Friday, July 2, 2010
Designed Thoughts on Organizer Boxes
I'm a long-time collector of "thoughts" and sayings, and am always on the lookout for ways to design, display and share them. I like this bold, typographic stacked phrase, and really like the effect of this poster printed on different backgrounds. Combining these things together gave me a great idea about how to cover some old organizer boxes.
For this design recipe you'll need:
• A few swirly elements. I used some from Bodoni Ornaments - free!
• A bold, condensed font, such as Bebas - also free!
• Sheets of earthtone colored papers, or you can print a background color on white paper. I chose sage green, warm sand, and khaki
I had 3 boxes to cover, so I chose a quotation that still worked and read well when split into thirds. I typed out the phrase, then played with the size and position of the words. I chose specific words that I felt like should have more flavor, and made them larger. Then I arranged the other words giving them variety, while making sure that there were various alignments and relationships between words, and the most important part—making sure that the whole phrase still read well together, even though it would be printed over 3 boxes. (A taste test is important here! I printed and cut the "panels" out, put them side by side, then asked others to make sure they could read it). Once I liked the way it looked, I made sure to include the name of the person who is attributed to this quote, then I added a few dashes of graphic swirls in gray, then set it up to print.
Because my printer's maximum width is 8.5", I didn't cover the whole box. I centered each panel on the page, and made sure there was enough on both sides of the design to wrap it around a couple inches. I printed on 3 different colors of paper—in the same tonal range. I kept the type in black for continuity between the 3 boxes.
I used spray glue to adhere them to the boxes, and voila! My tired old boxes have a new look!
You can see I've got some striped boxes on surrounding shelves...I like the way this turned out so much that I think I'll cover some of the striped boxes too!