For task two I found it really interesting and very beneficial.. I had to purchase the adobe creative cloud to do the task but I’ve loved the whole process especially being able to learn so many techniques about type within one project.
Learning the dos and don’ts of typography and design was interesting as well as the “crimes against typography”. It also was intriguing learning about how much thought goes into type, its everywhere and its someones job to make things look a certain way, it doesn’t just happen – This idea has opened my eyes to looking at things in-depth and asking why things are composed in a certain way rather than just dismissing typography.
I can say I definitely feel more confident with Adobe Indesign and adobe Illustrator after this class. Learning how to create certain looks and just general knowledge of the applications is beneficial to me going forward in this degree.
Some difficult tasks that I needed to overcome when dealing with task 2 would include my inability to save my work. During the coarse of this task I lost all my monograms and my whole booklet on indesign. Melanie if you ever read over this SAVE YOUR WORK!!!!! This all happened a week before the final task was due so guess who had to restart. Other than my incapability of saving my work, I found everything else pretty cruisey, I was always able to ask for help from Jo and my peers.
Main points I will bring forwards with me in the projects that are still to come..
- Use margins and guidelines! – This saves so much stress and automatically makes everything look neater, tidier and overall more organised.
- Use the correct fonts for certain things!! – Don’t try and be edgy with your font choice because chances are if its not basic, no one will read it or even be able to read it!
- Get someone to check your work – After all a second opinion can’t hurt… can it?
A key point I would also like to make is that if you use simply shapes you’re able to create a whole book with out a problem on the creativity side of things. Keeping a similar colour palette throughout the whole book makes it appear neater and more organised rather than a whole bunch of miss matched colours and shapes throughout your work.
(TIP: Don’t be afraid to use other applications when it comes to creating designs like task 2 again, applications such as illustrator can be very beneficial if you know what you’re doing – use this to your advantage!!)
Also remember, block text can be a pain got read and can make the whole text just seem dry. To keep your audience interested make sure you split up your work (for this task we weren’t allowed to use images) use negative space and just design to create an interesting read for your audience, because trust me no one will make it to the end of the text if it isn’t split up in some way, shape or form.
Here’s a screenshot from my booklet.
Notice – how I made the quote bigger than the rest of the writing, this splits up the reading and generating colour indents like on the second page just allows your audience to visualise something other than lines and lines of text.. Without that text there it would be absolutely horrendous to read, thats for sure.