Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Coming assignment: A Visions Geofilter


The link above contains the steps required for creating a snapchat geofilter, overlays for snaps that can be accessed in certain locations. It's a simple task, a no brainer really. It's ridiculously easy to access - anyone with a snapchat, geofilters are extremely popular right now, and it appeals to millennials. Boom.

It has not yet been decided how many designs to create, but however many are made, they should follow the space theme we have outlined thus far. A simple 1940s design, consisting of 2D drawings, muted colors (in our pallet), easily identifiable space images - stars, planets, spaceship, etc. Incorporating our logo is a given, perhaps use Cosmo the alien astronaut as well. A moon could be located in the bottom left corner, with a miniature Cosmo standing on top. It might also be cool to have "light" beams across the screen in a single color with several different shades.

Things to remember for this geofilter:
- Transparent PNG (can still add a color to the transparency, this just requires bringing down the opacity severely)
- Under 300KB
- 1080x1920 pixels
Addional Notes:
- Leave majority of space for snap photo to be taken, designs should go around border or in corners
- Can use images and/or text - try to incorporate #boldlygo (tying together our hashtag for all social media platforms)

Ideas for geofilters coming soon to blog.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Research for Poster Design

While researching a bunch of poster designs, I came across this website that exists to help you share your designs, and although I'm not looking to do just that, I do not mind looking at what others have shared. This guy Jeremiah Ragsdale has broken down his designs by theme, some are posters, some are photographs, but all are categorized in such as way that they all tie together in some manner. Specifically his poster designs and his typography are most helpful. His posters capture the simplistic, retro feel, that the Visions6 posters are aiming for.

A side note: minimalist design is definitely a trend right now - a good one. It allows the images that do exist, to draw the eye, and it gives a very clean look.

This site is about to save my life. Because obviously my own hand cannot create a clean enough font, this site is free to use and extremely easy to download; I can now have just about any font I could ever want.

Then, there's simply NASA's website that I visit almost every single time I am creating a design. They update images of the day, which is usually some beautiful galaxy, star, or planet, as well as have galleries of images we use as inspiration. A constant reminder why a space theme is the best theme.

A simple blog post...basically describes everything I want and need to do. The "getting attention" part is a big deal, the example they use, although odd, is impactful - I want that effect.

I found this site EXTREMELY helpful. I mean they give endless examples, all of which are music posters for bands. Very artistic, and abstract pieces. Again, most are minimalist and kind of retro. They use simple colors, literally one or two that pop and everything else is black, white, or neutral.

More inspirational pieces to come...