Friday, March 16, 2012

Shenanigans

Every time I hear this word, I now think of a project from last semester...








Photography and Art Work by Mary Beth Osborn

Some of you may know I'm a Communication Design (think graphic design, only broader) student. I'm a freshman in my program and this project was from my first semester.
For this project, the teacher sent around an envelope, and from it we each picked a word. Clearly I got the word "Shenanigans". We were assigned to take the word and then illustrate it in a way that communicates the meaning of the word, with the thought that even if someone didn't know what the word meant, that they could somehow tell by looking at it.

And so here is what I came up with.

You finally get to see some of my design work! Cheering? Excitement? Nothing. Ok lets continue...

You can see all the sketches I went through, I don't know how many times I wrote the word "Shenanigans" by the time this project was done. So you can see why it would come to mind every time I hear or see this word!

The final piece is completely hand-drafted in marker. The mounting is also done by hand: hinged window matte and all! The design, of course, is original. 

And so now I will forever have a history with the word Shenanigans, that mischievous little rascal!

This post was done for the GBE 2: Blog On group on Facebook, this week's topic: Shenanigans. Not sponsored or any of that jazz.


10 comments:

  1. I think you executed it brilliantly! :)

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    1. Thank you :) If I remember correctly the teacher thought so also and I got an A :)

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  2. Awesome job!! I remember having a similar assignment when I went to college for graphic design. I got the phrase "Catch Me!" It was a lot of fun and mine had to be hand drawn in marker too. Cool post.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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    1. Very cool! It seems this project is done in many places :)

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  3. This is very cool! My students did this assignment in fifth grade. It looked like so much fun I tried it myself. Never achieved your spectacular results though.

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    1. Thank you so much :) That's so cool!

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  4. That looks great! I just watched a bit of the documentary about Helvetica. Man, graphic designers especially typographers are hardcore. :D

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    1. Yeah it's a time consuming, sometimes intense field - but amazing if you love it like I do <3 Thank you! :)

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  5. I love your art and write very well!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so very happy to hear that :)

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