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PLANNING A SUMMER PARTY

 

Jun
10
2014

 

Summer has arrived and the sun is starting to make more regular appearances. My daughter wants to celebrate this season by hosting (by proxy!) a party. Summer is my favourite season, so what a great excuse to bring some of the season’s fun, colour and energy into our garden. British weather is very unpredictable, so there is no guarantee that they day we pick will be sunny, but we will keep our fingers and toes crossed. In the north west of the country, we tend to get less than in south.

Initially, I started a board on Pinterest called ‘Beach Party’ on which to collate as many ideas as I can. After that, I put together a few mood-boards, containing a selection of interesting looking food, colours, props an so on; for different aspects of the party.

I will begin with the invites, whilst gathering my thoughts about the other aspects of the party.

 

MOOD BOARDS #1

 

These two moodboards focus on colour, food, fashion, summer theme and the target audience. The first board has a pale blue, aqua green and a red/pink colour scheme. The second board having soft greens, turquoise, golden yellow and pink colour scheme. For the invites, I may decide to refer to just one board or combine some colours from both of them.

I chose colours that represented the ocean, clear blue sky, fresh fruit such as red/pink watermelon and the sun. Also, I have chosen the image of girl friends doing fun activities together, as well as showing fashions targeted to what is in trend for the summer. This kind of party could be a new experience for some of the girls and a day to remember!

 

 

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MOOD BOARD #2

 

This moodboard displays a range of fonts that I would like to use for the party invites. There are different types of fonts and I particularly like the hand-drawn ones. I like how the text is laid on top of the photographic images.

 

 

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To finalise, I will definitely make use of photographic backgrounds for the invites. I aim to use selected imagery and colours which will induce a holiday beach-party feeling amongst the guests. Furthermore, I am going for a look that will engage teenage girls, that they will relate to, has fun elements, and is full of bright, summer colour.

Other aspects to consider for the party are –

  • Venue
  • Decor
  • Food
  • Music
  • Games ( just a few! )
  • Summer looks

I love planning parties and have planned a few for my daughter in the past….so let the fun begin!

 

 

Shapes & colours…..

 

Mar
26
2014

I’m currently very excited, producing an on line infographic, which is keeping me busy.

Whilst researching different types of infographics, I came across Elaine Fong’s portfolio site. She is a graphic designer and artist. Elaine produces artwork for print, illustration, packaging, branding, typography, infographics and textiles. I was particularly drawn to the different areas of design that she gets involves in. Like her, I enjoy creating for different types of design.

There are a few pieces that I liked in her portfolio. These included, two book projects and a few illustrations.

 

Sleeping Colors

‘Sleeping Colors’ is a book documenting the colours that Elaine Fong has seen in her sleep over a period of a year ( I have vivid dreams and don’t ever remember if I have dreamt them in colour or in black & white ). The resulting colour schemes create corresponding patterns and textiles, reflecting the month and overall year in colour. She is still continuing with this project and again that will result in producing another book.


Here are a few images from ‘Sleeping Colors’ –

 

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The front cover and second image are definitely inspired by infographics. The bright and pastel colours against the white background and the simplicity of the circular shapes and lines are very eye-catching, and draw you in to encourage you to take a closer look. The circles represent information in an engaging and more digestible way that is easier to interpret. A well known infographic that uses coloured lines and a key is the London Underground. It is probably the world’s best known example and its design makes it very easy for the user to navigate a complex, urban rail system.

 

Eventually, Everything Connects

Below are a few more pages demonstrating another book that Elaine Fong has produced, as a playful tribute to Charles and Ray Eames. The file is taken from their film ‘Powers of Ten’ and is a visual exploration of the shapes and forms of their iconic furniture.

A selection of pages from the book ‘Eventually, Everything Connects’ –

 

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What I like about these images is how Elaine Fong positions the chairs and coat hanger into a layering composition. They are flattened to form solid and linear shapes. It is interesting how she sees them in this way and creates patterns from them. Besides the furniture, the colours also have a retro feel to them, yet the work is treated in a contemporary way with some added graphic elements; arrows and how the text is laid out in the last image.

 

Other examples of Elaine Fong’s work –

 

Robin’s nest

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Dapperman

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Heart at work

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I love all of Elaine Fong’s work and especially, I can relate to the above piece – Heart at work. This is an illustration of how she feels when she’s in the thick of a project, i.e. building layers of concepts, planning, researching, drawing; a continuous spin of ideas running around in her head, trying to make sure the final piece has heart. I am sure that other designers/artists feel this way too!

You see see her portfolio by visiting www.elainefong.com