Design Ideation

When I was given the opportunity to influence the overall design aesthetic of a project, I often looked for inspiration from the subject matter itself. Creating background patterns for a Chinese language course meant researching historical Chinese art. I found the ancient bronzes to be particularly inspiring. All three of these patterns were picked for use in the course.

Pattern creation inspired by ancient Chinese bronzes.
Pattern creation inspired by ancient Chinese bronzes.
Pattern creation inspired by ancient Chinese bronzes.
Mockup of Chinese background pattern in use.
Mockup of Chinese background pattern in use.

A number of different components were made to supplement films teachers could show in the classroom. While the overall patterns and templates were the same throughout, colors were changed to match the aesthetic of the movies. I decided on the colors to use for two very different films.

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Color selections inspired by the movie poster for "Radioactive" and component samples.
Collage of components incorporating the "Radioactive" color scheme.
Color selections inspired by the DVD cover for "Osmosis Jones" and component samples.
Collage of components incorporating the "Osmosis Jones" color scheme.