Blog Post 11

Personal Project

For the last project of the semester, I had many different ideas! I wanted to make t-shirts for my volley ball team, but did not have enough time to get the design I wanted and I wanted to make a band t-shirt for my family because we are going to The Lumineers concert in August! But with the ever pressing time crunch, I got an even better idea! My best friend is getting married in August and her and her fiancee are sending out “Save the Dates”. I asked her if I could make them for this personal project and she could use them if she wanted. I ending up creating a post card, where they could save money on envelopes. It ending up being one of my favorite projects because of the personal nature of the project.

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As I created this postcard/ save the date, it was fun being able to work with my best friend and ask her opinion about which photos she liked and what color scheme she wanted to go with. She also helped me approve the fonts I chose and really was such a big help. I thought this was a fun experience because it helped me to get a taste of what having a real client would be like!

I have really enjoyed the things that I have been able to learn in Comm130 this semester. I know that learning illustrator, indesign, and photoshop is something that you learn overtime and no one ever really knows everything. I feel like with the help of this class, I have a really good base knowledge so I can continue to improve. Its been great being able to feel like I’m more creative than I actually thought.

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BANGS Shoes Brochure

I absolutely have loved this project! It has been one of the hardest things I’ve had to do on Indesign but has been so rewarding. I feel that I learned so much and I am so proud of the work that I have done.

I was able to learn a lot about the importance of alignment and how it creates a clean look on a brochure. My goal for my brochure was to have alignments that were simple and clean. The company that I was able to make this brochure for, has a theme that is free and adventurous. I wanted my brochure to demonstrate those things. I tried to make my brochure simple yet, showing the ideas of freedom and adventure. I feel that I was able to convey those principles, through correct alignment and contrast. I used sans serif fonts, because the company logo is a sans serif font and even though my text is not as contrasting as I hoped, I think that the font that I chose helped to convey the theme that I wanted.

From where my brochure started to where it is now, i feel that I was able to tap into my creativity and change my original idea and make it something even better. I was grateful for the suggestions that I was given and really tried to make it a brochure that would be different and creative, but also something that was pleasing to the eye and drew in outside interest. I was hesitant of putting tangible shoe laces on my project, but it ended up being one of my favorite parts of my project. I felt that it gave it a sense of uniqueness and helped to portray the idea that the brochure was a real shoe.

 

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Top 3 Things Learned

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and ask friends for suggestions.

I really wanted others to like my brochure and be interested in the company I am creating it for. I was hesitant to ask my friends their thoughts, thinking they would totally crush my ideas, but they ended up having great insight, that really contributed to my project.

2. Don’t print things on campus.

I had a crazy time trying to print out my brochure and was so frustrated. I know that this is not probably a typical thing to put as something I learned but I was super grateful for this particular project to learn how helpful AlphaGraphic’s is! They are awesome and were so willing to help me until I printed a project I was satisfied with! Very grateful to know that AlphaGraphics is there!

3. I am creative

I have a really hard time believing that I am creative and have ideas worth sharing. This project taught me that although it may take me a little extra time to produce an idea that I actually enjoy, I am learning to be more creative and I just have to continue to expand my creativity and believe in myself. I also doubted my skills on indesign, but I learned a lot this week and felt that even if something seems hard, indesign has the capabilities to help me express my creativity.

 

YAY BANGS Shoes!

 

 

Blog Post 9

The Essentials of Typography

 

This week I read about the importance of typography. I found it very interesting to think about the way that typing has changed over the past 50 years, but it is also sad to think that because we now just type on a computer, most of us are missing out on essentials of typography.

I learned the difference between monotype and proportional type. Monotype is when each word or type takes up the exact same amount of space. So, whether it be a period, space or an entire word, they take up the same amount of space. While Proportional type is what we are familiar with and the spaces in between words, punctuation and space are in proportion to one another and don’t take up as much space as monotype.

I also learned a new concept of kerning which is where you have to remove units of space between letters to create spacing in your typography that is visual appealing to the eye. I think it is so interesting the little things that we can do to our type, that can make it more visually appealing.

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This week, I was able to talk to a good friend who is a graphic and visual designer. She was able to give me some pointers about creativity and really opening up to expand my horizons. I think I have been stuck, but she gave me a lot of great pointers and showed me some of her designs it was really cool!

I think the thing that I have learned the most so far is the importance to believe in myself and try hard to find things out myself. When people have shown me how to use illustrator, I usually forget, but when I struggle and have to find things myself, I usually always remember and I learn a lot more that way. The more I struggle the more I tend to learn, unfortunately!

I loved being able to expand my ideas through this ninja pizza project and I am really proud of what I have done and what I have learned.

Blog Post 7

Business Cards

As I was brainstorming this week for my business cards I was able to find some awesome inspiration! As I went into different companies, whether that be a doctors office, restaurant, or clothing store, each of their business cards were different. I tried to research different types of business cards as much as I could and figure out what drew my attention, and what was unnecessary. Many of the business cards either had too much information, or not enough. Even when I was brainstorming and creating mine, I realized how fast the space can fill up and begin to look cluttered.

I also was able to notice that as I created my business cards in black and white, it was a lot easier to transfer over to color. When I did transfer them to color, I also saw that most of them I enjoyed more in black and white. There was some clarity and organization the less color I added. I also thought that the black and white caught my attention because of the contrast between the two colors. It also fits my ninja theme well!

I was able to see that as I created more and more business cards and my ideas started to flow and become more lucid. I felt that as I brainstormed more I also noticed what worked well, and what did not. Although all of my designs are no where near perfect, I really enjoyed the creative process and the progress I made to make my business cards more appealing.Business cards.jpg