Technically a publication is:
- What is the focus?
- What is the style?
- Who is the audience?
— Student Publication Design Gallery — THE BOTB!
Create your new project page titled Publication Design. Now copy and paste the following as you will need to complete and correctly document these 7 steps on the your design process:
- Understand the Problem
- Research and Investigate
- Generate Possible Solutions
- Select AND DEVELOP Best Solution
- Model and Prototype (Create)
- Test and Evaluate
For this project, you will need to carefully follow your design process. It is up to you to create a new fictitious magazine in an industry of your choice. Define the title, market, style, cover story, issue/date info, etc. The format size is also open to your choosing. These are all questions that are a part of your design problem as ultimately your focus is obviously the actual cover design. You will create two different cover designs. One design may be image or illustration based but the second design must have a typographic design focus.
- Research your industry and the publication that already exist
- Create a title masthead
- Develop and integrate a cover story
- Establish a design concept based on a cover story of your creation (real or imagined.)
- Generate several design solutions for the two different cover stories of your two issues
- Develop the two best solutions with details in style, font, color, imagery
- Begin design creations
Here are some pages for inspiration or where you might begin your research.
While the task of publication design is open to personal interpretation and wild creativity, don’t lose focus on creating an effective model of an authentic Magazine cover. This means you need dates, issue or volume, Cover Story, Issue theme or sub stories, all while maintaining an identity of sort between the two issues.
Design Process STAGE 1: UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEM
- State what is required for the assignment.
- Document what you believe may be the most challenging elements of this project
- Select an industry focus and magazine TITLE
Design Process STAGE 2: Research and Investigate
2. Research two elements: Magazine design & Your chosen industry
- Three digital resources are required to be linked
- notes on both magazine design and your industry must accompany the resource links
- post three different inspiring found cover designs using the Gid feature in Behance on your project page and add what it is about those designs that interest you. Be specific.
- Select the two cover stories that will drive the concepts for your two covers
Resource Starting Points:
Design Process STAGE 3: Generate Possible Solutions
3. Brainstorm ideas for visual imagery representing elements of your topic — Show your brainstorming as idea webs, clouds, lists, found imagery, small sketches of elements (at least 25 ideas, words, elements required)
- Brainstorm what Time can look like
- Consider symbols
- Brainstorm varying techniques that could relate with Time
- Consider blur/blending/layering as techniques that could express YOUR concept
- Avoid the cliché use of clocks in your composition
4. Begin sketching thumbnail ideas for the organization of your composition.
- Sketch at least 3 completely different design solutions in your sketchbook.
- Thumbnail sketches should be about 4″ sketches in sketchbook
- Designs should be ORIGINAL though inspired!
- Consider possible color schemes that you can control
Design Process STAGE 4: Select and Develop Best Solution
5. Select the best solution
- notate why you have chosen it
- Finalize a new detailed sketch of best solutions
- sketch the composition of entire design plan
- Detail possible color schemes
- Document what Principles and Elements you will utilize
Design Process STAGE 5: Model and Prototype (Create)
6. Begin the shooting
- Practice, develop or refine your composition and style.
- Execute your Plan.
Design Process STAGE 6: Test and Evaluate
7. Self-reflect on your design
- Evaluate and develop your images
- Consider digital techniques to further develop your composition
- Do you need to reshoot?
- Reflect of how your composition and concept is developing into a final product.
- How could you take it further?
- Ask others for their opinions and document the suggestions whether you agree with them or not.
- Refine or develop elements of the design that can be improved
Design Process STAGE 7: Produce
8. Export and Turn in the final .JPG and Print
- Turn file into the Coulson’s server
- Get final printed and matted
- Finalize Project Page with full self-reflection
- what you learned
- Fill our grade sheet
Completion: Did you go the extra 10%?…Then, complete your Project Page including the Reflection/Artist Statement, Final designs, and all sketchbook pages scanned and notated. Upload the TWO final jpg image files to my server for printing. Now inform The Captain of your completion to get the completion code.
Are you Proud of your finished Product?
I hope so because if you worked through the design process you are a success. Hopefully we will get this printed ASAP but don’t hesitate to remind the Captain that its ready to print. Be Proud!
Go hang the finished piece on the Critique wall at the front of the classroom. Other’s need to see what you have accomplished.
- Matte or Mount for BONUS LOOT: Matte or Mount Bonus
BONUS Self Assessment Loot:
After completion of your project and project page documentation choose one of the appropriate self-assessments for yourself. Consider the skill, craftsmanship, originality, and composition of your final Product: