Sunday, February 22, 2009


So while SAN is still bouncing around in this inchoate form (there's the vocab word of the day) I thought I'd start talking about structure. I'd like to say that I had an epiphany that I'm a formalist, that I've always been, but I'm not really sure that's true. I do know I love recurring design. For instance I've always enjoyed how anime tv shows almost always have 1) an opening theme song 2)an eye-catch, 3) an ending theme song and 4)a preview trailer for the next episode. Some shows go out of their way to use these conventions creatively. Once upon a time cartoons that I (and maybe you) grew up with always started up the show with an origin story (e.g. Thundercats, Wheeled Warriors, Smurfs, Kidd Video. Or even check out this X-Men Cover Gallery and notice how certain cover design conventions came into existence, such as the modern title font, or the headshots in the top left corner. What do you call these, framing conventions?

Well whatever term we decide on, I want to point out that these recurring designs are often the flavor and spice of our content. And with this blog, I know I'm heading in the direction of a pastiche theme, but format-wise I still feel like I'm drawing a blank.

So here's random stuff:

Kinetic Typography from samskee.

Little Gems
Jean Shepherd
Astrid Lindgren

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