Fakoshima is a Moscow based graphic designer and illustrator. He works full time for a major luxury goods retailer in Russia designing window displays and installations in concept stores. Additionally, he does freelance work for musicians, magazines, stores, and fashion brands.
Russian Graphic Design
Michael Bierut is a famous American graphic designer who works for the design studio Pentagram. In addition to serving as the president of AIGA from 1998 to 2001, he is a senior critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art. He has won hundreds of awards for his graphic design work, including the prestigious AIGA medal in 2006. His clients include the Walt Disney Company, Motorola, Alfred A. Knopf, the Library of Congress, and the New York Jets.
The thing that I chose is the Criterion Collection cover for the Charlie Chaplin film The Great Dictator. The reversible nature of the silhouettes of Chaplin’s signature bowler hat, Hitler’s hair, and their shared mustache, in addition to the use of a font that has an early 1940’s German feel, effectively convey the subject matter of the movie, while still remaining visually appealing. If that wasn’t enough, the color scheme of black on red helps even more to distinguish the fact the film is satirizing Hitler and the Nazis.
A video game’s box art is a lot like a book cover, in that it’s general purpose is to jump out to consumers from a shelf, enticing them to buy the game. Unlike a book cover, a video game’s box art effectively needs to entice a person into buying a $60 game. On top of that, the box art needs to not only attempt to appeal to the gamer who walks into the store and knows exactly what they want, but also to the casual gamer who browses the shelves, or the non-gamer buying a game for somebody else.
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Sam Spratt is a Brooklyn based Illustrator. After graduating college in June of 2010, he became Gawker Media’s first and only staff illustrator, a position he held for nine months. At the same time, he expanded his own social media presence, which caused him to gain clients all across the globe. Some of the clients he’s worked with include MSNBC, Gawker Media, Game Informer, Warner Music Group, The Oatmeal, Razer, and EMI.
My favorite of the illustrations is the cover he created for Game Informer. The cover for Game Informer was used for the December 2010 issue, featuring the the magazine’s choice of the top 30 characters that defined the decade. The illustration was broken into 3 collectible covers. I love that Spratt managed to not only illustrate all 30 characters in his signature realistic style, but also managed to include a massive number of small details into the piece.
Tumblr reduced the resolution of the picture so here is a link to a much better version of the image. http://media1.gameinformer.com/images/site/covers/dec2010/GameInformerOnline_Spread.jpg
Hermann Zapf is a German typographer. Zapf discovered his interest in typography in 1935 at an exhibit in honor of typographer Herman Koch. Duing World War II, Zapf was assigned to a cartography unit due to his clumsiness during his basic training for artillery. Following the war, Zapf taught calligraphy, and began typography work. His two most famous typefaces are Palatino and Optima. Zapf began working with computer typefaces in the 1960’s, and eventually created Zapfino in 1998.
All the way back on October 1st, Nick, Kelly, Stephanie, Elyse, Shauna, Courtney, Olivia, Taylor, and I went to the Philadelphia Zoo. We all met outside of Nesbitt and walked to the zoo that morning. We saw a bunch of animals like lions and giraffes, among other animals. I was surprised that there were no elephants, because the last time I went to the zoo, there were elephants, but that was a long, long time ago. I eventually found out they were released because of they way they were being kept at the zoo. Overall, it was a fun trip, and an interesting way to spend part of my birthday.