Wednesday, July 22, 2009

a little inspiration

Every once in awhile I see an idea or project that is so inspiring and touches me so deeply that I urgingly wish I could have been a part of it in some way. I recently came across wee see, a collection of short videos designed for infants to help "introduce" them to the visual world. Their website is super, and you can watch a few samples.

I don't even know where to start explaining how much I adore everything about this. the concept. the simplicity. the music. and especially what it teaches. During my freshman year of college, I was considering going into art education, and I completed a research paper on "art" as an integral part of the development of children into fully functioning cognitive and emotional beings. For me, these videos are an amazingly beautiful way to introduce visual thinking and expression to young minds, and to set a foundation for their creativity.

Among principles and elements like composition, shape, direction, symmetry/asymmetry, pattern, motif, etc., I was especially impressed with the animator's use of figure-ground relationships. I may make it a regular routine to watch one of these whenever I sit down to design a logo. :) Oh, and did I mention the music/sound is adorable and genius as well? It is.

While I'm on the topic of kiddie stuff, I got pretty into children's fashion while I was working on my redesign of Milk, and I'm super stoked to see this collection when it's released. And I was delighted by the beautiful surprise Hello on their website. "Feminine minus the frilly and pretty without the precious." yup.

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