Project 9 Prompt: Google.com Search Redesign

In order to exercise our digital muscles, let’s redesign Google.com! This is limited strictly to a reskinning of the current site. Rebranding and/or adding any new functionalities to the home search page is completely optional. With there being already a minimal approach to the page, reimagining should require us to think hard, critically and outside of the box to create a quality solution.

Projects will be submitted throughout the day on Sunday, April 20th so mark your calendars! 

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Project 8: Invitations - Bob Dylan

My celebrity for this project was the ever iconic Bob Dylan. In his music Dylan is nothing short of unconventional so why should his 73rd birthday invitation be any different? To honor one of his famed vices, I created a mock cigarette carton to function as an envelope for the cigarette which contains the scrawling handwritten invitation littered with many of Dylan’s lyrics and song titles. Enjoy!

_Erin

Project 8: Invitations-Ernest Hemingway

For this project I wanted to go for a more historic figure so I chose one of my favorite writers, Ernest Hemingway. I also wanted to make it very true to what Hemingway himself would send out: something cut and dry and barebones. The invitation set includes a letter typed out and signed by Hemingway himself as well as a cigar emblazoned with Hemingways initials. While he would never have crafted this himself, his first wife Hadley most certainly would have created such an “embarrassing”  trinket. I had a lot of fun trying to get into his head in this project, and enjoyed the opportunity to experiment with verbiage as much as physical design characteristics.  

I would like to let everyone know that this is going to be my last contribution to The Letter Society. I am so happy to have been included in this group and have enjoyed the challenge of designing alongside all of you, my crazy talented peers. I just accepted a new job and my days are getting busier so, at this point, I don’t feel I have enough time to devote to this as I should. You guys are all awesome, and I cant wait to see the rest of the projects you come up with. 

Cheers,

Bridget

Project 8: Invitations—Blue Ivy Carter
You’re invited! To Blue Ivy Carter’s 3rd Birthday.
Well, not really, but don’t we all wish we were? I deisgned this invitation in the style of her mama’s newest album, because we all know Blue is just as flawless as Beyoncé. Behind every queen is her little princess, which is why the main visual element of this design is a cutesy little crown. I also treated the lining of the envelope and RSVP cards with glitter paper to make it all even more glamorous.
Hope you can make it!
—Alli

Project 8: Invitations—Blue Ivy Carter

You’re invited! To Blue Ivy Carter’s 3rd Birthday.

Well, not really, but don’t we all wish we were? I deisgned this invitation in the style of her mama’s newest album, because we all know Blue is just as flawless as Beyoncé. Behind every queen is her little princess, which is why the main visual element of this design is a cutesy little crown. I also treated the lining of the envelope and RSVP cards with glitter paper to make it all even more glamorous.

Hope you can make it!

—Alli

Project 8: Invitations - Elon Musk
My celebrity invitation is for this project is Elon Musk. He is a very successful and inspirational entrepreneur and has started companies such as PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, SolarCity, and Hyperloop. The mission of his company SpaceX is about advancing rocket technology and rocket science with their aims at space. So, I thought it would only be fitting that his 50th birthday (in 7 years) be on Mars. And because he is so much about innovation and technology - I decided that I wanted to create an e-vite. I had a blast (pun intended) coming up with the concept for this project. Enjoy guys!
//Erik

Project 8: Invitations - Elon Musk

My celebrity invitation is for this project is Elon Musk. He is a very successful and inspirational entrepreneur and has started companies such as PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, SolarCity, and Hyperloop. The mission of his company SpaceX is about advancing rocket technology and rocket science with their aims at space. So, I thought it would only be fitting that his 50th birthday (in 7 years) be on Mars. And because he is so much about innovation and technology - I decided that I wanted to create an e-vite. I had a blast (pun intended) coming up with the concept for this project. Enjoy guys!

//Erik

Project 8: Invitations: Betty White’s 93rd
My piece for Project 8 came to me a little out of order- surprisingly I knew what I wanted to do before I knew who it would be for. A few months prior, I had bought a few new crafting tools and beautiful navy envelopes that were begging to be used. I used my gold embossing powder and heat gun to create the lettering and stamp. Why I chose Betty White? Not sure. Must be all the Golden Girls I’ve been watching lately. Hopefully Betty would approve. Thanks and enjoy!
-Casey

Project 8: Invitations: Betty White’s 93rd

My piece for Project 8 came to me a little out of order- surprisingly I knew what I wanted to do before I knew who it would be for. A few months prior, I had bought a few new crafting tools and beautiful navy envelopes that were begging to be used. I used my gold embossing powder and heat gun to create the lettering and stamp. Why I chose Betty White? Not sure. Must be all the Golden Girls I’ve been watching lately. Hopefully Betty would approve. Thanks and enjoy!

-Casey

Project 8: Invitations - Terrence (My Tiger)
Terrence is a celebrity amongst my friend group and those relatively close to me. He shows up in Snapchats frequently and people will ask me how he is doing. I acquired him during my fourth year of college and he has been perched atop my couch ever since. 
We like to celebrate his birthday with costumes but we have to be careful of what we wear. One time during a vacation bible school’s rendition of Noah’s Ark, he leapt onto the stage and attacked the girl wearing a gazelle costume. I told her parents that she had it coming, taunting a tiger with bad dance moves is asking for punishment.
Click here to watch everyone’s birthday wishes for Terrence!
Jake

Project 8: Invitations - Terrence (My Tiger)

Terrence is a celebrity amongst my friend group and those relatively close to me. He shows up in Snapchats frequently and people will ask me how he is doing. I acquired him during my fourth year of college and he has been perched atop my couch ever since. 

We like to celebrate his birthday with costumes but we have to be careful of what we wear. One time during a vacation bible school’s rendition of Noah’s Ark, he leapt onto the stage and attacked the girl wearing a gazelle costume. I told her parents that she had it coming, taunting a tiger with bad dance moves is asking for punishment.

Click here to watch everyone’s birthday wishes for Terrence!

Jake

Project 8: Invitations

SO, as you can probably (hopefilly) tell, I chose to design a birthday invitation for my favorite celebrity, Amy Poehler. I first was introduced to her awesomeness on SNL, of course, but once I saw Baby Mama for the first time, I was sold. I think I could recite every line in the movie. Not ashamed.

I wanted to do something bright and snarky at the same time. I also decided on a bowling party because hey, why not. I tried to make the copy fun and Amy-like by using some of my favorite quotes from Parks and Rec and of course, Baby Mama. This was my first time trying my hand at a neon light effect and thought myself pretty funny for including a burnt out light on the envelope. I chuckled.

Anyway, hope you like my invitation! It was only after I was done that I realized I forgot the best quote that should have gone on the RSVP card.

"I would rather be at Arby’s cuz there’s better food and cooler people there!"

- Jenn

Some recognition is in order

Two of our members have been a part of events and projects that we feel are worth talking about.

First up, if you go to your local Walmart you will be able to see some of Jenn DiMenna's work up on the shelf! She is responsible for the design of the Sriracha flavored Pringles. With the lively dragon conveying the sensation of getting Sriracha happy on your next meal, why wouldn't you want to buy it? That dragon is speaking to us and it is saying, “Buy some Pringles and breathe fire like me, I know you're jealous!” The product and shots of the packaging have been featured on Time magazine’s website as well. Way to go Jenn!

Next up, our only member that is still in college received a few honors late last month at the Addy Awards banquet by AAF (American Advertising Federation). Jake Nolan is interning with Purdue’s Housing & Food Services Marketing department while finishing his undergraduate degree. Through his work done while working there, he won a Silver Addy for a point-of-purchase poster he created as well as both a Gold Addy and Best in Show Addy for his involvement in a campaign for residential life.

To check out the work Jenn and Jake have done thus far in the Letter Society, click here and go to their respective pages. Congratulations to both Jenn and Jake for their accomplishments and we hope to be sharing more great news with you as it happens our members! 

Project 7: Band Poster
Hey Tumblr, for this project, I chose to make a poster for alt-j, which became one of my favorite groups ever since I heard Fitzpleasure for the first time at the end of an episode of Weeds. I wanted to use each of the assigned photographs in its own way and not focus on making your average photomontage. I wanted each of them to be seen while helping to hold together a bigger composition. 
Triangles are my favorite shape!
-Jenn

Project 7: Band Poster

Hey Tumblr, for this project, I chose to make a poster for alt-j, which became one of my favorite groups ever since I heard Fitzpleasure for the first time at the end of an episode of Weeds. I wanted to use each of the assigned photographs in its own way and not focus on making your average photomontage. I wanted each of them to be seen while helping to hold together a bigger composition. 

Triangles are my favorite shape!

-Jenn

Project 7 - Band Poster - Glitch Mob

I was totally jazzed with this challenge and seeing the results of my friends with this one. I was the one that chose the challenge and the one reason why I love doing design work is that in my job I’m always tasked with having specific parameters that initially seem like they would hinder my work. After doing it for a bit, I have started to learn that it actually forces you to be more creative than I would usually be since I have to work in such a specific way.

That being said, my poster was for the Glitch Mob. Unfortunately they’re not coming to Chicago this year, but I have been jamming to Love Death Immorality on repeat and love these guys. Also, props to Abduzeedo for the template for holding up the poster!

Project 7: Band Poster - Phantogram 

Playing around with layering these three random images was actually kind of fun and it felt really freeing. For the first time in a long time, I felt a sort of fluidity in the design and it didn’t feel like I was limited. Phantogram is coming to Chicago this April. The design is a great way of visually explaining their music. Phantogram is inspired by optical illusions (I mean, it’s in their name) and the pattern created by the images feels almost like some psychedelic alternate galaxy. Anyways, enough of my babbling…hope y’all enjoy it! 

-Fran 

Project 7: Band Poster - Charli XCX

For this photo mashup poster I chose to do Charli XCX. I find myself escaping into her album True Romance. My inspiration for this approach were the songs Grins, You (Ha Ha Ha), and Cloud Aura both in content and name. I wanted a feeling of drowning in a sea of stars with only color and light to guide you. Enjoy!

Jake

Project 7: Band Poster—The Lone Bellow
Hiiiiiii. Here’s my gig poster, dudes! I’m big into typography and less into stock photography, so I used the images assigned for this project in a very abstract way (and yes, I promise they’re all there). I really enjoyed playing with this script typeface and glyphs on this one.
Oh & if y’all aren’t familiar with The Lone Bellow, you should check them out! My brother-in-law introduced my friends and me to them and we love them! They’re great vocalists with a folk-y vibe and catchy tunes.
http://www.thelonebellow.com/

—Alli

Project 7: Band Poster—The Lone Bellow

Hiiiiiii. Here’s my gig poster, dudes! I’m big into typography and less into stock photography, so I used the images assigned for this project in a very abstract way (and yes, I promise they’re all there). I really enjoyed playing with this script typeface and glyphs on this one.

Oh & if y’all aren’t familiar with The Lone Bellow, you should check them out! My brother-in-law introduced my friends and me to them and we love them! They’re great vocalists with a folk-y vibe and catchy tunes.

http://www.thelonebellow.com/

—Alli