Michelle Clark Graphic Design


Big Time Watching

Without a doubt this is one of my favorite commericals of all time. This is a spot on Adult Swim that I’ve been seeing for the last few weeks. I love the simple yet artistic and rendition of 1970’s television. So good it’s almost creepy.

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Memoriam
May 17, 2009, 12:32 pm
Filed under: Design, Inspiration, Typography | Tags: , , , , , ,
Memoriam font

Memoriam font by Canada Type

I ran across this amazing font Memoriam on Design That Kills. It instantly gave me the feeling of Poster Bodoni, but with infinitely more flourishes. The font was created by Canada Type as a commission for an all-typographic cover by art director Nancy Harris Rouemy of the New York Times magazine. She won many awards for her typographic design sense. The famous font is available for retail, and at quite a low price. The highest you expect to pay is $20 for your choice of four different divisions of the Memoriam family.

This is truly an amazing font. As I mentioned it is such a large family it was divided into three subgroups for Postscript and True Type. There is also an OpenType version, Memoriam Pro, which combines all three families into one file, an also contains a few extras that aren’t available in the other sets. If you’re using InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop above CS, Pro is the one you want. The family also covers an extensive range of Latin-based languages, including Western and Eastern European, Baltic, Turkish, Maltese, and Celtic/Welsh, which gives you over 365 characters in each of the Memoriam fonts. However, be aware that due to the extreme thinness of the hairlines, it is recommended to use Memoriam at large display sizes only.



Albums of the Week
May 16, 2009, 11:34 pm
Filed under: Inspiration, Lifestyle, Music, Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

Albums of the Week 05/16/09It’s that time again. Wow, what a crazy week. Deadlines have been catching up with me, with deadlines along the way to even larger deadlines. So, that called for lots of work time which translates to a lot of different music. Here’s some of the most popular picks for this week. Some of the albums are for pure nostaliga since I’m fastly approaching a pretty big milestone in my life. Others are there for their raw energy that helps keep me up and going through the long hours. I’ve also been visiting my neighbor more often these days and borrowing his player to listen to some of my vinyl. Oh, and there seems to be  a monster theme this week.  Here we go, top to bottom:

The Cure – Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.
Dr. Hook – Pleasure and Pain. Awesome album art.
Garbage – Version 2.0.
Heart – Dreamboat Annie
Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy
Social Distortion – Mommy’s Little Monster
Iggy and the Stooges – Raw Power (how appropriate)
Holland – Little Monsters



Annalema Magazine
Cover image courtesy Annalema

Cover image courtesy Annalema

I may very well have a newly found love for this magazine entitled Annalema. It’s a twice yearly publication of short stories, artwork, and photographs. I found this post on BOOOOOOOM earlier this week that shows several spreads of the inside of the magazine. As a perpetual right-brainer, I was instantly attracted to spread after spread of nothing but photos, and each layout is unique yet nicely uniform. At only $15 a year for both publications to boot. I’ve made it a goal for myself to read more magazines, specifically, more affordable, attractive, literary and art magazines (the best kind) and I think this fits the bill. What kind of magazines do you read? Right now I haven’t done much recreational reading and don’t expect to until next month, but for very good reason. Check out the website if you’re interested. They’ve got information about the magazine as well as options to either get an annual subscription (twice yearly) or you can buy issues separately. They also have their own blog.



100 Remarkable CD Covers
May 14, 2009, 6:30 am
Filed under: Art, Design, Inspiration, Music, Packaging | Tags: , , , , ,

Image courtesy of Smashing Magazine

Image courtesy of Smashing Magazine

I was overjoyed to find this post on Smashing Magazine this morning outlining 100 Obscure and Remarkable CD Covers. CD and book cover design are two of my top interests in the Graphic Design field and ultimately what led me to further my education in said field. This post features 100 fabuluous album designs (a few of which have been featured on my Albums of the Week posts) as well as an introduction into the concept of CD design and how the best album art doesn’t simply showcase top notch photography (not to mention photo editing) of band members, but captures the interest of the buyer as well as hold true to the essence and mood of the music. I couldn’t agree more.



A Somewhat Coordinated Kitchen

Photo by me

Photo by me

I enjoy collecting things, not that its a time consuming hobby of mine, but I do like finding obscure items that appeal to my tastes specifically. My Alice in Wonderland kitchen items collection is one of those instances. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has always been one of my favorite books and films since I was little. I even got a chance to be in an Alice in Wonderland play – I was the caterpillar.

My mom started the figurine obsession when she found me the coolest cookie jar in the world somewhere online. I will never sell or get rid of it. After that I found these salt and pepper shakers, yes that’s what those are and I use them every day. The Drink Me bottle holds my salt and the mushroom Nibble holds the pepper. Don’t be fooled into thinking these are my only figurines. I have many Alice items sprinkled throughout my little apartment. I also have an Alice teapot, a stuffed Cheshire cat, little stash boxes, Alice art posters (2 in my living room), coloring book featuring illustrations from the original story, a t-shirt and hoodie. and Cheshire and Alice figurines in my windowsill hiding in the ivy. And sometimes I wonder how I accumulate so much stuff….



Music is Inspiration
May 10, 2009, 10:18 am
Filed under: Articles, Design, Inspiration, Music | Tags: , , , , , ,
Music From the Other Room

Image credit FineLine of Deviant Art

I came across this article from Smashing Magazine this morning and I have to share it with everyone. Called, Drawing Inspiration From Music, this post covers the author’s difficult process transitioning over to being a designer and how hard it was using abstract concepts to come up with design solutions. It then goes into how this can be accomplished by listening to music while you work. This way, you can use music to get into the heads of your audience. There are also some lovely pictures, each with a short excerpt explaining how music can specifically bring design inspiration. I know I have found that listening to music helps me better capture the spirit of my audience or objective behind my design. When designing a Jazz CD, what else should one be listening to while they’re putting together some cover art? Likewise, when designing a zine, its time to pull out the alternative rock and dust off those obscure indie folk tracks. Just knowing, or guessing, what sort of music your audience is listening to can open many doors while designing. I definetly recommend checking out the full article.