Graphic Design Posters to help aid Japan

I guess we were all shocked because of the earthquake last week. I spent many hours worrying about relatives that live in places where the tsunami was possibly headed after the disaster in north-east Japan.

Here are some posters that were released after the earthquake to raise awareness or funds to help the people in their time of need.

Help Japan poster by James White (profits donated to help relief efforts in Japan. While the poster is currently sold out, James White is planning to release a second batch.)


Graphic designer Max Erdenberger of Wieden + Kennedy has designed this screen-printed poster to raise money for disaster relief following the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan at the end of last week. Purchase this poster here.

Fukushima Mon Amour designed by Yossi Lemel.


Daniel Freytag and Editions of 100 are offering this poster in memorial of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. “We will donate 100% of all proceeds to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal. For more information visit the British Red Cross website.


Help Japan poster designed by H-57 studio.


Lend a Hand to Japan poster designed by Ryan Hageman.



Project Proposal for VA 401-402

So here is the more detailed version of my project proposal that I have posted on my drupal blog created for VA 401-402 (which is my senior year project studio course). I will try update my wordpress blog about the project too, since I don’t really like posting on drupal yet. Here is the link for the more detailed proposal (which is still incomplete at the moment)

Project Proposal_detailed


Inspired from toxel’s post and designboom. Seeing all these shoes make me want to go shopping!

First pair designed by Chau Her Lee.

Shoe designed by Chau Har Lee, this shoe doesn't have an ordinary heel if you haven't noticed.

Sandals by Yarel Yair Design Studio.

A wooden summer sandal, inspired by the Japanese sandal, with an innovative fresh look , made from natural materials, lightweight and airy. Made from wood, steel and leather. By Yarel Yair Design Studio.

And now, the hoof shoe craze, started by Iris Shieferstein!

'vegas girl' by german artist iris schieferstein, 2009 toy pistol, cow hooves, zipper

Taken from Shieferstein’s website: “For many years, Iris Schieferstein has worked with dead animals as raw material for her pieces of art. She joins the fragments together to new creatures and thus gives a new face to death. No matter, if her arrangements follow paintings of the great masters of art or if the joined objects turn out to be whole words – her work always gives evidence of aesthetic intutition and her inclination to subtle enterntainment.The earlier you die – the longer you are dead.”

Interesting point of view, and I don’t like how dead animals are used, but if you think about it, we all wear shoes made from leather all the time – taken from dead animals brutally. So I guess this isn’t that bad after all.

iris schieferstein, 2005

girl wearing martin margiela hoof shoes

By the way, Martin Margiela’s website is awesome and it’s NOT under construction!

other hoof shoes by martin margiela, apparently, he has them for all seasons.

And skeletal stilettos by dsquared2! I loved the entire series.

Aand, one of my favorites of all time, Liam Fahy‘s Stormtrooper stilettos, that won him the Fashion Fringe Shoe competition, bagging him a paid internship with Rupert Sanderson.

Last but not least, an interesting interactive shoe that works through an iPhone app, “SHORT ++” (or robotic elevator shoes), created by Adi Marom.

New assignment

The newest assignment for my project studio class, VA 302 is making a multipage magazine that the fictional chinese fast food restaurant çubuk will publish. So one of the upcoming posts will be the proposal for the content of that magazine. I am pretty sure that this would be more exciting than the menu and I get to use Adobe‘s beatiful program, InDesign. Yay! I am posting the description and some ideas that my instructor Elif Ayiter came up with during class, and you will see my own ideas in a few days’ time once I finish organizing them into a snazzy PDF and then a blog post.

Design of multi-page documents

At least 20 double-pages where you flip the pages instead of making a large spread (like Sedef’s catalog)
Design a system that is consistent although the content varies. Example: Women magazines, in-flight magazines.
The advertisements are designed by other people, the content is designed by the art director. There are differences between the two. There is no design system with the ads for multi-page because they are not part of the magazine content.

There are two basic types of content in magazines.
1. Features (konu): happens only once, on a particular issue.
They are freer than the other content, but you cannot break the system.
2. Departments (bölüm): Happens every issue. For example:
Index page (contents / içindekiler)
Reader’s letters (okuyucu mektupları)
The department pages have to be the same in each issue.

These two types of content are treated differently. In-flight magazines usually don’t have departments, because they don’t have consistent readers.
Feature pages are much cleaner and legible. This is to emphasize that they are pages that should be read carefully.
The department pages are much more colorful and confusing.
But these two are in the same system!

Components of the system:

1. Designing the column system – the grid.
2. Typography.

Selection of typefaces
Typographic elements
Columns (flush, left, right)

3. Images (crop, silhouette)
4. Shapes (boxes, arrows, lines)
5. Color system

Ideas of content for çubuk:
food, lifestyle, urban life, travel, decoration, architecture, feng shui?, some stuff related to food, interview with a famous chef, a celebrity who likes eating chinese food, book reviews, chinese astrology…
Not just about food.

For next week:
Write a proposal in English for the content of your magazine, use your research and photos and post it on your blog. Online and offline research should be done.

Karigurashi no Arrietty – 借りぐらしのアリエッティ – Arrietty Borrows Everything

I am so excited since I heard that Studio Ghibli was making a Borrowers movie! The movie name will be Karigurashi no Arrietty, written 借りぐらしのアリエッティ and translated as Arrietty Borrows Everything. I have loved the book by Mary Norton, as well as the movies that were built based on the book since I learned how to read… I really cannot contain my excitement, (I could even squeal like a teenage fangirl) and I am really, really looking forward for the movie!

“The upcoming film is slated for a July 17, 2010 release in Japan and will mark the directorial debut of Studio Ghibli animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who will be the youngest person to direct a film for Ghibli. Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki will be supervising the production as a developing planner.”

Grid sample exercise for VA 302

I’m really not sure where this will go, but the first homework from VA 302, my new Project Studio course, is making 8 grid layouts as a proposal for the menu left over from the VA 301 course.

So, while doing these I realized I use a very strict grid, which is not something I really like, but I am not sure how being random will be suitable for the Çubuk Chinese restaurant menu, so I tried to use the grid instead of breaking away.

I was mainly influenced by Chinese screens and screen doors, so some of these might seem too simple, but that was deliberate. My favorite is the 3rd from the top on the left side, because that was my – in my opinion – most successful attempt in making something that could be used in a menu, applies to the grid, has clear hierarchy and moreover has a look like a Chinese screen.

Moving on.

Left side

First from the top:

The most simple layout I made. The middle square has the most hierarchy, so the most important food – like main dishes – would have to be written there. The left and right panel have more or less the same importance. The upper and lower rectangles are meant for photographs of delicious-looking dishes of Chinese food.

Second from top:

I initially thought this like a featured specials page because it looks quite simple and will only require photo and text of the specials that are recommended by the chef with their slightly lowered price. The page is promptly divided in three to feature appetizers, main dishes and desserts seperately.

Third from top:

Thought as the main page of the menu – I mentioned this above. Normally the eye traces a menu from the middle, then top right, and later left, so I think this should contain most of the information on the menu. Main courses smack in the middle, upper right noodles and rice, below that menus and desserts, left side appetizers, soup and so on.


I thought this page as a menu and beverages page, the checkered-like part could contain one photo that is only visible from where the boxes are, or individual photos of menus, right side contains different menus. The left side would be a long list of beverages.

Right side

First from the top:

Photo – text page. Each box which contain a pair of horizontal or a pair of verticals have one box of text and one box of photography. I think illustrations will do better, because considering this is a menu, the group of text will signify a group of food.

Second from top:

This is a more flexible layout since it has both square and rectangle parts. The four squares on the upper right side should contain photography so that the eye trail would linger on them before moving to the upper middle part.

Third from top:

Simplistic layout for take-out menu. Looks more friendly because of the space between the elements. Critical information such as address and telephone numbers should be on the bottom right where the emphasis is maximized.


Thought exactly like the second from top on the right side, but with chunkier boxes of text.