I will skip posting any further spreads, because they all culminate in this last project. Clicking on the picture below will take you to a PDF where you can sift through the project.
I hope you enjoy it!
Finally! Photographs, I got to work with photographs!
Our professor gave us a few photography agency websites and told us to pick a series of 8-10 images for a composed 6 page photo spread. I decided to use Ditte Isagar’s photos of a couch. The couch was the same, photographed in different colorful settings. We were asked to create three roughs and then revamp them. Here are the final three spreads I made for my article “Lounge Act.”
After editing and playing with headlines, which allowed me to take even more away from InDesign, we were asked to create a two page feature, with an inevitable turn page that related to the topic we chose.
I selected “Liberal Libraries” as a trend for the two page spread. I thought fun funky libraries would be a perfect spread and include interesting pictures, especially one I had found years ago on Google Images.
From there, I created a turn page which played well with the first two sets.
Before entering into creating our first feature spread, we were asked to create a headline only project which forced us to make use of different types of headlines and make them the focus.
We were given titles and told to work with them as we would, but we couldn’t change the title. I picked the white stuff, thinking I could make it into a headline of a spread on only white furnishings.
This assignment took a little more work than usual. The project was called “The Department” project. A department in a magazine is “articles with one photograph or illustration that have lengthy copy (maybe 1500 words), which “jumps”. The opener of the department should show the content of your publication and match the look of all the other magazine sections.”
To create this series, we were told to create three spreads, and from there we would develop one solid spread with a jump page.
My first ideas were a series of mismatched ideas as you may see. One was a green-centric article design and the next was a retro/vintage furniture department page.
I didn’t feel these were very cohesive and got series critiques of them, so here is where I played off the first assignment we did with the “Cozy & Constructed” assignment. I edited it, added a better bunch of editions and made it my final project.
The next week’s project was creating color palette for our magazine. We haven’t committed to these for the magazine, but it was a useful tool in brainstorming colors for a spread or even an entire magazine. Here are the instructions, so you can get a better idea of what I’ve done.
“Every magazine has a palette of colors that reinforce the publication’s message. Create a palette of colors to be used each issue. Use “Rich Black” (comprised of 100% Black (K) and 30% Cyan (C) plus at least 5 other colors that will be used frequently in the design of your pages. For the 5+ colors create 5+ shades and 5+ tints that are derived from those colors. Also, create 3-5 pale tints that can be used for boxes with type overprinting in them.”
Some of the colors are harder to see on some PC’s or Mac’s than others. It can really depend.
This is another post where my work was predominately practice. We were to make a page with these four stories, without images, but make the page interesting using only type.
I had trouble getting the hang of this…without pictures, how was I to make an interesting page? This was the very first project that threw me for a loop, honestly.
The next assignment was to create a page with three columns of text. I did this quickly, and with amateur abilities in In Design. I hadn’t used the program in some time and was unfamiliar with its set up. Here’s my attempt.
Later, I expanded on this idea for a separate page, but this time at least I knew what I was doing.
All semester I’ve worked in a magazine design class. I love this class. I feel really at home creating spreads for magazines. As you will see, it’s taken me some time to get used to the program InDesign, but I feel really inspired by the smallest of things.
Follow my progress through the class from my first project, seen below, which begins my building a collective theme for the semester. Clicking each photo will take you to a PDF version, the exact one I sent to my professor for grading. This way you can take a closer look than just the simple images here.
One last thing I will say: all the photography has been collected via Google or CC available images. Photographs which are not credited, I am working on getting photo credits posted to the blog ASAP. Please understand my delay in doing so. Thank you!
We first were asked to create an idea board for a magazine we wanted to build. I created “Show” Magazine. A magazine for 20 somethings, owning or furnishing their first real homes after school. Think modern design, meets DIY, meets Urban Outfitters catalogue.
I came up with this idea a few years ago (yes, it’s copy written) and a professor told me it was a good idea. He said there was nothing really in the market like it in an actual magazine form. There are bits and pieces here and there but nothing as real as this.
At the end of April, Philadelphia hosted the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. Spanning a serious length of Broad Street, the festival was modeled after Parisian festivals and included a Ferris wheel, garden, flying trapeze and at the end of the night acrobats.
Though, now quite old, below are just some of the photos I took at the festival.
A Shot of City Hall
Concert on Broad
Eiffel Tower – Located inside the Kimmel Center
Father and Son