Changing Faces- Final print

After printing and binding my final piece, I could  finally bringing all of my work together and I am really happy with the outcome. I believe that the quality of the images are definitely the strongest features within my design, as well as the use of negative space. The feedback I received really helped me to push myself as much as possible to create a successful piece of design and I will continue to use the same techniques in other works. I decided to photograph the spreads on top of pink coloured paper so that the colours would stand out.

Within this project I definitely feel like I have pushed myself as much as possible and created a unique piece of design, using techniques developed throughout the course of the year.

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Updated ‘Designboom’ ephemera

Since receiving feedback at the end of term one I have made some changes to my ‘Designboom’ ephemera. In my feedback I was told that there was a consistent structure thought the ephemera, effective use of negative space and that it looked visually professional. However to improve the work he recommended that I experiment with a smaller print to create more negative space on each page.

I decided to make to make the body copy a point size smaller and found that it made a big difference. I noticed that this gave me more space to work with the text, to develop the pace throughout. As well as developing the overall layout I have also made improvements to the type detailing.

In comparison to the previous design I feel as if my ephemera has improved, particularly  in relation to the negative space. I feel as if the changes implemented have made the text easier to read.

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THE YES SHOW

Last week we were invited to attend the CSAD degree show for Graphic Communication and any other subject in the university. In the exhibition we had the chance to talk to the third years’ about their work and the process they went through creating their pieces. I really enjoyed being able to see the third years’ work to get a better idea of what I’ll be creating in two years time. I was really impressed by how professional the work looked and it made me really excited for my future within design.

The three pieces of work that really impressed me were the work by Zuzanna El Tanbouli: Silky Way, Exposing Deviance by Jessica Zschorn and Printed Words by Callum Richards.

Zuzanna’s work impressed me because you can tell she had a clear idea of what she wanted to create so therefore all of her pieces compliment each other really successfully. I thought her imagery was really strong and gave a sense of culture and location, an interesting take on a unique tour guide. I really liked how she used Japanese symbols within her work because it made it seem quite personal and unique.

The second piece of work that caught my attention was Exposing Deviance by Jessica Zschorn. I thought the piece was very unique and the bold colours and quirky imagery  definitely caught my attention. I think that the layout works really well with the chosen subject and it creates a balance between all of the vibrant colours. Her imagery works really well to draw you in to the piece and this definitely made me consider how important it is to create a piece that’s unique and that stands out.

In contrast to the projects above, Callum Richards took a different approach to his Printed Words piece. Using a smaller colour palate he has created a very clear and sophisticated  looking piece of work. The quality of the images really stood out to me as they work well with the nature of the subject.

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Callum Richards: Printed Words

Changing Faces

Editorial Design

After deciding on an appropriate layout ( two double page spreads and two single pages), I started to place the text and the images into Indesign. Prior to this I decided to pull-out quotes that would be really interesting to base my images around. As well as this I decided to use two of the quotes as my title, “Invisible Fire” and “my solitary fashion statement”.These titles work really well to represent my personal opinion about Anna Lyndsey’s story. I wanted to take a different approach to the design  and create it like it was a fashion magazine, using shades of pink, delicate text and quirky imagery. I wanted to portray how Lyndsey might be using her condition to get attention and therefore making it seem as something glamorous to have.

For my first draft I kept it very minimal, using white background and light pink pull-out quotes (using the pink shade from my images). At first I placed all of the body text in black for consistency, however this made the pages feel too repetitive and safe, so I decided to experiment with changing the body text on my third sheet to pink.

In my feedback I was told that the text and images worked well to create a visual for what I was wanting to present. I was told to place a stand first in my opening paragraph and possibly experiment with more pull-out quotes within the body text to create pace and hierarchy. Another piece of feedback was to experiment with changing some of the pages so that they have pink backgrounds.

In this second draft  I decided to give all of the pages pink backgrounds to see which ones  looked the most visually pleasing. At first I wasn’t sure about the pink because it attracted attention away from the images. I agreed that the third page needed something to make it that slightly more exciting, however because of the larger image on the previous page I thought that I needed to keep one of the pages very simple and clear.

I decided to show my work to some of my peers and asked them how they felt about the pink compared to the white background. I was told that they liked the last page in pink, because it worked well with the placement of the image, they had the same opinion about the first page too. However they agreed that the second page looked too busy with the larger image and the third definitely looked more successful with the white background.

Taking their advice I decided to continue to experiment with the backgrounds, as well as creating more pace within the body text. I then experimented with a couple of other background colour transitions,

To get a better idea of the colour the type setting and size I also printed several copies, making it easier spot mistakes within my body text and to see the quality of my images.

The final design

However none of the designs I had created really stood out to me, so I continued to play around until I ended up with the design below. Personally I think that the design has been very successful, none of the pages feel too busy, there is a clear consistency to each page and they’re not too repetitive.

On Wednesday we had our final feedback session. We were separated into two groups and presented our work so far. In the session I was given some very useful feedback and advice from my group and lecturer, that would help me to complete my editorial design and make each page slightly more exciting and experimental. I agreed with most of the feedback given, so I adjusted my images so that they weren’t too close to the text, Also moved the bottom quote on the first page so that it was clear to read. The advice I found most helpful was to pull out some more quotes from the body text so that it gives it pace and breaks up the paragraphs, this will make it easier to read.

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Changing Faces

Images

After creating my layout, the idea behind my imagery changed and I wanted to create something quite unique and quirky. I had the idea to use feminine and simple colours to represent how Anna Lyndsey could be using her condition as way to get attention and so this can be seen as something quite glamorous. As well as this I decided to use this particular colour scheme because it made me think of flesh and skin, which is two important elements within the article.

Whilst creating my layouts I also decided to pull out quotes that stood out to me and that would be interesting to base my images around them. I believe my images are very implicit and they definitely make you question why I decided to create them this way. As well as this the implicit images grab your attention and make you want to read the article to understand their meaning.

To create the images I took several portraits of my friend, and then put them through Photoshop, adjusted the grayscale, contrast and brightness. Once I was happy with the images I then used a mixture of oil paints and ripped paper to create the unusual textures. With the first image I wanted to include the element of burning, I decided to burn a hole over the face in the portrait and then place that on top of the textured paint, to give the gruesome feel of raw skin.

I am very happy with the images, they’re all quite consistent and they go with the quotes successfully in my opinion. However I could have used better lighting to capture the images so that the different effects are shown more effectively in some places.  I also believe I could have experimented with more ripped pages and collage within some the images, for example I could have used more pictures of eyes in the last image to show the psychological effect even more.

“Invisible fire,” & “my solitary fashion statement”

maris burnt

“with a girlfriend who is rapidly becoming a freak.”

mars 2nd maybe

“the power and intensity of a laser”

maris 34

“physical, pharmacological, psychological.”

maris last

Editorial Workshop

For this small project we were given 2 hours to create a three page spread based on a provided topic. The Aurora Borealis was the topic for my group so we decided to use the National Geographic website for our information. Whilst searching the website we came across an article that showed you how to find the Aurora Borealis.

We decided to be as experimental as possible with this project and made sure that it was visible within our design. For the first page we used an interesting image that was created of the Aurora Borealis if it was seen as a pattern, we used this as our background and placed the text so that it looked like it was fading on top of the image. We also played around with the hierarchy, making the most important words stand out with a bigger text. We also decided to place tracing paper on top of the second page to give the idea that the Aurora Borealis is not always visible.

Even though our design was rushed in the time given, we were given some positive feedback. We were told, that there is parts of brilliance in the piece but also that some of the pages didn’t work together effectively. We were told that some of the styles made the text hard to read and hard to follow.

This project has definitely helped me and given me a better idea for what techniques I should be using In my new project. I have learnt that it is important to be experimental however I need to make sure that you are able to follow the text and that each page is consistent.

Changing Faces

Layout

After gathering my editorial design research as inspiration, I created 15 layout designs to use in my project. I have done a variety of 3 double page spreads and 2 double page spreads with 2 single pages. With every layout I have made sure that there is enough negative space available, this keeps enough room for the text and images to be clear and effective. I have also experimented with different ways I could place the text, images, page sizes and columns.

The first layout is of a 2 double page spread and 2 single pages. Three of the pages will have an image covering the whole page, decorated by a quote which will be placed in the centre of each page. I have decided to use 3 columns for this layout and have all the text placed within the middle column to show consistency. However this article includes a lot of important information, so this type of layout will restrict the amount of text I can place on each page. If I was to use this layout I would have to consider changing the structure of the article.

The second layout is an example of a 3 double page spread, again using 3 columns. Different to the first layout  it will include more space for information and leave enough room for my images. On each page there is a lot of negative space left to experiment with, including space around the images for added text or quotations. However this layout is really simple, for this project I want to be as experimental as possible. The third layout again is very simple.

Different to the previous designs, for the fourth layout, I have decided to experiment with having smaller pages within booklet. This design will include three pages of images, with text placed on top. It will also include three pages of information, placed within columns of 3. Similar to this the fifth layout will have four smaller pages,  two of them will have a shared image, and the others will include information.

The next layout is very simple and very clear. The 3 double page spread will include four pages of image, some will have quotes or text overlapping and the last page will have 3 columns of text. However, similar to the first layout I might not be able to place all of the information on the page, so I would have to deconstruct the article even more. Taking his into consideration, I then created another layout ( layout 7). The 2 double page spread and two single pages will have 3 columns, however two of the pages will be filled with text, leaving the other pages for images and important quotations.

The eighth layout is very abstract in my opinion, it includes many different layers and quirky ideas. Similar to the others It has 3 columns, on the first page the text, heading and image will be placed within the middle column. The second page will have three columns full of text and then the third will only use the middle. I will then have one whole page of image followed two other images on the next page. Any negative space left in this layout will be used for placing quotations in interesting ways. Layout nine is similar to this.

Ten and Eleven are two of my favourite layouts. They both include smaller pages, which breaks up the booklet, making it more fun and abstract. I have decided to use 3 columns so that I am able to get more information on a smaller amount pages, so that I have more room for images and quotations.

The layouts on this page are all very similar, they will allow me to include a lot of text and images to each page. What I like most about the designs on this page is the use of using a line across the page, this will help me place all the information below it, to create negative space on the top of each page.

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I will now go on to do some further research into the topic of my article and possibly consider deconstructing the text even more, so that I can then decide on which layout will work best for this project.