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Mushroom Dictionary illustration sharing different types of mushrooms.
As a graphic designer and Illustrator, I like to communicate topics, events, experiences and stories with my work. In this way, this project started when I decided I wanted to pursue a topic I'm really interested in, Mushrooms. And understand more about their families and nutrition health.
After doing some research, I decided I wanted to share different types of mushroom, in this way I could play with shape and color. Afterwards, I thought it could be interesting to share them as a dictionary, so we can learn their names, features and use them with other design and information for cooking, children education, environmental or scientific purposes.
My design process is founded on several principles which make the core of how to boost innovation, collaboration and fast forward results. For every design story and experience, I immerse myself throughout a brainstorming phase to understand the theme and then a series of sketches to explore the combination of creativity and relevant groundwork. Later on I transform, build, prototype and create proposals and final results which can give value through design. Finally I spread the systems I design to engage and develop new positive relationships within emotions and visual stories.
For this project I used pencil and paper for my sketches after understanding which shapes were more interesting to design from my research. Once I had the final drawing and my palette, I trace the design in Adobe illustrator. Having the final design, I decided to have play with material and printing techniques, in order to have a notebook that could be used for any purpose with my illustration in the cover.
It's been a fun project and relevant process, I've learned in which way I can share stories throughout design and I hope people can understand my work, and just enjoy how I relate with design. Allowing them to be part of my imagination and is possible sharing while being part of my design community.
If you decide you want to have a Mushroom Dictionary or the notebook to free your ideas, I'll be happy to share what you need.