Critique: Host magazine prototypes
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!
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
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.