5 Fantastic Fishy Designs

June 2, 2011

As a graphic designer, you know it is important to craft compelling and striking designs that stir emotion in your customers. Emotion is, after all, at the root of all great brands and all great buys. You also know you you can find inspiration in nature's own unbridled beauty, and underwater life lends perhaps the best example of natural aesthetics with design concepts that easily transfer to a whole host of design disciplines: marketing and advertising, engineering, product manufacturing, and pure aesthetics. Humans have for centuries maintained aquariums to wonder at the beauty of underwater life, and we've known for decades that doing so can not only evoke emotions but also have long-lasting health benefits: reduced stress, lowered blood pressure, insomnia relief and perhaps even Alzheimer's relief. If the natural world can induce such amazing effects, what can you do with your own designs? June is Home Aquarium Month, and in its observance I offer five fantastic fishy designs you can use as inspiration for your own incredible artwork. Fish Wishes by B1nd1 A whimsical digital art drawing, the artist says the fish are meant to represent “good ideas and being happy thinking of new things.” Koi Fish by Neoikeia Nature inspiring art, these Koi fish might not be true to their natural colors but the artist was able to create a striking digital art drawing using the fishes' natural shape and patterns infused with bright, bubble gum colors. Fish Mosaic by Karma-Cherry If fish swim in schools, these fish are either in art class or synchronized swimming. Old Fish by Hamsterfly You might not consider this fish beautiful, but the artwork certainly is striking. Could incorporate such a design on a poster? If so you would definitely command attention! The Orange Fish by morestarinatthestars Food genetic engineering gone horribly, horribly wrong (or right?). Excellent Photoshop work no matter how you look at it!

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Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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