Post #2

•October 31, 2011 • Leave a Comment

1. Why is file management (organizing your design files) an integral part of the job/assignment process?

-Being organized is important because it helps with finishing designs on time and create a final product that contains all the criteria requested.

2. What is the resolution necessary for printing raster images (images from Photoshop)?

-300 ppi

3. What is the resolution necessary for displaying images on a monitor or website?

-72 ppi

4. Name the principles of design and define each in your own words?

-Contrast: The differences in a design

-Repetition: A reoccuring element or principle in a design

-Unity/Variety: The way the design comes together as a whole

-Figure/Ground: positive and negative space

-Balance:visual equillibrium



Review #1

•October 31, 2011 • Leave a Comment

1. What is imposition?

-The correct arrangement of a series of pages

2. Why is it an important part of the precess process?

-That way the order of pages doesn’t get messed up later.

3. What other steps are considered to be part of the prepress process?

-Proofing, editing, screening, typesetting

4. What is the difference between reader spreads and printer spreads?

-A reader spread is an idea of what kind of order your pages are going to be in. A printer spread is physically putting printed out pages in order for a booklet/magazine.

5. What is a spread?

-A page layout

Job 8 Inspiration

•October 20, 2011 • Leave a Comment







Assignment 11 | Surrealism Poster

•May 27, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Final Portfolio | Intro to Graphics

•May 27, 2011 • Leave a Comment

These are various works created in the year long Introduction to Graphics Design class. We used Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign to manipulate, make-up, or recreate different images. Some assignments even included digital photography, where we would have to go out and take our own pictures, depending on the objective of the assignment, then bring them in and arrange or manipulate them.

One of the most difficult things was maybe picking out which colors to use. You don’t want to use colors that will distract from the main message image but at the same time you want to use colors that will attract attention. There are many elements to consider when choosing colors. Another obvious difficult task was coming up with the sketches and designs. Sometimes an idea automatically comes to mind and other times stuck with absolutely no clue what to design. But once an idea pops, they just keep flowing and there’s an endless amount of possible designs. My favorite projects were the typography, where i used the word imagine to recreate John Lennon, and the pop art, where I manipulated and re-colored the image of Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. Sometimes there’s a free chance to incorporate things that you personally like into a design. But most of the time, you want to focus on the type of audience (kids, adults, teens, etc.) and what you think they would like and catch their attention in order to have a successful design.

Fonts & Design Themes

•May 16, 2011 • Leave a Comment

*Sympathy Card– Callie Hand; categorized in handwritten under script;  I chose this font for a sympathy card because the handwritten font gives off a more personal and sympathetic feel.

*Hot Dog Stand– Harabara; categorized in basic under sans serif; I chose this font because it’s bold which makes it stand out and easy to read for people passing by.

*Diner-Style Restaurant– Street Cred; categorized in retro under fancy; I chose this font because it has an old timey, retro style and is still easy to read.

*Logo for a Financial Institution– Type Wheel; categorized in typewriter under fancy; I chose this font because it looks professional without being too decorative and is simple. 

*Certificate for a Prestigious Award- Old Script; categorized in calligraphy under script; I chose this font because its fancy and formal for an award. 

“Embrace the Strain” | Summary

•May 13, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Article: Embrace the Strain by: Andrew Twigg

This article talks about how designers must work with what they have no matter the circumstances. Often, there are limited resources, too high prices, time limits, etc. No matter the constraints on resources and such, designers must learn to deal with what is available and how to overcome these challenges. As Twigg said, ” ‘Making do’ is making great design happen, whatever the circumstance.