Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mailer and Graphic Design

Recently I decided to write about the mailer Design.its been for some time I have been noticing different mailer which reach in to my mail box.
Sometimes just annoying advertisements, sometimes containing some relevant information or sometimes are invitation of some offer and event.
but nonetheless they all have something to display and are part of a newly emerged graphic design domain.
each one got its genre, color palette, fonts and other Composition elements.
their size and interactivity levels differ according to objectives.
newsletters are delivered into your inbox I am not sure whether they will also fall in mailer design?
most newsletter mail just the highlight of the main content and are often open into main site.Newsletter designs are much more extensive while mailer is usually one time act and serves the purpose for that assigned period.
anyway, they all are products of new media and are expanding the horizon of graphic design discipline.

here are some visual examples which I collected over a period for this post.

related stuff on Amazon:
The Big Book of Graphic Design (Big Book (Collins Design)) Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual

Disclaimer: All the mailer layout/ print screen shown here belong to respected owners and shared here for appreciation purpose.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dreamy ideas and feasibility

Many times when I hear success stories of different people, I think some day, we will also get there. this encourages me to brain storm and come up with something genuine and relevant for a start up. My cousin has started a company with 2 of his friends. He seems to be excited and not just the excitement but they are earning as well. my roommate and I keep discussing success stories and come up our own ideas which we share and reject all the time on the feasibility basis.
there were 2 small web application ideas which we thought were a out of the world.
1: what if you could earn real money from a game like farm
ville instead of game coins, cash and experience!we were thinking a game on the similar lines and tasks will be real. like someone plays a writer then he actually writes and puts it on display and anyone who is interested could buy it. we thought many thing such as graphic designer, cartoonist, flash animator developer, t shirt design, card design, character design, and so on. We also thought this game could also allow player to put thing on auction like ebay. my roomy found a site which fulfils a part of this idea called which asks people to put up thing which
they could do within 5 excitement of having a unique plan faded out.

2: then another idea started taking shape when I got frustrated with keeping track with my various user ID and password of internet profile, networking and mail sites.(yes, we know there are hundreds of password secure software for desktop but nothing online)this is in fact a real problem which I identified and we thought design is a problem solving discipline. so we thought we will have a site which will allow user to store their IDs and Password. They just need to remember only one ID and password. we even started working on the wire frame of this website.but there were real concern like why do people want to trust us and store their ID and passwords? do we have the capability to secure such a site from hackers? if the site gets hacked then user will lose all his stuff which will be a blunder. When giants of IT like TCS are vulnerable to hacking then where do we stand?But we will confident that with encryption, captcha and mobile authentication we might be sail through the hackers.then, we wanted do a bench marking and net research before we start working on it. during this period Manoj found a site or say an online application on google apps which is called Passord++ this guy is clever he made it mandatory to first have a google account and then login to his apps and store all your ID and password in encrypted form. He knows that hacking google ID and password is very tough and if someone crosses that he will have tough time to break the encryption.thus the bubble of our second idea also broke in the air.
Now the search is on for something new. good luck to us.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Edwin Lord Weeks: intricate portraiture of Indian scenes

I had planned to write this post long before but some how I never actually got down with it. I discovered Edwin Lord Weeks (an American explorer and painter- 1849 – 1903) work 4 or 5 months back when I was researching for my film Rangmahal.

read more about him on wikipedia

I was amazed with the real life like oil paint rendering of his work. the proportion and composition of the scenes are like watching a wide screen frame.
you can feel the oriental temperature in the colors he has used. you can see by the depiction of Asian and Indian human figures that he had spent a long time in the region and mastered the color, texture and postures of the people of this part of the world.
here are 2 of my favorites:

you can see the complete work of him on this web link :

Disclaimer: all the paintings/images shown here belong to respected owners and shared here for appreciation purpose.
related books on Amazon:
From the Black sea through Persia and India by Edwin Lord Weeks

The Indian Portrait: 1560-1860   Edwin Lord Weeks Poster Gate of the Fortress At Agra India 24"x36"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Lahore: the film

recently, I was watching some song on youtube then I happen to remember another new film called Lahore which an intense film on kick-boxing tournament between two nations India and Pakistan.
this film asks people to treat game matches as a sport and not a war,(specially in context of India and Pakistan).
the trailer of the film is gripping and generates a lot of curiosity.
I liked this poster a lot it. kinetic energy is bursting out. saffron red and green symbolize 2 countries India and Pakistan.(which is literal)
2 colors put together and white left in-between makes it looks like Tringa (tricolor)= INDIA
Just now, when I am writing this post I remembered (rather related) an old discussion with some friend right now not able to recall the name.
the Idea was: Can India and Pakistan come together like East Germany and West Germany?
I can only hope, this fantasy becomes reality some day!
Listen to the theme of the film it has got a haunting feel which raises goosebumps:

official website of the film:

here is the link to different actors say about the movie:

here is the trailer:

Related books on

The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan Andre Panza Kick Boxing TG16 Turbo Grafx 16 Cinema India: The Visual Culture of Hindi Film

Sunday, March 14, 2010

beautiful T-shirt Designs @ threadless

It is amazing, there are days you discover interesting things when you expect them least.
2-3 days back I was bored and I head checked all my book marks there wasn't anything interesting. them I must have typed something randomly in google image search.
that's where I found a very creative and innovative T-shirt design , print and deliver site called threadless.
I have explore only a few pages of the site, and i enjoyed every bit of it. I plan to buy some stuff for me though it's expensive in Indian currency but that's okay if you see the concept and quality of  the T -shirt.
ok, that's enough I might sound marketing person here.  not a word more go checkout for yourself.

here is the URL for the site:

Disclaimer: all images/ Designs shown here belong to respected owners and shared here for appreciation  purpose.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

PIXAR TALK : Pixar's Blog

today, I was checking my mails and then I logged in my Facebook account for updates. then I saw an update from one of my friends who liked pixar's Facebook group. thus I came to know about a very useful blog.
this blog is exclusively related to pixar's body of work, work in progress, interviews, behind the scene and an inside view of pixar people.
this has a lot of material which is not available on the official website. a lot of good images in the form of poster, DVD cover and character design and introduction.
most of all it has a latest list of its short films and news clippings about pixar and it's work.
I am still exploring it, you also do the same we might find many more things.
here is the URL:

I recently added a widget of on my blog which allows you to find books related to the topic of your post and you can provide quick link of those books to the readers.
this the first time I am using using this feature.
Pixar Short Films Collection - Volume 1     Blogging For Dummies

Monday, March 08, 2010

Ghasiram: Hindi comic book

Ghasiram is a Hindi comic book which I created in my school days. that was the period,when comics were really popular among kids and I always wished to be a cartoonist or say a comics creator.
I used to read a lot of Hindi Comics which used to get published from Delhi and Mumbai.
Names like Diamond comics, Manoj comics and Raj comics were craze in small towns. then there were Amar Chitra Katha, Indrajaal comics and Tinkle magazine.
there was a small comics store called 'Vijay Book Centre' in my town. He used to rent out comics and also had a reading bunker. often, in summers he used get a lot of stock of comics from Mayapuri Delhi. this stock had a lot of Hindi translation of American and European comics. that's when I got introduced to characters like Asterix, Lucky Luke, Tintin, Axa, Laurel and Hardy.
When, I got little more mature, I started enjoying foreign syndicated comic strips in the English newspapers. It had a subtle humor sense and had a lot of visual and textual pun.
this comics has a direct visual  influence of Albert Uderzo (Asterix fame). I simply admire each panel of his art works.
it might be my teens day work but it certainly has it's own moments of charm.
this album was locked for years in the trunk. a few times I thought that I should make efforts to get it published. but it never gone further than just thinking.
At last, it made to web, I put it on the free website provider as it is as I had left it. speech bubbles have pencil lettering.
here is the URL:

Friday, March 05, 2010

twosome awesome !! Marilyn Monroe and Mickey Mouse

Pop artist Ron English and vinyl toy manufacturer Garage Works came up with a unique toy (sculpture/installation/statue) whatever you feel like to refer. they created a piece of art called: "Marilyn Mickies"
limited edition fiberglass statues of Marilyn Monroe with Mickey Mouse’s face as her breasts.
I don't want to be judgmental here but I simply liked this weird or let say punk-ish modern pop art. it combines the most popular icons of the consumerism and mass appeal into one. some people might mind the nudity but it's not vulgar or erotic.

here is the web link to garage works industries blog :

Disclaimer: all images shown here belong to respected owners and shared here for appreciation purpose.