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VISCOM 115: Publication Creation in InDesign

  1. How did you begin to design your Page Spread? First, I took a look at my criteria:  Two Pages Header Text Box /Title Subhead/subtitle Body Text with 3 columns (reference the grid and composition presentation found under resources) 2 Image with Wrap Around Second, I decided my topic based on some of the projects I've done so far in VISCOM.  Third, I pulled the necessary components from past projects. (I chose from the "flyer") Fourth, wrote the copy to fill in space...none of that   Lorem ipsum stuff. Fifth, I  ⌥ + ⌘ + W 'd those suckers up! 2. Did you consider grids and columns to best design your composition choice? Since columns were in the criteria, I did take that into account. However, I had gone in with the blind assumption that I could do two, so I started writing with a plan, and then had to write just a bit more to fill in the space. Looking back, I think I should have taken some words out and made the picture on that spread bigger, but hey-o, we'll

VISCOM 115: What DID I Know, What DO I Know, & HOW Do I Know It?

I think the most challenging part of creating the monograms was mimicking the tools between InDesign & Illustrator's similar keyboard dance, and Photoshop's nostalgic command-T resizing tool. (Sent chills up my spine!) If I'm honest, I think that was one of my biggest struggles, finding the resizing tool in the former, and replicating the overlapping effect tools. Before this class, I understood print ready to mean getting copy squished between bleed margins. My experience with this is from printing magazines. I was not well-versed in things like color, vector v. rasterized... I knew these features existed, and I understood little things like pixels, but now I understand a bit more about the needs of print.  We're creating PDFs, which is why talking about how to print is so important. What will it be? A form, a document, brochure, or book? All of these encompass everything PDFs can become, and they are EVERYWHERE. In education, adverts, doctor's office, art room

VISCOM 115: Introduction Interview

  1. Where are you with your Graphic Design experience today? My graphic design knowledge is all over the place. My experience with real graphic programs is minimal, and I have relied heavily on rasterized designs. However, I know that's bad practice, so I was really excited to get the opportunity to widen my skills and become a better creator. 2. What courses have you taken and how do you feel about your graphic design experiences? Before now, I had taken what we called D.T. (design tech) in high school. Although it was more of a C.A.D wood shop class, there were graphic design modules where I was able to improve my Adobe performance. Sadly, that was the last time I played with Photoshop & Illustrator, and had not decided to revisit graphic design until a few months ago! 3. What do you hope to learn in this Graphic Design II course? I'd love to be able to rebrand companies or design websites. Any tools that get me closer to those goals, I'll be super excited about. I d

Final Project: Mailer for MOCA

Our final project in Graphic Design class was to draft, design, and finalize a postcard call to action for MOCA's virtual hangout sessions.  As easy as the task may sound, I was hit by roadblocks so simple, I'm not even sure how I finished. Stuck at the drawing board, I took the instructions too literally. Trying to fit all the text in, not realizing I could omit what I wanted... it was a busy mess! Thankfully, a class and a bit later, I decide to go back to what I know about design, what we've been taught, and find a middle ground between those and my artistic flair..... It came out pretty sucky. I think if I had the same amount of time with the knowledge that I didn't have to think as much as I did, I would have been much more successful. One challenge I faced was not so much in the technicalities of design (of while I'm sure I also need work on,) but rather, in my skills of the app. InDesign is much unlike Illustrator. Though they may have similar features, it

Designing with Type

The most important thing, above color and size, is placement. No matter what the object is, where it's placed is the key to good design. Whether you follow the rule of thirds, golden ratio, balance, or the visual're contemplating placement! It's interesting to realize that sometimes type is all you need to get a message across. That doesn't mean to say it'll literally spell out the message, but the placement, font, and other features are what tells the story. Think about a blank paper with "Dead." written in tiny black, bold font in the middle of the page. Weird, right? What if we take the last letter and turn it on its side? A little curious, perhaps? A multitude of possibilities. My objective was to portray randomness and organized chaos. The business I chose to represent is one of my own concepts. It's called "Life Poorly Explained" where millennials discuss the wrongs of the world. This poster was specifically inspired by t

Practicing Monograms for the 'Gram

    Before starting the monogram project, I was optimistic that mashing two or three letters together was going to be easy and fun. Oh, how very wrong I was. After a plethora of user errors... my nice way of describing  unintelligible  button smashing... I was on a slow track to understanding how shape, color (and  absence of), size, and font types come together. By creating what I had floating around in my head, and manipulating those [listed] features, I was able to design a line of monograms that could carry the message of one of my Instagram accounts, @lifepoorlyexplained.      1. I used one of my favorite funky (100% free) fonts, Ragg, to attempt a manipulation of stroke lines.      2. I flipped the L and mimicked the P's stroke line. I realize it looks like I jus     Three letters of unusual shapes proved to be more than annoying for a beginner like me, so I went ahead and practiced a few more concepts with two letters - M and D. These are the initials of a company I had in

What's Your Type?

    Typography is a vital part of graphic design. Graphic design is everywhere. It's the cover of your book, it's the meme your friends are laughing at, it's the label on your dad's daily socks. Without graphics, your dad might not be able to decide which sock to wear on Tuesdays! Thanks to to graphics, and especially to typography, your dad can not only find socks that go with his fluffy pajamas, but also match the day with the aptly labelled socks.  Wait, what?      Type is another way of describing the words you're reading. More so, it also describes the font, or appearance. For example, my favorite font is Times New Roman. Most known for its role in essay building, Times New Roman is a classic serif font. Its simplistic design makes it desirable for both serif and sans serif fans. Although I'm sure its thanks to brainwashing from countless hours of essay writing, Times New Roman has always been a favorite of mine. The features as I describe them are some of