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Resource – KoiKoiKoi

November 26, 2010 Leave a comment

“Koi means desire. Koi means follow your dreams. Koi is perseverance. Koi is love. Koi is determination. Koi is fear for regrets. Behind any idea, any project, any work, any creative, there are at least 3 “koi”.”

I’ve discovered an online magazine that I believe is a fantastic resource for any visual designer. KoiKoiKoi holds an abundance of different visual designs from all over the world which is inspiring to any designer.
Not only does the site have an endless amount of inspirational images it also has external links to other visual design blogs, magazines and designers. The website is clearly established to help you find specific information and designers, for example photographers or interviews. Additionally, this site is updated regularly which is really useful and also they have a page dedicated to resources such as inspirations and tutorials which include links such as free downloadable fonts to aid typography. I believe this is a fantastic and inspiriational magazine that can benefit a wide range of students with it’s resources and variety of work.

As I have found KoiKoiKoi so helpfull below I have included a few of my favourite images from the site and also some useful links that I think are extremely beneficial and/or interesting.

An Anti smoking campaign

Inspirational business cards.

Free fonts too improve your typography.


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Grid resource 2

November 26, 2010 Leave a comment

After talking to some of the people in my class last lesson, I learnt about an extremely useful book in regards to grid work. The book – Making and breaking the grid by Timothy Samaratalks through the basics of grid work, other work on grids and also how to make and break the grid successfully.

Even the cover and the pages themselves are designed in such a way to show you how effective and successful making and breaking the grid can be. The writing is fluid and understandable, and the page layouts just emphasise the points the text is making visually.  Below I have included three print screens of the sections I found particularly useful.


In one of the first chapters of the book, Samara talks about Hierarchical grids. Before reading this book I had no idea what one of these grids was and I really think that this an effective grid that when either used or broken would look great as a layout. When I’m making or breaking my grids I really want to incorporate this grid piece and experiment with it.


This page in the book talked about how simply positioning a band in a different section of the grid with a different colour can change the context and/or perspective of the background shot dramatically. I liked this grid approach as it was relatively simply yet dramatic and effective.


This page refers to breaking the grid, I find the way they break the grid very simplistic but effective and the grids at the side really help you see how they did it. I think this is an effective way of making a cover stand out a little bit more with breaking the grid.


I found this book extremely useful as it visually guides you in ways of breaking the grid, and because I learn visually this was perfect for me. If you don’t understand grids very well this book will definitely help you understand them.  It also has a list of other sources which have further information about making and breaking the grid effectively, so the amount of information available to visual designers is expansive.

Final comment:

Below is a print screen once again of the book but it shows what the book is about and the content.



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Grid resource 1

November 26, 2010 Leave a comment

After last weeks lesson I have really struggle to understand grids, rule of thirds but mainly the golden ratio. I really wanted to know how to relate all these concepts to layout development so I found a fantastic resource that illustrates how grids are relevent in layout design and which one’s work well.

My resource was ‘Exploring publication design’ by Poppy Evans, which explores the essential principles and techniques for designing articles, brochures and other print publications. The book not only talks about page layout but typography and colour which is all relevent to this module.

From this resource I have learnt more about the importance of grids in organization and design and developed my knowledge of grid work. With this resource I think that I feel more comfortable working with grids and manipulating them with design for a set purpose.


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