This was a personal-spec experiment in branding myself. I have found that I am a tough client. This was a good exercise in self editing and time management. Before I committed anything to pixels, I answered some basic questions:
What are my strengths?
Colors I like (#ae2024, #777 by the way)
Designers I admire?
Work I enjoy?
Based on my answers I started sketching as many different ideas as I could muster. Then I did a little research on other people’s branding journeys for inspiration. The option that grabbed me the most was beginning from geometric shapes (hexagons in this case). I like using basic shapes as a jump-off point sometimes, because they intrinsically just fit together.
This was a short time frame (90 minutes) personal project to recreate a print advertisement from pre-1980 that could be placed in a current magazine such as Wired. The original advertisement I found was for Apple Computers and away I went. The original ad from 1979 can be viewed via Classic Computing.
I attempted to grasp the minimalist Apple design aesthetic and mix it with a little humor. I also wanted to convey the idea of just how easy it is today to but a computer. In 1979 you had to call Apple on the telephone and now you can just go online to the Apple website purchase everything you need with minimal hassle.
This project was another short time line to stretch my skills a little. The brief was to take an object that I have with me everyday and create 3 print advertisements with 3 different directions to follow:
Show the item in a positive light
Show the item as an inferior item
Show the item in a metaphorical light.
I chose my earbuds as subject matter. The first direction, positive, was meant to look similar to but different than original AKG® print ads. All of the images were found online to go with the short time I was given, so I do not claim ownership of any of the pieces I used.
The second direction, inferiority, put the AKG® headphones up against the Beats By Dre Studio™ headphones, with the Beats™ headphones winning out for various reasons.
The final direction put the headphones in a metaphorical context as a mind-reading tool used for counseling purposes.