F*ck you blan! Was one of the first greetings I received in Haiti after landing on, what it seemed like, a pitch black airport patched up with plywood and corrugated tin sheets lined with armed guards giving every non-black passengers that sticky peanut butter look. Walk out of the immigration gates and you’re greeted by burly Haitian men squabbling over who’s going to grab your suitcase. So I did the most logical thing I could think of: run like Cinderella on crack! Those were my first memories of Haiti...
Life as a graphic designer is a constant battle against mediocrity and ugliness. It’s also a constant struggle against ignorance and people’s inability to visualize/imagine things that they’ve never seen before. Not to mention the business side of things, money talks while excellence takes a backseat—the proverbial designing at gunpoint situation. This was the exact situation that I had to beat in order to create this particular print ad for Mitsubishi Montero Sport.
Clients are creatures of habit. The funny thing with creatures of habit is that if you present them with something different (as is always the case when you do creative work) they’re apprehensive to accept it or they downright reject it. As is the case with one of the best calendars I designed for Rhum Barbancourt.
It’s pink, purple, and lavender. Belrad laundry detergent packaging design and logo design was one of those nice graphic design projects that I worked on, not because I like detergents, but mostly because the client was agreeable and willing to compromise. In other words, the client listened to my design advice and gave me creative freedom. Of course, within limits of his requirements. When client and graphic designers compromise, designs come out nice and everybody is happy.
P’tite Saveur logo and packaging design is one of those weird jobs that I got in my career as a graphic designer at a design firm. The client was adamant about using Gothic-looking fonts [that has the middle ages look] and he was dead serious about using a velum for the logo and packaging texture; while looking modern!
I took the challenge… mostly because I was the only graphic designer in the office brave enough, or crazy enough to take on such a design challenge or insanity!
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