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Graphic Design Inspiration from Common Things -- Part II

computer-codeIt's All About GIGO
The word GIGO is a familiar term to computer programmers.

It is an acronym for "Garbage In, Garbage Out" and describes the cause and effect relationship of entering bad code in a computer software program and reaping the resulting bad results.

In short, a good program is as good as the code that is in it.

This idea can also be extending to the quality of education you receive at your graphic design school. The better the education, the better your design career training will be.

As far as graphic inspiration is concerned our ideas and creative revelations often come from the sort of input and stimulation we receive from the world around us; the good stuff brings good inspiration and vice versa.

In Graphic Design Inspiration from Common Things - Part I, we displayed several examples of graphic designs that were inspired from everyday objects. In part two of this series, we'll see how graphic design can be motivated by the simple action of simple observation of your environment.

Vitalize Infused Water
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In this entertaining approach in designing the graphics for this health-energy beverage, the graphic artist decided to go one step beyond by not only displaying the fruit on the bottle but incorporating the graphic of a zipper.

The idea is whimsical and emphasizes the drink manufacturer's name (Zipp) by using the zipper as a graphic icon and device that "reveals" what is inside each bottle.
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Portland Mercury Biking News Feature
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When the Portland Mercury News was gearing up for a special bicycle feature, graphic designers Liz Meyer and Gavin Potenza were called upon to create the graphics for the article.

In this simple but striking treatment they have captured the beauty,challenge and isolation that can be part of the bicycling experience. The use of complimentary colors, angular geometric shapes, and good use of perspective draws the viewer deeply into the image.
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Nuzzles: Wood Puzzles

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Graphic designer John Christenson decided to do something in graphic design that is quite rare; he creates three-dimensional graphic pieces.

His Nuzzle line of puzzles is custom made of wood and can take on any name or message that his customers wish. Of course if you'd like to see supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in wooden type, it just might take a few more days for its completion.

Stern Grove Concert Poster
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Say "Stern Grove" and any San Franciscan worth his or her salt will immediately know you are referring to "The City's" music concerts. The annual Stern Grove music presentations are free to the general public and offer great live music performances.

But familiarity has its downside as well. Just how do you publicize an event that is already well known without being too cliché?

In this event poster the graphic designer has chosen the path of keeping the design organic and fanciful. The different graphical elements have an eye-catching three-dimensionality to them. The poster also has a retro 60s feel to it as well.

The bright primary colors, the unique use of musical instruments found in the tree branches, and the overall balance of the piece is pleasing as well as informative.

Next Time...
Stay tuned for more examples of Graphic Design Inspiration from Common Things in the conclusion of this series. Remember, inspiration is only part of the story of successful graphic design; you'll also need a solid education from a university or graphic design college too.

Until next time, keep on designing!


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