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MakeItInDesign Summer School Diaries (Week 3)

Last week #3 saw another super-cool selection of briefs from the Design school and I thought: WHOA! This is the real stuff. I had the most fun ever playing with the Advanced Track theme "Deep Summer Psychedelic'.

The colour palettes and photographs I found for inspiration mesmerized me so much that I put them together on a Pinterest Board for the exploration phase and to go back later.

I researched what 'psychedelic artwork' would deliver as key points to work from: Source: WIKIPEDIA

  • Fantastic, metaphysical and surrealistic subject matter

  • Kaleidoscopic, fractal or paisley patterns

  • Bright and/or highly contrasting colors

  • Extreme depth of detail or stylization of detail. Also so called Horror vacui style.

  • Morphing of objects and/or themes and sometimes collage

  • Phosphenes, spirals, concentric circles, diffraction patterns, and other entoptic motifs

  • Repetition of motifs

  • Innovative typography and hand-lettering, including warping and transposition of positive and negative spaces

Armed with a rather vague-wild idea in my head, I started building a few designs taking off from an acrylic painting of mine, which I photographed and enhanced with both an Iphone App and Illustrator. For the 2nd image, I layered something else into the background - a photograph of Berlin's main train station I took in 2012. I really love the structure behind the colour mesh. I used Adobe Illustrator to build a pattern of a 4-way reflection of the painting and played with different scale options before weaving it into a wavy texture to create the line work and gradient look.

I really like how fresh it turned out and could see this on a variety of products.

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