Working diligently on new art. To date, 50+ designs, words and abstract expressive images, complete. More to come. Big plans ahead. You'll have to wait and see. #2016
While I love creating professional graphic design work, my innate aesthetic is abstract, expressive art...
Even though I've crafted a body of collage artwork, and am still doing so, over the last several weeks I've returned to one of my first loves, expressive line work.
i'm very much inspired by modern art, specifically cubism, futurism and dada. The emotion, unintended meaning that eminates from fluid strokes is exciting. I feel so much energy as I blindly, expressively, continuously draw with my stylus. Its's freeing to me.
Below is a small preview of the many I've created thus far.
#inktober #type #expressive #abstract #dada #cubism
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Robin Williams brought us joy and laughter as a comedian and actor.
Those who personally knew or worked with him are expressing how special he made them feel.
It's a shame he didn't have the ability to realize how special he was to all of us.
One thing is certain, no one knows what occurs in the heart and mind of someone battling their own personal demons.
RIP Robin Williams.
Your journey on earth may have ended, but your spirit and energy will continue to live on.
(note: as a designer, it's my natural instinct to visually communicate thoughts and feelings. As a fan of his work, creating this image was therapeutic as I believe many are experiencing similar emotions, tears of sadness for this amazing star. )
Image © Christina Galbiati, 2014.
I am proud to announce some of my wonderful students who recently won awards in the SPD (Society of Publication Designers) Spotlight Competition:
Check out their awesome work by clicking on the links below…
Nick Stover - Silver Medalist - "Paul Baker Still on Top" spread http://www.spd.org/student-outreach/2014/07/the-spd-u-spotlight-shines-on-18.php
Arren Dawinan - Merit Winner - "Alpacas: Still on Top" spread http://spd-u.tumblr.com/post/93197363200/spd-u-spotlight-2014-o-merit-winner
Amanda Schatz - Merit Winner - "Eo" magazine cover http://spd-u.tumblr.com/post/93218147964/spd-u-spotlight-2014-o-merit-winner-designer
The winning entries are from Kutztown University's Communication Design Department, junior level Graphic Design II: Editorial Design class, and were judged from hundreds of college and university submissions from across the country.
A big congrats to Nick, Arren and Amanda!
"What is SPD? The Society of Publication Designers is dedicated to promoting and encouraging excellence in editorial design. Our members are art directors, designers, photo editors, editors and graphics professionals. Since drafting its charter in 1965, the SPD remains the only organization specifically addressing the visual concerns of print and online editorial professionals. Editorial design plays a crucial role in shaping and documenting our common history; the efforts of the Society and its members also serve to educate and enlighten the public about the importance of magazines and online publications." http://www.spd.org/about.php
To join: https://spd.site-ym.com/general/register_member_type.asp?
Penn State Lehigh Valley presents the work of campus students who studied studio art during 2013 and 2014 in its Student Art Exhibition, which runs from July 7-Aug. 15. The annual exhibition highlighting excellent student work takes on new meaning this year as the campus recognizes one of art education’s talented artists and ardent supporters, Ronald K. De Long.
During the reception, to be held from 5-7 p.m. on July 23, the public is invited to celebrate the students; the generosity of instructor, advocate, artist, and now benefactor, Ron De Long; and the establishment of the Charles R. McAnall III Scholarship. The dedication ceremony and unveiling of the new gallery name begins at 6 p.m.
The exhibition features pieces created in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Metalwork, Sculpture, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Film and TV Broadcasting courses under the instruction of Chris Bonner, Katina Bozikis, Greta Brubaker, Ron De Long, Liz Keptner, Christina Galbiati and Ann Lalik.
The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 610-285-5000 or contact Ann Lalik at email@example.com. www.lv.psu.edu.
It was 1995, graphic design was in the thralls of experimentation, much thanks to the advancement of computer technology and the evolution of the Macintosh computer. With a "no holds barred" attitude, using unconventional fonts and breaking the "rules" of grid design, designers were embracing the Ray Gun / Emigré-esque design attitude, creating expressive work that embodied the 1990s postmodern era of design.
Design historians credit David Carson with bringing this unconventional age of editorial experimentation to the masses with the design of Ray Gun magazine, but another publication was breaking ground as well. Wahine, founded in 1995 by Elizabeth A. Glazner, was a wonderfully designed magazine that accompanied this experimental time period.
I do not quite remember how I came to know about Wahine (since the web was in its primary phase), but I did. And I became obsessed. Yes, I was not (am not) a surfer, but it did not matter. I purchased a subscription purely based on my love for this esoteric design period. After all, it was the '90s, I was a recent design graduate just learning and trying to emulate everything that was "in vogue" about this era. (I even wrote an email to the Art Director in 1995, Shari Fournier, telling her how much I was in awe of what she created. Much to my surprise I received a personal reply, which was so inspiring—as a young designer, I was so thankful she took the time out to answer my email.)
The inaugural issue (far right in the first pic) is apparently somewhat collectable.Regardless, I don't think I'll ever sell my collection as they are a wonderful keepsake to commemorate this amazing era of design.
Below are layout pictures of the first issue of Wahine. I wanted to share with everyone because this magazine has not received, in my opinion, the appropriate recognition it should have.
images, layout/design: © Wahine Magazine
I am excited to announce that I have a collage artwork piece featured in the 8th Street Bridge exhibition group show at Penn State Lehigh Valley.
Reception and community event: Sunday, November 17, 2013, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Artist reception, refreshments, historical perceptive by the Heritage Museum of the Lehigh Valley and a poetical perspective by the Lehigh Valley Writing Project will be part of the program.
This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Albertus Meyers Bridge in Allentown.
This bridge that is commonly referred to as the 8th Street Bridge was dedicated on November 17, 1913. General Harry C. Trexler is credited for the impetus to build the bridge to enhance the economy of the Lehigh Valley as it connected the north and south sides of Allentown.
This exhibition features approximately 30 regional artists who have already created art about this well documented landmark or who were invited to create a work of art in their medium.
Rudy Ackerman, Edgar. S. Baum, Walter Emerson Baum, John Berninger, Greta Brubaker, Lee A. Butz, Sandra Corpora, Ron De Long, James Doddy, Adriano Farinella, Elizabeth Flaherty, Christina Galbiati, Rosemary Geseck, Lee Leckey, George Miller, Hans Milwald, Ramon Peralta, Jerry Quier, Alvena Seckar, Heather Sincavage, Mike Sincavage, Joseph Skrapits, Dana Van Horn, Charles Vlasics, Ann Yost Whitesell, Ann M. Williams.
It is intended that the work will offer diverse approaches to making art including various media as well as representational and abstract interpretations.The exhibition will also feature artists who painted in the mid-1900’s, some of whom were very influential artistic leaders in the Lehigh Valley at the time the bridge was built.
A full color catalog will also be available for visitors.
The exhibition runs October 28th - December 20, 2013.
For more information contact Ann Lalik, 610-285-5261 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or the PSU-LV website:
I am excited to announce that my collage artwork is featured in a group show at Penn State Lehigh Valley.
The exhibition runs August 26th - October 11, 2013; the opening reception is Wednesday, Sept 11th; 5-7pm at Penn State Lehigh Valley.
This exhibition features artists who often use text to express visual images and ideas. The words are presented in a visual context encouraging the viewer to look closer into the image and probe their meaning.
During the exhibition, a mural will be created using text and images that will be fashioned and found.
For more information contact Ann Lalik, 610-285-5261 or email@example.com
Gallery Hours, call: 610-285-5078.
My artist statement: I am enamored with tactile forms of communication and have created a deeply personal aesthetic journey of photocopying words and sometimes images, to create unique patterns, then hand-tear the resulting paper palette to form my collage. The unexpected outcome of rough edges, uneven tones, broken lines and dot patterns that arise from the xerography process are intentional — my work symbolizes the importance of print media communication despite society’s increasing reliance on intangible, digital forms of communication.
It’s Friday night; you are out with your friends ready to enjoy a cold beer to cap off your long week. Do you choose that locally made IPA? Or perhaps smooth Stout? Maybe you settle for a longstanding national beer, the one your grandfather has been drinking for 50 years?
Nowadays, it’s not unheard of to go to your local pub, beer or grocery store to find a plethora of craft beers alongside major beer brands. The competition amongst breweries is fierce. Craft breweries are trying to cut into the market share that national breweries hold. In order to accomplish this, much time and attention to detail is devoted to the brewing process as well as the creation of the marketing and branding material – all initiatives must perfectly align in order to become established in the marketplace.
Conyngham Brewing Company (CBC) is a local brewery in northeastern Pennsylvania launching their first brew next week. Last year I met with the owner discussing his design goals for this new brand; how he wanted the identity and packaging to reflect the innovative and full-flavored line of beers he is creating, as well as his family heritage and the history of the quaint little town of Conyngham,.
With his comments in mind, I went to work, using this 4-step checklist of design initiatives to prepare several options:
Font: It was important to my client to incorporate an Old English-style font. The history surrounding a font of this nature is reflective of the calligraphic hands that were used pre-industrial revolution. This type of font is ornate, and if not utilized correctly, can be hard to read. In order to juxtapose the characteristics of the main font, I chose a simpler secondary font – together they complement the historic aesthetic CBC wants to convey. When you are working with your client make sure to show them how other fonts could work in concert with one another. Doing history and research, as well as talking with your client, will help you get off on the right foot to nail down font options.
Color Palette: In order to balance the ornate characteristics of the font, I introduced a bold, bright color palette, yellow, gray and black, which were also inspired by his family coat-of-arms. I also proposed a version with a muted color palette, but the font was getting lost, the overall identity was not strong enough to stand out. Also, by using tints and shades of the two main colors, yellow and black, helps to maintain brand consistency while still effectively creating depth and interest to the overall design. Keep in mind a balance that must be achieved in your overall design. Colors are just as important as font choice.
Art/Illustration: I applied the historic / modern concept to the main artwork, balancing out the ornate font by using bold diagonal lines and simple line art. Anything too detailed would compete with the font. The main art element (shield) is inspired by the family coat-of-arms concept, and is simple and bold as well. Overall, the artwork and fonts are working together, reading as one unit, instead of one overpowering another.
Grid Design: The first tap handle/label, Kolsch beer, is designed with all elements from the main company logo. Other labels will be designed using this grid template, changing colors in specific areas of the label to identify the type of beer. Because a grid has been established from the onset of this project, the brand could grow unencumbered. There is a method in place to continue to create a consistent visual identity, again reinforcing brand consistency.
The end result is a logo that is a balance of historical and modern design elements; it has the look and feel of traditional craft brewery designs, and is still visually powerful alongside national brands.
So now you have a plan of action to follow with the 4 design initiatives I mentioned above. But what about working with the client? Where do they fit in? How do you foster a great relationship while staying true to your design goals?
You’re working with an established set of parameters that your client needs to achieve. By listening to your client you are also saving time money, and essentially weeding out several design options you may have proposed if you didn’t listen to their concerns. If the trade off is making sure you use a font or art element they are envisioning, compromise. For example, with the CBC logo, I could have proposed an entirely different font style, but in the end if the client isn’t feeling it, then you aren’t doing what you are hired to do. Listen to their concerns and suggestions, and then use your expert skills to make them better.
You spend hours boiling down their company goals into several design options, but how did you get there? Designers are great visual communicators, but unless you could provide a synopsis, a few reasons behind your design decisions, you are missing an opportunity to show them that you are truly listening to them. Also, a client may not immediately ‘see’ what you are presenting, so sometimes you need to talk them through your decisions. Sure you are hired to provide a service, but you are also trying to build a relationship. The more you know about them, the more likely you are to meet their expectations. Perhaps you’ll be the go-to firm for other projects, all because you created an open line of communication, and built a solid relationship.
A client may not be thinking about their design goals five, or even ten years from now, especially start-up companies. But it is your job to ensure this logo, or any design project, will hold up over time in order to not recreate the wheel a few years down the road. The fact you were proactive shows the client you are invested in the project for the long-haul. You want to be the keeper of the brand, so do what you can to show the client you are thinking ahead, creating what is best for their company on a whole, not just the current project.
Cheers! – CG
Conyngham Brewing Company is holding a tasting event for their Kolsch beer at Cuz-n-Joe's, Thursday, August 1st, 6pm.
Stop by and sample some of this amazing beer. For more information click here to view CBC’s FB page.
For Christina Galbiati’s art/Illustration site click here.