Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Critique: DIY covers

These covers will be one of the last things that I do for Vox before I graduate. There are four short stories for this feature that make up the entire package. They each talk about things that we will all have to be aware of when it comes to adulthood. The editor of the story suggested designing the story like a first aid kit, and it would be like saying, "Here are all the things you need in your life to survive; now go be an adult." I decided to take that concept and make it a little different. The story has been slugged as a D.I.Y. story for awhile now so I decided to stick with the D.I.Y. theme and put the items from the story into a toolbox.

The second cover is more like an infographic. It shows a young professional and has tips coming off of him to describe what has to change to look like an adult.

The third cover is more of a play off a child acting as an adult. It shows a boy dressed in a suit. It takes a different spin on the story.

I'll be presenting these covers in lab on Thursday. See you then!

You Can't Miss: 12 Art and Design Documentaries

This you can't miss seems pretty fitting with the title. I found this list of 12 design documentaries that you can't miss when I was on (as always). I thought it was something worth sharing with everybody.
You can find the complete list here.

This week on designing magazines I found nothing new (again). I've decided that I'm going to leave the semester without a post from this blog. They haven't updated since June of last year, which means everything on the site is dated. So check out the movies above. I know I will.

Response: Wrapping up the semester

The semester is actually coming to a close. On Friday we will be heading to Meredith to present our work. It's crazy to see everything come together. The website, the print edition and the iPad have all finally come to a close. I don't have to work on Nosh anymore and it's weird. I still have some Vox things to wrap-up, but overall I'm finished.

This semester I've learned so much. I cannot believe how much a person can accomplish and do in 15 weeks.  I came into the class in January with barely any clips and limited knowledge of design and the software. Now I'm leaving the semester with so much experience. I have more relevant lines on my resume, clips and tons of knowledge about the magazine design industry. Plus I made some pretty sweet friends almost every late-night in the design lab.

I'm sad everything is coming to a close. Hopefully my life will bring a job that I'm passionate about. I'll keep you updated :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

You Can't Miss: Cool Infographics

This week I decided to stray from because all their content is dated. So I went to one of their featured blogs instead. Cool Infographics is a blog that obviously is about cool infographics. I found this fun one called The Tweet Topic Explorer. You type in your twitter name and it comes up with a bunch of colored circles in varying sizes that will show you what words you use them most in your tweets. This was created by Jeff Clark of Neoformix.

On stumbleupon I found this funny picture. It's just a little creative inspiration made from snow.

Response: iPad

Designing for the iPad has been running fairly smooth so far. Theresa made a template for our group to follow, so it literally takes minutes for us to put our department pages on the iPad. The part that really trips all of us up is where and how pinning works. When we were taught how to do this it seemed so easy, but when we actually started working on our own pages it started to get kind of complex.

I'm working on the webbie team to try and add multimedia content to our existing content, and it has been a challenge trying to figure out how to make each page work in both orientations. Even though it's a struggle trying to make everything work and flow together, I'm happy we are learning Mag+. Without this software we probably would just be doing mock-ups in inDesign still. We wouldn't be able to actually display our work on the iPad like we can with Mag+.

Critique: Logo for web and mini portfolio

This week I tried to spend some time working on my logo/branding. I decided that I wanted to keep the logo clean. For now, I think I like how it's not too over powering or crazy.  I struggled with the typeface for the word designs. I didn't want my logo to appear to wedding invitation-y or to fancy. I think the way this one looks is less formal, but is still elegant. I really like the way the two colors look together. They complement each other well. I might mess with the logo a little bit more later in the week. I'm hoping to get a proof to the printer by Monday. This weekend I plan on dedicating myself to this portfolio.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Critique: Nosh web wireframe

This week I've been working on designing the wireframe for Nosh's website. The website has been coming along. We have taken huge steps to get our wireframe up to speed with everyone else. There still needs to be some copy written for the website and ads need to be placed, but overall, it's starting to come together.

We decided it would be best to keep most of our website online only information. Nosh is set to be a quarterly magazine so our website will need to be updated with fresh topics frequently. We want readers to keep coming back to our site throughout the year for new information and ideas for snacks.

We decided it would be best to incorporate elements from the magazine into the website. We wanted to keep everything consistent so it could look as well-branded as possible. Once we've finished creating the wireframes we will move on to working on the iPad.