Monday, November 21, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
I designed the handbook diary around the idea of “notes to self” with each daily memo space being a torn piece of paper with important calendar dates already entered.
I based the course handbook around actual desk graffiti from the many Victoria lecture halls and library booths.
I photographed several student meetings and marches and used these photos to add gravitas to the guide for foreign students.
I realized we were free to float the masthead around on the page because we had our own dedicated magazine racks around town and so were not hiding behind other magazines in newsagents' shelves.
It was a great job. It taught me a ton about designing for print to a hard weekly deadline as we had to FTP it off to the printer every Thursday night / Friday morning. Weekly print design requires both planning and stamina! I redesigned the magazine masthead and was responsible for all text layout, illustration, photography and typography, as well as the look and feel of the website. It was pretty much an intensive year long course in Adobe InDesign, which I much prefer to Quark.
I had a lot of fun designing the covers using a variety of styles and media; I was trying to push vibrant dynamic compositions, figuring that if I could compel someone to pick it up then my job was a success.
I won an ASPA award for the above cover for issue 17. We also came 2nd in the best student magazine category.
Dr Jekyll character, as I would provide for the animation industry. I’m getting some great feedback from Steven Silver on how to push my designs further: pull out your shapes, vary the size of objects, draw through your shapes and avoid tangents and the dreaded ladder! Taking his schoolism character design course has really helped me understand the fundamentals of visual appeal and will help me in all areas of design.