Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Feeling Full & How Safe? Revision

For "The Secret of Feeling Full" article, I blew the image up so the text could interact with the curly fry. I need to work on my text wrap on the image. I created an orange text box on the right page to put information in. I don't like how it is even with the image on the left side and breaking the text columns up, so I have some issues to resolve there still.
Approximate Work Time: 1 hour

For the revision on the "How Safe?" article, I needed to fill more space. To achieve that, I enlarged the image of the peppers to stretch across the page and interact with more text. I made the body text into three columns instead of two, and got rid of the dark green side bar on the right page. I need to tighten up the space between "how" and "safe" to make the headline flow a little better, and I need to find a better image to go behind in order to correspond with the peppers at the bottom. Also, I think I'm going to mess with the "fresh concerns" type because I don't like something about it right now.
Approximate Work Time: 1.75 hours

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Feeling Full & How Safe?

Here are two more initial magazine spread layouts. I haven't used stock images before, but I was running out of time to come up with my own photography or illustration, so I settled for some stock photos from flickr since I haven't used them before. I thought it was a little more difficult to use so little body copy for the "How Safe?" spread. The other spread, however, had a ton of type, and I felt like my initial layout is a little crowded, so I used a smaller image. Anyway, here they are!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Stressed Out!

Here is my first layout for the Stressed Out magazine spread. I chose some neon colors because I feel that they jump out at you, and give off a fast-paced, high intensity vibe, implying stress.


This is my final Native American Heritage Month poster. I went back to the old image because I think the image works better than the nasty, poop-colored one I tried. It does need more color, but I believe the typeface sticks out well enough that it gets the message across. Anyway, done with the Native American poster!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Gilligan List

Here is the list of 5 typefaces I would "take with me" if I were stranded on an island.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Revision #2 of Native American Poster

Ok, so the illustration was the main thing that needed work here. Basically, I wanted to make the visual stand out a bit more so instead of leaving the monotone yellow/orange color, I added another color for a duotone of yellow/orange and black. This added more contrast to the poster and I believe the visual sticks out more. I also put the word 'yield' in the yellow/orange color to give the poster a little more color.

Revision #1 of Native American Poster

For Friday we had to revise our Native American Heritage Month poster. First, I turned the graphic 180 degrees, so that the corn faces up. I think the husks of the corn at the bottom of the page help lead the viewer to the information about events. Next, I made all of the event information dangle from one baseline instead of staggering them. I think this is less confusing now. Also, there was a hierarchy issue going on, so I made the 'Native American Heritage Month' text a bit smaller and made the 'yield a harvest of culture' the main focus. Anyway, here it is...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

November = Native American Heritage Month

So, Native American Heritage Month is sneaking up on us! How better to celebrate than to redesign a poster for the presenters of the month's activities (unbeknownst to Truman's Multicultural Affairs Center)? Yes, we are required to use the nasty yellow/orange pantone color displayed in the first draft of my poster. I wanted to illustrate a graphic using something I had not done before, so I watercolored a few ears of Indian corn, scanned them into photoshop, set a monotone with the orangish color, posterized the picture, and then gave it a feathery edge to avoid the bleed issue. Here's what I've come up with so far. I wanted a somewhat symmetrical layout and I think that is achieved with the 5 column grid and the centered illustration. My concept was "yield a harvest of culture". I'm not exactly sure if it makes sense. I even had to read it a few times to convince myself that it was a correct use of words. Anyway, I wanted to have a headline that convinced people to grasp the culture of native americans. Native Americans had to learn to grow corn, and once they did, they really prospered from it. I'd like to think that if a person were to learn the culture of Native Americans, they would have a similar experience, and possibly prosper somehow from that knowledge.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Chacha and Climb a Wall

I think these posters went a bit better than the last batch. I wanted to do something more illustrated in one of the posters, so I did a quick sketch of a man climbing a rocky mountainside. I like how it turned out - it's something different from what I've done in the past posters.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Post On Posters

Organizations at Truman are able to hang posters randomly around campus. Fortunately for our professor, he can walk around, pick out the crappiest ones, and have us redo them as assignments! We remade some horribly designed posters for class on Monday. Let's just say that mine were not much better than what they started out as! Ok for now there's only one...
Here are the two I redesigned for Wednesday. I definitely put more thought and time into them, and I think they turned out a bit better than the last ones.