Happy New Year everybody! I wanted to start out 2011 with a clean, refreshing design. The January poster for Harley’s Lounge represents this with special attention paid to the white space (a.k.a. negative space) between elements. This gives it a very well balanced and inviting look. The design is framed by a dual border of yellow on the outside and dark gray on the inside. The light khaki background has a subtle noise texture added.
The December poster for Harley’s Lounge is designed to help you get into the spirit of the holiday season. Besides the festive wreath near the title, it features a blue sky and off-white snow banks with a few snow-laden coniferous trees scattered about. The placement of the trees was entirely inspired by Bob Ross, the famous painter. The red treble cleft with red ribbon represents the gift of music that is being offered by Harley’s Lounge this month.
As the seasons change, it’s a good time to reflect back on the pleasant Autumn weather we’ve had this year. In the November poster for Harley’s Lounge, I wanted to pay tribute to the end of Autumn by using faded, discolored leaves. They poke in from the top and both sides to create a pseudo border. It also incorporates a subtle hint of what’s to come with a pure white background. Am I California dreaming? Maybe.
The October poster for Harley’s Lounge was inspired by The Twilight Zone. The intro scene to the television series featured a dark background with stars shining and various objects floating by as if they belonged in the depths of space. The poster includes a view of our galaxy from afar as the backdrop with the information floating about. Notice the apostrophe in “Harley’s” is also the tip of a comet hurtling through the cosmos with reckless abandon.
The September poster for Harley’s Lounge features a photo of an old Polaroid camera at the top. This camera represents those special moments in life that can be captured instantly, but will eventually fade away to be replaced by others. The camera sits on a wooden shelf and is peaking out from underneath a dark, grimy texture with the overall effect resembling old film that wasn’t stored properly or maybe a photo that was just pulled from a fire.
The August poster for Harley’s Lounge features the Mayan calendar both as the center piece as well as the background. In the center, it is covered by white splatter which makes the title easier to read. For the background, I used a gray, brushed metal texture. Also, the large Mayan calendar in the background is offset to the lower left with blend mode set to luminosity and opacity set to 14% so the brushed metal texture comes through.
The July poster for Harley’s Lounge incorporates a military-industrial style in honor of my brother who recently re-enlisted in the service. The font used is Stencil BT for that “military crate” look. The color scheme for the copy is based on camouflage and includes various greens, rust brown and gray. A light drop shadow helps set the copy apart from the background.
For the June poster design, I used a close-up photo of some old barn wood for the background. I love the rugged look of the wood. It has such a great, weathered character and so much depth. I added a little flare and contrast with three brightly colored gears. The way the gears overlap each other combined with the bright colors almost make it look like a bouquet of flowers.
I just thought I’d let you know about a few changes I’ve made to this site (middleearmedia.com) lately. Nothing too drastic really, but I’d like to document the evolution here. Just some minor stylistic changes and progressive enhancements here and there. Most importantly, I redesigned my portfolio. I’ll get into more about that in a minute, but first let me tell you about…
For the May poster design, I used a photo of the rocks at Presque Isle on the shore of Lake Superior for the background. By laying a close-up image of the rocks over the clear blue sky, I achieved an effect similar to satellite imagery of clouds.