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 stumbleupon.com (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 :)