Wednesday, April 30, 2014

I really enjoy the positive feedback that Duolingo employs. Once in a while, it's unintentionally funny. Yes, I have learnt communication.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Film Titles: All Hail the King

I'm a big fan of the current series of Marvel Studios* films. Marvel has brought titles and characters like Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and the Avengers to the big screen with skill and passion, all while respecting the source material.

One of the things I enjoy almost more than the films themselves is the Marvel One-Shots – shorts that take place in the same universe and often deal with the minor or supporting characters. The latest of these One-Shots is "All Hail the King", which deals with events from Iron Man 3.

While the short is funny and very well executed, the best parts for me was the title treatment and the end credits. With visuals that would feel right at home in a late-70s exploitation or spy film, the titles are awash in colour, geometry and motion. They're a treat to behold, right down to the slightly fuzzy, indistinct letters.

The opening title treatment:


A few stills:




An example of the animation:


The designers of the titles, Perception, wrote up their process for their website. It's a fantastic read and a great insight into their process and execution.


* As opposed to the Marvel properties currently being developed by other studios such as Sony's Amazing Spider-Man and Fox's X-Men.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

New work: Valentine's Burgers

Following up on that work in progress, here's the final piece:


This is a tradition that L and I share: we've been going for burgers with friends on the 14th of February for nine consecutive years. That said, this is the first year I bothered creating a flyer for our little outing. I limited myself to a couple of hours on this one so there are a few problems here and there but you've got to admit: that's a pretty nice B.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

An ordinary life – revised

Something I'm tinkering with – the proof-reader's marks aren't quite right yet and the positioning of "less" isn't quite working but the sentiment is spot on.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Duolingo's Icons

I've been using Duolingo for a few months now in order to improve my French. They've just updated their web service to match their mobile apps and it's a lovely piece of design. My favourite has to be their icons (presented below) – grey for a locked lesson, full colour for unlocked/in-progress and gold once you've completed it. 

Duolingo's lesson icons

What's even nicer is that they're using SVGs for their icons, meaning they look just as beautiful on retina displays as they do on standard ones.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Cleopatra Schwartz

Kentucky Fried Movie provides some excellent lettering in this fake trailer for Cleopatra Schwartz.