There is a mysterious side to the business of graphic design—especially for people that don’t know what we do or for that matter, understand what we do. People assume that designers create stuff that comes out of a canned software package—but it doesn’t. We literally envision what people think & then put it on paper. It takes me back to my old World Bank days when I started working in the evaluations department and most of my co-workers were economists. I was a publications designer and my office was colorfully decorated. I would get the strangest stares when they would walk by my office—it wasn’t until someone walked in and made a comment, “We just can’t figure out what you do! A Word file or a pile of papers comes into your office & within a couple of days, out pops this gorgeous book! How do you do it?” I just smiled & said…….. “Magic!!”
Why do I call this post “two-sided creativity”? The reason is that GC & I have two very special skillsets… I’m a photographer & he is a fine illustrator, the nice thing is that these skillsets mesh perfectly together. We like to combine our two skillsets into “combination” projects (i.e., turning my photos into fine illustrations or paintings). We have done this numerous times for friends and personal enjoyment—but we have also been telling our clients about this! So, I decided that it’s time to show the world samples of our combinations, as well as showing off some of GC’s illustrations.
Pastel illustration for Hewlett-Packard brochure (section only)