Yellow is the new Helvetica

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I often mention in my posts how time flies quickly and I’m gonna mention it again. I realized it’s been a month since I made my last post and it seriously hasn’t felt  THAT long. This past month was pretty crazy with Chinese New Year gatherings,  freelancing, a new job, new art ideas and new purchases to keep me inspired. I recently bought  Pantone on Fashion  because I was interested in seeing how color developed in fashion over the years and how notable luxury brands use color to revolutionize their brand.

I first came across this book while waiting for the plane in Jakarta airport last year. I didn’t end up buying it because admittedly, I didn’t have enough cash on me at the time. So instead, I spent a good few minutes flicking through the pages. The first thing that caught my eye was the cover…that bright yellow cover! The book didn’t have the cover case in the airport store but when I saw it online I noticed the casing  is actually  this really cool image:

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They say never “judge a book by its cover”…and  I just did. This book is exactly what I expected when I saw the yellow. The color  has rapidly grown on me  and it’s already  my favorite color. It’s versatile with design, especially in web where you’ll see  black, dark blue and yellow color combos frequently. Speaking from a psychological perspective, it’s a no-brainer yellow is friendly, inviting, often  connoting nature and positive energy.

When I was working at Jin & Co. I usually gravitated towards yellow for a lot of the designs we did. My research is to blame for this as I’ve seen tonnes of yellow on the web and in print. It’s like using Helvetica for everything, my friends and my lecturer used to say “when in doubt, use Helvetica”. In this instance, yellow IS the Helvetica of color. In the first photo of this post, I wanted to point out that a lot of my favorite  possessions are in yellow, I unconsciously pick these things without noticing the yellow. That’s how effective  the color is haha! No but really, when putting these together I didn’t realize how common the color is in my room.

1. Keep Calm and Be Happy frame is a gift from my sister. An artwork of Kaws’ bearbrick portrait.

2. I’m a collector of keychains. The Pom pom and mini gameboy color is part of the collection (the gameboy works too)

3. Miniature  mario, minion and golden mushroom toys. Minions came from McDonalds (another brand showing yellow prominently).

4. Sometime further down the track  I hope to be  proficient in Mandarin. The desire comes along with my  love of watching popular Chinese TV shows,  The Brain and If You Are The One. Part of it is also because my grandma wanted me to learn so I could communicate with her better. I regret not learning earlier as it is too late now. I got this mini book with 500 words in Chinese to memorize so I can take it everywhere.

5. Yellow paper and a dulux swatch. Yes I collect these things too!

6. I have lemons with water every morning.

7.  Yellow box packaging. I went to NeNe chicken and did takeaway for the first time, the packaging is just as good as the chicken…I even asked for an extra box to keep for myself. I have a cupboard at home that keeps all my favorite packaging, from empty food boxes to clothes and cosmetic wrapping, whatever is unique I’ll definitely keep.

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8. One of my favorite clients was BJ Balls Paper back in uni when asked to design a piece that highlights the awesomeness of their new paper range, “YUPO”. YUPO had yellow branding and I loved incorporating it into my design. It’s my take on a Snakes & Ladders board game classic, only with YUPO counters, and paper and ink as the primary visuals of the  game mat.

As I said, yellow is versatile and is seen being  applied to a lot of  contemporary  designs. Below are some discoveries  I saved when browsing the web. Goes to show you how nice and effective yellow can be!

Kristinas_guide_to_hello_yellow_2From Kikki.K’s blog:  Kristina’s Guide to Creating a Positive Work Space

IMG_3514Paper fruit by Design studio ‘Safari Inc.’

downloadBrianne Boland’s Yellow coffee branding

B is For Burberry and Bearbricks

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Burberry just launched a new series  of items; items you wouldn’t usually see in  a luxury fashion  store. It’s stationary! I was carefully analyzing the design of the Burberry site which then turned into a couple more minutes of browsing the online store when  I suddenly noticed their “Stationary Collection”. These pencils are a treat to myself this festive season hah. So am I going to use them? I already have. Last time I saw anything like this was when Marc Jacobs had a set of mini coloring pencils but they were sold out and are no longer in production. My favorite brands are gradually  selling more playful/childlike ideas: Moschino recently showing off their Super Mario collection, Fendi and their fur keycharms and Angry bird-like artworks, and Burberry with their soft toy bears and limited edition wooden puppets.

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How cool would it be to have more designer pencils? I’m working on my last drawing for the year – perfect time to trial the Burberry pencils and so far so good. Another factor that made me want to purchase these set of coloring pencils was that they came in really nice soft shades.

Meanwhile other festivities happening in my household is this bearbrick tabletop setup with mini candy canes, presents and a mini christmas tree. Thought I’d have a bit of fun this year by using old christmas props and marrying it with the toys I’ve acquired this year.

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Finally, like every other year, my mom and I set our  tree up. We’ve had this tree since I was a toddler and it’s still standing strong!

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Photo-6-10-2015,-1-21-00-AMIf you’re a Big Bang fan, remember GD & TOP’s 2010  single ‘Knockout’? I was looking for songs to listen to back then and my friend Brittany recommended that song to me and  what drew my attention the most was seeing a humanoid toy bear in the background. Random observation huh? I wanted one but didn’t know the brand of it and where to find them. Fast forward to 5 years now, I made a post about the Fukuro restaurant I went to in Jakarta this year and the interior was decorated with the exact same toy bears from GD and TOP’s music video. I asked the owner what brand those bears were and that marked the beginnings of my passion  to start collecting bearbricks. Well, I don’t have a collection yet but it is kind of a dream of mine to live with many of them under one roof. My house would be full of bearbricks to the point you can’t even walk.

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Screen-Shot-2015-10-12-at-12.38.31-amGD  with the Chanel bear in the ‘Knockout’ music video

 

Screen-Shot-2015-10-12-at-12.41.46-amGD  with another  bear in his ‘Crayon’ music video

What makes these bears super  popular is that they’re always in collaboration with artists. They’re considered to be collectable, fashionable toys, coming in different  sizes, colors, patterns and textures. I follow many Bearbrick collectors on instagram and their crazy  collection of  bears had me  inspired to create a custom design  for my very own bear. As you know I love drawing all kinds of geometric patterns and floral prints so I’m excited  to continue applying  my style of art onto a 3D sculpture!

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My bear has some cool assistants as well! A mini ampersand bearbrick with an eraser and Danbo holding a sharpener. I’ve just finished adding a white base coat for  the bear and now I’m onto the color. BUT before I do that I’m still shopping  for proper paints, paint brushes and other relevant materials made for painting sculptures. I’m taking my time on this and having so much fun at the same time because it’s all quite new and the more I explore new techniques, the better. I haven’t properly painted anything  since the Audrey Hepburn painting  I did for North Fitzroy Social Cafe in 2013. Painting isn’t something I choose to do often as I get impatient with it but…it is a lot more soothing than drawing. The thing is, you need to dedicate  yourself A LOT of time, space and energy, and lastly, accept that there will be mess on your workspace – something I still struggle with in painting (the designer part of me hates mess)…

The bear stands at 25.5cm tall so it’s not too big, like I said I’m giving myself plenty of time to get this  done at least by December.

 

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