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DCH Calendar by TheRyanFord DCH Calendar by TheRyanFord
This is a calendar for the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It is 31.75" in height, 11" wide.

Okay, so I've done some major overhauling on this thing. I had an argument with my type teacher about legible point sizes in type. In my opinion, a typeface can be quite small if it's being used in short intervals. For example, you could have 4pt type on a page so long as it was only a few words and not a bunch of text. My instructor disagrees, but was entirely able to read the type she claimed was "unreadable." No squinting necessary.
So to that end, I enlarged all type to a minimum point size of 7. As a result, I had to rethink the calendar settings quite a bit.

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So this thing is done. I'm done. It's done. We're all done.
Changed out yellow for orange. It stands out more and also mixes with the image layer nicely. Also some type adjustments and hierarchy fixes. All done. Time for printage.
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edeziner Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2006  Professional General Artist
great work. colors really got my attention. :D
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NDroid Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006   Photographer
Amazing work dude.
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xloganx Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006
Great design work. Gives me some ideas for a brochure design I've been putting off.

As a design project, this works tremendously. However, I have to put in one point in my opinion; comming from the print world (6yrs in small commercial print), my experience speaks harshly about this. You really do have to keep in mind the majority of the people that would view this piece as an information article, not a design. If there are many older people (lets think in terms of eye age around mid 30's +) whose sight is less than perfect, and dwindling, then this could be a real challenge - and frankly a pain - to read. Just something I've learned. Finding a balance between good design and good asthetics is a very difficult and thin one.

I'd be interested to see this in final print (the actaual ink&;paper) to give a deffinate review as that can actually make a big difference in clarity [definition in saturation/contrast/hue] - pixels do little justice to tight lines of type.

But that's what feedback is about, to help the artist view the work from the observer's eyes. ;)

I think you stuff is fantastic and inspiring. Keep up the great work. :thumbsup:
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TheRyanFord Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Yes, it was definitely a conceptual design as was the entire project. Had I been instructed to make sure the general public could appreciate this, it would've turned out a lot different. However, the typography class in which this was designed focused more on conceptual layouts and creative ideas than necessary usability. In all honesty, my piece was probably the most functional out of what came out of the class (in regards to my fellow students).

The type was clear and legible. I spent a long time adjusting that aspect, as the layout was initially quite different (in terms of type).
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xloganx Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2006
Ah yes, typography class. I actually learned the alot about graphic design and publishing in typography class, oddly enough - it came in real handy working for a commercial print shop. Surprisingly, my Basic GD and GD1 classes were a joke... but enough about that. I can tell you put alot of work and thought into this piece. It shows.
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lysflies Featured By Owner May 7, 2006
r u sure it's easy enough to read? on some spot there's a ready to read text...
well the design itself run very good ^^
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TheRyanFord Featured By Owner May 7, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
It's quite large and quite easy to read.
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luminaeus Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005
Alot of people, like me, won't attempt to read anything that looks like you wouldn't be able to read. I might be able to distinguish the lighter green from the darker green... but that requires effort. Visually its great, but not exactly utilitarian.
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IOFFE Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005
nope, this design isn't awesome and what more important enough easy to use

yep, it's aesthetically perfect, but the font is still too small and bright background makes it more unreadable

and there were no reasons to make 2 groups of fonts (light/dark) it is also makes the thing more unreadable

man, take care about those whos sight worther then yours even a bit

but repeat: with the point of aesthetics this piece is fine!
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apoc-alypse Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
I still don't like that blockiness of that nebula thing.
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TheRyanFord Featured By Owner May 8, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Sorry. It's a requirement. ;)
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apoc-alypse Featured By Owner May 15, 2005
It's a requirement to have a nebula that looks like you took it straight off the Hubble site without editing?
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TheRyanFord Featured By Owner May 15, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
It's a requirement to have an image layer.

Geeze what an ass. ;)
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valkyre Featured By Owner May 4, 2005   Interface Designer
Huba huba huba SEXY! :love:
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B-positive Featured By Owner May 4, 2005
great work, glad to see a pro's work
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peto Featured By Owner May 3, 2005
This is a wonderful calendar. The colors are great, the positioning is great, it's all very well done. As far as the size of the typeface I think it should also be considered the use of the calendar. If the calendar is just going to be framed and hung in the Disney Concert Hall, then I think it should be bigger for the general publc, however if it was going to be passed out then it is fine the way it is and also more attractive. However since this is a class project, I think whatever would get the higher grade, is better. Best of luck.
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fantazsikart Featured By Owner May 3, 2005
this a great example of freakin awesome layout design! i am really enjoying this piece. great job......// ;)
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3pepe3 Featured By Owner May 3, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
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reticulation great
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dewi Featured By Owner May 3, 2005
Very nice, I like the final piece. Good choice on the color change. Much more visually grabbing. :thumbsup:
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IceQueen-- Featured By Owner May 3, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
nicely done.

its very stylish :)
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norbi Featured By Owner May 2, 2005
I want this calendar
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halfliquid Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005
Type professors! -- they think as everything should be typed for them.

:roll:

=P

Needless to say, this version is actually quite juicy in appearance. And it goes without saying that there's wonderful type layout here.

:thumbsup:
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hypermind Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
I've been watching the evolution of this thing and I must say that when I first saw it I really liked it. It had smooth lines, cool colours etc... But I feel at the moment its very odd looking. Each part of the calendar doesn't seem to fit in to another part. For example those yellow gradient boxes around the dates. Also I think that the choice of colour for the font may be a little odd as well. The green and yellow fonts just happened to be placed over a green section of a yellow section and the colours don't seem to contrast very well, making the font quite difficult to read.

Although I point these out, it think this is a great poster overall and has allot of potential. Obviously you know much more about design that I do but those are just some of the things I noticed.
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TheRyanFord Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
While I agree with your initial feelings, you must also understand that typography for me is no longer about "how do I make it the most legible," because I and my fellow students have pretty much mastered that issue. Now it's about blending type, making it its own image in a way, but still keeping it readable. Yes, we're fucking with type to such an extreme that it's almost unreadable.

The color choices are a matter of mixing all of the elements with the image layer. I feel that you're worried that things blend in too well, but in a way that's the point. I draw every color directly from the background, and by repeating it throughout the layout I'm tying things in. It's no longer type ON an image, it's type MIXED with an image. Know what I mean?

One must also consider it's about as tall as Gary Coleman, so the poster will be highly legible.
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hypermind Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Hmm, yes i see what you're saying now.
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hypermind Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Green Section or a yellow section...

:doh:
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DaBeanz Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
I find the low contrast text very hard to read!?!

I love the overall look of the piece, the image, the colours, the balance etc... But i can't read it easily. Is this actual size?
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TheRyanFord Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
No, the thing is huge.
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DaBeanz Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah! That'll probably make a big difference! :D
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willowdiamond Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:omg:
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bikerboy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2005
I can appreciate the design but I can't really make out what the text says clearly because of how small it is. :|
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dewi Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2005
Well, lucky the poster will be larger than this submission, so it shouldn't be as much of a problem then.
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bikerboy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2005
Ah. Gotchya. :nod:
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Thunderstatement Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those juicy colors look much nicer. :)
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cyphex Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2005
Still nice, but what happened to the blue? :(
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TheRyanFord Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
I ate it.
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cyphex Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2005
Well as long as it didn't go to waste.
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dewi Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2005
Yeah, I looked at this for about five minutes, and I think you've got something real solid here it all binds well. I was thinking that perhaps tweaking this or that might enhance the visual aesthetic, but everytime I tried, it threw something else out of whack. You've created an impressively complex balance that weighs out nicely. :thumbsup:
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naptha Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Professional Filmographer
You've done an amazing job on this, once again. I really liked the origional blue tone of the background and calendar bars, but this warmer hue definately conjures a feeling/impression of spring/summer. I'm really impressed with the bottom fold image. It's an awesome idea to have some of the concert hall's actual form in the design itself and I really like how you've applied that.
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Narfmaster Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Oh wow, the colour change is rather cool.
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grafikdzine Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Tough reads on some spots, otherwise its good.
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apoc-alypse Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005
I don't really like how the grid is shown but it's only purpose is to justify the text while the boxes seem almost freeform from the grid. I think you can use a mor specific and useful way to visually justify your text and align your boxes. I can't say I like the obvious breaks in the image either. They're very distracting.
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TheRyanFord Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Ah, but grids are breakable. I use the grid to place type and elements I feel necessary, but if I need to I can break the grid any time I like. :mwahaha:

The dots are not there to justify the placement of type; they're a requirement.
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willowdiamond Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That if absolutely fantastic. When I'm reading the white text, it actually looks like there's green text beteween the lines. Maybe it's an illusion.
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cloude Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005
Amazing new direction. Its even more polished dream like feel to it. Hella different man and I love. :love:
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RoyalBlade Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005
amaaaaaaazing! love the colours, perfect font choices ALTHOUGH a bit unreadable at certain places. sorry if you mentioned the unreadable part in your description, but i didn't read it :P i suck :P

very nice though
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TheRyanFord Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
It's only tiny on screen. In print one can read everything clearly.
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RoyalBlade Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005
well i love it than :)
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zealivityfive Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005
well i'm guessing since it is typography the focus is more on the font then then anything else... i might be wrong. i was just thinking it being disney and all it seems to lack that disney feel. looks good otherwise though. :)
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seveneves Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005
Hmm, quite good, but I must say that I prefer the other version a lot better. Just my opinion though. :shrug:
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