Monthly Archives: April 2014

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.