Friday, September 25, 2009


For these posts I felt a little better because of the imagery available. On How Safe I went for a really big graphic (obviously) of lettuce and I photoshopped it to be sort of dark and looming lettuce rather than light airy fresh lettuce. I like the color scheme of this layout--it looks earthy and organic but still kind of dark. It didn't take me too long really because I sort of instantly got the idea, I just had to execute it and tweak the headline and photoshop the lettuce. I guess the Secret of Feeling Full is not really good enough yet; I am working on it. The printout wasn't quite as bold and fun as the computer version, but that may have just been the paper I used. I like the headline but apparently it isn't convincing enough. I think it kind of looks like a book cover or something.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


I haven't blogged in a while, I miss this little page. I have been working on everything in the entire world, including my stress layout. I'm not sure what all to do with it but I think it at least looks decent. I still need photography for it, though, which is not good. I'll have to do that tonight at some point. I'm currently working on the other spreads as well, and I've just about finished the first draft of the food safety article. So yay! I spent most of my time with the stress article with typesetting stuff, making sure everything is fitting well and all that jazz, so we'll see how it goes. The food safety article has been a challenge because there is so little type! AGH! O well, I at least thought of SOMEthing.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Okay, I am finally considering myself done with the NAHM poster. I tried to make it more bold and visually appealing, so hopefully it's better than it was. I added more black and a little river of the brown/gold to add interest. My slogan is: In a braid of tradition, strands of heritage intertwine. And I'm STICKING WITH IT!

For the stress thang, I wasn't sure where to go with it for a while, but I decided that since it was a showdown, I'd have to people kind of staring at each other (with bags under their eyes) like they were thinking, "oh ya? I can top that." It didn't take too long, probably about two hours to do a little editing and such, but there is definitely more to go on that. I'll be shooting photos hopefully, and if not I'll have to make drawings to go with it. We'll see. I'm just glad to be done with the poster!

Monday, September 14, 2009

These are some more layouts for NAHM posters. I am getting pretty tired of this project I guess. The colors of the wind one was kind of a joke but who knows? Maybe people our age would relate since we grew up with Pocahontas, and maybe they would think it was fun :) These didn't take very long, just some tweaking of the words. I will finalize an illustration that's actually nice for these things, incorporating some of the color and hopefully some movement. Ready to be done.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

These are the two posters I had for friday. The braid one had a braid illustration on it also. I was happy with the way the dance poster turned out, although it took about twice as long as I would have anticipated. I spent about six hours with all the photographing and photoshopping and picking out different stuff. So that took forever but that's okay. The native american one needs work I guess, because the idea is sort of confusing. I do feel like it at least looks better though. I'll be changing up the catch phrase up a little bit but keeping the same basic idea I suppose. At least that one is coming a little faster! And I DID manage to only use my gilligan fonts on the dance poster (I just used helvetica).

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Gilligan List

I want you all to think about this... If you were stuck on a desert island, what five typefaces would you want to have with you. This list of five, should not include any display or specialty typefaces. Think this over. What typefaces (serif and sans serif) would you choose that would give you the most flexibility as a designer. Have this list ready for discussion on Wednesday.

Alright, here we go:

Arial Black because it's the best at getting attention of rescuers. If it was a container it would hold the most water.

Gill Sans Light just because I like it. I have to have one good thing in my life on a desert island right?

Times New Roman because it looks good in italics (and it's just as good of a serif as any). Maybe I'll use it if I decide to write a 300 page epic poem about my tribulations. It's good for body copy right?

Helvetica. I just feel like you're supposed to have it.

Comic Sans for when my life is over. Put it on my cactus headstone.

follow up on that...

So my Native American poster is done! yay! even MOUNTED! impressive, I know. I decided to use the orange as more of a beige, so it was at about 25% or so. I think it ended up turning out pretty nice! Just did some vertical and horizontal type, used somewhat of a grid, and lots of the elements on the checklist! Yes, I actually looked at it for the first time. We'll see what happens tomorrow!

Monday, September 7, 2009

native american heritage

For this poster, we have to use the ugliest orange ever plus black, and make a sweet poster with a ton of information on it. My idea came to me immediately, and I am currently in the midst of making it. I am using an Indian braid as a part of the N (the left part, I forgot the technical terms!) and it will hang down basically. That's the illustration part of it, and that's actually about as far as I have gotten on the whole thing :-P After that I'll just have to try to use my ninja typography skills to make something decent out of this mess. We'll see.

salsa on the rocks

for the last two layouts we did, we had to do one about latin dance parties and rock climbing club. These were both a little difficult, since rocks are kind of boring and salsa dancing stuff can be cliche. I thought of the climbing idea as I was doing it; it was sort of a continuous work in progress and at the end the phrase "Take a climb on the wild side" ended up making a cliff face with an ever-so-original silhouette man hanging from it. It looked decent I suppose, but the man was unclear. So then for the other one, I came up with a clever phrase, but it looks like that's where the creativity and goodness ended :( Oh well, there is always a next time! At least one design got hired. I'm going to try to look at that list of stuff and really work harder on my stuff, so we'll see what happens. So far, so goodish/mediocre.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


So I finally did a ceramics flyer. The idea came to me while riding a fake bike at the rec center, then I proceeded to continue my workout. But then I made my flyer! I decided on having a fun fancy font spelling ceramics, where the C would turn into a coil pot. Kinda lame I guess, but I couldn't think of many ways to jazz up a ceramics flyer with only black and no bleed :-/

It turned out decently enough, but I FORGOT TO MOUNT AAAHHG. By the time I remembered, no one wanted to take me to Wal Mart.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


So as of now I have made my german poster, and my idea for the ceramics poster hasn't come yet. Ones that have come are just stupid. So, for my german one, I wanted to make it kind of goofy, so I was gonna make a sausage man wearing the traditional lederhosen and socks with sandals, and call him veenerman, but he looked a little strange so I made a little ball guy instead :) He is happy and shouting WUNDERBAR! I just wanted the feel of this to be silly and happy and cartoonie, so that's what I did with the brush stroke and the fonts. It will get attention if nothing else! Not too much of a grid structure involved, but I did make ONE gridline haha. I decided not to include AS many details as the original, and got rid of that lame "C" joke (what the hell?). I just added a touch of graphics with some light circles in the background reflecting the shape of my veenerballman. As for the ceramics flyer, we'll see what happens. I'm not guaranteeing a masterpiece.