Invigorate Your Life With A Seasonal Home Decor

I hope you will be interested in information described in my essay below and will find it useful and will continue reading the rest of in the next post.

If you are depressed, extremely excited or simply looking for a change in your humdrum life – nothing lifts spirits like redecorating your home! A change of season, approaching holiday or an organized party, by simply changing the way your home looks could do wonders for your spirits (and ego!). With the change of every season, let’s make your home the place to be….Cozying up for winters

Floating Butterfly Tea Light in Garden-Themed Gift Box (Set of Four)

Come winters and we think warmth, Christmas, the beginning of a new year and lots of festivities all the way. Perhaps this is the easiest time to redecorate as the festivities take over the house and decorations abound. If you have children at home, the best theme to follow would probably be snowmen! Different snowmen doing different things all over the house can be quite engaging and fun not only for kids but grownups as well.

Red Gold and Black Plants Wallpaper

Use heavy fabrics like velvet all over the house for that mushy cozy feeling one desires in the cold. The color of fire or a real bonfire can bring life to your home like nothing else. Wooden lamp shades and embroideries also add that festive touch! You could be different and move up on the red and gold for the décor – instead choose lime green with silver. As long as you are consistent with the colors, it will be beautiful!

Just because nature has put a stop to your garden ambitions, does not mean you give up on all that stretch of land. Create eye catching landscaping to your garden for the season and you will have a sure head turner. Add statues and metal topiary shapes to the front yard to create a magical area. Snow could collect on them and in summers they simply hide amongst the greenery!

If you have any suggestions or questions please leave them in the comments section below. I am reading all of your comments and taking them into consideration. Thank you and have an great day!

Football Cards: Design Characteristics Since 1985 Part 3

Nowadays some companies even go as far as to put a kind of glitter on their sports cards to help the focal point (usually the player) stand out more. Another common feature that seems to have been added much more frequently is the way in which shapes are being used. The basic shapes of a flat twodimensional circle or square have now been transformed to appear almost threedimensional in depiction. Personally, I like the look of the shapes themselves, but at the same time, it is in my opinion that these shapes take away from what is supposed to be the focal point of the card, which is the player himself.

While these shapes look nice, yet busy, some companies keep on using them. But one change that I have noticed for the better, lies again with the border and the way in which the card is formatted. Sometime in the early 90’s, card companies went away from using the border in a rectangular fashion where it surrounded the entire photograph of the player. Now a large amount of card companies have taken away the full border, but have still employed a form of framing the subject. Some have developed a sort of seethru frame, where the picture of the player has a frame around him, but then the rest of the photograph still exudes outsides the frame to the very edges of the card.

Another method that is commonly used these days by card companies to help the player stand out even more than he normally would, occurs when the normal background is taken away from the photograph. In other words, sometimes the player is merelycutoutof the photograph and placed on top of a background of choice. Sometimes the player will just lie on top of a colored background or pattern, but other times he will be covering various shapes orlines that seem to create a sense of motion as if they are moving behind him.

Another spin-off of the above idea that has evolved more recently. involves the use of computer graphics. The same idea of cutting out the player is used, but instead of inserting a colored backdrop or shapes, the designer has replaced the normal background of the photograph with that of another. With this idea, you could use your imagination to the fullest of it’s extent. Designers could appear to have players running on the moon, or lumping over the sea. This is probably one method that is just as fun for the designer to create, as it is for the spectator to view.

These methods of design that I have brought up don’t just apply to sports cards obviously. but I felt that they were a good example to look at. Every year they are changing and coming up with something new for the viewer, hoping to draw them in by catching their attention with a brilliant design. This is the same objective for anyone who creates a design. You want to capture the viewer’s interest be developing a design that is visually appealing. If you succeed and reach this goal. then the results can only be positive.

Football Cards: Design Characteristics Since 1985 Part 2

While the outer edge of this card was green and white in color, within this trim was another trim, about half the size of the outer border. This trim was simple with only one color being portrayed. The color was used just as it was in the previous years model, matching a color to that of the player’s uniform. Below the photograph of the player, but still within the surrounding border, is a blue box. Inside the box is the player’s name in white.

This is the same technique that is used in the previous year, where one soft color is displayed in contrast with a bold color to help the name stand out for the viewer. In the corner, still within the border. but vet overlapping the inner trim, the name of the player’s team is shown inside a yellow diagonal rectangle. This idea of portraying this rectangle in a diagonal sense helped to create a symmetrical design as this rectangle was parallel to the white lines surrounding them. I think that Topps did an excellent job with the directional forces that helped to move your eyes back and forth from the bottom to upper comer of the card.

I’ve probably described these examples in a way that makes them sound very busy in form, when in fact they are not at all busy when compared to some of the designs that I’ve noticed in today’s cards. I haven’t collected cards for some time now, but every so often I’ve run across some cards at the store or in an advertisement, and the change from now to then is huge.

Before 1990 there weren’t designs that had any organic or abstract ways to them. They were always geometric in design, displaying shapes such as squares, circles, or rectangles within them Now, I have seen a large amount of designs that are asymmetrical in design where there are many unequal elements. and visual weight is forced to try and grab and hold the attention of the viewer.

The idea of the white trim border seems to be the rarest form of border found in sports cards these days. Colors are the way to make a border stand out now. White is almost a thing of the past. My personal favorite type of border is simple in it’s idea. For example. one year a football card company placed the main color of the team, at its full intensity, on the top of the card and gradually softened this color towards the middle while intensifying it again at the bottom. I like this because of it’s a very simple, yet positive effect.

In some instances, there is not even a border present. This is actually my own personal preference as well. The card design is much more simplistic, which in my mind is also much more effective. If anything, the viewer is appreciating the photograph of the player more than the design itself. Usually when there is no border surrounding the photo. the card company usually creates a box or circle of some size that is filled the player’s name and team. Although this might not count as much of a design, I think the idea of keeping things simple is the way to go.

Football Cards: Design Characteristics Since 1985 Part 1

Attracting collectors of sports cards has involved various design changes in their history. This article reflects on some of the major changes over the past 20 years.

I started collecting cards back in 1985. I mainly bought football cards. Now the trick with sports cards is to somehow frame a picture of the player who is being represented. Though the year of 1985 may not seem like a breakout year in design to some people, but I think it was.

Before 1985, I cannot recall seeing a border surrounding a picture in any color other than white. But that all changed with the Topps brand of football cards in 1985.

The border surrounding the picture of the player was suddenly painted in black. This created a level of intensity that helped to bring out the photograph of the player depicted on the card.

Another noticeable change appeared in the printing of the player’s name, The player’s last name was printed in bold white letters, while the player’s first name was printed in small black letters. The scale of the last name is almost gigantic when compared to the first. But even though the first name of the player was printed much smaller than the last, it still stood out because of the contrast between the black and the white.

The other two characteristics that a card company usually tend to display on their card are the player’s position, and team that he plays for. In this particular example, Topps did not choose to identify the player’s position, which is a very rare find. But they did identify the team that the player was associated with.

The team name was listed underneath the player’s name in black surrounded by the main color of the player’s uniform. Besides the black and white design of the card, this was the only color that shown, thus helping it to stand out a bit.

Lastly, there was one more major element that made this year of football card a unique one. To this day I have noticed that almost all card designs are produced where the picture of the player is depicted in a vertical, or up and down kind of fashion. But with this model the layout of the border required the card holder to turn their card, holding it vertically in order to see the photo of the player correctly. I think there is a reason as to why this type of format has not been used too commonly. Just like with books, it Just seems easier for people to view the objects with the longer side stretching vertically rather than horizontally. The company took a risk coming out with these cards, but it seemed to have open the door for many other intriguing ideas and designs.

In the following year of 1986, Topps came out with one of its most popular designs ever Topps once again stayed away from the traditional idea of the white trim border. This year they introduced a green trim around the photo with diagonal white lines. These lines tend to draw in the viewer more than one would think, because they actually represent more than just some green and white lines.

The content or meaning behind the work of art is simple to football fans. The game of football is played on a green field, with white lines being spaced out over every five yards. So, the card company just tilted the lines a bit by making them appear diagonal in order to help catch the viewer’s attention.

The Photograph as Art and Design Part 3

One of the most practical uses of photography in today’s world, is its use in commercialized advertising. Photos now play an important role in trying to embellish a subject for sale purposes. Commercial photography relies on tedious work in arranging products for optimal viewing. But it is the basic principals of design that allow a consumer to have the initial attraction to the product. The compositional element of the crop and framing of the item, use of line and pattern to move the eye to a specified location in the picture, and other simple factors that glamorise the photograph. Color also plays a key role in the arrangement of an item in a photograph. Color is most important in dealing with such organic object as food, in which the photographer must seek out theperfectproduct.

For example if a photographer were to take a picture of something say as an apple, he would probably have to go through dozens of apples to find the right one portraying the best shape, color, and texture. As mentioned before these are the basic elements of design, with the only difference being that the photographer had to literally search out the subject instead of creating it. If there are other elements in the photograph such as some leaves or other items of fruit, the color contrast has to be set correctly. Most designers as well as photographers rely on the color wheel for correct color balance, to make the product as appealing to the eye as possible. With the millions of dollars thrown at advertising, these principals of photography serve as an important factor in the way a product is portrayed.

Photography has taken quite a large step recently giving the photographer a wider range of options. The inventions of digital photography has changed the industry completely and as it becomes more integrated into the profession, photography will advance further than it has ever gone before. This gives photographers who fought those basic struggles offindingthe photo new options. Now with digital manipulation it is possible to combine the talent of an artist and the realism of a photograph to output a higher Quality image.

Graphic design has brought the industry of commercialism to new heights and continues to break through new advances. The applications are unlimited. For the first time the photographer doesn’t have to settle on finding the image. He can simply create one, and still hold on to the realism element that makes photography so unique

With all of these new elements going into photography, one can hardly wait to see what new ventures will be travelled. and what new images will appear in your Sunday paper. Already, the public is captivated by what it sees in video, so if the ability to take that single frame and implement the same graphic elements arrives. photography will have advance further than anyone could possibly imagine.

Or is it already there?

The Photograph as Art and Design Part 2

During such major events as the Columbine school shootings video showed teenagers running out of the school for their lives It was shocking and an entire nation mourned for the deaths of students that day. Though in the following morning, when the images appeared on newspapers of the horrified expression! on friend’s faces as well as the hugs of reunited families so much more emotion way delivered by the state of their anguish.

This concept is also present in many sporting events. Because of the fast moving nature sports have, a photograph can often capture a moment just briefly seen in video. In these ways photography separates itself from video and live action. To see and examine a particular moment in time is often more powerful than the entire event played out. Its ability to stop action and capture a single instant is also recognizable in certain types of photographs as those of lightning bolt strikes and even one particular famous photograph of a bullet travelling through an apple. The scientific applications are unlimited and many discoveries have relied on the photographic process for its success. Pictures from the Hubble telescope are just a few of the examples.

Photographs have numerous other applications as well. The photos that are purposely set up for visual communication applications have a large impact in today’s society. This is where the design element takes precedence. Unlike most forms of artwork. photography is limited to the real world. This often forces the photographer to search out the element needed for the photograph. Though much imagination and creativity can go into a photograph, the means by which that is portrayed is limited to the objects the photographer has access to.

While a painter can paint whatever his mind’s eye sees, the photographer sometimes has to improvise with specific materials that are available to him. In a way it is a tradeoff. The painting or drawing consists of a direct representation of what an artist wanted to create, while the photographer had to settle on coherent objects that were available.

Abstracts are possible, but rare, as they are difficult to create. However most of the time the realism of a photo brings the viewer in a closer relationship to the photograph than the paint on canvas would because the photograph is an existing substance in this world, and is hypothetically achievable by the viewer. For example, the cubist guitar of Pablo Picasso is a direct representation from his mind’s eye. He made that directly from his imagination. while a photographer who would be emulating the idea might have had to settle on a real guitar. The relationship a person would have with the real guitar would be closer, probably because the person has played a guitar before, knows the feel, the touch, the sound. For the Cubist representation, it’s a visual stimulation representing the images the artist has created. So in this way the design aspect must implement the creativity with the realism contained in the photograph.

As far as direct design elements, photographs usually tend to rely on the work of artists to become another element in the photo. Once basic compositional design element in photographs is the use of line or pattern. Often this results in a building or a road. Which often is the result of an artist in a different field. Only in organic elements is nature often used as a design characteristic, otherwise photographers generally rely on manmade objects to obtain the design elements often seen in photographs. In this way the photographer’s responsibility is an important task. He must connect creativity with reality .This most often results in having tofinda good photograph, though there are times when design elements can be set up in a photo.

The Photograph as Art and Design Part 1

Before the invention of photography, the ability to capture an instant in time was only possible through the mind of an artist, and each artist delivered his own interpretation of that moment. When the photographic process was introduced to the world, it open a whole new realm to art, bringing together the elements of documentary. design. and expression.

Since the dawn of photography to present day, pictures have frozen moments of time preserving them for future generations.

Before the invention of photography, the ability to capture an instant in time was only possible through the mind of an artist, and each artist delivered his own interpretation of that moment. When the photographic process was introduced to the world, it open a whole new realm to art, bringing together the elements of documentary. design. and expression.

The difference between photography and a painting or a sketch is that somewhere, somehow, that photo existed in time, giving it a sense of realism.

This brings the art to a whole new level, combining characteristics of realism with several different areas of art and design. Not only can you set up a photograph to convey a certain message as a painting would. it must be done with real objects in a real place.

Though this can limit what the photographer can say, it gives the viewer a closer relationship to the final product. It is something that is achievable in real life.

While a painting of Starry Night by Vincent VanGogh can deliver a certain mood or feeling, the viewer can never fully experience what it would be like to be in the painting, they can only experience what it represents

Then there are also the photographs that serve as our memories. While each of us store away photos of the important events that make up our lives, we in turn preserve those memories, not only for ourselves later, but also for future generations. Many times the importance of the photographic process is not fully appreciated.

Much of our recent history is built upon photographs. How well can someone visualize the Civil War , say in contrast to the signing of the declaration of independence? From the famous photos of the Civil War, generations of people decades after it happened can still feel the tragedy people who fought suffered. With an event such as the signing of the Declaration of Independence, all we have is a single painting, with obviously posed subjects.

It’s hard to truly grasp the realism of the moment without a “living” photograph. In this way photographs preserve our way of life. Every characteristic from how people dress over the years to the way of life during certain time periods can be understood through photographs. For example there are debates as to the exact dress styles of the common man in medieval Europe, since the majority of paintings only depicted royalty.

Photographs were simple to take, and everyone from the richest of rich, to the poor urban dwellings of 18th century New York City were captured on film. In this way photography was not only utilized by the people who could afford it, but by anyone willing to learn the process.

Photographs convey something more than lust trends and historical events: they conveys emotion through the captured state of personal expression. Unlike modern day video, photography captures the frozen state of person, allowing the viewer to see and analyze an expression or mood.