TRIXY JEWELS booth design

I recently had the fun opportunity to help design a trade show booth in Las Vegas (layout and graphics) for an up and coming, super cool jewelry designer Trixy Starr. Then I went to Vegas with her… oh well, what can I say, work work work ;))

As much as layout of that Vegas show’s booth goes, 3 white walls without option to use nails is kind of a MacGyver challenge - right up my alley! Since Trixy’s jewelry is overwhelmingly colorful we kept the booth clean and simple, leaving the default white walls and shelving and displaying the necklaces in black and white frames. But for a splash of coolness I brought in a fluffy carpet in the brightest yellow and a storage pouf in sparkling purple! It was a blast to hear complements on the carpet idea. YAY!

For branding I designed 2 banners 3×3 feet with Trixy’s logo and message.
I’ve designed huge graphics for custom booths for serious companies before, but this was more of a “DIY” experience due to the specific venue setup, and I must say: there is nothing more fun than DIY! Thank you MacGyver.

Happy VALENTINE’s DAY

Married, single or in an “open relationship” (I don’t quite believe there is such thing but hey…”whatever works” ;)) …  I hope you HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!

If you’re in a mood to show some love to your computer/iphone screen, here is my Valentine wallpaper for you *.

1680×1050 px:

1360×768 px (wide screen) :

For i-Phone/i-Pod touch screen:

* For your computer: Click on the image to open the full size of it, then right-click and choose “Set as desktop background”

I’m finally on Behance

Well actually I’ve had my Behance.net account for many months already, but couldn’t find any time to organize and prepare my portfolio before uploading it.

Behance is the leading online platform for creative professionals. That’s what they say ;) But, hey, it’s another place to publish your portfolio if you’re a creative. It’s been out there for quite some time and it truly seems to be a good one. I like the simplicity of updating my profile, creating a new folder (“Project”) and uploading multiple images with one click. Customizing the color scheme and fonts is another huge plus for me. As much as I like it simple and I’m not any more into over-customizing everything  (maybe it’s also the matter of having no time for it…), some images just look better on dark, and some on light backgrounds right? ;)
And it really is one of the super inspiring places on the internet. Filled with (and reserved for) professional artists from all over the world, it can be a sweet treat to browse through so many beautiful stuff of all kinds.
I suppose it’s a great networking tool as well but I can’t say anything about that part yet, since I’ve been using it for 2 days now.

Anyway, I do recommend getting an account if you can. Or just bookmarking and visiting for your viewing pleasure ;)
And of course please stop by and check my portfolios from time to time: www.behance.net/PUNIAF

Music and light inspired

After the self-promotion materials are sent to work for you, sometimes there is a moment for pure fun again. The truth is, however, that in this constant learning process, pulling all-nighters without having any deadline, but just for the pleasure of creating, is as important as working on a paying project. Or at least I believe so.

Every time I get inspired and can’t stop myself from digging deeper to see more and more, I know that in the end (read: at sunrise) I will learn something new. Again.
Coming across amazing photographs, or other designers’ inspiring works, then digging for new brushes, techniques, ideas, only to get hungry for more and too excited to go to bed before installing and trying new toys ;) If you’re a creative kind you know what I’m talking about.

So that’s exactly how I spent last night ;) and here is what was born at sunrise:

Composers mind (or how a graphic designer imagines it ;))
Composer at work (or how a graphic designer imagines it ;))

In case someone finds it useful here is the “before” photo + a few tips below:

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A grounding brake from the corporate style..

Photo by PUNIAF. - Mexico 2009

Photo by PUNIAF. - Mexico 2009

To add some “Disney” magic to your photos & designs follow this link: http://www.secondpicture.com/tutorials/digital_image_processing/light_and_glow_effect_in_photoshop.html or any other tutorials on “Photoshop light effects”. You can go subtle or you can go strong and bling bling/disco/crazy. You can create your own stars, as in the tutorial, or you can just use the star brushes or shapes – layer different sizes and opacity and play with the brush settings like “Shape dynamics” and “Scattering”. Fun! ;)