CRITIQUE II

     Nancy Stahl has a multitude of styles in her design arsenal. She exhbits a classic pastel,  a mimiced threaded texture with a boy scout-esque merit badge design ( which may be her own needlework because she does knit), watercolor pencil, 3-dimensional space, pointillism, etc. She also does film! There is a lot of texture to her work, giving the impression that to reach out and touch her work  would give you a tactile sensation of various goose-bumping goodness. Her site is simplistic, catchy and streamlined, as easy to navigate as it is to flip through a series of postcards. Her links on the page are single-serving only- a brief visual synopsis of her portfolio and her email address. I actually like her blog better than this initial site due to it’s well crafted and designed layout.

     Chris Spollen’s work has a robust and sinewy color content, to the point of evoking a lurking emotional response that boils just below the surface of the soul- reminiscent of taking Robert Frost’s “A Path Less Travelled” to somewhere deep in the nostalgic recesses of the mind. There’s a very modern stylization occurring in his work, with the careful application of multiple art styles going on: even though it’s done in Illustrator there airbrushing, pencil,pastel effect, and collage.Crisp, clean lines, with warm tones.His site promotes the same as far as navigation and no clutter, very clean and slick. There’s a careful juxtaposition of classic and futuristic-modern administered to both artwork and website. Chris Spollen’s work hit my core, this work is phenomenal and would have to be the most appealing to me personally out of this mix of graphic designers. His page is a pure example of HOW to properly market yourself because his links offer his work at every turn and would offer the strongest marketing out of this list of designers. His blog is also filled to the brim, but to me the work is strong enough to stand on it’s own. I want to go back and peruse through this site simply because I could learn something from this man and his work is pure eye- candy.

      Jean Tuttle’s illustrative style seems youtful to the brink of childish, not necessarily a bad conception, but not what I am personally drawn to. The colors are very pastel, bright, primary and secondary with some soft variations between. This is very conventional Cosmopolitan single spread cartoon spoof about something that’s a cross-breed of Sex and the City and Seventeen magazine. The site is simple enough, to the brink of annilating itself with it’s spaciousness. This woman is overwhilemingly, well, female, and the website reeks of estrogen, which if I was a woman, would be pretty awesome. There is little to no marketing here other than the work itself and no blog that I was able to discover. As a side note I will probably never go back to this site unless I want a gender-bending moment of torture ( which I don’t, not ever).

     Daniel Pelavin is an illustrative master of gradation, which is a personal favorite technique of mine. However, as much as I know it is a part of the biz, I am not a huge fan of logos, and wow, does he have a large portfolio of logos, but that’s because he displays an intuitive mastery of typography which is an impressive feat in it’s own right. His work reminds me of a modern digital Picasso with the hints of abstraction and cubism doused in pastel hues. His site is a contoured mass of slick, neat angled lines. His robots are a curious wonder of the modern strange and are what I like the best of all his creations. His blog is pretty standard, though I like the work he has placed on there. His marketing is lacking but that may be because he more than likely already has a steady stream of work. I can appreciate his particular corner of the design market and the ease of which his site has been set up to navigate and the proliferate amount of links to his large portfolio of work but I will honestly not be going back to his site for a second or third browse.

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