August 31, 2016 - No Comments!

A case for the adaptative flag

More often than not, I’ve stumbled upon flags with complex symbols or coat of arms tilted on a 90° angle; which makes the flag design hard to appreciate.

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Croatian flag banner next to Rovinj's city flag banner

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This is due to the fact that many countries use outdated European heraldry principles for the norms of usage of their flags. Other countries have a set of rules that proves either inconsistent or overly complex. Lastly, other countries just have no guidelines whatsoever for their flags usage. This happens to be a matter for heated discussions amongst flag nerds on the internet:

After researching into the subject and really analyzing every detail of the flags I came across. I noticed many flag designs lacking pragmatism. Coming from a branding and web design background I strongly believe that the rule of thumb in contemporary design must be to develop a visual system optimizing each element for different applications depending on the size, proportions, and medium.

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December 26, 2015 - No Comments!

Inside the color factory

A word from the people behind your favourite colour provider, Pantone.

In 1963, Lawrence Herbert, Pantone's founder, created an innovative system of identifying, matching and communicating colors to solve the problems associated with producing accurate colour matches in the graphic arts community. His insight that the spectrum is seen and interpreted differently by each individual led to the innovation of the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM®, a book of standardized colour in fan format.

The Pantone colour guide is a essential tool for most professionals in the visual arts. However, little did we know that the most accurate colour matching system in the market relies on the human eye.

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September 8, 2015 - Comments Off on Type hunting in Osor

Type hunting in Osor

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I was recently backpacking in the North-West region of Croatia, when I stumbled a little town called Osor in the island of Cres.

Osor is not a common touristic destination, and it might seem remarkably unremarkable even for Croatian people. However, I noticed countless embossed signs —with a population of 60, there’s probably more signs that people– with a typographic style I haven’t observed before.

All around the town you can find different signs set in a kind of Uncial type known as Church Slavic Typography in latin alphabet (almost exclusively found in cyrillic alphabet).

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July 20, 2015 - Comments Off on Gentlemen of Letters

Gentlemen of Letters

Dublin has a rich history of hand painted signs decorating the city. Although it is not as common today, the craft still continues.

It's nice to see that Sign-painting is taking off in social media and gaining the attention it deserves.

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May 30, 2015 - Comments Off on Design Trends & Heraldics

Design Trends & Heraldics

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This visual essay is a personal study of contemporary graphic design with the purpose of (1) analysing how social trends behave and affect the visual identity of brands, and (2) speculating a potential path for future trends.

I would like to clarify that I support the convention that good design is timeless, and I discourage designers who follow trends blindlessly. However, in every current there is an opportunity to explore a visual language, and to try new methods that maybe you haven’t tried before as a designer. Sometimes trends just take place due to new techonological advances that provide the opportunity to design with new techniques, this is a positive chance for designers to try new tools and increase their knowledge of design.

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March 24, 2015 - Comments Off on Daily Drop Caps

Daily Drop Caps

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"A drop cap is a large capital letter at the beginning of a text block that has the depth of two or more lines of regular text."

With the goal of expanding my typographic horizons and improving my lettering skills, I conducted a project in which I sketched by hand and then digitally vectorize one drop cap per day for a period of 4 weeks.

I used a variety of techniques from calligraphy pens (see "V") to Q-tips with ink (see "&"), and explored a wide array of styles from a minimalistic "N" to an engraved representational "T".

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Astronauts are people trained by a human spaceflight program to command, pilot, or serve as a crew member of a spacecraft. Although generally reserved for professional space travelers, the terms are sometimes applied to anyone who travels into space, including scientists, politicians, journalists, and tourists.

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March 23, 2015 - Comments Off on I should’ve backed-up

I should’ve backed-up

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This article is a short visual essay that illustrates the importance of backing-up work related files and the resulting anger caused by the absence of them. The article is primarily focused on a personal occurrence and it concludes with different tips and resources useful for the purpose of keeping your files safe.

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March 9, 2015 - Comments Off on The importance of travelling

The importance of travelling

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“I want to urge you very strongly to travel as much as you can, and to evolve yourself as an internationalist. It's as important a part of your education as a radical as the reading of any book.”

― Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian

This article is a short three parts essay that illustrates my personal experience travelling as a design student, and my findings on how travelling shapes the mind of a creative professional. The first part refers to my individual background, the second narrates an imaginary case study, and the third part brings thoughts to a conclusion.

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