April, 2011


ProgressivePower Brand Guide

Here are a few snapshots of the brand guide I created for my fictitious electric utility company for Graphic Design 4 class at OCAD University. Brand guides are often much more detailed and unpacked - this was what was due for this course however. Interested in seeing more? Download the full Brand Guide in PDF format here.
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Illustrator Outline Problem

About a month ago, a classmate of mine had pointed out that illustrator sometimes had a mysterious hairline around shapes of objects, even when there wasn’t a border or outline defined on the shape. Furthermore, this outline when exported out into raster format, retained and translated that outline into the pixels of the image!

See the following image close up to see what is happening. Also described here some six years ago but with no solution.

Well as you can see in the image, the problem has to do with the CYMK specifically, and the depth of the colour values for not only K, but cyan, yellow and magenta as well.

For some reason illustrator puts a thin outline around the image.

I really don't know know if this was planned by Adobe, but I do know how to fix it - simply Set all CMYK values to 100%, or if you want, set all of the values of C, M & Y to those of the background colour, and let the K (black) fill the rest of the shape as the black normally.

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Celedays Calendar

Here’s a project I worked on for my Typography 4: Expressive Type class.

The concept revolves around a calendar, “.. [it may be] a usable calendar or one that simply incorporates the elements that one associates with a ‘calendar’. I.E. numbers, the months, times, days, seasons etc. It’s all about carving up, distribution and categorization of ‘TIME’…”

My calendar distributes time by day, with the topic of holidays as a focus. The names of the holidays were collected at random from polling various people on Facebook asking them for one new holiday celebration per month, I call “Cele-days”.

The poll was conducted through my personal alias Facebook page (Something Interactive), where I created a simple Facebook App that used Google Docs as an embedded online form to collect information with, and also ensuring that anyone filling out the form needn’t leave Facebook.

I pitched the project on the Facebook page with this headline copy:

What if the Canadian Government realized the citizens of Canada work extremely hard and proposed to offer twelve new statutory holidays, one per month. They’ve temporarily named them celebration days (“Celedays”). In time these Celedays will need a more fitting name based on contemporary importance. What name would you recommend for each month’s new Celeday? Please share your reasoning for naming that day.

Once I collected all of the responses, I eliminated the duplicates and created random filler days. Finally, the resulting output was coded and put online here in this presentation. If down the road I feel like want to revisit this, I can easily take the days and resort them, change the display functionality and restyle them easily.

In the first minutes of showcasing this to the public, I noticed that people immediately scroll to the Celeday that coincides with their birthday, how interesting and fun!!

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