After we made our pattern, our teacher had us do a couple more assignments using them. The first was to experiment with the color palette. It will be a really useful tool but I didn’t end up liking my variations as well as the original. (Which you can see in the top left.)
The next assignment which ended up to be really cool was a little disturbing. Let me ‘splain.
There are files called “mock-ups” which allow designers to showcase their work without having to create the actual item, a t-shirt or poster for instance. Either one has costs associated with printing, costs that will be exponentially higher per unit if you’re just printing up one sample for a client. Enter: Mockups. These are files that kind and generous people have created that allow you to put your own artwork into them to see what your design would look like as say, a t-shirt or poster. This saves big cashola for the designer and helps the client with the envisioning stage of design.
The assignment was to use our pattern in two different mock-ups: one for a soda can and one for a wine bottle. Now this is all well and good if you made a fun geometric outer-spacey kind of design, but if your design looks like little boy pajamas, the wine bottle is a little unsettling. The bottom line though is that the exercise was super helpful and I’m pretty happy with my “finished” products. Check ‘em out:
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