Devil’s Night a.k.a. “I Remember Halloween”

Filed under:Detroit, Girlie Pics, Halloween, Holiday, Horror, Images, Life Thoughts — posted by Jasper on 2010/11/02 @ 10:15 AM

The Misfits — Halloween.mp3
Ok. Halloween is over. This year was a good one, because it was the first Halloween that I spent in Austin. Compared to Detroit, there were several things that I did not experience and kinda miss.
The biggest difference…
There’s no such thing as “Devil’s Night” in Austin.
My reaction was…
Now, I’m curious as to what areas outside of Detroit celebrate and experience Devil’s Night.
For anyone who is unaware, Devil’s Night is the night before Halloween, where you and your friends go out and vandalize your neighbors’ property.
I have participated in Devil’s Night once or twice when I was much younger.
I stuck to the harmless pranks like, throwing rolls of toilet paper over the neighbors’ trees, writing on windows with bars of soap and maybe some egg throwing.
However, Devil’s Night has now become a 3 day event that is perpetuated by sociopaths who have no respect for their own community.
However, in some of the worst areas, cars, homes and commercial buildings were set on fire and other things were spray painted to celebrate “Devil’s Night”.
There was a time, when folks in neighboring areas would stand on their roofs to watch parts of the city burn.
This years arson count is up 169, compared to last year’s 119 fires
Most communities have implemented neighborhood watch initiatives and the media has been semi-successful in changing the name from “Devil’s Night” to “Angel’s Night”.
However, I will always refer to October 30th as “Devil’s Night”.
I hope everyone had safe Devil’s Night and Happy Halloween.
Thanks for Reading.

Scan Of The Day #005

Filed under:Art Images, Girlie Pics, Graphic Design, Images, Scan of The Day, Scans, Vintage Graphic Design — posted by Jasper on 2010/10/08 @ 2:36 AM

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Vintage Graphic Dissect #001

Filed under:Art Images, Graphic Design, Graphic Design Tutorial, Images, Vintage Graphic Design — posted by Jasper on 2010/09/12 @ 2:29 PM

Today, I’d like to break down the graphic layout that was involved in putting together the cover of “Lady Killers” magazine from 1964.

A. First things first. Pick a striking image as the non-text focal point. In this case, it’s a full color photograph of a seemingly dead or unconscious woman.

B. Another non text element. The silouhette of a person standing over the seemingly dead or unconscious woman. This element was hand drawn and not a photograph.

C. The magazine/document title, “Lady Killers”.
This should be captivating and be the most important text object on the page.
This is obviously hand drawn, most likely with a pencil.
To achieve this, try a couple different pencils other than a standard #2 to determine what works best for you.
A good “cheat” would be to typeset the font that you want and print it on a white piece of paper with a 5% or 10% grayscale fill or a very thin stroke with no fill.
Scribble in the shapes of the letters to achieve the desired effect.
When you’re happy with the piece, scan it, then adjust the contrast and black/white levels of the scanned image in photoshop.
Also, take notice that the words “Lady” and “Killers” are separated by a small image of a syringe.

D. A small yellow banner across the top left corner with some text information.

E. Small upper-case/lower-case text above the secondary text object focal point.

F. Larger upper-case text object with an exclamation point for emphasis.

G. Morbid, eye-catching headlines, which describe the contents of the magazine, left justified and separated by white bullet-points.

H. Very small informational text object for the magazine’s cover price, not meant as a focal point.

Some other observations..
Only one font was used, aside from the custom lettering for the magazine’s title. I strongly recommend sticking to only one or 2 fonts when creating a page layout.
However, I can’t pick out this font. It’s not Helvetica or Arial, but I like it a lot.
The best way to identify a font that looks similar to others is by comparing the upper-case “R”s and I cant pick this one out right now.
Another observation.. Although the graphic includes a full color photograph, the colors are still very minimal. White and Golden Yellow are the only colors used in the text objects.
I also recommend keeping the text colors in most layouts to a minimum.
Thanks for reading.

Scan of The Day #004

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Scan of The Day #003

Filed under:Art Images, Film, Graphic Design, Horror, Images, Scan of The Day, Scans — posted by Jasper on 2010/08/14 @ 4:17 AM

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Scan Of The Day #002

Filed under:Art Images, Film, Graphic Design, Horror, Images, Scan of The Day — posted by Jasper on 2010/05/10 @ 4:58 AM

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image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace