Magazine Design!!!

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This project took a lot of time to complete, but overall I am very pleased with the end result. Compared to creating a newspage, I feel like this assignment allowed me to have more of an opportunity to create a layout that showcased more of my creative side. When designing pages, I normally don’t like anything too flashy or aggressive so I picked images for the inside of the spread that had minimal color which allowed me to created more of a modern layout.

My favorite page of the spread is definitely the full story page. When I first started designing this page, I knew I wanted it to have minimal color because it best resembled Alberto Giacometti’s work with plaster.

The most challenging page to design was the ASF. For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out how I wanted to place all five album covers. Originally I had them all spread out into two columns but doing that made it hard for me to place the rest of the text. I feel like the single column across the page was the best choice I could’ve made for the page.

Overall, I feel like this assignment taught me a lot about magazine design and definitely heightened my interested in the graphic design side of the magazine industry.

Newspaper Project

Chris McMillion's News Page
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Here is my reflection for the news page project. I promise I will add real text to this post before Tuesday’s class.

This was my first time using inDesign and designing a layout for a newspage. That being said, I am very pleased with the outcome of my project. When I was first designing the page, I couldn’t decide how I wanted set up my centerpiece. I knew Crestwood was the best story to feature but figuring out what picture to use and where I wanted to place it in relation to the title was challenging. At first I wanted to feature the title in the picture but it ended up adding too much clutter in the image. I decided take a larger font and print the title across the newspage. Looking over my newspage, I noticed a minor error. Instead of starting the Tera Moody story under the bolded title, I started it under the photo of Tera Moody. If this were in a published newspaper, the reader could end up reading the entire story wrong because they didn’t read the correct beginning. Other than that, I think I was able to create an easy flow for the reader to follow.This project helped give me a better understanding of inDesign. Now, I feel more comfortable with inDesign which will help me to be more creative on future projects.