These first two weeks of design have been pretty intimidating. Sometimes I don’t feel up to par with everyone else in class, but I know I will improve each week. I'm finally getting back into the swing of classes though. The month-long break made it harder than usual to get going again.
I was pleased with my Spring Preview cover design. I decided on fruit as my theme, so I think I accomplished staying away from the typical rain, tree and flower ideas. I designed the fruit in InDesign. I was impressed with myself, but it might be because I haven’t had much experience creating “art” like this. I would love to be an expert Illustrator user by the end of the semester.
Response: Design History Reading
It was neat to read about the history of magazine design and look at samples from the past 80-90 years. Finding recent covers and spreads that have similar design as those from so many years ago was neat. I found multiple examples from SELF magazine. One spread’s layout is around a single bleed photo that’s used as an illustration and background texture. This is like a McCall’s spread from 1959. In 1954, Harper’s Bazaar issue includes a spread of two women. The focus is on their body curvatures rather than their faces. This shows up in SELF on an exercising spread. The woman’s body takes up an entire page, and her head is not in the photo. Leslie’s Weekly in May 1903 has a single bleed photo on the cover with only the title and a handful of words. KCH&G’s February 2011 issue is very similar and has only two cover lines. Finding so many examples shows that certain design might go out of style or change, but not usually for good.
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I found this cool tape art on the blog I’m following. I had never seen anything quite like it. Check out more photos at designverb.
I came across this typography tutorial to create a splashing water text effect in Photoshop. The site has a bunch of other awesome tutorials. I haven’t yet, but I plan on trying some out.