This is a continuation of the series of designs based on the alphabet from our Creative team. Each post will include their designs and a peek into their process. Here’s a look inside Dillon’s process. Enjoy!
For the letter, “Y,” I thought I would take a different approach from my previous designs. Both letters, “I,” and, “Q,” were more illustrative. For the letter, “Y,” I thought it would be fun to go for a clean, simple approach.
I like how the capital, “Y,” consists of three simple lines. So for this project I wanted to base my design off of these lines. I found some great inspiration from a project called,” Linea,” by Marcos Bernardes to help get me started.
Setting the Background
First I opened up Illustrator and created two lines. Using the Blend Tool to create a blend object, I duplicated the lines with a distance of 30 pixels to give myself a series of lines for a background.
Creating the Letter
Using the Pen Tool, I created the, “Y,” shape over my background. I then duplicated these lines to give my letter some shape and filled the background with white.
Making a Connection
Then, I used the Pen Tool and Direct Selection Tool to connect the new lines with the background. Giving it a seamless look.
Now that it was starting to take shape, I needed to add some color. Since it is the letter, “Y,” I felt the color yellow was a fitting choice. And to contrast the yellow, I decided to use black.
From here, it was time to pull this into Photoshop and add little dimensions and noise to the design. I added a drop shadow under the letter to give it some depth, along with some noise and gradients to bring the letter, “Y,” to the forefront.
When all was said and done, I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. It actually reminds a little of the design aesthetic from the 2013 Film Great Gatsby. Hope you enjoy!
–Dillon White, Web Developer