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Adventures in Poster Design: Santa Makeover

Happy Sunday, hot people. I’ve been a little MIA lately due to holidays and things that keep me busy and away from sharing my deepest, darkest, crafty secrets on the interweb.

Anyway, awkward self-reintroduction aside, I work at a financial institution, and every year we are lucky enough to have a visit from Santa Claus. Yes. That’s right. And it’s my job to spread the word to the community to bring their kiddies (and dogs/puppies) to visit him and tell him what they’d like for Christmas (or sometimes Hanukkah). Anyway, we wanted to give our poster from last year a little makeover:

We wanted to make the poster less text heavy, a little more accessible and present the information so members can digest everything within a few seconds when they’re either riding the elevator, or walking through the lobby. Also, I wanted Santa to look a little more magical, so I thought that isolating his image from a background would get the job done. The feather gradient below also assists in creating this magical and light feel.

I tend to always gravitate towards Photoshop since it’s the first program I learned and feel the most comfortable with, but over the past 3 years I’ve become a little more fond of InDesign, and used InDesign for this poster. When it comes to designing larger pieces, InDesign is a great tool. The file sizes aren’t as large. Illustrator also works well for large pieces, but it’s all about the scope of the project and what works best for you. I’m really happy with this poster makeover, and must say, Santa’s visit was a lot of fun. I was his “little helper” and ate way too many cookies. ‘Tis the season!

It’s been waiting a million years, just for us…

Picnic at Hanging Rock (Weir, 1975), an Australian film about a group of girls on a Boarding School trip to Hanging Rock. Taking place in the Victorian era, not only is this movie unsettling and eerie, but it’s also delightfully beautiful – a combination that makes this movie a must-see. (And, who doesn’t love black tights with white dresses?) read more »

Absolute Kinography

Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera (1929) is without a doubt one of the most visually inspiring films I have ever seen. It’s a big statement, I know. But it’s the truth. read more »

Music as a Visual… and Maybe also as Decoration

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Antonio Ricci (played by Lamberto Maggiorani) glues posters on a wall. (The Bicycle Thief, Vittorio De Sica, 1949)

One of the perks of living in a city such as San Francisco is the fact that there are so many creative concert posters to be seen just about anywhere. So many venues, so many shows, so little time. These posters piqued my curiosity and I decided to take a moment out of my day to peruse the web (specifically here) for some of my favorite band posters. Enjoy!
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Tell me this does not look amazing…

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Doors open at 8pm, 21+
Tickets $20 (plus applicable fees)

I will most likely be at this show dancing my little booty off and taking an embarassing amount of iPhone photos of the Kid Millionaire (does he still go by that name?).  He’s pretty good looking, if you haven’t figured that out for yourself already. He’s also really fun live. I recently learned that Cathy has a huge crush on Danny Masterson, aka DJ Mom Jeans, so I’m sure I’ll have to keep an eye out on her. Calm yo’self woman! See you kids in Costa Mesa!