I enjoyed Paula’s presentation on the differences between being solemn and serious regarding one’s approach to design. Because I am an artist, and do some graphic design myself, I feel like I can relate directly to what she is talking about. Sometimes I find myself being stuck between being solemn and serious when working on a project. I learned that creating designs takes paying attention to strategic visual details and allowing yourself to roam freely when it comes to how creative you can be. The majority of the best designs that seem more appealing to people come from both complete accidents and from me trying to make it similar to a specific style that seems attractive to me.
For the Alternative Book Cover assignment on the book “The Man Who Ended the World”, by Jason Gurley, I chose to use a dark tone theme and use the color of the red button to highlight the danger behind the context of the book. I edited this photo on my phone using Photoshop and a picture editing app call Aviary.
These are the photos that I chose for the Design Blitz assignment. The first image is of the book cover “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” which deals with finances. The designer for this book chose the color purple which is usually associated with royalty or wealthiness. The next photo is a magnet copy of the basketball schedule in which the designer uses hierarchy well to shape an organized composition of the information. The next photo is a promotion for the Special Olympics day and I think that this one represents alignment well judging by how stacked and connection the information is. Another photo I used was the poster from my senior night game. This poster uses the negative space to emphasis on the different pictures cropped in. The negative space is filled with somewhat of a foggy background to make the photo editing look cleaner. The last photo is of Cantu’s leav-in conditioner that uses hierarchy to display the level of significance of each individual text.