For my Visual Media class, we were assigned to create 4-6 icons. I wanted to imperfect the icons I was making by adding a birthmark to each animal.
My target audience is:
Age: 10 & Up
Message: That you can find beauty as well as humor in imperfections.
I created my animal icons to have the same basic circle as well as eyes to create consistency throughout the icons, even though I would be adding a varying of detail to each individually. The colors I selected for my icons were a little more grungy, to once again convey imperfection and symbolize that there is beauty in the dirtiness of life.
The Process: Sketches, Rough Draft & Revisions, Final
While sketching the icons, I realized that 1) I am not the best at drawing horse faces and 2) I felt like I could create something better, which is why I decided to create a goat in Illustrator instead.
Icons 400 px by 400px:
Icons 60 px by 60 px:
I have to admit, working in Illustrator Adobe wasn’t easy. For the Visual Media class, I am taking we had to complete this tutorial worksheet and it was even more complicated than I was expecting. Though I am not the best, I feel like I am progressing and that it what matters to me. Be optimistic and keep designing.
Hello, everyone! The past two weeks in my Visual Media class we have been working on using InDesign to create magazine spreads. We were given the criteria to choose an article from either LDS.org or BYUI Scroll. I decided to choose an article from LDS.org, titled, “The Gift of Being Broken“. I will provide the link to the article at the bottom of this post. The intent of creating this spread was to one, gain some experience using InDesign and two, practice using the design elements I have learned so far.
I first started off with creating some sketches of what I would want my final product to look like. I designed three so that I would have multiple ideas if only one sketch alone didn’t work out quite as well as I hoped. During this process, I found that the first sketch I created would be my starting point in InDesign.
For the images throughout the article, I decided to use images of flowers, first in the stage of a bud to the stage of blooming because like the article, there is a gift in the breaking and the blooming. There is this really good quote, from Anais Nin, “There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” I use this quote because with the article I chose I personally feel like sometimes it is easier to remain in one state of mind than to change perspectives even if it is a better outlook on things. It is sometimes less painful to remain in the depression than to accept that you have it and find the beauty in it.
For my typography, I decided to use three different fonts – both were contrasting one with another, yet they gave the magazine spread a more distinguished level of appeal. For my body text I used: Mongolian Baiti – Serif Font, for my capitalized words and pull quote lettering I used: Lucida Sans – Sans Serif Font, and for my headings as well as the contrast in my title page I used: Segoe Print – Script. Initially, I struggled to find fonts/typefaces to contrast with one another for my heading and body text, but as I played around with the various fonts that were available I found the two that I liked best.
I used light, airy colors to contrast with the topic of the article as well as to make the overall mood of the magazine as one would read it to be hopeful.
The Final Piece of the Project
Till Next Time
I love designing and so I hoped you enjoyed reading through my process as much as I enjoyed doing it! Be hopeful and keep designing!
Hello. This is my first design and color analysis which can also be called a reverse engineer post. Today we will be looking at a design and destructing it. We will be using the four design principles to analyze the image.
This is the original image:
The corn in this image is the contrast, or in other words the differentiating factor. It’s what your eyes focus on first. It is also the center of the infographic.
This image uses repetition in that it uses the same colors for the various circular icons and text. This creates a stronger image as a whole. It allows a reader’s eyes to rest as it goes from one “text box” to the next.
This image uses left alignment. It creates a stronger, unified image. It also makes it easier on the reader’s eyes.
In this image, they use proximity to show what phrase or word correspond with it.
They use the primary colors in this image, which also makes it feel like a learning experience. Yellow and blue are primary colors – while informing a reader, the colors also give a calm, bright mood to the image.
In conclusion, I think each principle builds off of each other in this design. With the contrast, you see how the yellow corn is the focus in the image and of the infographic. Each principle adds solidity, unity, and strength to the image as a whole.