I redesigned my cover for VOX. I took a completely different take on this design than I did for my first design. I wanted to play off of the economy side of the indie rocker story. I thought of the signs that say, "Will work for food", even thought it's a very sad idea thinking of who holds those signs, I thought I could switch it up and write "Will play for T.V." I had the idea of these artists playing for any medium just to be heard. Even if it means short pieces on television. I thought the colors resembled the indie music industry and also tied in with the photo well. This cover made me realize that I need to practice more with Illustrator, because I had some problems reworking the sign in the photo.
I was upset that our first feature designs were rejected so badly, but also was happy with my final design (above). I played with many different types of "green" (the color and photos of money). I originally wanted to have stacks of "green" and have the headline stagger on top of the stacks, but that idea fell through as I was designing, so I went with a banner-like look on the top of the first page and used the type "of the" in a jumbled way compared to the other words to illustrate our unstable economy. I also made the photos of the men bigger for these spreads because I realized how important it is that readers see who is giving them advice. I incorporated the green throughout the piece to keep it cohesive, and I'm happy with the outcome.
I also did a graffiti assignment this week, where I took photos of different typography and spelled my name. Here is the outcome...
This was difficult to do because I couldn't find letters that looked good on my camera. I'm not sure if it was the lighting or what, but the quality of them was not good. I would like to do it again sometime with a better camera. I spelled my name out of labels on food/drink products.
I had fun with the shutter assignment this week because I found that my photos illustrated the mood I was in each day. I think this is something I will continue to do throughout the semester and when I move to wherever I work after graduation. It also made me anxious to take my weekend digital imaging course in March.
In the readings this week from Graphic Style, I was especially interested in the digital era. I was especially interested in the collage technique, because it is something I've been doing for years. I love making cards for every holiday for my friends and family members. I usually use the collage technique when I make them, as well as when I put photos on my bedroom wall. Another example of this is when I made my older brother a collage of baby pictures and remnants of his childhood for his high school graduation. Below is an example of the collage designs I'm interested in.
, Jeremy Leslie says he miraculously has more space to blog now, without deleting any of his previous material...and write about the closure of magazines, including Domino, which is owned by Meredith Corporation. I thought this was particularly interesting that he mentioned it, since we visited Meredith last week. He also writes about reviewing Disappear Here, which had never heard of before, and judging the SPC Magazine of the Year contest in New York.
Something new and interesting I found this week is Hint magazine. It's an online, Canadian fashion magazine, and is kind of interesting to see how fashion in Canada compares to U.S. fashion.