Halloween is not the end of the world and many other contests are waiting for your creative works.
Some contests are still active, we tried to prepare a brief info below…
In the earlier post DesignFloat has prepared the amazing collection of 31 Russian websites for inspiration, today we decided to pay our attention to the websites of British designers, illustrators, photographers. My first impression was, the websites are very simple ans minimalistic, I thought this would change once I review more websites, more portfolios, but no, it didn’t… No bright screaming colors, no shock, no excitement, just a pure simplicity and clarity. For me it was some kind of a relief and revelation, like a fresh air in the smoked room, like a glass of cold water in summer.
Online portfolio of UK designer and illustrator Mike Harrison
Evgeny Kiselev is a young Russian illustrator whose amazing website we have chosen among others for one of the previous posts- 31 Russian websites that can inspire you.В HeвЂ™s a 28 years old handsome young designer living in St. Petersburg and inspired by India and nature. He agreed to answer several questions from DesignFloat that we hope you will find interesting. To keep long story short letвЂ™s go ahead to the interview
How did you get into illustration design?
Some time ago I was working in design studio of a small entertaining magazine and once in a month I had to prepare bright and interesting images both for the cover and pages. This is when the idea of creating collage- based photos came to my mind and I started working on a tablet…
|I feel soo excited and I feel sooo good! IвЂ™ve just saved and adopted an alien! HereвЂ™s my cute little angel, so lovely, so sweet!|
Saveanalien is a wonderful project anyone can enjoy, it makes you stupidly smile into your monitor and play with your alien, you can’t imagine what a feeling it is! ItвЂ™s like your own baby and you want to take care about him.
Social networks have stolen part of our life in a good sense. In the office and at home we stumble, float, digg the websites and pages that we like, we share them with our family, friends and ?olleagues. Website developers are trying to push their websites into this community in order to get more visitors, more readers, more clients. On every other website now that is not keeping to the old traditions of marketing you will find the icons of the most popular social networks. ItвЂ™s obvious that the more people like your website the higher is the possibility they will share it with community, vote for it and leave a review. So why not surprise your website visitors even a bit more with the cool social icon. There was a buzz recently about lots of nice free icon sets available for web designer and web developers and we decided to bring the most popular of them into one place on Design Float. Enjoy it and let us know if you have something to add to this collection!
Designers, illustrators, photographers, artists aim to stand out from the crowd with works they create but how they approach the development of their own website and especially their portfolio? Thinking about hundreds of websites that I see daily I canвЂ™t remember many that impressed me with their portfolios, I mean not with their works in portfolio but with portfolio as a separate organism itself.
About 90% of the people on this Earth watch the Olympic games, something like a mass psychosis. IвЂ™m not much of a sports fan but IвЂ™m interested in all related to design so… Does anyone remember the logos of Olympic games, either in 1956 or in 2008? The distinctive feature of these logos- basically all of them have the same elements: Olympic rings, year, city and some specific symbol that is supposed to reflect the city, the country and its traditions.
Frankly speaking there are just a few Olympic logos that I like and none of them were designed in the last 20 years.В So what’s the reason? Is it my personal perception and bad taste or logos are really amatourish? Olympic games is a huge event and though lots of money is spent on the logo design I have the feeling that logo developers and International Olympic Committee are the only one who know what was the idea to follow when designing a logo. I understand the lack of technology in the earlier years and the lack of social researches but what about now?
All of us might have seen the romantic film WALL-E- the simple love store story of the maintenance robot WALL- E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class) the last one on the planet cleaning the earth from garbage and EVE (Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator), a sleek, ergonomically advanced robotic probe whose main function is to locate plant life in order to determine whether the Earth is capable of supporting human life.
The director and screenwriter of this film is the famous Andrew Stanton (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille and the sound designer is the extraordinaire Ben Burtt (Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark). These two men have been responsible for some of the most loved creations in cinematic history including R2-D2, Nemo, Buzz Lightyear and Indiana Jones’ crack of the whip.
Bright decorations, dynamic and tough graphics, unexpected lightning, the great feeling of color and peculiar humor- all this is expressed in just 4 letters- “Mi-Zo”. In the amazing images created by Tokyo-based duo Mi-ZoВ protography combines with graphics and collage technic. Japanese lady Minori MurakamiВ has a diploma of Los Angeles Otis College of Art and Design while the Germain photographer Zoren Gold has studied the art himself.
They met occasionally in Los Angeles in 2000 and 2 years after that they moved to Tokyo where they create their works of art till now. Their special style became recognized after design of a music disk for the popular Japanese singer Ua. The first book of the Mi-Zo (“Object that Dreams”) was published in 2006 on Japanese and German. Among the clients of Mi-Zo we can noteВ Canon, Dreamworks, Elle, EMI, Honda, Neo2, Nylon, Qvest,В Sony Music, Style & The Family Tunes, Warner Bros.
You can find the fill collection of Mi-Zo works on their website at www.mi-zo.com
All the artists present their works in a different way. It rarely happens that a true creator doesn’t have his own style and copies the works of art by other designers.В Today we tried to prepare a small collection of illustrations by different designers where you can obviously see how different they are.
Vince Fraser is a freelance digital illustrator/designer living in London with 10 years experience. He has worked for various clients including British Airwaves, PC World, BBC and T-mobile.