Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Home Stretch

One moth left until graduation! It's scary that I'll be off to the real world soon and exciting as well. For my capstone, I only have two more projects, a few designs for Vox and Shindig finishing touches to do. Four weeks will go by super fast.

Critique: 30 Under 30
Last Thursday I turned in my design for the 30 Under 30 feature. I didn’t spend as much time on it as I would have liked because I was so busy and caught up with Shindig designing. Looking at it now, I wish I would’ve given more typographic treatment to the title. I had a neat idea for it, but I didn’t execute it well. I like the set up of the words, but I could’ve chosen a different font. I also like the dotted lines that connect each photo to the text. I think it has good potential, and with some redesigning it will be a great piece to include in my portfolio. Here is the opening spread.

Response: Mini Portfolio
I’m excited to make my mini portfolio for potential employers. I decided to go with EBM’s printing. I want to use glossy paper and the 7 x 81/2 size. For my front cover, I’m going to have a solid color for the background with my name. For the back cover, I’m going to list my contact information. Finding a great font for my name will be a key part because it will most likely be all that the front includes. I might create a design element to put with my name, but we’ll see how it looks without one first. I’m leaning toward having my designs only on the right-hand side of the pages, and then placing labels in the middle of the left pages. In terms of organization, I think it will be best to have my designs in this order: Shindig, Vox, magazine design class, Cerner and outside design work.

You Can’t Miss This:
Designverb hasn't posted anything on its blog all week, but I will include one as soon as they do.
I found a neat site called creattica. It has a collection of designs for inspiration, such as business cards, logos and HTML/CSS. I thought it’d be a good idea to share some of the website designs I came across. Hopefully they’ll provide everyone with ideas as we start designing our websites. Here is one of my favorites.


  1. I feel the same way about the mini portfolios. I'm excited to start working on them. It will be so nice when they are done. We have similar design ideas also. I'm not sure what I want to do with the cover, but I do want to keep it minimal. I don't think it's necessary to go crazy on the cover, but I'll see what I can come up with. I'm excited to see everyone's!

  2. I need to think of this mini-portfolio deal. It seems like you know exactly what you want. I love when that happens because it becomes more about execution than ideation. I was just talking with Allison about how searching for fonts has morphed into a dreadful ordeal. I used to love searching for typefaces, now I am bombarded with thoughts of where I have seen or used them before. So, good luck! I am sure it will look lovely!

  3. I'm excited to start on the mini portfolios. I think you've selected a nice variety of your work and really considered the layout. I need to work on that...