Monthly Archives: March 2014

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:

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?