I’ve kept this blog for a year, and have posted twice a week for the past six months.
The time has come to focus on new projects, so this is the final post.
My aim in starting this blog was to find out more about what I liked in design. I’m no designer, and I felt that I didn’t have a strong sense of what kind of thing appealed to me.
This is one of my favourite designs. It’s an ad for cognac by Otard Dupuy & Co, dating back to 1910.
I’ve come across individual images like this that I wouldn’t otherwise have found. But looking back through the posts (this is #70), I can see that a handful of themes have emerged.
The idea of this final post is to pick out three of those themes, and the designs that best embody them.
Theme 1: Stark dark/light contrasts
I wrote several times about dark text or images on a light background. The contrast of colours, and the space around the focus of the design, make a real impression on me.
Here are some examples:
Theme 2: Simplified images
I’ve found a number of designs in which simplifying the subject increases its power.
Theme 3: Retro styling
Some of my favourite posts have involved modern references to retro designs.
A couple of my earliest posts featured adverts or travel posters from the first half of the 20th century. But I prefer the latter-day versions - like Cheddar Ales, the Ping Pong Parlour, and Bertelli’s beautiful bikes.
My final word, though, goes to Sanna Annukka, whose designs for Keane’s Under The Iron Sea album were the spark for this blog.
My post on the artwork for that album can be found here. I thought it appropriate that her pictures, having been the first to appear on this blog, should also be the last.
If you’re interested in what I’m doing next, you can follow @toddmgreen on Twitter.
Thanks for reading.
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