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a while ago we were given a project which involved working with a documentary photography student to create a book of their photographs.
after lots of changes in design and messing about with the layout to fit the images in nicely we decided it would be nice to have something else within the book, so we decided to would create a few subtle illustrations which had to work well with the images. these didn’t end up taking too long to do and they ended up fitting really well with the photographs.
i sent my book off to a company called blurb and here is what i got back;
oatmeal linen hardcover
proline uncoated paper
inside image and illustration
double page image
oatmeal linen wrap
dust jacket front and back
i’m really pleased with the outcome of this book. the quality finish is what i’m pleased with most. i wasn’t expecting such a well made finished result. i’m happy with the layout as well and the quality of the prints on the paper. i’m considering adding something in to the back of the book but we will see how it goes!
latest project is to rebrand a department of the university. it is known as BARC ( business accountability and responsibility centre). I decided to stay with the idea of a corporate logo design because of what the department does etc. i didn’t want too many bold colours so i ended up sticking with one. here’s the logo i came up with;
these were the first logos i came up with i wasn’t too sure on any of them so i played around a little more and these are my 3 final logos that i will present;
The top two are just a copy of one another but one is in garamond and the other is century gothic, i wanted to give the option of having a modern or traditional type face. the bottom works best wit garamond as the font, and if you look back at the development logos, i made a set of scales in indesign and as i changed the colour to blue the lines disappeared but the main shapes changed to blue, i really liked this random sort of mistake so i’ve decided to stick with it.
i made some business cards to show the logos in use;
These are the business cards i’ve come up with, i’ve tried to keep it simple but with a twist so the logo/design would eventually become recognisable.
A few weeks back I pretty much decided on the fold I would have and then gradually the layout. I want the layout to be straight forward, easy to get through and pleasing to the eye. Which means I will have to make it look all pretty, bare in mind this next picture isn’t the pretty final version. I have looked at my drawn up layouts, tweaked them slightly and now i’ve finally started putting it all together in InDesign. Here is what I have so far;
This is my final fold and all my final text. The titles will NOT look like this, I will be making the magazine look typographically pleasing. I don’t want it all to be too boring. The images will not be photographs they will be illustrations. I have so far only done hand drawings on layout pages for my illustrations so far to develop the style I want. Soon I will be recreating the images in Photoshop using a graphics tablet to create the desired effect. The text will not look this blocky either, I will try to do something with it in order to make it more appealing, perhaps make it smaller.
So I started looking at the info graphic notes Helen kindly gave me a while back and decided to sit down and really get my idea sorted.
I researched infographics a fair bit before even planning anything. I wasn’t entirely sure what one was. After a bit of research I had a really good idea of what I wanted to do. I planned it all out neatly on paper but when I came to actually putting it together in InDesign I was horrified, it was absolutely rubbish. Here it is;
It is completely awful, I was pretty disappointed. So again I went back to researching and found something that inspired me, here it is;
I found this image on google, I was getting pretty annoyed until I found this. An idea sparked immediately and I finally got back in to designing my info graphic again. Here are a few of the designs I came up with in InDesign;
This was my first idea. Initially I thought it was my final idea, but after looking at it for a while I realised nobody would be able to understand that it is actually a landscape info graphic. Everybody would try and look at it as a portrait, so I had to do something to make it read this way up. Also, I wasn’t entirely happy with the colours so I tweaked them a bit because there seems to be far too much white. Here was my next idea;
I preferred this because of the block colours, I still wasn’t entirely happy with the colours but they definitely look better filled. I also put a large arrow. Commonly found on boxes and packages so people know to keep things a certain way up. But I wasn’t sure if this was enough for people to realise it’s suppose to be landscape. So here was my next idea;
I really do like this one. I prefer the text wrapping around. However I felt like I filled up the bottom right corner for no reason. I plonked the arrow and “top 10” there because it looked empty which is no reason to put something somewhere. So once again I changed it, and this is my final idea;
I think this design is more typographic. I didn’t want to just create an obvious design with text in the obvious places. The reason my info graphic is landscape is because of the layout of my blog. I have set my TOP 10’s in pages instead of posts. I did this because I feel it is much more organised. As you scroll through 1 of my top 10’s, e.g ARCHITECTS they go down in order of when i uploaded them instead of being placed randomly on my home page. So as you “chuck the dart” at the page, and you say landed on the 4th architect block down, you would then go on to my blog and find the 4th architect in the list and the first image with that architect would be the final. I am pleased with my final idea, I think it has the right amount of negative space, considering I really like the swiss style.