Here is my third page of my magazine that I am currently working on.
I feel that the contrast on this page works quite well, come issues that I need to sort out with the rage on the left page, but in general I feel that this page works quite well as a composition and flows quite well with the previous 2 pages with a consistent style throughout. This page might alter slightly to incorporate sorting out my second page which I am experiencing some problems.
I am currently working on my second page of my magazine, this one is turning out to be the most problematic of my pages as I’m not too sure on my layout, the pages I result in either feel like they are either too overcrowded or have way too much negative space on.
This is where I’m at currently at with this page, I feel like I might have to change around some of my imagery and possibly move things onto other pages to accommodate for other text boxes and some rag tweaking .
Here is one of my page ideas that I am currently working on, after my review with David I feel that I am moving on the right track with my limited use of fonts, colour, and my use of negative space.
Currently I need to focus on my imagery and the other two double page spreads before devoting too much time to perfecting an individual page. I have set a basis for the house style I would like to go with throughout the rest of the project and need to print off some of my pages to the scale I want to ensure my point sizes work in printed format.
After analysing the article I decided to make some mind maps and possible layouts for my project, my mind map was to get the general stylistic ideas as a basis for how I would progress through the project and something that I could turn back to to remind me of some of the aspects I needed to include and to make sure that I am keeping the right kind of atmosphere across my pages.
After researching double page spreads created by other designers as inspiration, I came up with these as some of the possible page ideas that I felt I could create digitally and then further experiment with and possibly end up with some interesting outcomes as a result.
After researching the first things first manifesto’s 1964 and 2000 I have been thinking about the main point that designers talents go to waste creating the same old designs for the same old boring products and think that there could be opportunity for me to make my poster a more inspirational and encouraging piece of design.
I think if I follow the idea of making designers want to identify themselves by the innovative and unique designs that they incorporate into the world it would make designers want to embrace new ideas rather than sticking to the same old clients asking for the same old basic day to day shit that advertisement is bombarded with these days, you wouldn’t want to be known as the guy who made that logo for the dog food brand you’ve never heard of would you, but who wouldn’t want their work to be the face of the newest technological advancement of the world, your designs showing the world that you mean business through your ability to stand out from the crowd. who says it even has to be in advertisement, the manifesto’s aren’t limiting design to advertisement, you could represent something nobody even knows about in other ways, the basis of my idea to progress through this project is to encourage designers to design for the better and improve design itself with their work rather than imitate others with generic content.
In Today’s Workshop we were tasked in groups to create an image to represent an article that was provided to us. Our article was in reference to the ignorance of politicians in regards to ‘Toaster Gate’ and the EU trying to incorporate energy and the Pro-Brexit argument.
We wanted to display this with the idea that the Ukip politicians were just being dismissive rather than making the logical decisions. Acting like children and just throwing a tantrum rather than cooperating. We wanted to display this by displaying them as babies and using corks in their ears to show that they aren’t paying any attention.
The feedback concluded that our imagery was weird, but in an eye-catching way that would make you want to read the article, although with more time we would have been able to create an image that would be more descriptive of the subject, but at the time we found the idea of following the toaster route appealing and it sparked multiple ideas among the group.
The second half of our workshop was based on the typographical layout of pages, using the first page of Charles Dickens ‘Great Expectations’ we were tasked in pairs to create a typographical piece using a combination of elements such as ‘Em’ and ‘En’ dashes, Headings, Sub Headings, Stand Firsts, Indenting, and call outs.
We felt that we had a very contemporary feel to the heading of our piece, used a varied amount of elements, but we could also acknowledge that we could spend more time in future sorting out the rag of our text, Indenting and just generally fine tuning the details of our work to create a more polished piece.
Analysing the article, I feel that it would be more fitting to be portrayed with an air of mystery and uncertainty in a fashion that would focus on asking questions towards the viewer and using this air of mystery to encourage reading on.
it has a darker theme in the way that you feel towards the the idea of Mckinnon’s condition rather than it setting a dark tone to the story itself from the get go.
I think I could make smart use of visual metaphors to convey this feeling, and set a mysterious atmosphere to the piece, the use of a darker colour palette could help me achieve this, but there is also a route I could go along where I would contrast the theme using brighter colours to emulate the carefree mind that McKinnon possesses. I could also experiment with a combination of both although it might overcomplicate my design or make certain aspects look out of place.