For my magazine design, I was really inspired to use the colors from the various lines used in the London Underground train lines as part of my main theme. Being from Chicago, I am familiar with the “L” and the different lines you can take to get around the city, and I made that connection and used that as inspiration. I really wanted to make the cover different from the typical landmarks in London, and the lanterns that are hanging in the picture also go with the themes of the line colors that I used throughout my design. I thought that the car on the cover really was charming London character and subtly gave the magazine cover the flare it needed making it the special London edition. The first part of my spread, I had an idea to make the subway tiles that you typically see in the London Underground and put the old vintage posters on top of them, to almost give them a feel that they were on display at a museum and that they helped pave the iconic image that the Underground has today. My main spread reminded me of when I used to design yearbook pages in high school. I do like having some white space, but I wanted to use various images to almost paint a picture as well.
For my newspaper project, I used a lot of what I learned in class to apply to my project. This was pretty much my first time using InDesign, besides the little bit we learned in C 226. One thing I was very conscious of making sure I didn’t size everything too big so that it took up more of the page then I thought, which I feel I did a pretty good job avoiding. I am glad that I used the Crestwood story as my feature because I was able to use that as my dominant image and feature a map as well. I think it would of been nice to add a weather piece to the bottom of my piece, but I was too afraid I was going to screw something up. I also wished I had thought of some more things for my promo at the top. I think if I added some other effects to the text, the white wouldn’t blend in so much, but that is probably the one thing I was kinda upset that I couldn’t do as well. Overall I am happy with my project, compared to where I started a couple weeks ago to the way it turned out, I think I learned a lot and was proud of the result.