What stood out the most in this class was how all of us were able to improve throughout the semester. It was very interesting to see how people’s work evolved especially from the drafts to the final versions. I appreciate that professor Renee allowed us to express ourselves at the fullest level and gave us the opportunity to learn from our mistakes. I think that we are all proud of the work we created in this class and we will be able to apply this knowledge to future projects. Overall, great class!
December 10, 2010
I love the National Geographic website for two reasons. It is designed well with an easy to navigate design. And every page leads to amazing photography.
I use pandora everyday. It is incredibly simple and clean. It is exactly what I want from internet radio. It sticks to radio and doesn’t have a million pages of things I don’t need. Not to mention its song selection is genius.
December 9, 2010
An experience that sticks out? I’d say it’s my beginning-of-the-year graphics experience, or lack thereof. Because GRA 217 forces you to use programs, like InDesign and Photoshop and Illustrator, you really learn everything without ever realizing it. One minute we’re sitting in front of the computer, might as well be blindfolded, and the next minute, almost fours months later, we’re designing magazine spreads and website pages.
Unlike any other classes, there are no papers to write or exams to study for, which has been a neat experience. I particularly enjoyed the in-class critiques we had because not only was it helpful to hear different opinions, but it brought interactivity into the classroom, engaging all of us—graphics majors or not.
Hope everyone had a great graphics semester. Have a good break, and happy holidays!
December 4, 2010
..love the black and yellow theme and the front page’s big slideshow with awesome pics– an exact replica of the actual publication
and for the food mag lovers… http://foodporndaily.com/explore/food/
November 30, 2010
The first photo has quotes from designers relating Helvetica to things it would be in real-life.
The second photo names just a few of the MANY companies that use Helvetica in their logo.
In regards to the documentary, Helvetica, or “Die Neue Haas Grotesk,” I was most surprised at how it has been continuously illustrated throughout the ages. This timeless typeface’s neutrality, efficiency, accessibility, transparency, and accountability have all contributed to its garnered success in dozens and dozens of businesses’ logos.
What struck me the most from the film was some designers countering theories of a typeface’s purpose. One said that typeface doesn’t have to be expressive. He gave the example that when you write the word “dog,” it doesn’t necessarily have to look like a dog, although there are people that think that “dog” should bark. The designer that countered him said the exact opposite. He described “good” typeface as having rhythm, contrast, spirit, personality, one that can convey mood. A different designer following in the film then agreed, saying not to confuse legibility with communication when choosing a typeface. He gave the example that even if a word like “explosion” is legible, it may not imply its definition, say, of being “explosive,” through its typeface, thus being miscommunicated to the reader.
Although both of these perspectives are valid, I think that Helvetica is a typeface less expressive than anything else—which would explain why it is seen in so many logos, in hundreds of places, and in dozens of languages.
November 10, 2010
November 10, 2010
Although I have never actually read either of these magazines, their covers are some of the best I’ve ever seen.
Both of them won ASME awards for the 2010 Cover Contest: The Atlantic for “News and Business,” and Texas Monthly for “Most Delicious,” naturally.
The Atlantic’s creativity and wit in distorting an iconic American image, such as the Statue of Liberty, is outstanding and immediately draws my attention. The magazine could effectively get its point across even without the headline, “FAT NATION.”
Texas Monthly, on the other hand, doesn’t incorporate any obvious distinction or wit into its image of the burger. Yet, because of the burger’s colors and of its blatant in-your-face position, I am attracted to it. Pictures and ads of food are known to catch our eye, but this particular cover makes even a vegetarian drool.