Palmated

Playground

Everybody has a secret to hide under blocks of colors: should you reveal it or not?

This is my new experiment, now available on Society 6, and you can get $5 Off + Free Worldwide Shipping by November 6, 2016 at Midnight Pacific Time if you use the promotional code on the following link: https://society6.com/aliceincreativeland?promo=KDK2TK24WPY6.

Palmated

Pen doodle & Adobe Illustrator

Drops of time

Playground

Repetitive drops of time passing by… with goods and bads. Life is sometimes more colorful, other times more splashy ‚Äď but we always need to embrace it, as it is definitively beautiful.

It makes sense for this to open my store on Society6, like a new drop of time in my life ūüôā If you’d like to visit it, you can find me here!

Passing by - abstract illustrations

Drops of time – abstract illustrations

Die Fabrik and le soleil

Playground

Hinting to some opposites here, that should be emphasised also by the colourful illustration and the language combo. Extra benefit: it makes me a polyglot!

Die Fabrik and le soleil - Vector illustration made in Adobe Illustrator

Die Fabrik and le soleil – Vector illustration made in Adobe Illustrator

Then, why not make a pattern out of it? I can see myself in some crazy leggings like these! :))

Die-Fabrik-and-le-soleil-blog-post-sample-pattern

Die Fabrik and le soleil – Sample pattern

Do not play with food!

Playground

It’s always intriguing to find a new meaning to the everyday things and it’s also an act of rebellion to play with food to achieve this feeling.

I took a photo of a salad fruit and instead of posting it on Instagram, it was uploaded in Illustrator where I scaled down the image at different sizes and made a pattern. I changed the colours to make it pop, created lots of colourful backgrounds (here is the restricted version of me :|) and put together the GIF in Photoshop.

Rebel yourself, play with food!

Do not play with food! Illustration by Alice Cerconi

Do not play with food! Illustration

Already thinking of other tasteful stuff to create flying flowers with… any idea? ūüėÄ

 

One of the Brexit faces

Graphic Design, Inspiration

I am in love with Noma Bar’s work and I have showcased some of his illustrations before on the blog here. He is using very cleverly the negative space¬†and symbols to bring forward the intended message.¬†Once again he did it with a current topic of discussion, the Brexit, through a cover for the British daily newspaper “The Guardian”.

Cover by Noma Bar for The guardian publication

Cover by Noma Bar for “The Guardian” publication

This seems to express the disappointment for Great Britain leaving the European Union. First¬†you see that the eye is shaped as a tear falling on what it seems to be the cheek¬†of the British people, created out of the negative space of the EU flag.¬†Then there are the curves of the face drawn in such way as to give the impression of an open mouth in a shout, which can be a symbol of the voices that voted to remain in the EU or the desolation felt after the results. With minimum elements, he manages to create a very powerful effect, don’t you think?

Song of the Sea, the most magical animated film

Graphic Design, Inspiration

Song of the Sea is a unique¬†animation, directed by Tomm¬†Moore and nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year¬†to the Academy Awards 2014. It¬†wins you over through stunning¬†visuals in a way that at the end of the movie, even if you liked the plot or not, you can’t feel anything else than mesmerised by the amazing artwork with deep roots in the Irish mythology and folklore.

Animation style

A nice surprise is that Song of the Sea is a traditional animation made up of hand-drawn illustrations. It strikes by its simplicity of execution with attention to symmetry that flows from natural lines and geometric patterns. As Tomm Moore states in an interview for Vox:

2-D for me just has a timelessness. It doesn’t age the same way that CG does.

Character design

The mythological creatures are as beautifully drawn as the backgrounds. An array of emotions is captured by geometric designs in clean lines. The characters are all built to showcase the legend of the selkies, that are living in the sea as seals but also on land as humans, similar to the mermaids. How not to be fascinated by eccentric and quirky characters that reveal stories of their own and bring emotions in flasks?

Colours

The palette of colours is wide, from pastels to vivid hues of blue and green to paint¬†the sea. It is present the warm feeling of watercolours that draws you more¬†into the story, making it feel “a bit mysterious” like¬†Tomm Moore puts it, ending by saying that “it¬†has a dreamlike feeling”. Dreamlike it is also the genius use of light that creates an even more magical, mesmerising atmosphere. All nicely embellished¬†by the patterns on rocks and tree¬†barks and¬†the textures used on surfaces.

If you’re still not fully¬†convinced,¬†here’s what¬†Tomm Moore himself says about his lovely animated film:

open yourself up to a gentler, modern fairy tale, to see something that’s more organic and handmade and full of heart and not so much of a commercial endeavour

Full of magic and emotion, this tale is visually incredible! Must watch if you haven’t already¬†and please let me know your impressions!

Chineasy: The new way to read Chinese

Graphic Design, Inspiration

Developed by ShaoLan Hsueh and illustrated by Noma Bar, Chineasy is a visual-based learning system that teaches Chinease in a non-painful way and even more, quite creatively!

ShaoLan created a system of building blocks, compounds and phrases where the building blocks are basic characters and the compounds their derivates while phrases are formed by putting them together, side by side. Each building block is represented by a simple illustration that makes it easy to remember and the same illustration is adjusted in a way that makes sense to bring to life a compound. Below you can find some examples of the concept and also of the brilliant graphics that enhance the learning of one of the most difficult languages in the world.

I have learned about Chineasy last year at Design Museum in London where it was part of a 6-month exhibition following the nomination received for the Best Design of the Year.

It all started one year earlier in February when¬†ShaoLan Hsueh gave a 6-minute TED talk to prove¬†that even though the Chinese language seems¬†to be to an outsider¬†“as impenetrable as the Great Wall of China”, you can still “learn to read Chinese with ease”!

She then launched on July 23rd a project on Kickstarter¬†that¬†got funded in 10 days for ¬£75.000, reaching 200% of the target in day 16 and raising in the end ¬£197,630 from the contributions of 5,475 people that believed in this great idea. That seems like a successful campaign! ūüôā

The Chineasy products consist of the Chineasy Book (physical and ebook), 60 Flashcards and 100 Postcards that can be bought from various online locations including Amazon. A second book will be released in Chinese New Year 2016 and I am sure that ShaoLan will come with many other surprises in the future given the fans that Chineasy gained during the time.

Have a look on the¬†Chineasy Facebook page¬†as it is daily¬†updated with quizzes and new phrases, building a strong community of learners. You’ll be¬†welcomed if you’d like to give it a try and you might catch up in no time!

As learning and visual communication are my main interests at the moment, I could not be anything but deeply fond of this project that makes so obvious the role of visual communication in the learning process.

What is your opinion: do you find this a strong example of innovative design?