Description:

Design a magazine cover that showcases yourself, as well as articles about certain aspects of your life.

Process (Programs, Tools, Skills):

When coming up with a design, I somewhat misread the directions, and thought that we were supposed to do a general magazine cover highlighting a random story (I have a tendency to skim when I read.) so my first attempt looked like this…

magazine-cover-rough-draft

Pretty boring, huh?

Yeah, I did not like the picture I used and some of my aligning was off, but it was solid start, and through some refinement I made the better one you see at the top. Here’s what I did.

  1. Since I have a very visual mind, I somewhat skipped sketching and jumped right into InDesign. I knew what I wanted and lept into action.
  2. Starting a new document in 8.5 x 11 size, I inserted my image and the LIFE logo, and locked them into place.
  3. I then created several article titles and placed them on the lower right-hand side to help balance out the design.
  4. I made the lower band to help show the issue number and volume number, and other little details to make it seem like a real world product.
  5. I then exported as a .jpeg in 150 ppi. (I would’ve done 300 ppi because i prefer the higher quality.)

Message:

I wanted to show who I am and what I like to think about. As I said in my video, I consider myself a very intellectual person, and I wanted to effectively portray that with this project.

Audience:

Those who are interested in learning about a wide variety of topics.

Top Thing Learned:

DON’T JUMP IN WITHOUT TESTING THE WATER! ( or in this case, sketching your idea and defining your audience)

Color scheme and color names:

Monochromatic – Red

Title Font Name & Category:

Ariel Narrow Bold – Sans Serif

Copy Font Name & Category:

Ariel Narrow – Sans Serif

Thumbnails of Images used:

file_000 img_7692

SOURCE OF EACH IMAGE (website name and hyperlink)

Both images are my own.

Video:

 

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