Magazine Spread

This week we worked on a magazine spread that showed our skills with working with InDesign. It was a good week and I loved learning about the things we can do and it was fun to expand my design knowledge.

  1. Well Written Content

In my magazine spread, I used an article found on LDS.org called “Get Back Up and Keep Going” by Carlisa Cramer. The article is about 900 words and uses good flow and makes sense. We can see an obvious introduction and conclusion as well as different sections of the article.

2. Project specifics

My project is non-pixelated and easy to read, and has good quality photos that correspond with the theme and color scheme of the spread. The best part about my photos are that they were all my own photos. I took them in Rexburg and thought that they fit well with the project.

3.Target Audience Analysis

My target audience was young girls who not only suffer with health issues but also struggle with the daily effects of being a young teenage girl. It’s hard and they need to know that they can do anything they set their mind to as the girl did in the story. Also, I want to target the diabetes association because that’s what the girl in the story struggles with as well.

4. Design Analysis

I chose gold colors to go with the theme of the face of the book of mormon. This is because she starts out her story by telling a story about carrying a book of mormon around school. Then I wanted to do contrasting colors so I made the background black to contrast with the gold fonts and text. I liked using the text wrap so I used it for the shapes and photo I placed on the spread. I think it helped to give the spread a little bit more to it and made it interesting as a design.

Key Aspects of Good Photography

Have you ever been scrolling through Instagram and seen a photo that caught your attention? Did you ever know that, that is done on purpose and the credit goes towards photography skills that are meant to catch the attention of an audience? There are specific guidelines that a photographer uses to make a photo interesting and all together a great photo. Today I will demonstrate three different guidelines that can help you improve your photography skills.

  1. Rule of thirds.

In the rule of thirds the picture is split by four lines and the main focal point of the photo is placed in the intersecting of one of those two lines. Here in this photo you can see that the the rule of thirds is demonstrated perfectly and it gives it a good feel to the photo.

The flower is the rule of thirds and this creates an interesting photo to look at. More interesting than if it were just in the middle of the photo. As you can see the four lines of the rule of thirds in the second picture. The flower could have been placed anywhere in those intersecting lines and it would create the same effect and accomplish the rule of thirds.

Here is a photo I took to demonstrate the rule of thirds. I think this is an obvious use of rule of thirds and can be easily pointed out.

2. Leading lines

Leading lines is a way of directing the viewers attention to a certain part of the photograph.

In this photo the subject is really small but with the lines of the stairs it leads your eye to the person sitting down and that is a demonstration of good leading lines. leading lines can be hard to plan out but when it’s done correctly it can make for a really great photo.

Here is another photo I took that demonstrates leading lines. See if you can find the leading lines in the photo. I think that this creates a fun photo!

3. Depth of Field

Depth of field is probably one of the most common tools used in photography but one of the most effective as well. There is shallow depth of field and deep depth of field. in shallow depth of field there is a lot of blur behind the main subject and deep depth of field the whole picture is in focus. Here in this photo they are using shallow depth of field.

The ball is the main focus of the photo and so they blurred everything in the background. This is great for making a photo interesting because you can try and figure out what the background is and how it correlates with the rest of the photo but then you know what the main focus is because its the only thing thats in focus.

Here is a photo I took demonstrating depth of field. The background of this photo is super blurred like the example above but if you pay attention closely you can see that the trees are blurred and with that the depth of field is applied.

Conclusion:

The best part about these guidelines is that they can all be applied to the same photo. Then you can create a photograph that follows the rules to making a great photo and most the time you will be really happy with the outcome of it all.

Typography

Before we go any farther, I know that the poster is in a different language. But I still think that I can work with it and explain the way the typography works with the assignment. Unfortunately everything that I looked up for this event was in spanish, I think. So if you know anything about “Le Livre Sur La Place” I would love to hear what it’s about! This poster was created byRaphaël Teillet and if you click on his name, you can find more of his work on Behance.com. He has a lot of great work and I especially admire that he has a certain style that stands out from the rest.

So here we have the first type face that stands out the most. It fits more as a oldstyle type face because it has serifs and it transitions from thick to thin in its strokes. I am pretty sure there is a diagonal stress according to where the thin parts are in the letters.

Okay, so now we have this type face which would fall under the category of sans serif. Obviously because it has no serifs, but also because it has no transitions between strokes from thick to thin and because of that there is no stress between letters as well.

So with this poster there are the two different type faces that help make it contrast. The oldstyle forms more of a formal look with the serifs and helps the main topic to stand out. Then there is the more modern look of the sans serif that contrast with the oldstyle. I think this helps make the other things on the poster still stand out and be important, since it has it’s competition with the big oldstyle type face.

Conclusion:

Overall we can see how the importance of different type faces can create contrast and also how it can be used to the advantage of showing the importance of things. A lot of the times in posters you don’t want everything (as far as type goes) to be the same size, so by adding contrasting typefaces it helps to show the importance of things and helps to grab the attention of the viewers.