An object that inspires me and continues to ignite my interest in graphic design is a particular art print I was gifted from a good friend. It is by an Australian studio, Three of the Possessed and is a lion’s face made up of a series of geometric shapes, named Wild Neon (available at Society6).

lion

In this design, I like the use of flat shapes (triangles and polygons) and colour to form a three dimensional object. I appreciate the roots of geometry and how shape, size, the relative position of objects and the properties of space can be used in a graphic sense to create depth and bring a flat surface to life. I especially like how a range of colours are incorporated in this piece, from bright to dark to pastel tones, and how contrast is achieved by using different shades of similar colours. I also like the how the essence of the animal is not lost in the abstractness.

My interest in graphic design arose from my interest in art, so it was pretty effortless for vector-based art to appeal to me. I like how geometric art can be used in many forms of design such as textile, architecture and typography as well.

Some more designs from the same studio that I love are shown below respectively: Island at Sea, September 1927 (throw pillow) and Love Will Tear Us Apart. The abstract, modern and prismatic nature of these designs perpetuate my interest.

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Image credit: Society6

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As a result, this style has influenced my graphic design on a couple of occasions. The first being when I created packaging for a door key, in the form of a 10cm high garden gnome (note: for this particular piece, creativity took precedence over packaging excessiveness).

I focused on an untraditional garden gnome look, opting for triangular and rectangular prisms over cylinders and spheres. It created a more abstract twist and gave the gnome another unexpected dimension.

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Gnome key

Another piece influenced by geometric style was my redesign of the Groovin The Moo (GTM) website (concept only). I wanted to create something that was modern and reflected the essence of the festival. Cattleyard (the event manager) described the GTM name as “nonsensical but unforgettable” and that’s something I wanted to communicate in my design – and I think abstract, geometric art achieves this!

GTM site

I think geometric style reflects the part of my personality that likes to think outside the box. The abstractness, the illusions, the dimensions, all encourage me to look beyond the obvious – it reminds me that things don’t always have to appear as they seem.

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