Magazine Pages Spread

I started learning how to work in Adobe programs and the first one was Indesign . From the little time I spent using the program I can say that it’s pretty user-friendly. It still takes time to learn where and how things work but it’s not a something that only genius can work with.

Oh, and using Mac added a little struggle to it as well.

Regrets and Resolutions

Going to school, trying to catch up with homework and job sometimes feels overwhelming. I often think about the time I spend and how much of it I simply waste.

So the article I chose for my magazine was just about it, how to live the life without to its fullesst without any regrets. This was a talk given by one of leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints.

I hope that article would help college students  like myself to enjoy life and feel peace that comes from understanding that there is hope in tomorrow.

Introducing principles of design

In one of my classes for Visual Media I discovered that not only images and font type helps to deliver the message but the colors as well. Every color sends a message, such as red is very bright and is associated with energy. A lot of times this color is used for sports activities. Green color represents balance and clarity.

For my project I chose blue color as the main one. This color is associated with peace, content, rescue and hope. Its pallet perfectly adds to the message.

I took some pictures of my friend and a building outside my apartment.

I like how in the first picture the windows make the my eyes go up, as a reminder that there is more to life.

The second picture of my friend Anna, represents all the college students that often think about their life and wonder what the future holds for them.

The third and the last picture, shows that we can always start doing things that mean the most.

As I was working on this project (some people might say it’s a project, but I spent some good time doing it) I incorporated the skills I’ve learned about typography earlier.

As you can see I used the principle of Alignment. I placed headline word Resolutions straight under the word Regrets. You can draw a line through those “R’s”.

Along with that I incorporated the principle of Proximity. I put the words of the headline all together because they are related.

Other principal I used in the principle of color. If you scroll up you will notice how the second picture with the girl has the white background. I took the shade of the blue color from the first picture of the building and added the color to the background, so all the pictures had common color. 

The last trick I used was Typography.

I took different typefaces for the headlines, quotes and the text. For my headline the quote on the last picture, I used Oldstyle font, you can identify it by looking at the diagonal lines of the lowercase letters noticing that they are slanted.

I used Sans Serif typeface for the text.

One of the tricks for typography that you can mix different faces from different categories of type. You also should not forget about the principle of Contrast. Use size, color, thickness, structure to take advantage of it.  

Conclusion

It’s amazing how little thing can make your design stand out. Implementing each principle mad my magazine spread sheet look professional and interesting to the reader.

Book Cover Typography

Introduction

This book cover was designed by Milan Bozic, a senior art director at HarperCollins.

The typography of this cover is very clear and easy to read. The image adds to the message and gives a little hint what the novel might be about.

http://milanbozic.com/Design

Typeface #1

The first typeface he uses is called Oldstyle. The way you can recognize it, by looking at the diagonal lines of lowercase letters. They are at an angle or slanted, and have a curve as they meet the stem of the letter.

Typeface #2

The second category of typeface used in this cover is Script. The phrase “a novel” looks like handwritten. It may seemed that it was written or even painted. This distinguishing feature helps to identify it pretty quickly. It can be also subdivided as script that doesn’t connect. You can see that there is a space between each letter.

Contrast

The first thing that you can notice is the contrast in size and color of the letters. This contrast is pretty obvious that shows that it a well applied design principle. The words “big brother” are bigger and they draw the focus as the reader looks at the cover. Using only black and white colors designer takes advantage of such simple contrast.

Other principle that is being used is Structure. Using two different typefaces also adds an interest to the picture.

Conclusion

Because of good use of the principles of typography this book cover is very easy to understand and read. The principle of contrast attracts reader’s attention. It’s very simple and balanced, there is no other things that distract.