Tero Juuti

Focus – experimental pixel graphic exhibition

My first private exhibition was on April 2019 in Galleria Kuvitus (The Finnish Illustration Association‘s members’ gallery) in Helsinki. I wanted to experiment with varying pixel sizes (and therefore the viewing distance), so the main works were three 1 x 1 meter prints of Kallio (a neighborhood in Helsinki), Taroko National Park in Taiwan and Tokyo, Japan. The prints were started as 12 x 12 pixel images, and then continued with smaller and smaller pixel size in parts of the image, until the smallest details were just barely visible as pixels in the final prints.

Since the idea of the works was to play with the viewing distances, it’s a challenge to present them in other forms than the original prints. Video works decently, so here’s an animated version showing each work with a zoom to/from a selected detail.

The works looked like this on the gallery itself.

The fourth work is a collection of 16 pixelated images from different places, some having to do with the large prints and some unrelated. They were also arranged to a square form. The smaller works were made in a single pixel size each. Animation about the smaller works is below.

The works were a lot of fun to make and show, and the idea worked quite well, in some places even better than I had hoped. Quite many people showed up too, which is always nice. Thanks again to all the visitors!

Donna - TV Series title design

Donna is a 10-episode Finnish romantic comedy TV series starring Alina Tomnikov. I made the graphic identity for the series including title sequence and other elements.

The main character of the series is blind, so this was an important element to convey visually somehow. Of course black screen could have been a bit too minimalistic, so I thought of using hand-drawn circles as a graphic element. They look like the bokeh of camera lens (the circles light sources make when they are out of focus) and the vibration hand-drawn ones were making looked quite nice. There are some in the background in the title sequence, and another example is below.

Of course there needs to be text too, and since the hand-drawn look seemed to work on the circles I decided to use a similar approach on the texts. The hand-drawn title seems a bit light when seen in a still form but works well in motion (below) and of course when composed over images. The drawing was done frame-by-frame in Photoshop, with only the previous frame as the guide. This resulted in a small drift of the letters which is nicely lively.

I did test the actors’ names with the same technique too, but that turned out to be a bit too hectic effect when combined with images. However, I can obviously post them here as a small bonus feature.

The title sequence above is not the final one but almost, colors were fine-tuned by the post-production company. You can check out the series in Yle Areena (might only work in Finland though) and the crew & other info in IMDb.

Jontti & Koti6: 13 - music video

I had made a music video for the producer duo Koti6 before, and now that they collaborated with the Finnish rapper Jontti (in the album Leipäjono) they asked me to make another one. Jontti’s lyrics are quite political so we decided to use a news broadcast as a visual theme. I borrowed the eye motif from the cover graphics as the “channel identity” (a simplified version below):

We had a nice weather for the video shoot and got all the shots done in one day. Editing, graphics etc. took longer obviously. The editing is purposefully choppy in places and most of the visual effects are not the most subtle either on purpose. For the scrolling news ticker text I used the lyrics and in chorus sections there were additional smaller texts from Jontti & Koti6.

Choir conductor competition logo

A fun little typography/lettering job: I was asked to make the logo for Suomalainen kuoronjohtajakilpailu (the Finnish choir conductor competition) and came up with this solution. All letters form a rising shape that can refer to singing. The original letterforms were hand-lettered and subsequently cleaned up a bit (but not too much to maintain some irregularity which I like). Some letters react to each other both horizontally and vertically so the logo is quite lively. The event poster I also designed is below.

Endometriosis animation

I made an animated short movie about endometriosis. It’s a rather common condition (according to some estimates, about 6-10% of women worldwide are affected) that is still quite unknown to people. The animation was made to raise people’s awareness of endometriosis and to tell about how to recognize the symptoms. The client was Endometrioosiyhdistys ry (The Finnish Endometriosis Association). Only in Finnish, sorry.

The illustrations are by Emmi Jormalainen who was also the co-planner in the project. Music by Teemu Korpipää.