Multipage Design

The first project for Print Design | Creator: K

This truly unique project introduces us to the spectacularly creative universe of printmaking and physical aesthetic design. The multifaceted methodologies pertinent to creation of any physical entity, even more so a booklet or magazine, are utterly essential to understand if one seeks to involve themselves with such a profession or activity. The creation of such may be complex and beautiful simultaneously, and one may approach it in a variety of diverse manners unique to their style of design and conceptualizations. What is learned from this, ultimately, is the processes that various professional companies/business partake in so that they establish such a product—both technical, or software-based, as well as real-world. And, with this newfound knowledge, you now possess the capability to create a booklet, book, magazine, or similar products of your choosing that both you and others shall be satisfied with.

The easy aspects:

  • Deciding which images and color hues to utilize
  • Creating the file and layout—i.e., dimensionality, placing images, and so forth
  • Choosing the content itself (stories, images, and more), as well as the appropriate typefaces

The challenging aspects:

  • Establishing the format of the document itself—i.e., bleeds, pages, sections and numbering, etc.
  • Creating proper character and paragraph styles to appropriate and apportion the content correctly and precisely
  • Physically correctly assembling the booklet via the multistage procedures, including precise binding and trimming

What I learned:

  • How to set up an InDesign document accordingly, with specific bleeds, margins, measurements, and so forth
  • The manner in which to assemble the physical booklet (all associated steps, etc.)
  • Ultimately, how to professionally digitally sculpt/design and realistically establish a product in the same category as magazines, pamphlets, and so forth—a tangible item

How my project could be improved:

  • More meticulous trimming after printing could have been performed
  • Varying colors and schemes could have been further delved into/explored
  • A more expanded booklet size may have been implemented in order to display more detail when printed

How the assignment could be improved:

  • Different margin sizes, layouts, etc., could have been implemented
  • Further explanation of CMYK colorization and associated aspect possibly could have been elaborated upon
  • A discussion of the variety of InDesign features and interconnections with different Adobe products would have permitted for further understanding of the various means by which to improve or enhance the design

Application of knowledge for future assignments:

  • An understanding of commercialized application of aforementioned processes shall be taken into account when creating/designing in the future
  • The time frame in which projects such as these are delivered upon will be understood
  • The design and software techniques pertinent to this project shall be utilized

Inspiration (various readings, tutorials, YouTube videos, and in-class exercises/labs, et cetera):

  • Videos pertaining to bleed, margins, layout, section numbering, and useful program functions
  • Articles describing appropriate techniques to print, bind, and trim physical items/products
  • Various interesting stories and poems included on the booklet itself

Typography

The fourth project for Digital Design Concepts | Creator: K

An homage to my roots, this project truly encompasses the defining characteristics of Bulgaria and being a Bulgarian. All of the aspects and features of life that best represent my character I owe to my country and my lineage. And, so, it is only natural that I pay respect, right? This project delves deep into essential characteristics and traits of natives of the aforementioned, and delineates each into a singular category (four, in total): art, historical architecture, food, and entertainment, respectively. To elaborate, the first image displayed above is the Pleven Panorama, and it contains the vast, elaborate pieces of artful expressionism that detail the country’s historically monumental wars and battles. Second in order is the Pleven Mausoleum, which houses the remains of the combatants who fought in such fateful battles and wars. Third is, simply, a “Duner Kebab,” an utterly delicious, meat-and-veggies-filled wrap complete with spices and exotic sauces that are sure to fuel your appetite for more as soon as you have finished with your current one. And, finally, last are the traditional festive dances of the nation, with one of the most popular displayed: the “Rachenitsa.” One can see how spectacularly vibrant and wonderful the nation is simply via this project itself.

The easy aspects:

  • Gathering the necessary images for completion of this particular project
  • Establishing each of the four square-ratio “Artboards”
  • Choosing which colors to utilize for each individual piece

The challenging aspects:

  • Creating and perfecting the stamp’s structure
  • Crafting the minute, distinct details that truly make the picture what is is
  • Finding proper fonts to match with the holistic theme of each quota

What I learned:

  • How to create distinct but united pieces of artwork (i.e., they stand apart, but are fully interconnected)
  • Designing in smaller proportions (as well as more precisely given that fact)
  • The true importance of minuscule details

How my project could be improved:

  • Even more varied color schemes could have been implemented
  • More distinct postage stamps could have been designed
  • A different, more suitable aspect ratio and layout could have been utilized for my creations

How the assignment could be improved:

  • Perhaps, if we designed entire postcards alongside the stamps, the project would become even more interesting
  • Different aspect ratios could be permitted
  • An inclusion of more obscure tools in Adobe software (as well as interesting methodologies) could have also been instructed, possibly

Application of knowledge for future assignments:

  • The manner in which more commercially oriented items are created shall be understood
  • All associated processes for realistic design (real-life-based design, that is) will be acknowledged and properly implemented for similar projects
  • Complexity of said project shall be accounted for whilst effectuating multiple designs

Inspiration (various readings, tutorials, YouTube videos, and in-class exercises/labs):

  • Articles informing readers of the vast universe of typefaces, as well as the distinctions between each of the aforementioned, alongside pertinent terminology
  • A plethora of YouTube videos regarding interesting manners in which to design whilst utilizing unique fonts
  • Tutorials (whether YT or article-/Web-based) actually detailing the exact instructions of how to design a certain piece of artwork with a singular or varying fonts, as well as in-class labs/exercises

Image

Image

The third project for Digital Design Concepts | Creator: K

 

As time passes onwards, we, as human beings, become more educated, experienced, skillful, and–most significantly–aware of who we truly are. Our inner character shines through and envelops our very existence, thus, formulating the individuals we are. This concept/ideation exists as the fundamental, critical core of this composition. The binary ones and zeroes embody a visual representation of the internal machinations of our D.N.A. Additionally, the “always-look-forward” mentality of each figure above denotes how it is of utmost importance to continue to foster your growth, mind, and abilities with time. As is demonstrated above, as one progresses into adulthood, they become … themselves. The strands become more colorful, to denote emergence; light is being shed on one’s true character; and confidence peaks. With this image, complexity coalesces with intrinsic simplicity to establish a new type of image, and it is one that emphasizes a singular phrase: “Develop yourself.”

 

The easy aspects:

  • Setting up each “Artboard”/region for development
  • Deciding the flow of design
  • Formulating the concept of the project

 

The challenging aspects:

  • Conveying simplicity, as well as complexity, within one project
  • Defining a realistic, fully aesthetically appealing pattern
  • Quite ironically, gathering the necessary images

 

What I learned:

  • The manner in which to display complexity properly, while still being fundamentally simplistic
  • How to utilize the variety of tools within both Photoshop and Illustrator to design realistic/aesthetically pleasing patterns
  • The significance of well-detailed patterns

 

How my project could be improved:

  • A more flat, non-extensive color base could have been implemented
  • More elements within the project would have enhanced its aesthetic
  • A different, more clear-cut/obvious metaphor could have been utilized

 

How the assignment could be improved:

  • An extended due date, possibly
  • New, unusual tools to complete the assignment within the software would have spiced it up a bit
  • If information from prior assignments was imbued here

 

Application of knowledge for future assignments:

  • I shall understand how to concisely and precisely create abstract conceptualizations (and metaphors, specifically)
  • I will be fully aware of the plethora of tools offered in both programs
  • The techniques employed throughout the duration of this project’s completion will assist me in acknowledging the many uses of Photoshop and Illustrator’s functionalities, besides the tools themselves

 

Inspiration (various readings, articles, and personal inspiration):

  • One source, regarding the construction of words/language semantics, was quite assistive from a structural standpoint
  • As a secondary source, this article detailing various metaphorical works was truly inspirational
  • Finally, my love for programming/software development played a notable role 😉

Color

The second project for Digital Design Concepts | Creator: K

 

A monumental endeavor was partaken in directly regarding this project. Over a fulfilling, extensive span of time, many ideas, methodologies, and conceptualizations coalesced to formulate a distinctively unique series of designs, each with a fascinating plot. It is simply unfathomably difficult to express typographically or otherwise the extent to which I relished not only the process of creation associated with each piece itself, but also the aforesaid, intrinsically. The vision, ambience, and individuality of myself, as a designer, are imbued into the metaphorical heart and core of each creation. The beauty of life and the planet upon which we stand and breathe are notably represented via each present element, as well, in strikingly phenomenal detail. Expressiveness was a critical aspect here, and I conveyed my personal perspectives regarding the eclectic universe of digital illustration and design in a truly personal, yet connected, manner in each distinguishing landscape.

 

The easy aspects:

  • Mentally visualizing the colors and details of the design itself
  • Setting the four “artboards” as foundations for each creation
  • Gathering the necessary resources/images for the project

 

The challenging aspects:

  • Creating the cumulative/final design, all while utilizing complex gradients, meshes, and so forth
  • Abstracting/outlining (mentally) the precise design of each individual landscape, as well as the processes for creation of the aforementioned
  • Detailing a realistic, fully believable—yet unique—digitized actualization of a presumably echt entity

 

What I learned:

  • Designing intricately pertinent elements of a landscape within designated guidelines (i.e., utilizing a previously specified color schematic)
  • A plethora of elaborately multiplex implementations for distinct tools presently available in Adobe Illustrator CC
  • The significance (as well as how to) effectively operate within a designated segment of time

 

How my project could be improved:

  • Utilizing a singular, prevalent color scheme within each landscape
  • More simplistic design elements/schemes could have been utilized
  • Implementing varying design styles within each design itself

 

How the assignment could be improved:

  • An extended/alternative terminus ad quem of completion, given the possible sheer complexity
  • Multiplex options of landscapes, as opposed to a strictly determined set
  • Freedom in color choices, rather than an imposed limitation of a color scheme

 

Application of knowledge for future assignments:

  • The vast knowledge acquired via recreationally and strategically manipulating the toolset of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CC will be employed
  • Acknowledgement of creative constraints, as well as the intellect acquired whilst working within the parameters of the forenamed, shall be implemented
  • Elaborateness of the given project shall be considered thoroughly throughout the absolute duration of the completion of said project

 

Inspiration (various readings, tutorials, and YouTube videos):

  • A primary source exists as an article on how to effectively design/create a “space scene”
  • One secondary source exists as a YouTube video (amongst many others), which details the manners in which to establish realistic foliage
  • As a final source, a piece regarding the plenitude of elements of color itself was truly beneficial