Building the website. The navigation system needs to be aligned better and I may change the typeface. I managed to insert a nice jQuery slider that’s been working quite effectively in advertising plus adding colour to the site. I’ll be creating more slides for it within photoshop.
Developing the book cover further. There’s definitely something in the simplicity of these. The colours work from the background I created previously, however I do want to try some different layouts and colours. The type is effective but I want to see if I can be a little more creative with it as I think there needs to be more distinction between the title and author, although making it bold will not work. The cover needs to pack more of a punch.
Developing the Book Cover Design. I’m trying to see whether I should have a fluid background that will spread from front, spine to cover or separate them. The white alone is quite nice. I guess the print will uncover all of that. I’m not finished just yet, still have other elements to add and I plan on manipulating the bodycopy and typography. The colour is also not final, I will be throwing more reds and purples into the mix.
A circular formation, simple yet really effective. It does need to be refined with with the alignment but I really like it. The reason for circles is to create a simplified piece of a birth chart and / or our solar system depicting the gravitational pull of one planet. It’s quite abstract and hopefully appealing to the eye of individuals with (and without) an interest in astronomy, alternative science and the human aura. The use of white against the background is quite passive and neutral. So far, this has been the most successful.
Using triangles this time around. The many outcomes could possibly be blown up and dropped in opacity, blending into the background. They’re quick to create with unlimited outcomes. The more that are made, the more intricate and complicated the patterns. I really enjoy creating these, may become a pass-time in the future.
Quick placements of silhouetted individuals encased in a circle. I’ll be using a different background that has blues, indigo and touches of red and green. I’ve been using different people in the centre to see which is most effective or if there is any need for one at all.
Attempting to create an Indigo Aura. From circular formations and patterns that I’m creating I hope to achieve an idea of expansion. This is only rough, but I want to achieve imagery that communicates seeing the unseen. When I’ve achieved it, it will most likely be on the front cover of the book.
I’ve been creating many of these circular patterns by making my own new brushes. From the get go they start off pretty simple, but what I’ve found interesting is when I shrink and expand the circles themselves, the outcomes are completely different. When done right, I’m able to create imagery that I’d consider to be reminiscent of alchemical language.
A clothing boutique in Laguna Beach, CA run by mother / daughter team Virginia Cooke & Gillian Munro. Inspired by a love of astronomy, they have created a graphic system representative of scientific constellations, phases of the moon, and a selection of celestial symbols. The use of colours and how the bowl of the O’s mimic planets and celestial bodies is something I have been trying to create in the branding of the identity within my final major project. The textured background partnered with the mantra embossed pattern; it’s really beautiful.
View more work by RoAndCo Studio here.
Beautifully illustrated book cover designs by Fernando Vicente. Naturally I’d be highly attracted to the first design but it’s nice to see the fluidity of the series, the type not distracting from the illustrations and real attention to detail.
View more of his work here.