Critique: True/False design
It took me quite sometime to come up with a theme idea for my True/False design. We had very little direction to go on, and so I just wanted to make it seem fun and a little edgy. I knew I wanted to focus on the people of T/F, so I went with the idea that they add color to an otherwise black and white world. Kind of like The Wizard of Oz.
To come up with my cover design, I searched the internet for a man holding a film reel because that was the first object that came to mind when I thought about a film festival. I then mashed these two images together to create one and converted it to black and white. Next, I cut out the image and layered it in front of the “T/F” repeat text. Finally, I spent a significant amount of time deciding what three colors to use coming out of the film reel and added them at about 50 percent opacity. I’m actually very pleased with my cover, but it should be interesting to try to create the same look with the real photos they took this week. I also can’t use a film reel because the film makers don’t use them anymore. So, I’ll have to do some thinking on that as well. I went with the same idea for my opener only using teaser blurbs as the pops of color. I do need to add page numbers to the cover blurbs, and I would like to work on the positioning of the title so some of the letters aren’t as over lapped with the red. I haven’t seen the real photos yet, but it should be an interesting task to try to create the same look if there isn’t a photo of someone with a camera.
The feature was the hardest part for me to design because we really had no direction and no concept of what the stories will look like. In my redesign, I’ll shrink down the timeline, fix the first story so the dek is not separated from the headline and rework to be more realistic for the actual stories. I think it should really help to have the first drafts, especially with the timeline because I had no idea how many blurbs there would be per month.
Michael Rock is the founder of the graphic design firm 2×4. He has done amazing work through out his career as a designer including designs for Prada, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Kanye West. Multiple Signatures is obviously a book about design, but it includes more than just Rock’s commentary. He collected ideas and concepts from several notable designers, architects and thinkers, such as the infamous Rick Poynor. I was glad to see this post because I think it is a great book for all designers to read if not just to look as the inspiring and impeccable graphics that litter the pages. http://www.eyemagazine.com/blog/post/book-of-revelations.
You Can’t Miss: Em Magazine fashion week editionI know it’s another student publication, but as a fashion enthusiast, I had to share this article I found on SPD’s website. Em Magazine is a student run fashion magazine out of Emerson College in Boston. The staff is made up of six people, and I commend them for their great photography, fashion and design. I am a fan of clean crisp design and that definitely fits the bill for their publication. It seems to have a similar design aesthetic to W Magazine; one of my favorites. Another part of the article I wanted to bring to light is SPD’s student publication competition. If anyone is interested here are the details: http://www.spd.org/competitions/student.php. http://www.spd.org/student-outreach/2014/02/new-work-em-magazine.php
Photo inspiration: Chinese New Year in London
I actually took this photo just over a year ago when I was studying abroad in London. However, I still find it very inspiring. It was taken on a very raining Chinese New Year in Trafalgar Square. It is actually one of the things that helped me come up with the idea of using a black and white photo with color bursting out of it for T/F. Although the photo isn’t in black and white, the red stands out so strongly it makes the rest look dull and colorless.