The year 2008
This is the time to stop, ponder and observe where a person stands in this journey called life. We, at antzFx, are fortunate to execute some designs, some people liked some of them and some recognition and criticism came our way. We will be recording all our adventures in 2009 too in this space.
Dear reader, we wish you a happy and prosperous New Year 2009! May all your dreams come true…
Continue reading Design — Poster for IISc Centenary Run
I know that it is too late to design a 2009 Calendar. I am looking at the 2008 tabletop calendar that is faded a little bit and has a lot of scribbling – my reminders of various tasks. I was thinking “Well, so far nobody has given me a 2009 calendar. Can I make one myself?” The result: I designed one yesterday and it appears to be nice. So I thought of sharing it with you.
I started the design as a tabletop calendar. Two sheets can be printed on a single A4 sheet. I can make a tabletop calendar with six such sheets and some cellophane tape. Or, I can stick it on to the wall or partition of your cubicle in my workplace. Later I manipulated the pixel ratio such that anyone can use these images as their computer desktop wallpaper. At the moment only 1920X1200 pixel ratio (widescreen) is available for download.
Let us see what went behind the design. I will try to answer your immediate and obvious questions.
Continue reading Design — Calendar 2009
First year of professional life is a milestone in any fresher’s life. It’s the point where he/she gets to shed their “fresher” title. Last month was the transition period for eleven of us. We wanted to have a quiet celebration.
What is more appropriate than a poster?
I was all set except for an idea. Since I wanted to cook something simple, I rejected all the obvious ideas that flooded my mind — a cake with a lighted candle, a one rupee note with our names on it, etc. With every passing idea not working, I became disheartened.
Chaos to Clarity
A flashback of the last one year puzzled me more and clouded my thoughts. What was I doing all these time? What did I leave behind? People were not amazed about me; but nonetheless they were impressed. After all, I am leaving my mark in the corporate space. Suddenly everything fell into place. I knew what I had to do; what I had to write; the confusion simply vaporized. So, the flashback did do me good.
Since we have been imprinting our impressions on each and everyone we come across, the punch line could be nothing but
“We have been leaving our prints all over company for the last one year now”
With a thumb-impression and snapshots of my fellow ex-freshers, the poster was complete.
Seeing the poster, one of my seniors exclaimed, “So you people were responsible for the pile of printouts around the printer!”
Author: Davide Guglielmo , Italy
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3
Design date: 03-Sep-2008
“Smile please…” requests a press photographer.
“Autograph please…” requests one of my fans.
“Wow!” A child couldn’t hide her surprise when she saw me waving at the crowd.
“Well, I think…” I mumble when my opinion is sought by the TV crew on an international political situation.
I am famous. I am a celebrity. I am a star.
Who doesn’t want to be popular?
Continue reading Design — Poster for Magazine
“+1 Neat one. Definitely. But, may be aesthetically a bit too big on the T-shirt!”
“+1 For fitting entire idea to one theme.”
“+1 It says everything about Barcamp. Looks new and fresh”
A designer tries to convey an idea through a design. If others are connecting to the same idea, the design is a success. As a designer, I am very happy after seeing the above comments for my logo design from people who are strangers to me.
BarCamp is an international network of user generated conferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants — often focusing on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats. The original logo is created by Eris Stassi.
Barcamp has an arm in Bangalore, India. They are conducting a technology workshop this week (13 and 14 September) and this is its seventh edition. A contest was organised by Barcamp to design a logo for the event that will eventually appear in posters, banners and t-shirts. When I came to know about the contest from my brother, I decided to take the plunge.
Continue reading Design — Logo for Barcamp Bangalore 7
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Are you looking for a wallpaper or calendar?
On the occasion of the Indian Independence Day (15-Aug), here is a ‘Jai Ho!’ desktop wallpaper/calendar for you to download.
Visit this blog entry: Design – Independence Day Desktop Wallpaper Calendar
Team antzFx.com; 13-Aug-2009
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Young at heart and
A million opportunities.
Above were the words that came to my mind when I sat to make a greeting card to mark the occasion of India’s Independence Day (15th of August).
Download this Greeting Card >
(JPG, 800 X 600, 192KB)
Continue reading Design — Greeting Card: Independence Day
Have you ever seen any self promotional ads done by advertising agencies?
This is a Disclaimer
A commonly mouthed phrase in advertising field is that “Yes, we know the ad is just an average one. It is because the client does not share our vision and the budget was not enough. It is a pity. When are we going to have a perfect client?”
Go out and see (that means, do a ‘Google’) a self-promotional ad done by an agency. I am 90% sure that you will find it equally bad and non-creative. Tell me, what is the reason for this ‘no-show’?
Just now I designed and uploaded a website promoting myself. I am 100% sure that you will find it as boring, lacks content, lacks animated stuff and not a ‘new-age’ thing. And the website claims that I am the only designer in this whole universe who is capable of doing wonderful and creative designs. Blah!
Continue reading Design – Website
I don’t know how many zeroes are there in ‘50 million.’ That much dollars is huge money and I will never get a chance to own such a magnificent number in my whole life.
A technology group in a large IT (Information Technology) firm recently crossed 50 million dollars in business. This group works in Telecom Domain. To mark the occasion, they are planning a celebration and needs a logo to be printed on gift articles and posters. The brief was that the logo should capture the essence of the celebration to mark this milestone. This logo design was an open contest and I was fortunate enough to send two designs to them.
There should be a ‘50,’ there should be a ‘Million’ and there should be a ‘$.’ This was the thought in my mind. After a dozen attempts, I came up with a line drawing.
Continue reading Design – Logo for 50 Million
“I like this green one. I will take it.”
“Good. I am happy to hear that.”
You may also want to check this blog entry: ‘10 Free Designs – Wedding Invitation Templates‘
My friend is getting married next month. After inviting all of us in person, he is planning to send an e-mail three days prior to the event as a reminder. His requirement was simple. He needs a stylish invitation in JPG format to use in the ‘reminder’ e-mail. I agreed to do this for him.
After a couple of days, he gave me more specifications. He sent me a small poem to appear on the invitation. He wanted clutter free and no frill fonts to facilitate easy reading.
Continue reading Design – Wedding Invitation