To be honest, I created this to be a small zine, but I really just wanted to make something that pushes my skills as a designer. Typography is fucking hard. I want to get way better at it. This is my attempt to continue flexing my type skills. I’m currently about to finish up my senior year in under grad. college. I feel like I have a lot more to learn, so I am constantly trying to push my abilities in my down time. This is a publication I made within the winter break of 2017 into 2018.
I chose to focus on the tactile aspects of mechanisms. This includes what makes up a certain product : bolts, screws, wires, metal containers and plates. I ripped apart, broke, smashed and deconstructed various items including some obsolete Iphone chargers I had laying around my room. I have a stash of old trucks and wheels from past setups I skated with, so I knew I wanted to incorporate some aspect of skateboarding. I found random knives/cooking equipment in my kitchen, which I thought worked well with the rest of my collection of items. The whole point of this exercise was to basically discover new forms from old belongings. I wanted to see if I could make interesting designs and images through techniques such as print making and collage. I ended up creating a good amount of content and wanted to ultimately make a visual outlet showcasing what new things I came up with. There is also a section dedicated to smiley faces. For whatever reason I always loved the graphic appearance of the smiley face and wanted to make designs encorporating it. I’m just making whatever comes to my head - it usually doesn’t have a huge meaning towards it. It’s just fun.
A lot of this shit doesn’t really make any sense and I am the first to say that a good amount of this publication is an excuse to make interesting shit, mainly designs that look cool in my eyes. Aesthetics matter to me, bottom line. You are an idiot if you don’t believe style is needed within art. I stay motivated in pushing my design skills but hold onto my techniques as an overall visual artist/creative being.
I think design school has pushed me into needing some sort of reason to make something and conceptually create things relevant to that subject matter. Thats great and all, but sometimes it can be very limiting. I wanted this to be a process of discovering new design techniques & basically jumping off of one idea to the next. This is all for fun anyways, so who gives a shit? I hope you like it or sparks some type of interest.