Here are some examples of my work in Graphic Design I from the fall semester of 2014 at Indiana University. I really enjoyed being able to make my own creations in Steve Layton's graphic design class. I think I've gained some valuable skills in learning how to use programs like InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator and I loved being able to put those new-found skills to use.
I actually really enjoyed designing this newspage. I wasn't at all familiar with InDesign or anything, but the more I practiced, the easier (and more fun) it got. I didn’t have a set plan for the layout when I first starting putting it all together. I kind of just tried things out to see how it went and kept going until I felt it looked best. Because I’m a perfectionist, it took me a little while to decide on what I wanted to do but I like the design I ended up with. I’m also a very neat and organized person so I wanted it to look very orderly and clean. But as a beginner and for my first time doing this I also wanted to play it fairly safe and I kept it pretty simple.
I was really excited to have more creative freedom when creating a magazine spread for this class but I didn’t realize how difficult it would be until I started making it. After much trial and error, I finally decided to do a travel magazine and found some pretty photos I took in New York several years ago. My goals for this project were to show how neat New York is and what it has to offer first time visitors. When I first visited myself, I had a great time exploring the different parts of the city. I wanted to capture the beauty and variety of the city and I think I accomplished that with my photos.
When making this poster design, my first instinct was to make it colorful and attention-getting. I had a hard time thinking of what to make, but then I decided to do an advertisement of some sort of candy because I thought that would be fun and lighthearted. When looking for ideas of how to make this poster, I searched for photos of Skittles and Skittle packaging. I was able to use the eyedropper tool to get the correct colors of the Skittles and I even found the font on the actual packaging (Verdana) and the font of the “S” on the Skittles (Helvetica Bold).
This was the most challenging project we had to do because of the interactive qualities we had to incorporate in the digital design. I always enjoy designing the layout and overall I was pretty pleased with my minimalistic, light and airy cover design as well as the second page.