This matchbox is a class project where I have to design a matchbox using designs from the Victorian era with the “IDEA” brand name! From the researches I gathered, I used decorative typography for the title of the brand name and a light beige wash for the background colour. I wanted to add a character for the matchbox so I drew Mr. and Mrs. Candle-Wick dressed in Victorian style clothing in a recurring oval frame. A little piece of the matchbox is sticked out for the matchbox to be easily pushed out. Also, during the Victorian era, women does not have any power, thus I put Mrs. Candle-Wick on the bottom of the box. I also noticed there were a lot of different style of typography and design during the Victorian era; therefore, I used three different typography and design styles for different sides of the matchbox. I used simple border and flourishes as decoration, and for the outlines, I used a brown fine-tipped outliner.
This timeline was created for a class project in order to gain a perspective of the evolution of graphic art, design and typography that have evolved over the last thousand years. One of the requirements for the project is to choose a historic design style in the book “Megg’s History of Graphic Design. Wanting to choose a style that is simple, bright in colour, and allow the reader to see clearly, I chose Ung Vai Meng’s poster Tequila-Sangria from the Age of Information as an inspiration. I sketched and played around with a few layouts before deciding on using the colour yellow as the dominant colour. I drew inspiration from the poster by using the the illustrated shape’s “eye” as the dot that connect the events to the timeline, and using the illustrated object to contain the events of the timeline. The outlines of the shapes and the timeline itself were based on the loose black outlines of the illustrated shape on the poster, and, as for the title of the timeline, I used a calligraphy pen.