Final Reflection

For our final reflection for Comm 130, I spent two hours revising the projects we’d worked on this semester, and then I made a video showing what I did.

Final Reflection Video

Article Spread:

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Logo:

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Magazine and Spread Design

magazine cover design

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Assignment: To create a magazine cover and a two page spread.

Process:

  1. The first thing I did was create the layout in InDesign. I made a cover as well as a two page spread.
  2.  I then found a photo that I liked and wanted to use for the background of the cover. I also chose four photos that I liked.
  3. I downloaded fonts from Google to use and tried multiple fonts on the cover before I found the one that I like.
  4. To create the article spread, I found a devotional that I liked, and then I created columns to place the text.
  5. I added five images which were required, that I took myself.

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Brochure Project

DESCRIPTION: Design a brochure for the company of your choice.

PROCESS (Program, Tools, Skills, FOCUS Principals):

  1. I found the idea for the design of this brochure on Pinterest, and I used InDesign to create my desired layout.
  2. I then cut the photo of the mountain with the reflection in the water in half, placing the top portion and the bottom portion on opposite ends of my brochure.
  3. Using Illustrator, I created a color gradient with the slate blue color found in the sky of the mountain photo. I then positioned these color gradients so that they blended with the photos in the top and bottom of the brochure.
  4. I then placed the photos and added in the necessary text.
  5. I then exported the document as JPEGs so I would be able to upload it.

CRITIQUE PROCESS:

When I brought my rough draft to class, I hadn’t finished all of it. It was more difficult for the students in my group to give me help. They did like the idea that I had created, and encouraged me to continue in the direction I had taken.

MESSAGE: To spread awareness about the charity run.

AUDIENCE: Anyone interested in running.

TOP THING LEARNED: I think I learned how to effectively use the three Adobe programs together to create one thing.

COLOR SCHEME AND COLOR NAME: Complementary//Slate Blue and Light Brown

TITLE FONT NAME AND CATEGORY: American Typewriter Bold//Slab Serif

COPY FONT NAME AND CATEGORY: Minion Pro Regular//Old Style

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Web Page Mockup

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DESCRIPTION: Design a website homepage using a grid. 

PROCESS (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles): 

  1. The first thing I did was choose who I wanted to design this webpage page for. I settled on the logo I made for myself in the last assignment.
  2. I then drew out some sketches to get an idea of what I wanted my web page to look like. The site I ultimately created didn’t look anything like the original sketch that I drew.
  3. I then used a grid on Photoshop to make a wireframe of my website.
  4. After I finished my wireframe I proceeded to add photos and place things where I wanted them. In my Photoshop document I placed lines above and below the links on my page, but they wouldn’t show up after saving the document.

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screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-4-01-55-pmCRITIQUE PROCESS

My original website was very plain. Its difficult for me design things using lots of color and flare, because its not my style. My group had lots of things to say about that, which I greatly appreciated. They wanted me to add something else to my page to better showcase who I was, and make the services that I offered more obvious. In result to the suggestions that I received, I did make some changes. I added more specifics as to what I do, as well as add a quote near the top under my logo.

MESSAGE

A college student looking for freelance work in public relations.

AUDIENCE

Anyone in need of help with public relations.

TOP THING LEARNED

I wish I had done this assignment in InDesign because it would have gone a lot more smoothly. Photoshop is a great program, but not for this type of project.

COLOR SCHEME AND COLOR NAME

Complementary// Black and White

TITLE FONT NAME AND CATEGORY

Calibri// Sans Serif

 

Business Logo

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DESCRIPTION: Create a versatile logo for a company which is timeless and can be used for multiple types of documents.

PROCESS (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles)

  1. I first sketched out some different ideas for logos that I liked. 3-logos
  2. I took those ideas that I had sketched out did my best to create them in Illustrator.
  3. The first one was my favorite, but I didn’t end up using it because I couldn’t come up with a way to implement it well in a logo.
  4. I took the last logo that I had created and added a gradient to it.
  5. I tried multiple fonts to see which one would compliment my logo the best.

CRITIQUE PROCESS: I brought my finished product to class with me to show a group of classmates. They liked my finished product, but they also gave me lots of ideas of how I could use the first logo better.  I still kept the last one just because I liked the finished product.

MESSAGE: An inviting, versatile logo which can be used for many different businesses.

AUDIENCE: Anyone who is interested in my services.

TOP THING LEARNED: I learned a lot about how to align and move around text.

COLOR SCHEME: Complementary, black and white

TITLE FONT NAME AND CATEGORY: Futura, Sans Serif

 

 

 

 

 

Montage Project

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DESCRIPTION:

Design a spiritual poster montage using a blend of images and type.

PROCESS (Programs, tools, skills, FOCUS principals):

I actually started this montage with a quote in mind. Then I used images that I liked to create the desired montage in Photoshop.

  1. I used Photoshop to layer the images that I wanted. I used layers as well as blending tools to overlay the moon and the building with the galaxy photo.
  2. I added the C. S. Lewis quote and added it on top of the image.
  3. I was careful to take note of the the alignment and spacing and followed the necessary design principles.

CRITIQUE PROCESS:

I brought a copy of my montage to class and met with a group of 3 other people. I was able to get some positive feedback about what to change on my montage. The comments my classmates made were mostly positive, but I was able to change my typography a little bit. They recommended that I make the quote more evenly spaced from the edge so that it matched the spacing of the moon in the opposite corner. I tried it out and I liked it a lot better.

MESSAGE:

A message of inspiration to find the best in others.

AUDIENCE:

Those who want to be inspired by a quote.

TOP THING LEARNED:

I learned how to make layers in Photoshop and blend them well.

COLOR SCHEME:

Analogous

TITLE FONT NAME & CATEGORY:

Calibri Bold, Sans Serif

 

THUMBNAILS OF ANY ORIGINAL, UNEDITED PHOTOS USED IN THE PROJECT:

Source of each image:

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