Magazine Layout

For my Computers and Art class final project, we were instructed to create a magazine layout. We needed to choose an article and then design a magazine for that article which must include at least 6 pages. We could choose whether to have 3 spreads or to have two spreads along with a cover page and a table of contents page. I chose to do three spreads since my article was fairly long. I begin by trying to think of a layout by doing some sketches, but I soon realized that I would be more successful if I were to brainstorm my layouts on the computer rather than by hand in my sketch book.

Magazine Roughs

At first I just placed my entire article in my document. It was very busy and cluttered and wasn’t pleasing to the eye at all. Well, I slowly worked each day moving things around, taking pictures and adding them to my document, taking out columns, and designing pictures and infographs in Adobe Illustrator. I spent several weeks working on this project before I came to a finished project that I was happy with. I feel like I could improve even more on my design, but overall I think it worked out well and is pleasing to the eye as well as clear and easy to read.

Magazine Layout Final


Book Cover

My second project in my Computers & Art class was to design a book cover. I chose to do The Walk by Richard Paul Evans. This author has a very consistant style throughout all of his books and I wanted to try and stay close to that style with my book cover design. I started with some sketches and then realized that I just needed to go out and take some pictures. I wanted the cover to be a photograph of either nature or a road to help relate to the meaning of the book. Here are some of the pictures that I had taken and thought about using.

After, I had chosen some pictures I worked on designing a cover. I designed a few different covers to see which ones I liked the best.

I then spent a while revising and editing my book cover before finally coming up with my final layout and design.

3D Design Modular Assignment

My second project in my 3D Design class was a modular assignment. I was supposed to design and create one module which was to be used in constructing a larger sculpture. Once I found a design that I felt was successful I was to create at least twenty more modules and then, using only those modules, form one overall sculpture. Our final sculpture was going to be looked at in many different lighting situations so I was to specifically consider “value, positive/negative shapes and forms, light and shadow, delineated space, artificial and natural lighting, repetition, rhythm, and balance.”

I started by doing several different sketches, and this image is just one of my first pages of thumbnails.

I decided on a design that I liked, and then built one module to see how the 3D object interacted when placed in different lighting situations. After finalizing my module I then continued making twenty more modules which were exact duplicates of one another.

Computers & Art Pictogram Assignment

My first project in ART 2400 was to create “three original, interrelated, icons that communicate associated actions, processes, concepts, or objects.” Each of my pictographs had to be done in color as well as in black & white. I had absolutely no idea where to begin with this assignment. I didn’t have any ideas, and had a hard time coming up with possible themes. I finally decided to try and do some sketches surrounding the themes of both music and sports.

After brainstorming several ideas I decided to settle on a central theme of music, but I still wasn’t sure exactly what genre of music, or what specific instruments I wanted to focus on.

After doing several more sketches I decided to focus on the classical and orchestral genre of music, mainly focusing on three different instruments: cello, piano, and timpani.

This was my first experience ever using Adobe Illustrator, so it took me a really long time to piece these three icons together. After making several more changes I finally put together my finished design.

Final design.

Done in Adobe Illustrator.

2D Design Sequential Designs Assignment

My first design project was to create five separate sequential designs of an abstracted human figure. I was required to start with a symmetrical, closed form abstraction and then end with a morphed figure, which was asymmetrically balanced, a nonobjective shape, and an open form.

These were my first thumbnail sketches. I then chose one of these human figures and began to morph it into five different designs.

I worked on several different designs before I decided on this set.

Final series.

Done in ink.