This page has a nice collection of mostly handwritten logos (handwriting and fake handwriting).
Posts in the “design” category
While I’m writing about art in business marketing materials, this was my attempt at designing a business card for my Zen Foundation business (charity). This design doesn’t blow me away either, but I enjoyed drawing the image and struggling with the fonts and alignment.
FWIW, I sketched this image during the same vacation in Seward where I sketched my Valley Programming logo. I’m not sure why exactly, but on that trip I “got drunk on art,” then thought I was a great artist and started sketching things.
I don't consider myself an Apple fanboy — for instance, I think whoever is designing Apple software these days is making things overly complicated (with OS X 10.7 through 10.12) — but I am a Jonathan Ive hardware design fanboy. I have a great respect for the industrial design work he and his team do. It’s safe to say that if I were in college these days I’d be studying industrial design instead of the aerospace engineering degree I got way back when.
Here’s a quick look at how to create outlined text using Gimp. I don’t know if that’s the right term, but I’m thinking of the large white text you see with a black border that you usually see on meme images.
Here are the steps I just used:
- Select the text you entered, such as, “I USED A var”. Make sure the Text Tool is active.
- Click the “Path From Text” button in the Text Tool panel.
- Click the Select menu, then “From Path”. You should see some action on screen here.
- Create a transparent layer, move it below your text, and make it active.
- Click Select, then Grow...
- On the popup dialog, enter 3 pixels, 5 pixels, whatever you need for your font. When you click OK you should see the selection area on screen change size.
- Click Edit menu, choose “Fill with BG Color”, or “Fill with FG Color”.
If you use a white font with a black background color, your image should look like this:
This article contains a collection of quotes on design from former Apple designer Jonathan Ive (or “Jony Ive,” as Steve Jobs called him). (Note: He prefers to refer to himself as a “builder” or “maker” as opposed to a designer.)
For those who don’t know of him, Jonathan Ive is credited with designing almost every Apple product since 1997. Given that very long string of success, I became interested in what Mr. Ive has to say, and to that end, here’s a collection of Jonathan Ive design interview quotes I’ve gathered over the last few years.
Introduction: Recently I was talking with some people recently about “design”, and as an effort to show how the design process works, I used the process of designing a coffee mug as a way of explaining the process. This article walks you through this process, though the actual designs are up to you.
This is another “sketch” of Luke Skywalker from whatever the last Star Wars movie was called. I started with this earlier image I created, then converted it to a Gimp life sketch by going to Beautify > Beautify > Art > Life Sketch > 100%.
While I’m in the neighborhood, I also created this fake Luke Skywalker “hoodie” oil painting.
“Ever notice that 'What the heck?" is always the right choice?”
Quote from Nancy Davis, design by Robin Williams, in the book, The Non-Designer's Design Book.
This is a cartoonize’d version of Yoda on Luke Skywalker’s back during Luke’s initial training in the swamp. To create it, I found the original movie image with a Google search, opened the image in Gimp, then worked back and forth with a Cartoonized plugin effect, the Beautify options, and the Artistic/Oilify effect. I can do a lot better than this, but for the purposes of this example, I created this cartoon image in less than five minutes. Given more time, I would clean up Yoda quite a bit before using the Cartoonize effect.
I’ve used Gimp to create almost 2,000 images that I use with the Mac screensaver “rotate images” feature, and this is the latest addition.
(Click the image to see the full-size, 1200x600 pixel image.)
I recently needed to make an icon look like an iOS style app icon -- a rounded rectangle with transparent corners -- and to do that I needed to learn how to create a rounded rectangle in Gimp. This tutorial contains a short step-by-step description of how to do this.
Note: I’m writing this tutorial in April, 2015, using Gimp 2.8.
I was recently working on some images of a mobile phone, where the mobile phone was surrounded by a solid color that I wanted to make transparent. Unfortunately the phone was black, and that color was dark gray, so when I made the dark gray a transparent color in Gimp using my usual approach — clicking Colors > Color to Alpha, then choosing dark gray — it had the effect of bleeding a lot of color out of the black phone. This was wrong.
Back in 2017, Wesley Reisz shared this image with the text, “Artist’s secret toolbox for creating art ... transformations.” The slide is from Brian Kane.
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said, ‘Faster horses.’”
~ Henry Ford
I think of this quote when I see both good and bad design. Some people build/design faster horses, others invent cars.
As I’ve mentioned before, I can’t see an image these days without wanting to do something with it in the Gimp. This is a Gimp “sketch” of Luke Skywalker from Star Wars movie #7. It would probably be better in plain black and white with a little less realism, but I have to get to work now. ;)
“I have never been forced to accept compromises, but I have willingly accepted constraints.”
There are times when I work on images a lot with Gimp, and then there are times when I don’t work with Gimp for a month or two. When I don’t work with Gimp a lot, I tend to forget about all of the different things I can do with. Therefore, I have created this page as a “Gimp special effects cheat sheet” page to help remind me of all the cool things I can do with Gimp effects.
This medium.com article contains a fair balance of pointing out the good and bad of design at Apple under Jonathan Ive. Most people know the good parts, so this image shows a discussion of just two of the worst design decisions made by Apple’s design team. Other bad designs under Apple include pretty much every mouse ever made, the horribly infamous butterfly keyboards, and the trashcan Mac Pro design.
It seems like at some point every design quits thinking about what’s the best for the customer and succumbs to something that looks pretty. As the old saying goes, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
The famous Henry Ford quote: “If I asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses’”.
“To do the best design you have to live and breathe the product.”
~ from the book, Jony Ive, The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products