Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Solar Scales poster

Solar Scales poster

Just finished this personal project of an A1 poster showing some of the scales and distances within our Solar system. I have seen many ‘Solar System’ posters before but they all are out of scale and show the planets sometimes as big as the sun!

readable size available here

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MIXX Bangkok

MIXX Bangkok


Mixx Discotheque in Pattaya have opened a stunning new club in the heart of Bangkok and asked Apaganza to help out with designing promotion items for the launch..

Our team soon set about creating a map and an opening night invitation….

All design work and print were turned around in days as the opening night loomed and details on printed collateral were yet to be confirmed, eventually an A5 flyer went to press…

followed by advertising in Bangkok Post’s GURU Magazine….

finally loyalty cards….

If you are every in Bangkok and want to visit a top quality club, featuring top DJ’s and a good selection of HIP HOP and HOUSE music, you could do a lot worse than to visit MIXX……

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Vector CoolKits In production - Warbirds

Vector CoolKits In production - Warbirds


Everyone loves a Spitfire, right? well certainly if you are British you will appreciate the history and beauty of this WWII fighter. The team at apaganza are currently working on new Vector CoolKits featuring many aircraft from World War II. The first to be available will be WWII Warbirds - Battle of Britain featuring a wide range from the Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane.

These Vector CoolKits will feature highly accurate artwork of these memorable aircraft drawn from the side, top and front with a colour example of each plane.

If you are interested in a free example of the Spitfire above you can visit our area at Vecteezy.com and download it for FREE - HERE

Other Warbirds CoolKits to be released will be German Fighters, RAF Fighters, USAF Fighters and German Bombers. If you are designing airshow posters, book graphics for this era or just would like to have these great vectors for your own personal use watch this space!

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New Vector CoolKits

New Vector CoolKits


It’s Songkran in Thailand (Thai New Year) which involves people partying in the street and throwing copious amounts of water at each other….

In celebration of this annual mayhem, Apaganza will be releasing three new vector packs (totally unrelated to Songkran and water!)

Hogs and Choppers
Harley Davidsons (Hogs), Choppers, Big Bikes and some Biker related graphics make up the superb Vector Coolkit, if you are looking for vector clip art or images for a local bike show or just want some mean looking graphics for a T-shirt design, this is the Coolkit for you!

Scribbly Doodles
A very useful collection of hand drawn scribbles, doodles and scrawls. This is an ideal vector CoolKit for adding a hand drawn look to your illustrations or graphics. This CoolKit comes with many different pen thicknesses and textures…. Happy scribbling!

Oriental Heads and Busts
Due to the popularity of our Oriental statues CoolKit we have released this gem. Oriental Heads and Busts delivers exactly what it says on the box! A collection of peculiar heads and faces taken from a unique set of oriental statues….

All these plus a surprise pack will be released during April 2010, check back here soon and be one of the first to secure these creative Apaganza vector Coolkits…..

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Find out your type.

Find out your type.

Apparently, I am Dot Matrix. Why not take some time out and discover what type you are?

The designers at pentagram have come up with an interactive analyst who will assertain your type….

Lay on the couch, answer the questions, and find out, from the font of knowledge, what type you are…. HERE

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Have a FREE font or make your own!

Have a FREE font or make your own!

I have just found a font generator that allows you to create your own OpenType fonts within a couple of minutes. Go make your own handwriting as a font. The process is really easy…. just download the free template, fill it in …

There are some basic guidelines to follow…

Once finished just scan and upload and a few minutes later you can preview you own font. You can submit as many times as you want….

Here are a few examples of other peoples efforts…

You can download FREE my handwriting at the bottom of this page (You will have to go through the checkout but it’s $0.00)

If you are interested in making your own font, you could do a lot worse than visit this site…

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FIGHT GAME Tshirt designs

FIGHT GAME Tshirt designs

Following on from my earlier post regarding NIKKO shirt designs. The original designs were rebranded to FIGHT GAME for an upcoming movie/video game of the same name. Executive producer and NIKKO MD, Bas Boon, asked us to come up with some more designs specifically for the FIGHT GAME brand. In the tutorial I will ‘talk through’ the designs called liberty….

Starting off with another of Noud van Miltenburg’s great illustrations…

My first decision was to bring in the black line illustration and the colour on separate layers, the original colouring wasn’t the correct hue for this shirt and the flames were too literal, so I kept the highlights and shadows and gave it al a blue/grey hue….

The next decision was the background, my concept was to have the statue of liberty climbing out of a distressed chaotic background, this for me was a poiniant image and also had some conatations towards New Yorks recent history. So I wanted to start at the material of the shirt and give that a faded look…

Nouds illustration now needed some loosening up, so using some vectors from our Scribbly Doodles Vector CoolKit
I set about adding a graffitti scribbles…

Not quite enough, a few more needed…

It was beginning to come together now, just a few more to darken the bottom…

The design was taking on a ‘Banksie’ look now, so I decided to add some spray can drips to fortify the graffitti look…

Finally I added the FIGHT GAME branding with some more spray drips…

The finished image was then added to the rest of the range. These Tshirts and hoodies will be available for purchase online very soon, check back to this article soon for more details.

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ASCII Art Made Easy

ASCII Art Made Easy

When I was at school, many decades ago in the dark ages. We had a computer room, with a computer. Attached to this computer was all sorts of wires, card punching data storage, a noisy dot matrix printer with sheets of sproket fed paper and a group of nerds that made up the computer club (they are all probably IT multi-millionaires by now!). If you weren’t in the club, you never got a look in. Occasionally, though, long sheets of paper would emerge with images made out of letters and would be pinned up outside the computer room. It was a boys school, so the images tended to be of bikini clad girls or motorbikes and grab the attention they did!

It’s been a long time since I have been reminded of those images, until I stumbled over a website that offers a free service converting any photo on the web to ASCII art. And it does a great job…

The input is easy…

Here are some examples I played around with…

Personally, I think that this technique is due for a revival, I will certainly consider using it in my next design job…. why not?

Visit the website yourself HERE and have some fun……

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Win a FREE Apaganza Vector CooKit!

Win a FREE Apaganza Vector CooKit!

The first person to post a coherent comment on this article answering the following question wins an Apaganza Vector CoolKit of their choice!

I often use the layer effects options in Photoshop, they are a great time-saving tool. One of the small details that I find perticularly annoying is they default setting on the outer glow.

As you can see it is set to a sickly yellow at 75% opacity on the ‘screen’ setting. It’s a setting I, personally, never use… so here is the question…

How do you change the default settings for layer effects in Photoshop CS4?

First correct answer posted below wins, good luck….

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Windy Fight Gear - Street Fashion

Windy Fight Gear - Street Fashion

Windy have been making professional sports fight equipment since the 1950’s. They are one of the world leaders in boxing gloves, pads and shorts. Their European dealer recently asked us if we would be intertested in designing a small (at first) range of Tshirts that could be worn as a gym or fashion item, again, of course we accepted the challenge. The theme was to be Thai with influences toward Tattoo art and Thai boxing (Muay Thai). Also, strangely, they were keen on one being of a heraldic nature. Following the Tshirt range we were also asked to ‘spice’ up the European dealer’s website for a relaunch in 2010.

The Solution

Firstly we contacted our old friend Dong at his Tattoo studio, Dong is a big Thai boxing fan and specialises in Thai dragon and demon (yaak) images.

We selected 5 of Dongs sketches, made a deal and set about designing the shirts. using a mixture of tattoo images, elements from our own Vector CoolKits and some purchased graphics, we set to work. After creating a zillion layers in Photoshop, these are the results.

To make their product unique in the stores and gyms, we designed labels and tags to be added to the shirts….

The Windy dealer was pleased and we were happy to have worked on a unique project such as this. Consequently we have followed the ideas through to MMA shorts and hoodies. The instore graphics and web banners, as you can see, work well with the thai tattoo theme…

So, Windy are back, with a stunning new range of fashion/fight wear, check out their website here…

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