Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Indesign - Robyn Makinson DPS

For this project I was paired up with Robyn. We interviewed each other so that we could create a DPS about each other in inDesign. Here is what I found in my interview:

Name: Robyn Francesca Makinson
Age: 19
Home town: Wigan
Likes all film genres
Hates alot of things
Realist rather than a dreamer
No aspiration per say
Hates interviews
Hates speaking about herself, nothing to say
Pet hates - loud speakers
Arrogant people
Over the top personalities
Hates dance
loves 60s music and 50's grease - hairstyles leather jackets, diners.
people who have too many opinions and broadcast them aloud to others.
hot weather
travelling in cars with other people
small talk

working after midnight
fashion trends, especially ridiculous ones
meeting new people
waking up early
people who are on twitter, i dont care what theyre doing every second of the day
dubstep, really anything with bass.

I'm just a pessimist in general so you name something and i could put a negative twist on it. a good quote i like to use is: 'hell is other people.'
theres not many forms of graphic design I don't like but in terms of general art i'm not interested in modern art. anything conceptual and i'm confused, theyre obvious but people like damien hirst and tracy emin. anything in that genre.

From my interview with Robyn I gathered that there were a lot of things she doesn't like. Possibly more than things that she does like. So from here I thought I would create a spread about things that Robyn hates, a quite light hearted joke at how negative she looks at things. I thought about doing it bright pink with girlie fonts and swirley hand writing - the opposite of Robyn - but then I opted for a more neutral and playful style here is some of my development work and final design below.

Girlie light colour with flowing fonts and curled patterns.

Block colour - bold and in you face - Robyn would hate it!

More of a messy feel - expressing hatred and anger. Experimentation with brushes.

Chosen style:

Final design:

I wanted the final design to look quite scribbled, to express anger and hatred. The neutral colour keep the design looking formal, whilst the actual message is quite light hearted. I am quite please with m final design. It wasn't how I pictured the design to be when I sat down and had the initial interview with Robyn, however I am happy with how my ideas and designs have progressed to reach the final design.

Type and Grid

Analysis of three layouts.

Article 1 - Sports page in newspaper.
The page looks very cluttered - it is hard to tell what is going on apart from being able to see the main title and image in the centre. The central article is the one wanting to be noticed because it is the largest and has the most colour. The other stories get lost into the background because they lack colour and bold fonts.

Article 2 - Politics article in cosmopolitan.
This is a very clean cut and easy to read layout. With the use of three columns corresponding to the images above them respectively. The dash of pink colour in the background keeps the reader interested in a somewhat serious subject. The is a nice sized leading which makes it easier to read and gives the impression that there is not so much tent to read.

Article 3 - Top shop top ten magazine layout
I think this layout is very easy to read. It is quite original and is very visually appealing. Colours used are pastels, neutrals and black. The numbers and the items of clothing are the most bold on the page. Having the numbers 1-10 is quite obviously going to be some sort of chart or count down so the title isn't necessarily that important. The writing explaining the garments is very small because it is at the bottom on the type hierarchy, it is the least important piece of infrmation on the page. The page is mainly focused on the visuals and the type is only there to bulk out the page with needless commentary.

Newspaper type and grid analysis:

Magazine layout re-design

Thumbnail ideas:

Final idea:

Rough attempt at design layout. I found it really hard to work out all the measurements. After trying for a good couple of hours I decided to go ahead with the design on the mac.

I roughly cut out the images and arranged them into a collage.

Final layout designs.