Field: Presentation & Possibilities

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On the final day we all came together and did a 6 minute presentation on our project. For once I was quite relaxed because I was presenting basically about myself and I have done so much talks about my experiences so it was quite natural discussion. Everyone’s work was different an unique. Many went for world problems like recycling, animal cruelty and war but also many went for personal experiences or hobbies.

This project has given me so much more interest in Editorial design because it has made me enjoy a very personal project and also to make it a personal project it has made me push hard to succeed in doing so. I have come to enjoy the endless possibilities in Editorial design and how a Graphic Communicator can make someone’s reading experience more enjoyable.

I have enjoyed designing this booklet around my results and my Transplant but unfortunately I believe I can push this even further and eventually have something more successful and strong to show people that Kidney Transplants are magical. I wil have to focus on my visuals and also type detailing to make it up to standard. To explore my possibilities with this booklet I will need to go back to research and research into Editorial designed pieces from Graphic Design companies like Elbow Grease, Elsie and examples on Behance. The changes can be endless like every year I could make a similar book with more information and detail of how my year went or I could add more results on to this booklet. There are so much possibilities and it would be good for my Portfolio work because it’s something about me as a person. First thing I would like to do though is to do more advancements on this booklet and print it off professionally to see how the colours work. This will have to be done in my spare time in the next last remaining months of University.

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Field: Draft Piece

IMG_0572[1].JPGThe last two days I have been doing changes to my design and also preparing it to be printed off as a draft to see how the book would work.

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The front over is made our of words, all these words have described my experience going through the Transplant and also in the last seven years. Another way I have made it personal is to make the page in an usual size but the reason for this is that it’s the exact size of my belly 32cm wide and 20cm height. Also the Kidney is on the left hand side but if anyone held the booklet against there belly the Kidney will be on the right side and will give them the idea of where my Kidney is and the Kidney is actual size.

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To make a Transplant theme or operation look I had the idea to cut the Kidney shape out from the cover this will make the impression of opening someone to explore deeply. On the back page of the cover it has my history and the second page it says whats the reason for this booklet.

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This page has turned out well and looks more interesting to the eye in how it sits across the tow pages. Also the advancements on adding the amounts on the side of the Kidneys just makes the page more organised.

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Next page is the start of my Seven years timeline of results. 2011 and 2012 have their own two pages but 2013-2017 folds out from the book and extends giving the reality scale of the years that have passed.

But the party piece of this is that it looks very corporate and serious and has lost the personal touch of my experience but if the reader held this and light was shinning behind it, it would be the possible to see the personal words again giving a very strong perspective on these results.

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Next step for this booklet is to do all the changes like typographic, Rag and checking my spelling but I wanted to create this draft to see how the booklet would look and would it work in showing my personal side and the measurements of the size and kidney matches my very own body.

Editorial Design Piece

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Looking back over this editorial design project it has been a exciting and interesting challenge and I’m coming away from this project knowing more about editorial design and have learnt new skills on InDesign. This term also has increased my confidence of speaking my opinions. My favourite thing looking back is seeing the changes and how the spreads have change from the first design. The colours are eye popping and it will attract readers if placed in a hospital lounge/ doctors lounge environment.

There is some changes I would of like to do with my spreads such as working on my text sorting the paragraphs and tidy up more of the rag. If I had the chance to do this prject again I would like to experiment more and using illustrations and then scanning them on to the computer. But I am happy with my final product because of it’s uniqueness, and being different to any other health related magazines that you see around the place in NHS buildings.

Printing and Binding

After getting some feedback and working on my changes for the spreads I finally came to the point where I was ready to print my work professionally. After looking throughout Cardiff for reasonable priced printing companies I decided to go to Vegaprint.

It was an experience being in a printing shop because I could see the variety of jobs the company was printing for and also the shop had their own Graphic design section which would be helpful if I was having trouble with printing or needing advice.

I saved the spreads as an INDESIGN PDF which included cut marks, bleed marks and also a CYMK colour bar. The print was successful but because my spreads are landscape I had to print my work on to an A1 paper which cost £30 for all three spreads.

For the exhibition we have to bind our work like magazines, so to do this we started off by creating a mark through the middle of the spreads with the folding bone tool. This makes it easier to fold up when it comes to the folding.

Next was to crop the spreads by using a stencil and a ruler which is more cleaner than using a guillotine. This took time because you wouldn’t want to cut it badly or do a mistake but eventually finished all three spreads. Then using the bone tool again I folded the spreads.

Finally to stick the spreads together we used spray able glue which is made for sticking paper together. But to glue there was an order that we had to stick it for the spreads to work.

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To make sure I wouldn’t stick the pages wrong I quickly sketched out how to correctly stick the spreads. It works by stick spread 2 to spread one by putting glue on page 2 of spread 1. Then to stick spreads 3 to spread 2, I put glue on page 4 (spread 2) then stick it to page 5 (spread 3).

Then after the delicate time of placing the spreads together it was sent to get tidy up by cutting off any ruff edges and then placing a book on top to make sure the glue sticks the paper together.

The process of binding was fun and a great skill to get your hands on for future projects. Also I’m happy how accurate I was with the cutting and gluing the spreads together. But in the future ill make sure to use more glue because I went back to glue because the pages were slowly separating when being looked through.

Final changes

Before printing and binding my final design we had a chance to send it away as a package to be looked over and to be given feedback so that we could do any small changes needed before the print.

Sending it off to be checked my design was this:

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But after getting my feed back and working on the changes my final design piece was this:

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As seen from both designs there has been a great change in the spreads. The feedback was very useful and there was no need for a such drastic change in the design but one of the notes in the feedback was to play with the margins by increasing the inside and narrowing the outside. By increasing the inside to 24 and top and bottom to 20mm created more space to play with and it gave the freedom for the text to be more spread across the pages.

Another point was that my spreads had so much space because it is designed in landscape in stead of portrait,  that I could be more experimental with the design of the spreads. My idea was to create a more 3D look by creating depth with in the spread by putting cubes behind and front of text which makes a depth look on the page. Also by doing this it gives a more quirky look and more interesting to read. The Quotes also needed some change. There wasn’t any consistency with the quotes and also when looking over the layout afterwards the quotes didn’t seem right. To change this I returned to one of my previous ideas but then placing the quotes to follow the sides of the cubes creating a geometric style and which makes a flow through out the spreads.

After all the changes I was pleased with the outcome, the hierarchy worked well with the use of colours and shapes made the spreads flow and also the text how it was placed also created stepping stones throughout the Delete repeated word spreads making it easy for people to read. By changing the margins it helped with the text and by increasing the leading of the paragraphs it has made it a lot easier to read and it stands more comfortable on the page. All in all pleased with the spreads and I am ready to print.

Formative Assessment

Going into the assessment my editorial design layout was this:

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In the assessment we had to stand and talk about the design in front of a group and then the group would give me a reflection on the work and how to make the editorial piece better.

The feedback was positive with small little changes that the audience suggested such as, increasing the guttering of the page because the text is close to the edges of the boxes and almost touching negative spaces. Getting rid of the underlines under the call out quotes and making the quotes more unique but constant through out the spreads. Also moving down the text and fill the final spread, because the third spread looked empty and then move the sub heading from the end spread and put it instead of the sub heading at the start of the spread. The final option they gave was to make the final spread more blue and get rid of the white, which would look a lot more interesting.

After the assessment i went away and experiment on the reflections i was given to see what i could create.

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In the new design the first changes that can be seen is that the sub heading has changed and the underline has disappeared. The front spread works well with the new sub heading creating a better hierarchy on the spread leading the eye down the text.

Second spread has changed so much from the other design, the text has been broken up and freed from each other creating room for playful all outs which are design and positioned like a square to flow with the sugar cube design. The text flows and with the broken up text it makes it look more persuasive to read.

The third spread looks so much better, it is fully presented with text and by adding the same designed quotes from the second spread, it gives the page more uniqueness and is as important than the other spreads. The quotes also create a neat and tidy look to the page and specially with the “Enjoy an occasional slice of chocolate cake” it stands out on the final page and would interact with the audience making them wanting to read.

The Formative Assessment has again helped me to develop my work and has brought up some problems that i couldn’t see while working. Reflecting on my up to date design i am pleased were i am and the design looks a lot more unique and shows that i have experimented with much more typography. The blue covered spread at the end also works brilliantly because it creates a fantastic back ground for the conclusion of the article. The next little jobs are to work on my text to fix and sort the rag and little details in the text and then ask around for more opinions to see what people think of the newly updated design.

One to One feedback

After doing some changes from Friday’s tutorial, Monday we had a one to one to see if the changes have benefited the editorial piece. This was the design layout at the time:

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Succeeding the tutorial i went to re arrange my design and play with the points that came up in the tutorial.

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The first main change you can see is that I’ve added a second colour. In the tutorial we discussed that i should add a fatty colour because the blue cubes were to focused on the sugar while the article talk mostly about fat. So by colouring the word FAT the pink is instantly recognised as fat through out the spread.

The next change that can be seen on the front spread is that I’ve re arranged the text by extending the head quote along four columns that led me to bring up a paragraph next to the opening paragraph.

Second spread through out i was having trouble of finding a secured layout for my text. In the one to one we discussed that i should bring the paragraph size to two column again instead of three because the paragraphs looked to long across the page and also by decreasing the size two two column it has given me more room to play and add call out quotes to break up the text making a more of a flow and present a designed look.

Final spread has been the weakest but the tutorial gave me some new ideas like increasing the type size to 14 from 11 for the conclusion. Also by moving the quote moves the eye across the spread. For the final page of the spreads i have given the sub heading and the writers name to fill the page up. But i believe there is much more i could do to this final page because its weak unlike the other spreads. Next step is to see what kind of feedback i get from the formative feedback to see what i could change. By talking to others and get opinions like these tutor groups and one to one gives me more ideas and also points out things i don’t see from my work which is very helpful.