Logo design for Haiku Den is coming along, and I’m already placing it into a design environment (the blog is inherently always a little behind in timeline). I can’t help but retreat to the circle for a feeling of comfort, space, and atmosphere. The square, however, might better suit an impression of sharing your own images and be seen more as a room given that it’s a “den” after all.
I won’t belabor my sketches. Some are working more than others—there needs to be a thin quality to the icon, and the number three seems to be a good foundation for its content. Negative areas aren’t working out as well as hoped, but an Eastern quality does seem to be coming through in the sketches for a highlight to the origin of haiku and haiga.
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The following sketches I did on the iPad using an app called Penultimate, a rather well-received program for note taking and quick sketches. Though certainly not a replacement for pencil and paper, it’s useful for many reasons, foremost being able to quickly make an image search, grabbing an image as a reference and placing it on the field. Some other highlights: infinite paper, grid lines in lots of varieties available, stylus application well done, easy exporting. I’ve been using it a while actually but haven’t been able to put it to good use for Monthly Brand until this past holiday when I realized my sketchbook was way too massive now to take along. Will the iPad be an eventual replacement for sketchbooks?
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Finally, a few from the sketches that seem like clear directions: