Saturday, November 25, 2006

Project 5: Create a Magazine Spread

For your last assignment you will create a magazine spread based on the designer/artist that you presented in class. I have provided a grid by email and you can use this as a reference point for your design. Items do not need to be constrained to the grid but it should be used as an underlying premise of your design. For more information on grids check out Josef Muller-Brockman's book, Grid Systems in Graphic Design.

Here is a site that has some of the pages in case you can not get to the library before Monday.

[ brockman ]

On Monday you will show computer sketches of the spread. The grid I created was in InDesign, so I would encourage you to use InDesign. However if you want to use Illustrator instead that is fine. Your results should be your interpretation of the artists' work, it does not necessarily have to be a carbon copy of what they would do. You should just be inspired by their work in your final solution.

Friday, November 10, 2006

design interviews

i sent a link to the paula scher interview a while back, but take a few minutes to check out all of the interviews here:

[ hillman curtis interviews ]

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

File management and source file

When setting up your files always make sure to keep everything in the correct folder. It will help you from losing images and other important information and it will help to make your work-flow more efficient. A good tip to consider is to look at your files and see if you think someone could pick up a project from where you have stopped and continue on. Are all of the images present and the documents that are needed to complete a project? I also suggest that once a project is completed that you package the document with all of the required images and fonts and save that file not only to your computer but also a dvd or an external hd. Sooner or later you will lose a file and so backing up things as you are working, especially large and complex files, will help to save you from doing extra work.

I would recommend that you save all of your files in a folder for each specific class.

Immediately when starting a new project go ahead and create a source folder, a folder for images, and then name your documents clearly so you know what they are. Likewise when naming images try to be very descriptive because you don't necessarily want a printer calling you for a file with a name you didn't expect being echoed over the phone.

In your source file place any native files. Native files refer to those files that you used to create your project, this would include scans, original artwork, or original imagery. Always keep your native files as they are and do not save over them in case you need to go back and edit something. Generally I would place any file that is a psd (photoshop), or ai (illustrator) in these folders. In your image folder place any images that you might link to. This folder should be reserved for images such as jpg (jpeg), gif, tif (tiff), eps, or png. When naming files use the extension that you are given. Most file abbreviations have been shortened to 3 letter words however there are the oddities like indd (indesign) and ai (illustrator).

Here is a sample file that you can download. Feel free to look around and see how the files are packaged, which is how I gathered this project, and look at the indd file and see how it was designed. I will provide a more complex indd file with style sheets shortly, hopefully.

[ sample indd file ]

**** If you have problems downloading the attached file, hold down on control on your keyboard and click to download the file. The file might save with an extension of txt so if it does delete the txt so it ends .sitx ****