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Contemporary Ad


This contemporary ad for Ray-Ban sun glasses has direct links to past design styles. In particular, it reflects Pop-art style as used by Andy Warhol. This style is used by the ad to show how the product is available in a wide range of colors. It also plays off the mood of Pop-art as being hip new and cool.

Feature Ad

The ad that I found is a feature advertisement for visiting North Carolina. The image for this is a large old tree with many branches. Laying among the branches is a young child. The text reads " There was a time when all playground equipment came pre-assembled." Being that the ad is for North Carolina, the text plays off the age of the state. It goes to say that once there were simpler days and that they are still around in North Carolina. Another part that helps this is the type face. It is a classic font resembling Baskerville. With the classic type face, the message is re-enforced by the feeling of an old style letter.

Poster Influences


The first poster is from an American designer on Iran and US relations. While the poster was made in recent times, it draws on some styling habits of designers past. One of these is the use of a grid, in this case an off-set grid, that was very popular in the 60's. This is demonstrated with the second poster for Porsche racing with its off-set grid. Another reference back to previous artist is that of the simple color palate. While keeping the piece rather flat, it helps in making the message more simple and easily read. This selection of color palate also refers back to the 1960's as shown in these poster designs for a german sailing event. This goes to show that we all tend to incorporate design elements that we have been exposed to through out our lives.

International Design

This is a Finnish design firm that handles multiple media formats. To me it seems as if their designs are more clear and to the point than most American designs. Our works tend to be over cluttered or have too much information in them. The works shown by this firm are all simple and clean with nothing too much extra going on to distract the viewer. This, in my opinion leads to strong work overall.

Finnish Firm HotSnow


Ski designer's explanation of where his inspiration comes from

Interview of Designer

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Making fun of avitar

More Music Ideas

Some of these show ways to use symbols of music.


Research/ Ideas

Music symbols as globe? Music = universal language. Can speak to anyone anywhere


On this site i found the most examples to generate ideas off of and determine what direction I wanted to take my project.

Museum On The Seam

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