Week 15:

Critique: New resume

Resume Spring 2014




Designing a resume has always been a very challenging task for me. I think it is because I have always had trouble pegging down a design that I think embodies me as a person in one page. Previously I had a piece of my art own artwork at the top, but I thought it categorize me too much into one style of design. Above is what I have come up with. I’m pretty happy with it. I like the use of white space and I think the watercolor is colorful and fun without being too overwhelming.

You Can’t Miss: Double Exposure Portraits by Alon AvissarScreen shot 2014-05-08 at 9.14.05 PM Screen shot 2014-05-08 at 9.13.47 PM


You have to check out these awesome photo illustrations by Alon Avissar. I love the combination of negative space with the color and the celebrity photos. I can’t imagine how long it takes to create these with such impeccable lines and blending. It honestly looks like roses are growing out of Audrey’s head.

Photo inspiration: Winery sunset sunset

I can’t believe my time at this wonderful school as come to an end. To celebrate, my friends and I took our mom’s to Les Bourgeois Winery. We got to experience wonderful weather and this beautiful sunset. A great end to the school year!



Week 14: I only like rain in Paris

Critique: Department iPad design

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Designing the departments for the iPad was a little different this week since we decided to use some secondaries instead of the anchors for the departments. For the most part I like how the pages turned out. They are nothing special, but the pop ups make them dynamic. The books page seems a little boring to me, but since the books were sorted by type of reader, I did not want that element to be lost because it gave character to the story.

You Can’t Miss: Creative Bloq top 20 magazine covers 2013

The covers that made the list are all extremely different, what they all have in common is that they make you think. Hardly any are the standard layout of a cover that most of us have grow to expect. All of these, whether it is the absence of cover blurbs, or their different placing have something different that draw your eye to them. I think it’s interesting since we so often talk about how important cover blurbs are. Are they really making people pick something up off the newsstand or are people more likely to pick up a magazine that has a cover that stands out from all the rest? I don’t know, but I have to say I much prefer these over the typical.


Photo inspiration: Just a little Chateau 

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My cousin text me this week reminding me that exactly a year ago I was visiting her in Fountainebleau, France. She was living in this chateau about an hour outside Paris. It was truly one of the most beautiful setting I have ever seen. Although it rains a lot in France, I loved the contrast between the gray skies and lush grass and bright flowers. She lives quite the life if you can’t tell from her living arrangements last year.

Week 13: Fiction

Critique: The Fiction Issue

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This was a little hectic with our final Meredith presentations, the fiction issue contest and our web portfolios all due. I was a little stuck when it can to creating the illustrations for the fiction issue. The stories were all kind of sad, which as a generally happy person, made it hard to pull inspiration from them. I decided to go with a simple kiddish style of illustration. I’m not overly pleased with them. They just seem a little too childish for the rather serious stories that were mostly about adult topics. Also my cover is a very disconnected from the feature design, but I wanted something that would pop out on news stands.

You Can’t Miss: SND’s conversation with The Atlantic about their cover concept for the parenting issue. 


Art direction and photo styling are two of my favorite parts of magazine design and things I really hope to get to do more of in the future. After my internship last summer, which gave me the opportunity to do a little art directing, I realized how much work goes into styling just one photo. The amount of time and thought is amazing, so I always find it interesting to learn about how other magazines go about coming up with these photos. In this case they used two different boy models and the designer says he really has no design philosophy.

Photo Inspiration: Swingin’ around

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While performing my morning ritual of scrolling through pointless websites designed specifically to distract you from whatever you are actually supposed to be doing (which in my case is getting out of bed), I stumbled upon this photo. I think the list it was on was titled something along the lines of “The 60 most inspirational historical photos.” When I saw the photo I automatically noticed the couple was doing a dance move that my dance partner and I do in the “Timber” section of Greek Week Production dance (My dance partner and I pictured on the right). What this photo taught is how relevant history still is today. Just like we saw in the historical perspectives, many things are still current, and it’s okay to look to the past for inspiration for the future. I think it is proof enough that I do the same dance move as a girl in a poodle skirt to a Pitbull and Kesha song while wearing a sequin crop top.


Week 12: Pops of color

Critique: Host cover color

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In the first round of Meredith presentation Erica and John said they wanted to see more color on the cover of Host, which seems easy enough. However, I have learned that picking the right color combination is a difficult task. Orange was originally suggested, but it seems too Halloweenie to me and a lot of other colors, such as purple and red, don’t stand out against the chalkboard background. So far yellow is my favorite. In class on Tuesday, Erica and Libby suggested I add another color into the mix, so I have been working on finding the perfect shade. If anyone has any suggests of a good color to use with the yellow gold color, it would be greatly appreciated. It’s hard to find a complementary color that will show up and still feel fallish.

You Can’t Miss: Headless Wonder

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These photo were originally used for headshots. The part you see was originally discarded, but they are so beautiful and interesting as they are now. I think it really shows how inspiration is all around us. Even things we think are trash can turn into art if you look at them with a different perspective. I love all the rich colors in these photos. Much more exciting backgrounds than any head shots I have had done.

Photo Inspiration: summery sangria 

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Last Saturday I spent the afternoon walking around St. Louis’s Central West End with my sister enjoying the warm weather. We stopped for pizza and Sangria at Pi. I love this photo for the colors, but also I find the light very interesting and inviting.

Week 11:

Critique: Department page for Host

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I’ve been working on tweaking the department layouts for Host. There isn’t much content to work with on the page. At first I thought this was great because it meant a lot of full bleed photos, but as we have been designing, I have realized that it can make the pages boring when there aren’t a lot of text elements. I’m still working on the flag. It’s better, but I’m not completely satisfied with it.


You Can’t Miss: Cosmopolitan’s first ever sponsored cover.

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When I saw this issue lying on my roommates bed, I grabbed it in astonishment thinking Cosmopolitan had forgone their traditional 3/4 body crop and redesigned their cover. I was very pleased and loved the simpler look of the cover. Then, I peeled it away to reveal the real cover of the May 2014 issue, which is very must true to traditional Cosmo style.  I have since figured out that the cover I first saw was a sponsored by Loreal, and Cosmo’s first paid cover. I don’t know how I feel about a sponsored cover. It takes away the idea that a magazine sales are based on its content and makes people pick up the magazine based off the advertisement. What do you all think?

Photo Inspiration: Spring!

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Spring has FINALLY sprung in Columbia, and I am loving all the flowers around town. They have really inspired me to bring more life into my designs. I love the watercolor tones on this photo.


Week 10: Cocktail Chaos

Critique: Host Magazine

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This last week was a little frantic after getting back from spring break and having to pull everything together for our prototype. We definitely still have a long way to go before it is ready to present to Meredith, but hopefully we will get there. This is the cover and feature I designed for the magazine. I am going to try adding some more color to the cover and changing the straws to orange to add some more dynamics. I’m pretty happy with my feature there are just some small things I want to fix, such as making the title a little smaller and playing with the font colors on the opener.

You Can’t Miss: London’s craft beers that are labeled in style

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I had to share this article after I saw that one of the beers is produced in Camden Town, my old London stomping grounds. However, these beers are wrapped in some seriously stylish labels. I am happy to see alcohol labels moving away from traditional scripts and using more eye-catching designs. I especially like the simplicity of The Kernel Pale Ale label.

Photo Inspiration: Beach babe

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My friend actually took this photo, but I love the retro feel of the lighting and how it is slightly backlight. The framing is also very nice. Awe take me back to the beach.

Week 9: Happy Spring Break

Critique: Wizard of Oz Illustration

I like where my illustration for (Un)Covered is heading, but I still think it needs some work. The purple needs to be lightened up, and I want to make the trees look less cluttered. I think I might also add the Emerald City to the end of the brick road, and make the edges of the brick road softer. I’m also playing with the idea of making the cover simpler and focused on the characters. I like how they turned out, I’m just not satisfied with the rest.


You Can’t Miss: The Graphic World of Paul Peter Piech

Eye  Magazine recently featured the graphic artist Paul Peter Piech. After just completing the (UN)Covered illustration, I found his work very inspriational. It shows how illustration does not have to extremely detailed to be make an impact. I love the stamped look of his work and especially appreciate his ability to so seamlessly combine illustration and text. Definitely someone to consider for inspiration when thinking about the  fiction issue.

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Photo Inspiration: Take me back to Croatia. 

In honor of Spring Break and it being Throw Back Thursday, I am featuring this photo I took last spring while on the beach in Croatia. I find the emptiness very inspiring. I often get caught up in adding things to make designs look “pretty” when sometimes all you need is the bare bones. It is something I plan to work on in the future.


Week 8: Half way????

Critique: Collectors package

cover opener spread 2 spread 3For the most part, I’m very happy with how my collectors feature design is shaping up. I’m still not completely satisfied with my cover ( I really like my mock up better), but I think Lauren was right that the pop of red is missing. So, I’m going to try to play with that and see if it helps. Erica is also right that I need to vary the sizes a little more. I think I’m going to eliminate a few of the items to give some room to increase the size of some.

I think my spread designs have vastly improved from last week and I’m pretty satisfied with them. With the opener, I wanted to make it similar to the cover, so people would know what they are looking at; however, I think the class was right that it’s not different enough. I might try to find some different items to use and also the black slab across the page for the intro.

You Can’t Miss: Airbnb design fellowship program


I’m going to use this space to share an internshipish opportunity.

If you haven’t heard of Airbnb, it’s this really awesome website that lets you rent people’s beautiful apartments instead of staying in smelly hotels when travelling. Kinda sounds creepy if you have never done it, but we used it all the time in Europe and loved it.

The company is based out of San Francisco, the fellowship program is 6 months with their design department, and it’s only for people who have graduated within the past 18 months (yay me!). I don’t believe it is paid, but I could be wrong. However, they do put you up in accommodations for free, and you are guaranteed at least one major project for your portfolio and a mentor. Not to mention, it’s an extremely growing and awesome company. If this tells you anything, my cousin’s friend (you can thank her for bring this to my attention) stopped working at Netflix to work here.

Anyways, check it out, even if just to look at the cool interactive yurt graphic. Here’s the link: https://www.airbnb.com/jobs/departments/position/5156

Photo inspiration: Colorful from a young age

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So one thing Erica and I talked about in my portfolio review, is my love for color. I had never really thought about it before, but I have clearly had this deep rainbow desire for my entire life. Perhaps, I use this photo of my ski bunny self as inspiration everyday.

Week 7: minion mania

Critique: Collectors package design 

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I’m very happy with how my feature cover turned out. The concept came to me pretty much the moment I learned what feature I was designing. I know Erica says that usually our first idea isn’t our best, but in this case, I’m really glad I went with my gut. I’m not as happy with the feature, but I think it will be easier to design once I have the photos, know the number of pages I have, and know the stories that will run in print. Right now it’s just a little boring.

You Can’t Miss: Wired’s March cover. 

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I have beens staring at this cover on the newsstand for weeks now, and I was so glad to see it be features as one of SPD’s cover of the day. I love pretty much everything about it, from his expression to the pink background. It’s so fresh and happy; it makes me wish for spring. I think it is a great example that it is possible to use a lot of color in an effective manner. The subtle textures are very nice too.

True/False Review: The Unknown Known

I went to see The Unknown Known on Sunday of T/F weekend. I honestly didn’t know what to expect going into the movie because I didn’t do much research on it before hand. The documentary was basically an interview with Donald Rumsfeld about his time as a Secretary of Defense and his involvement in the Iraq war. The underlining theme (and reason for the name of the film) is the idea that there are things we know, things we don’t know we don’t know and things we know we don’t know. However, there are also things we think we known that we do not know, unknown knowns. He applied this to the Iraq war and his foreign policy. The cinematography was beautiful, and the director Errol Morris did a great job of making what could be a very visually boring documentary interesting to watch. I appreciated Morris’s ability to make Rumsfeld’s concepts easy to understand and follow. My only critique is that the documentary seemed to leave a lot of unanswered questions, but I suppose that stays very true to politicians in general.

Photo inspiration: Colorful chair. 

photo-25This chair is in my room and actually helped to inspire my feature design. The contrast of the pink pillow and colorful quilt against the white made me decide to use a white background for my cover because it really makes the colors pop. Who knew my mom’s old chair would do more for me than just hold my cast off clothes?

Week 6: Prototypes, Potter & Pastels

Critique: Host magazine prototypes

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It was really hard for me to start designing my prototypes because I was not entirely sure which direction the publishers were wanting to take the magazine. They said they wanted their target market to be women 25-40 but also men, and they didn’t know if they wanted to focus more on drinks or entertaining. I decided to design my prototypes more like a city or regional magazine because they tend to be more gender neutral than most entertainment magazines. With the cover and name plate, I wanted to keep it simple but bold to catch people’s attention. With the department page I just tried to keep it organized and easy to move around the page. The feature I had a little more fun with designing. The thanksgiving story made me want to focus more on the food, and I chose to make the title look stamped onto the table to add texture and personality. I’m still not completely satisfied with my designs. I would like them to be a little bolder and texturized, especially if they decided to focus more on the alcohol, but I think we have a nice start, and hopefully our publishers will have some decisions made when we meet next.

You Can’t Miss: Eye Magazine‘s “Graphic design method acting” i.e. Harry Potter!

The Daily Prophet, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2005. and narrative.

The Daily Prophet, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2005.
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I, like many of you I’m sure, grew up with Harry Potter. My mom read the first few book aloud to me, I finished the series myself, have seen all the movies and was severely disappointed when I did not receive a letter on my 11th birthday congratulating me on my acceptance to Hogwarts. The series was a large part of my childhood to say the least, so I was extremely pleased to read this article in Eye Magazine about all the graphics used in the movies. From the newspapers to the “Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes,” all props were designed in full by designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima. The graphics they designed not only brought this beloved story to life but they helped to shape our childhoods.

If you want to see some of the designs close up, hop across the pond to the Warner Brothers’ Harry Potter Studio in the UK. Getting to see all the details that went into each newspaper and book was one of my favorite parts of the experience.

Photo Inspiration: Colorful Colorado

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Colorado is one of my favorite places in the world for many reason; one of which is how beautiful it is with inspiration bursting everywhere you turn. I love the contrast of the black with the pastel colors and the organic mix of the blues, oranges and pinks in this sunrise photo. It made the 5 a.m. car ride a little better.