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Exploring Trends Reports
When I was in design school branding became an interest. I took a class about logo design and professors brought in many books to help them teach the subject. This was the first time I heard about Logo Lounge. In this series designers from all over the world enter a logo competition and often follow yearly trends. The designer’s work that is chosen gets published when the next book is released.
Another way to get recognized is through yearly trend reports. Award winning designer Bill Gardner analyzes what designers are doing and then writes detailed reports covering the popular trends being used each year. In 2016 one of my logos was chosen to be in that report. (See example to the right, Click Here for Report) The hexagon was chosen because dashes and line logos were very popular that year. This design was created to be a secondary watermark stamp for an old Velare Media client.
Hexagon secondary logo for Reflections by FW. Designed by Graphicsbyte.
Now that 2017 is halfway done, Volume 10 is on the horizon. This means designers from all over start to upload their work to the Logo Lounge website, hoping to get selected for the next book in the series. Last month one of my designs was chosen. The design was originally created for a father-son construction company. The logo represents abstract homes from the North West being remodeled. The logo was abandoned last minute because one of the business owners thought it was too edgy and wanted to play it a little safer. They ended up going with plan B which was an abstract dc monogram.
I decided the world needed to see the original logo. I changed the primary name on the logo to my last name and submitted it to Logo Lounge. The brand may not be real but it represents a cutting-edge thought process that’s on its way to becoming the next latest trend.
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Drawing Book Printing
Drawn Vol. 1 by Crooks Press
Steps To Getting Found
Last year, I spent a lot of time exploring new illustrative ideas for clothing and accessories. I posted daily on Instagram and built up a new fan base outside the usual logo and web work. It wasn’t long before creative companies started to find Graphicsbyte through the power of hashtags. The image to the right became popular overnight. It’s a mashup of three different drawings exploring minimal colors with a screen print look. I had many requests to put this design on clothing and accessories. You can buy the design online in these locations:
After several weeks went by, the Sun Kraken design was scouted on Instagram by Crooks Press. They help emerging and established creatives grow by publishing their work. The print company was interested in my work and wanted more designs submitted into their upcoming book, Drawn Vol 1.
In December of 2016, everything was official. This was the first time my illustrative work has been published. I was allowed a two-page spread with three pieces of recent work, biography, social media and website links. In May of 2017, the book arrived and is on display at the Truax Gallery in Oregon City.