Heroes.

I believe that it is important for every individual to have someone whom you can look up to, like a role model, an inspiring person, a hero.

I’m sure we all remember our heroes from young, be it Spider-man, Ninja turtles, Power rangers, your mom/dad etc. As we grow older, who our heroes are changes as well. In my opinion, it is especially important for creatives to have their heroes. A person or people who inspires you, make you grow creatively and as a person, and you’re lucky if your hero is someone you know personally.

Here’s 3 of my heroes, though i’m definitely nowhere as good as they are (for now), their works have inspired me ever since i chanced upon them.  Thanks to the internet, they would otherwise be unknown to me.

Craig Ward Art Director, Typographer (http://www.wordsarepictures.co.uk/)

I’ve been amazed by Craig Ward’s typography works ever since i saw them. Do a google image search and you’ll know what i mean. His typography pieces, are not your usual all-done-on-the-computer typography. They are usually worked on/with a variety of mediums.

For example, one of his more notable works. The white type on this piece of work, was glued onto the wall and painted , the red ones were later added digitally.

Another one is a cover for an old issue of Computer Arts Projects. The type is printed on sheets of glass, and then smashed with i-forgot-what and image taken with high speed camera. Just plain awesome. Sure, things like that would’ve been possible with heavy photoshopping, but nothing beats getting your hands dirty.

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Shauna Haider aka Nubby Twiglet Freelance Graphic Designer (http://nubbytwiglet.com/)

Read Nubby Twiglet’s blog for about a year before i stopped. (will make it a habit to start reading again) She’s a successful freelancer graphic designer and gives wonderful tips on managing your own freelance business, which i have been doing, but much less successful.

Her works are great with distinctive style and consistency.

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Jessica Hische Designer, Typographer, Illustrator, Letterer (http://jessicahische.is)

Recently discovered Jessica Hische’s works and was drawn to her beautifully hand drawn type. Exquisite would be a good word to describe them and her type projects are simply a pleasure to browse.

I’m still working hard towards being as good, if not better than my heroes. I’ll get there one day (:

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One more hero  Web/Graphic Designer, Aspiring Photographer, Make-up Artist

This person is none other than moo. We were strangers just a little more than 2 months back and by sheer luck, we connected, from about 2000+km apart. It’s a short period that we knew each other and i felt i’ve already grown as a person. I’m sure there are much more i can learn from moo.

So who are your heroes?

-tiger


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