Exercise: Abstract cities

Create a series of 10 abstract designs in which you balance blocks of subordinate, dominant and accent colours. These designs are going to be used as covers for guidebooks to the following cities: Madrid Malmo Managua Manchester Manhattan Marrakech Marseilles Melbourne Montreal Mumbai The books are going to be A5 landscape (210mm x148mm) size. You…

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Exercise: Understanding colour

This is an important lesson for designers when picking a colour palette to work with: use bright colours but balance them against more subtle colours. It will also help you become better acquainted with your image manipulation or DTP software – identifying where your colour swatches are, how to select them and how you blend…

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Exercise: Seeing the light

Brief Using only an image of a light bulb, the word ‘light bulb’ and a block of colour of your choice create different designs that explore visual dynamics – as the kitten designs shown in the previous project. Think about your compositions, trying each element at a different sizes and cropping your photo. Your block…

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Exercise: Signs and symbols

Brief In this exercise you will read existing signs, symbols and images, and then drawing on their visual language create your own symbols. Choose one of the following concepts: Danger Movement Love Here How does existing visual language represent these concepts, for example, both ‘danger’ and ‘love’ use red, while ‘movement’ and ‘here’ use arrows.…

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Exercise: A visual diary

Thanks to digital tools like Pinterest, Evernote, my Mobile Phone camera and nowadays even handwriting on iPad, I’m able to capture more inspiration like never before. I’ve built a habit of saving striking images or objects immediately, with whatever tool I have at hand. Images go to Pinterest while articles, journaling, and photos go into Evernote or…

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