Magazine Finito!

Tonight I finished off my summer project for uni – It’s all printed off and stapled up for the 25th September! 

It’s printed onto HP Inkjet 180gsm, matte, double sided coated (which is perfect for double sided printing) A3 paper.

180gsm is a heavier paper than your average mag’ paper, but it soaks up the ink great, with vibrant, detailed print offs – not dull like a 90gsm print off.

To refresh our memories, here’s the concept behind “Notice!”:

It’s about issues in the 21st century creative world, as well as each week having an article about a new rising star in the creative industry – but on a retro platform, think 40s – 60s mish mashed with new stuff!

Since that original concept, it has changed slightly. I wanted the magazine to be accessible to more than just people who are studying – or are already part of – the creative industry. It had to be something that anyone could pick up and they would understand pretty much all of it, and learn about the industry today.

Hopefully I’ve achieved that during the process of this project.

Here’s some pictures of the final magazine, it was a bit harder to photograph as I got further through the mag, pages kept turning, so some of them are photographed as best as possible!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you liked seeing some of the final pages!

Over ‘n out

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

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Ink, Ink, Ink

Nearly finished my Blurb book spreads, and I’m starting to think about the new project – web design – luckily it’s an extension of the work from the first project, so that helps a lot!

After receiving feedback from my lecturers on some of my little doodles, that were accompanying my typography and photography, I’ve re-created the pictures by mono-printing them – and in the process I also made my front cover and contents page title… good times!

I created the fonts by drawing them out on card, cutting them out, then printing under/ over them with multiple colours of acrylic paint – on different textures/ weights of paper.

So here’s a sneak peek of the front cover and two of the spreads, as well as some of the raw photographs of the mono printing!

Front Cover.

Contents page banner.

Colour Double Page Spread One. (The dimensions of the book are 18 x 18cm – and I’m aiming for full bleed, falling off the page spreads – the rather informative pages will have a more conservative grid for legibility purposes, but pages like this will be messy!)

Lines Double Page Spread One.

This is a raw pick of the mono print I created for chiaroscuro, and the last image is for planes. These images will stand alone, merge, overlap or hang off the page with the typography and photography.

So once I’ve got my spreads done, and have the book made, I’ll stick up some photos! Also, I’ll post the web link up when I’ve finished this new project.

One more image for the road – turns out red ink on arms is a bad idea – it’s come off – but I looked rather sun burnt on my right arm for a couple of days afterwards – eek! … Don’t ask, we hit a creative brick wall, got bored, and decided this was the best way to spend our time 😛

Over n’ Out

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xxx

Hangovers and Graphic Design

As you can probably guess from the title, I am rather hungover.
Self-inflicted pain that can only be cured by Super Noodles & Come Dine With Me combo.

Unfortunately neither of those are available to me right now – but onwards with the coursework!

So before all the birthday bash merriment last night there was of course Uni to attend. We had to create a design based on our matriculation number, and these would be displayed in the halls for the Open Day that took place today. They wanted us to voice our thoughts about these numbers through the image, for example “I’m not a number, I’m an individual … aaaarrrgghhhh!”

But I wasn’t in a raging rebellious mood, so I decided to doodle what the I would look like if I was that number…

…TADA!!!

So that took up a wee bit of studio time!

Still working on the massive bulk of research for this first project. When I start getting some ideas together tomorrow, I shall do a lil’ post then.

But for now I’m nursing this sore head with a cuppa!

Over ‘n Out

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

We’ve returned from the stone age!

In our new flat, and after a looooong long time without internet, we finally have it all set up and raring to go!

So started semester one of year 2, new project and a short timescale to add to it (the fun begins). We’ve to create and self publish a book about the basic principles of design using photography, sketches and other such things. Shall keep ya updated on that (since I’m now a part of the 21st century again!).

Yesterday we presented our Visual Diaries, didn’t really know what to say or do, so just picked out a few parts like the mural, postcards and other little things like that to talk about – think it went well and the feedback I got back was helpful! 🙂

Here’s some lil’ bits and bobs from the diary,they’re putting them on display in our building, so don’t have pictures of the full thing, but with the images I’ve got, I’ll make a temporary page about it!

So this is the first stage of a final design, but I really liked it before and after the design was all put together, shall have to get a pick of the final thing!

This is a solution me n’ the bf came up with to get the bloody bill faster, lol!

So these are picks of my city view (oooooh, :P!) at nite on a slow shutter speed. I’m pleased with how you also get a vague shape of my room in the window reflection too.

Well that’s all for now, shall get a post up about my new project work asap!

Over n Out!

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

BAZINGA! It’s the Chatterboxes and Shooting Stars!

Seems like forever since the my last post!

Since I last blogged my internet’s been acting up again – hello pre-2000! …

Anyways – it has returned after turning the router off and on several times over the duration of a fortnight! Also started the move up to my new flat (YayYayYay! :D) and been job searching (*I need a dollar dollar*).

Also been working on some doodles, and other ideas ‘n such – thought I might post a wee bit about them up here 🙂

So these are the “Chatterboxes” … they stem from little drawings I was doing of inanimate objects – twas giving them personalities. In this case, the larger speakers in my living room are two veeerrry gossipy women, with yappy little iPods…

This is an idea I’m still working on; a collection of postcards – pref’ large, kick ass A5 postcards – based on TV programs I’m into. The finals would be printed onto thick (pref 280 grams), matt card – although my first lil’ mock ups were made on glossy (only paper to hand at that point) and the colour looked soo vibrant on them, so might make it one side glossy – for the image – and the other matt, for the type.

These are the two that I’ve finished so far. The first one here is based on the show “Shooting Stars” – the design a simplified version of their target logo – and the bright colours representing the upbeat, comedy theme that the show has. The type on the back is one of the lines used, on a regular basis, on the show. Oh, and the font is Hattenschweiller (I think that’s the right spelling!). It gives it a nineties look – even though the program is still running, I feel it was at its height back then.

The second is based on the show “The Big Bang Theory”. The colours are based on the kind of t-shirts Sheldon wears, which ties in nicely with the type that I’ve chosen – “Bazinga!” – his choice of word for when he tries to play a joke on the others. The font is Arial – just to give Helvetica a holiday =P – I felt this just suited the theme, and the flatness, of the imagery. The lines and circles are to hint at neutrons, electrons ‘n such – since the the main characters are professors of Physics.

I think what I aiming for, to link them altogether, is flat, bright, simple shapes, with simple fonts. Hopefully I’ll have them finished soon so I can post up the final cards.

Also still finishing off my other sketches from the previous theme, so might post them up too. Anyways, back to the job search now – this student needs monies!

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx