Saturday, July 19, 2014

DK Logo

It is funny how sometimes we forget to do things for ourselves that we tell other people are essential. I've been designing logos for clients for quite a few years now, but I never seemed to have the time to do one for myself. I guess because of Palimpsest, it seemed unnecessary. But now that I have struck out on my own and am trying to do more freelance work, it became necessary.

So I played with the idea of creating a DMK logo, but when I googled those letters with the word "logo" I found out a men's underwear company had a DMK logo already sewn into all their dick slings. I could still create my own DMK logo, but I thought if potential clients where searching my initials, the images that came up might not appear very professional. In any case, I decided to go with DK. There are lots of DK logos out there already, so I had to make sure mine was different and accurately portrayed my graphic design business. I wanted something modern and sophisticated, and something that alludes to the fact that I specialize in typography and book design.

The end result was linking the two letters together so that the ascenders created a space in the middle. This space now resembles a book spine, or potentially three book spines on a shelf. It is also suggestive of kerning. Very happy with the end result!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review of Muse

A review of Muse written by Angie Abdou for The Fernie Fix

"In Muse, Dawn Marie Kresan also examines poetic inspiration but through the figure of Elizabeth Siddal, wife and (tragic) muse of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The feminist, revisionist approach of this collection is hinted at by the opening quotation of Robert Graves: "Woman is muse or she is nothing." Though Siddal was a poet in her own right, she has gone down in (patriarchal) history primarily as the inspiration for her husband's paintings. In the poem "Viridescent," Kresan compares the way Siddal saw herself to the way her husband represented her: "He painted your gaze downcast/ claimed the right to control/ what your eyes gathered in. / Yet, in this, your only self-portrait, / you stare back – those / large, sad eyes, confronting." Kresan admires Siddal's defiance, her strength. Through poems, Kresan re-remembers this marginalized woman and puts Siddal in the center of her own life. This is tremendously moving poetry, and Muse is an impressive debut."

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Recent Covers

Recent covers that I designed:

Ariel Gordon's Stowaways. A close-up of ants on a peony with bright pink text: bright, bold, playful, natural.

Yvonne Blomer's As If A Raven. A close-up of a raven with open beak with black and red text: mythic, biblical, lyrical, expressive.

Rosario LLoret's Wolf in a Beaver Coat. Snow covered forest at night with red text: mysterious, dark, beautiful.

Patricia Young's Summertime Swamp-Love. Ernst Haeckle illustration, Kunstformen der Natur (1904) plate 62: Nepenthaceae: provocative, sexual, organic.