I see dead people–even you! Truthful movie poster


I will admit while this poster looks like it took about 4 seconds to make, it actually was more of an involved effort than first appears…First I had to think of a movie.  I looked through the past few year’s worth of Oscar winners and while I could think of a few sarcastic things to say, I wasn’t sure if I felt comfortable putting my snarky thoughts out on the blog.  Next.  I then looked up “top movie spoilers” and came upon this list.  Many of them were either films I didn’t know or seemed too obscure for me to use, but one seemed to fit the bill: “The Sixth Sense”.

Next I had to find a good image of its movie poster.  I wanted one with Bruce Willis on it, as my “truth” has to do with his character.  More searching…and found this one:

sixth senseI figured I could put my spoiler directly under the title.  I wanted to match the font though.  I used Paint to cut out the title and pasted it on a Word doc for safe keeping:

sixthsense titleFrom there, I looked through Word’s fonts and wasn’t very successful.  The closest I came was Tempus Sans:

title for blog postNot great. I went to What the Font to try to find a suitable match.  After inverting the image in Pixlr to make it easier to read, and then isolating one letter to see if that helped (like this): sixthsense title iinvert s onlythe closest font I came up with was Orion:  orionfontNot bad.  However, to actually be able to download Orion cost money, and when I tried to get it free from a website, the download prompted me to download some extra software so I bailed.  So much for having spoiler text in the title font.  How about the font below that says “Not Every Gift is a Blessing.”, however?  That looked easy enough to replicate.  I went to MS Word again and the closest font I came up with was Cambria.  See the original and the fake below:

tagline for blog spoiler2I used Power Point to create a black text box with my spoiler–that Bruce Willis’ character is just another ghost that the child sees.  I made the font grey and used the shadow effect.  From there, I used Pixlr to add a layer over the original poster and add my own tagline:

sixth sense spoilerNot as earth shattering as I thought, but I did learn some new functionality in Pixlr- got to practice more with layers and used the “free transform” button to move the tagline down to the bottom of the poster:

pixlr2I think I could have done more in terms of optimizing the layer quality and blending in the layer with the background.  I guess that’s what I will have to familiarize myself with next!



One Story/Four Icons: Design Assignment


We had a Netflix movie that needed to be watched, so movie night it was.  I had read some of the assignment ideas earlier that day, and while I hadn’t intended to make the movie I watched the subject beforehand, I started to think about as I was watching and began noting words that could represent the film.

four icons

Once I settled on the four words I wanted icons for, I went to the Noun Project website and took a look around.  I finally ended up creating a pro account (worth the $10 for the month- I figure I can surely find some other icons that will come in handy) after another web search of free icons came up with nothing I wanted.  I downloaded the icons (2 of which were actually free), pasted them onto a Power Point slide, aligned them horizontally, put a box around them, and then saved a snip of it with the snipping tool on my laptop.

I’d be happy to tell you my opinion of the movie, but you have to guess!  All I will say it that the star of the movie has shared the big screen with Darryl Hannah, Elizabeth Perkins and Shelly Long (I’m making some old references here) and the film represented by the icons was nominated for an Oscar last year.

Design Safari Week 4


I kept my eyes open this week and snapped some designs that caught my eye as well as including a “design” of a building that I’ve always loved.

Rhythm:  I am redoing the powder room in our house and was looking through wallpaper samples this past weekend (which is also a key marker I am becoming my mother).  I came across this one and thought it was awesome–my powder room could feel like a disco or something!  The design virtually vibrates off the page and the contrast between the matte turquoise and the metallic gold creates an interesting textural element as well.  I don’t know if I’m gutsy enough to actually paper the wall with it, but I would feel like a pretty cool person if I did.



Form/Function/Use of Space: Dulles airport, about 30 minutes from Washington, DC.  I’m going to include architecture as design for this example. I love love love this building.  The swooping roof conveys a sense of weightlessness, flight and motion.  One of the best sight lines is pulling up to the departures area (2nd picture below)–the height of the swooping columns above you and how they stretch out in front of you.  For those who live in the DC area, I enjoy how these pictures show just how much Dulles was in the “country” when it was built–notice the lack of parking garages.

Entrance to Main Terminal, 1960's

Color/Dominance: Case of Heineken beer at Costco.  Here I was going about my business in the suburban oasis that is Costco and I was struck by this display as I came upon it.  We are all familiar with the green-bottled Heineken and the red star on its label (see 1st picture below).  The bottle’s green and red (opposites on the color wheel) complement one another.  I liked how the case distilled the brand down to its essence- bottle, name, in its distinctive font, with that rich green and the red star.   The placement of the name along the bottom right of the box-even how it continues onto the side of the box as well as the large red star dominate the box.  I think even if the label and picture were not on the box, a beer drinker could easily tell you which brand was inside.   If I were the designer I would probably even leave the bottle picture off.

Heineken Bottle

All you can drink!

Typography, minimalism: keep calm.  message from the crown.  This coffee mug is a reproduction of a now-famous 1939 poster designed to keep up the morale of the British public after experiencing bombings of its cities in the second World War. The design has been parodied in myriad ways and is now completely over-saturated, but I got it as a gift and seemed like a good message to remember at work.  There is symbolism in the crown at the top of the phrase- literally “this message is coming to you from the palace”.  The stark red and white emphasize the message’s simplicity.

Keep Calm and Carry On