Icon Set – Project #2

Introduction

For this project, I had to create a set of icons with Adobe Illustrator. The purpose of this project was to introduce us to vector graphics. Using vector graphics allows designs to keep their intended appearance when being stretched or modified.

Context

Our class had two weeks to complete this project. Each student created their own designs by the end of week one and turned in a draft. We were given feedback for our designs and able to change our drafts.

The minimum requirements for the icon set were to use Adobe Illustrator, design 4-6 icons and make them appealing to a target audience.

Target Audience

The target for my icons was aimed at young professionals. I refrained from using lots of colors and flashy designs because I wanted my designs to catch the eyes of a professional audience.

My Prototype

Icons Draft
Created by David Grimmett

I created four icons. The theme is technology. There is a Camera, a Tablet, a Laptop, and a Television screen. The camera was my first creation in Adobe Illustrator; I loved the colors and the playful look so much that I changed my original plans and created these other devices based on the camera. After posting my first design, I received feedback from several sources that I should incorporate more color into my design. I agreed with these comments, but I had problems figuring out where to add color. After some trial and error, I found a way to add color into my final design.

In my prototype, all the devices have similar color schemes. The laptop breaks the consistency in the color scheme, but I was able to change that when I started on my final set.

My Final Design

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I liked to keep consistency between all of my devices as though they were created by the same company. I created a red area on the bottom left area of each icon to add color and contrast to the design. I also added a white plus to each of the devices. I thought that it made the series of icons fit together better.

I included two sizes of icons. The first and the largest are 400px by 400px, while the smaller icons are 60px by 60 px.

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Some basic changes I made to the icons include:

  • The addition of a button to the top of the camera.
  • A modified color scheme on the laptop in order to match the other icons.
  • The screen was widened on the tablet to take up more empty space.
  • The addition of color to each device
  • The addition of the cross design to each icon.

Lists of similarities between icons:

  • Overall color: Blue, Red, Balck and Four to Five Shades of Grey,
  • The Reflection on the glass.
  • The rounded edges on each design
  • The Plus Design in the bottom left corner

Conclusion

Throughout this project, I’ve learned a lot about vector graphics and how they are used when creating designs. Adobe Illustrator is a powerful tool, and I will continue to use it when working in designs.

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Magazine Spread – Project #1

Introduction

For the past two weeks, I have been working on a magazine spread. I started by making concepts for the spread and eventually came out with a final draft. There is a significant difference between my prototype and the finished project. I’ve learned a lot from this project. It helped me understand how certain shapes, lines, and colors can change how the overall feel of a design.

Context

The project was given to our whole class and everyone was given the task of making a magazine spread consisting of three pages. This project is supposed to help us understand Adobe Indesign and its application for the real world. The following is a list of project requirements:

  • Use InDesign
  • 3 Pages; 1 Spread;
  • 8.375” x 10.875” page size
  • 2+ Column Layout
  • 600+ Word Article (Found on LDS.org or BYUIScroll.org. The article can have a title, but no other headings that break it up.)
  • Break the article up with 3+ headings/subheadings
  • 1+ Pull Quote(s)
  • 2+ Relevant Images (Shot by student)
  • 1+ Word Wrap (image or shape)
  • Consistent headings and body copy
  • Contrasting typography
  • Provide a link to the original LDS.org or BYUIScroll.org article in your blog post.

My choice of Typography

I decided to fo with a San Serif and a Serif font. I used the Serif font as my title and headings because I like the larger text to have more flair than the San Serif paragraph text. I used custom fonts created by Exljbris Font Foundry online called “Fontin” and “Fontin Sans.”

The Prototype

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My Prototype had many flaws. First, the title page is a mess. The title is comprised of too many words and takes up a lot of room; It should have been between 3-6 words and got the point across. The other problem with the first page is the design. The odd shapes create too much clutter. The viewer’s eyes would be all over the page, in addition, the mossy green is unpleasant to look at and a bad color to put text on. Second, the second and third page have this colored ribbon running across both pages. I initially thought that it would be a unique design, but it turned out to be a waste of space. It added to much clutter to the page. The final, problem was the amount of room around the pull quote. The text was hugging the pull quote box and it just gave a bad look the text box.

My Revised Spread – Final Design

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Though some trial and error, I reached a design that, in my opinion, looks pretty good. The first thing I changed was the color. I found this light blue to complement the photos of the temple. The next goal was to change the overall look and fell. In order to do this, I had to scrap the custom shapes and space filling areas. So, after coming up with the angled design, I had to figure out a way to make it all fit together. The line from the title page meets the line of the third page and the line of the second page meets with the line of the third page. By doing this it creates a feeling of continuity. Another improvement I made was to the title page. The text of the title is between two parallel lines, heading down from left tot right, This creates leading lines to help the reader’s eyes read the title. I also added another photo on the third page and created more space around the pull quote.

Conclusion

I learned a lot from my first prototype. I definitely went into the project thinking that I could make a fresh and unique design, but it turned out to be too cluttered. After witnessing my mistakes, I was able to incorporate more principles of design into my final work. I added leading lines, a better color scheme, and more pleasing repetition though shapes and lines.

Photos Used in the Project

These photos were acquired by me on a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

Design Draw Over

Introduction:

Original Design:

MarthaStewart

Credit to: http://blogs.adobe.com/aemmobile/2013/09/ad-of-the-week-home-depot-in-martha-stewart.html

This design was in a Martha Stewart magazine to advertise DIY projects and Home Depot.

Analysis:

 

Contrast:

Contrast

  • There is contrast between the bright yellows of the walls and the open door. Our eyes are drawn to the area in the red box in the very center of the design because it contrasts with the rest of the picture.

 

Repetition:

Repetition

  • There is a lot of color repetition in this design. They bright yellows are all over the picture. The doors, the walls and even the graphic at the bottom of the design share the same light yellow.

 

Alignment:

 Alignment

  • The alignment of the text has been centered at the bottom of the design. The company name and logo is aligned with the center of the image.

 

Proximity:

 Proximity

  • The text at the bottom of the design show their relationship to each other because they are in  a box and have some white space between the each of the boxes.

 

Color:

Color

  • The colors used in the design are very bright. The warm yellows bring a sense of comfort to the viewer.  The bright whites in the trim and the floor also amplify the intensity of the yellows on the doors and walls.

Conclusion:

The first thing the viewer should notice is the repetition of color. The bright yellows jump out a the viewer and give them a feeling of warmth and comfort. Next, the viewer should notice the contrast and their eyes would settle at the middle of the design, where an open door is revealing the beautiful outdoors. After the viewer has taken all of that in, they should notice the text below.