Car Faces by Kyle Bean

I was watching tv with my housemates when out of the blue one of them randomly found this design and showed it to us on her laptop. Immediately we all huddled around trying to pick out the cutest one, the angriest one, the one with the best moustache etc. so in terms of drawing the viewer in it really scores high. The care faces are easily recognizable as being ‘facial features’ taken from cars, though if you’re really viewing it at a distance it should still draw your attention because of all the great shapes you have working together within the design. The idea is sweet and simple and entertaining and it’s one of those that makes you secretly think ‘why didn’t I come up with it’ since it’s so easily accessible to anyone and readable.

After discovering the project I went on further to find the designer behind it and see what kind of other work he does. Kyle Bean is the name, and this is his portfolio site:

On top of the ‘Car Faces’ piece, I really liked his ‘Mobile Evolution’ piece which plays on the idea of Russian Dolls (which stack up one within the other) but it is a great way of showing how far we have come with mobile phone technology from huge clunky things to thiny sleek things that at times defy imagination.

Another piece I liked was his ‘Autumn’ typography piece using autumn leaves. The colours of all the leaves and the beauty of autumn really come through and it has a bit of an Andy Goldsworthy feel to it. I think that this project could easily be taken further into perhaps leaving messages (a bit of ambient design almost)  using natural surroundings for people as they come and go in their everyday routines. Such unobtrusive typographic pieces could be quite beautiful and bring back a sense of art and value to what we usually take for granted.

The piece also reminds me of Tibetan sand mandalas, which are intricately put together over hours and hours of labour and are swept away after the occassion (they are done for a certain festival or holiday I think). The fleeting, short-lived nature of these works of art makes them twice as beautiful to behold and I think the same would work for the nature typography pieces like ‘Autumn’ which can disappear with a single sigh of the wind.

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