“Naive optimism is everything. I think a lot of people approach the world thinking that things are reserved for people who are qualified in some official capacity. Some people assume they could never be as good at something as some master, which makes them self-defeat before they start. I think some things that are really incredible were achieved because people were really naive when they began—they had an idea, set out to do it, and learned along the way.”
Last semester work for my Communication Design 2 class. My professor asked us to redesign an existing paper currency or create one for a fictional world, so of course I made one for the Wizarding World! There are a bunch of security features in my design such as serial numbers, microtext, gradient colouring, and ornaments to help prevent counterfeiting.
The colour choices were taken from traditional Gryffindor colours where Dumbledore belonged to as a student. When you fold the bill, both sides connect to create the Deathly Hallows symbol.
To a muggle’s eyes this bill is static, but to wizards the smoke actually billows out from the train and Dumbledore waves at you and comes and goes as he pleases, just like in the Chocolate Frog cards.
Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines is another great book to add to any designer’s arsenal.
It’s an extremely helpful guide to manoeuvring through the business aspects of the creative field and answers common questions such as, “How should I price my work?”, “What’s the deal with copyright?”, and the dreaded “How do I make a contract?” (contract templates are included in the the book).
I really wish this was part of every art school’s syllabus because it’s just that useful. At least I know what to get all my designer and illustrator friends for Christmas this year.
I was lucky enough to get a copy of Offscreen Magazine Issue #2 thanks to Nick who himself is featured in this issue. It’s a nice light summer read for those who are interested in the stories behind the people who make great things on the web.
Thanks again Kai and Nick!