I came across this book that I just had to order ‘Fingerprint - The Art of using Handmade Elements in Graphic Design,’ by Chen Design Associates and after reading the introduction it sounds completely perfect for me. Here is the an extract from a paragraph that I have been focusing my work around…
“Fingerprint is a reminder that in this day and age of e-gadgets and i-things and all things high tech and electronic, there remain some very reliable, non high tech tools that can help design reconnect with its audience. Even the hint of a hand-created element can activate a surface, instill passion and energy into a medium and reassure the recipient that human understand and insight are the foundations of the message.”
I could not agree with this statement any more. My project Map Your City© had hand drawn illustrations in it, and I felt they added that personal interaction towards the user as well as allowing me to involve my interest of drawing into my project. I feel a lot of graphic design taken straight from the computer can feel quite generic. But don’t get me wrong, graphic design on the computer is elegant and beautiful and near enough perfect, and I love using the computer to create designs, but I like imperfection, and seeing hand drawn lines not exactly straight or squint. It portrays a personal touch to design, and I like it.
I think there is a worry we could lose this as technology advances even more, saying goodbye to the paper and pencil. I will never ever give up, along with I think a good number of others, as that imperfection will never be caught with a computer.