Tuesday, October 28

先賭為快: 明信片設計 (i.e. babes on the postcard!)

之前有顧客建議我多設計些不同類型的商品, 首先推出的當然就是那變裝貼紙! 我當然也有其他想法, 不過那通常會先受限於資金的問題 ( 例如印在瓷器上成本就會高很多). 我前兩天逛了逛大創還真的被我尋到寶了!! 因為我的第一眼印象就讓我靈機一動有了一個好點子: 那是一個淡藍色長形畫框, 中間水平分佈了三個有銀色細框的圓形, 造型相當摩登, 我一口氣買了好幾個回家後便迫不及待想試試放上我的圖效果如何, 先量了尺寸後又在GIMP裡瞎搞了一番 ( 重點還是在於挑三張屬性類似並於剪裁時注意視覺平衡的問題), 於是我的明信片設計便簡簡單單地完成了!!

A new postcard design project. The layout was inspired by a very cool frame I just bought 2 days ago. It's modern and sleek, and got this baby blue color (looking awfully good with all my orange babes!) with 3 circles in the middle. I actually bought a couple of them so I can display and sell them the next time you see me at the culture center in the downtown! :P

I'm thinking about having the similar layout for the 2009 calendar, so what you think about that? go ahead and leave a note 'cause people rarely have opinion about anything nowadays except the declining global economics! :(

就先給你們看看頭兩張, 等我再弄好兩張並裱褙好, 會拍個美美的照片好讓你們品頭論足一番的! :P

Sunday, October 12

4th Release of 2008 Calendar: 免費桌曆下載: 第四期

Hey guys, I know I'm running a bit late but here is the final release of the 2008 calendar for my energetic baby series. I didn't get much feedback from my visitors on this design project but still it's a nice experience! :P In case you need some instruction about printing, check out my previous blog entry: Free 2008 Calendar?! No Kidding!

真報歉, 都快過兩周了才發第四期的桌曆, 就看在那精美的設計上, 原諒我吧!! 昨天在文化中心擺攤時我答應顧客們今天可以上部落格免費下載, 還算有良心的我當然說到就要做到! :P 就多印兩三份送給你的親朋好有吧!!

4th release of 2008 Calendar Design by Ian Yang
至於印表機的設定我之前有談過, 請用A4的列印用紙, 約170磅左右, 選擇高畫質列印 (200~300dpi), 正常列印(版面), 印出後摺成三角錐或直接捲成筒狀, 固定的方式可用雙面膠或迴紋針ㄡ!

Tuesday, October 7

新品上市: 變裝貼紙!!

應該算是我第一次嘗試製作比較具商業性的商品吧?!我把它取名作"變裝貼紙", 你可以把它貼在任何同尺寸的卡片上, 如捷運卡, 借書證, icash, 或星巴克的隨行卡上. 上回我在高雄文化中心的藝術市集賣出了幾套, 有好玩的是有幾位客人詢問過後, 走了, 又再回來買的, 真讓我感動, 感恩ㄚ!! 為了下回的擺攤, 我設計了另一個旗幟宣傳用, 腦袋瓜裡有三四個草圖, 完成了兩個, 下面的則是最終的版本 (點一下可以放大):


你在懷疑為什麼有右上方的空白吧?? 那是為了把一張實際的貼紙放 (黏或縫)在上頭增加點立體感. 用色主要是綠和黃色, 不僅為了稱托橘色, 也有暗示新鮮, 有趣的作用! 至於文字與排版當然都有其用意等下回我再談談吧!

說了那麼多, 你都還沒看到全貌呢!! 點下面的小圖吧! :P



雖然說是限量500套, 但扣除掉瑕疵品和送親朋好友的, 也有剩四百多套. 好康的是裡頭還有兌獎卷ㄡ!! 包括A4的噴墨畫和貼紙, 如果銷售情況不錯的話我應該會偷偷增加兩三張尺寸大於50公分的大圖做為回饋吧! 你心動嗎?? 留個言吧!! :P


Note:

10到12月的月曆再給我兩三天發吧!! 還有我在 Colourlovers.com 發了些新的 palettes 和patterns, 別忘了去逛逛!!

Marx__Engels NO_Way,_Jose!


Friday, July 4

Better Late Than Never: Release of 2008 Calendar from July to September

真不敢相信我最後一次的文章是發表於一月, 喔天阿!!

最近花較多時間閱讀些藝術相關的書籍和一些小說, 如 Tristram Shandy (Laurence Sterne 著), The Sea, the Sea (Iris Murdoch 著), 前者幾乎都是在高雄市中正文化中心的圖書館發掘的; 我當記錄那些我認為身為一藝術愛好者與一普通讀者應當永遠避免的書目 -- 儘管唐吉訶德的作者成曾告誡我们再敬差強人意的書也有其可取之處 -- 我還是寧願在下回更新部落格時, 分享我所喜愛的書籍中令我有所感應的片段, 如梵谷的書信。

Can't believe that the last article on my blog was published on January, oh my GOD!!

To be honest, I spent much of my time reading some art-related books and a couple of novels, such as Tristram Shandy (by Laurence Sterne) and The Sea, the Sea (by Iris Murdoch), the former are all discovered in the library of cultural center, which looks rather old and poor even some say it's the largest one in Kaohsiung. I should have listed a couple of books, as an art lover and common reader, I think one should definitely avoid in the rest of his life so he wouldn't feel distressed and disappointed and take a dim view of the art that someone like me who tries so hard to make, nevertheless, I would rather share something that truly touches me next time, like the letters of Vincent van Gogh.

那, 回到正題吧! 下面這張是7月份登場的小寶貝, Energetic Baby No.53

Okie Dokie, let's cut to the chase! The following image is the Baby for July, Energetic Baby No.53.image: Baby for July, Energetic Baby No.53
image of 2008 calendar design, July to September, Energetic Baby No.53至於八月與九月, 就賣個關子, 下載檔案後你就會知道了! 馬上按下右側的下載鈕吧!! =D

不曉得自從我發佈月免費月曆以來究竟有多少人下載並印出來使用了如果你有的話麻煩你拍個美美的照片寄到我的電子信箱 ian[at]aloftofmyown.com, 我一定會幫你發表給我的讀者看看好讓他們羨慕一下

As for August and September, well, you'll see when you download the file! Just click on the big, fat, lovely icon designed by AlperEsin on Deviantart and get your 3rd release of 2008 Calendar in the shape of a triangular prism.;)

Don't know how many people out there have actually downloaded the previous calendar 1 and print it. In case you have, please do me a favor and send some pictures of it to my email, i.e., ian[at]aloftofmyown.com so I can publish them for you and make some of my readers jealous of the fabulous prints you've got!!

趁我還記得, 接下來三個月隔周周六, 我會在文化中心廣州路側藝術市集設攤位, 別忘了來拿一張我精心設計的名片呦! =D


Note:

1 Previous calendar: Something Awful and Something New (April to June) & Free 2008 Calendar?! No Kidding! (with guide for printing)

Tuesday, January 15

Let's Get Down to the Business... Card.

About 2 weeks ago I had a chance to set up a stall at a local culture center and met some REAL people with whom I can share some thought about my works. A common question that kept coming out of their mouths is: DO YOU HAVE A BUSINESS CARD? Well, I had thought about making one but was kind of runnin' out of inspiration then, but now - after browsing my old works - I have made an absolutely gorgeous one which I call The 16th's New Dress (click on the image for larger version):

Care about knowing a bit more about the design? Of course you do!

When we talk about good design, we always think of a key element that catches our attention immediately, in this case of mine, I have TWO, that big white circular thing (resembling moon) and some casual stains of orange (the color all my BABES can't live without). I put that circle on top not only because the original work sort of makes me think about the scene of night but it is a better solution for just putting texts on the colorful background. Applying lighter color makes a soft transition and distinction, and since it has a specific shape, it makes one fall into a certain mood naturally when one looks at it.


Besides, to keep it from being too "Clean", extra strokes was painted with a color that blends with the background harmoniously.


Well, you know, I was trying to imply that when you look at the moon, you do see some blemishes on it, and sometimes, it's the blemishes that give the charms. ;)

By the way, do you see those ripples on the right?? I saved those ripples for this design to suggest that a viewer can look at this card in different angle so he can discover something new (or old, since it originated from my Energetic Baby No.16!).

Finally, there comes good news for you all: I'm gonna offer this as free gift - an A4 print of limited edition* - for my customers. There are only 5o of them so if you're intrigued already, better not hesitate and go right away to my shop and pick a print of your favorites! ;)


Note:

* Business card and an A4 print edition is a bit different 'cause you do know that textures are hardly recognizable on a tiny card, right? :)