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Carl Gregg : Sign & Symbol

Archive for May, 2009

Thoughts on the Semester

Wow, it’s hard to believe that this is the last post. Between this and online design i could publish a 300 pg. book of blogs. This sign and symbol class was a little more intense than the last time I took it. I love making symbols, and the complex aspect of a simple form but sometimes the process is a little excessive. I know I need to really think rationally instead of going straight to the computer and drawing out symbols and sticking with them. I guess I have learned the importance of the process, not only in this class, but in my stay in the graphics dept. There are steps to good design, and yes, you can skip some if needed, but I think the best results will come from a completed process. The food packaging project was really hated, BUT, I haven’t worked a super amount on stuff like that so it taught me some things within itself. My favorite project was the last, of course, it was more labor intensive, but also more fun. In all, I think I got a lot more from this class the second time around.


More Progress on Project



Okay again, the logo and directional signs have pretty much stayed the same. I spent some time completing the 10 park symbols and briefly went over the map with the pencil and pen tool. The 10 symbols seem to be working pretty well, so that is one more check. I need to make some adjustments to the map, come up with a 3d and advertising element, then package it all together in about a week. I know … i’m crunching time … but it isn’t procrastination … it is time constraints. I’m really starting to get the just of the pen tool in illustrator. I can sketch something out pretty quick now with that tool and relating symbols to one another is progressing. I need to work on advertising elements though, I haven’t worked a lot with that aspect of design, so I need to sharpen the skills.

Progress on Project

logo_wayfinding1Okay, this is not everything I have, but it is what I have closely complete. After playing with some colors and type choices for the logotype, we have decided on this one, a playful but sophisticated sans-serif. The directional symbols mimic the design of the logo with the same font (just bolder and thicker), and solid forms. The concept behind the directional signage is to symbolically reference the tubing in the park because that is the primary attraction of Pedernales Falls. As of right now, I working on the 10 symbols and map and later will add a simple Flash site for the advertising element.