Michelle Clark Graphic Design

#3 Craigslister magazine
Click to see document on Issuu

Click to see document on Issuu

A magazine prototype that captures the spirit of the website Craigslist, using bizarre and funny stories and ads from the “Best Of” section of the site for content.

My vision for this project was to appeal to the eclectic, counterculture aspect of Craigslist. I also wanted to communicate a low-tech, hand made approach. I levereged this through content, photography, type, and color choices.


#2 – Mt. Hood Jazz Band and Combo 2009 CD
May 19, 2009, 11:36 pm
Filed under: Design, Music, Oregon, Packaging, Photos, Typography
CD label, inside booklet front and back, and card tray.

CD label, inside booklet front and back, and card tray.

CD packaging, photo by me

CD packaging, photo by me

Complete CD packaging proposal including inside booklet, CD tray, and label for the Mt. Hood Jazz Band & Combo 2009 album Second Time Around.

My goal for this project was to create a design that carries out a theme relevant to the band’s trip to The World Games in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. My concept focuses on the urban aspect of downtown Kaohsiung, using images of their train system that runs throughout the city, using warm colors to communicate the tone of the music.

Portfolio Piece #1 – Guys & Dolls
May 18, 2009, 10:15 pm
Filed under: Design, Photos, Posters | Tags: , , , , , ,
Guys and Dolls poster design

Guys and Dolls poster design

A poster and playbill design for the Mt. Hood Community College’s Winter 2009 production of Guys and Dolls.

As winnter of a poster design contest, I got the opportunity to design the official poster and program for the play Guys and Dolls. Through use of typography, color, and image I designed a poster that has an old-fashioned Broadway look and feel. I continued this idea on the inside of the playbill by using  bold, condensed headlines and a traditional type layout.



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.