Assignment 5 Diary: Layout

24 March 2017

Assignment 4 is sent off to my tutor and Assignment 3 recomendations have been noted and updated where necessary so now it is on to Assignment 5. i see it is entitled Layout….. Now I will have the pain of seeing what a mess I have made of layouts up to this point. In addition all those publications with which I was associated without the benefit of any knowledge will come back to haunt me….

But here I am and now I am about to read the intro to this assignment – Wish me luck…

27 March 2017

So I have read the intro to Layout and need to look at magazines. I will do this in CDG airport on Wednesday on my way through…. I like the magazine Graffiti Art so I might use this – it’s layout is very simple. I also l like the idea of a family birthday calendar. I NEED this. It is the first thing in this course that I actually personally need – yippie…

Have read up about inserting tables into InDesign. I have also looked a birthday calendars on Pinterest so I am getting some ideas. I have set up the family/friends birthday dates in Excel so it will make it easier to see how many rows etc I need in my tables. I also set up this ultra simple table in InDesign to see how the whole thing world – not a design masterpiece but a start with tables in InDsign….

28 March 2017

Am continuing with my investigation of tables in InDesign and how to make the Birthday List more interesting. However I have to pack up my computer for the journey back to Ireland tomorrow. I all had to empty my work space here in France as it will be painted in my absence. It means I will have to put all back in place when I return. I like doing this as I look again at a lot of my books and things I have collected.

4 March 2017

Back on my island in Ireland. Got my work station set up and working – well almost. I have not got my external hard drives attached yet. I want to back these up before I do any more work.

I have spent a couple of days with my grandchildren enjoying their company in their ‘new’ house. Did all the granny things, football, hurling and concert. A total joy. Now it is back down to work of all types. The garden is looking a little the worse for Winter. My trusted neighbour has had a very rough Winter health wise and was unable to keep up with my garden so I now need to get going. Problem is that I will have to have a hip replacement this summer so my movement is very limited at the moment. I’ll do what I can and get on with my GD work when I can’t bend any more!!!

Have decided to leave further development on my calendar until I complete my magazine page design. Have chosen “GraffitiArt” magazine. It is a two column magazine, surprisingly sober for a magazine with this title. The images are ranged within the columns and all vertical. This will make my life easier initially. I have sorted how to get a double page spread show up side by side in InDesign.

I think I have identified the typeface being used in the article I have selected. With the help of Dr Google I got the following reply to my question”What are the differences between Arial and Helvetica typefaces”?

Arial versus Helvetica. Every typeface, like every one of us, has its distinguishing features. You might be forgiven for thinking that some fonts are clones, or identical twins. However, closer inspection reveals subtle differencesand nuances that simply escape casual perusal. 

I have decided to put some of my ga

I had already spotted the “G” so I was almost sure it was helvetica.

7 April 2017

Trying to retrieve the garden from its Winter slumbers. My trusty ‘help’ has been ‘hors de combat’ so much to be done despite my tammy hip and a raging infection under one of my teeth….. awaiting call from specialist to say when he can see me.. So in order to keep sane and keep my mind off things I am returning to my magazine exercise.I have decided to put some of my graffiti images into the article ‘for fun’.

Now I have to deal with justification and hyphenation as well as numbered lists in InDesign…

I am totally stuck on how I can get the numbered list to have the number separated from the block of text as it is in the article. I can move the first line indent but not the whole paragraph. What would we do without YouTube?? Have just found the solution – so simple when you know how!

Now to establish what typeface has been used for the page heading. It is something which has a tight form or else the tracking has been reduced.

11 April 2017

I started my work on re-designing the magazine page by looking up the work of layout designers. I found this site. Because my magazine is dedicated to graffiti I feel it should be different – unlike how it is designed. I am thinking about a black background and a three column layout with the images on the right. The article is about urban graffiti which carries messages or words. Hence I think the article should have some phrases or words separated from the main body of the text. I like something like this:

I also like the idea of using some sort of graffiti typography rather than plain old Helvetica…

I also like this as a background:

On this site I found some help with grid design layout, importance of typography choice and software for design creation. Since I have both recommended software programmes, InDesign for layout and Photoshop for image manipulation, I just need to get re-designing.

And here I found some inspiring designs.

This one I found on Google Images:

Not sure how I feel about it – I HATE mauve which might be what is influencing how I feel….

I quite like the following:

I like the way the image is ‘sort of’ behind the text. I also like the RHS page but I couldn’t use this as there is too much text and it is bilingual.

15 April 2017

Much of the last few days has been taken up with thinking about how I could really make this magazine page more interesting. Given that it is a graffiti/street art based magazine I feel it should appeal to young people and those that are a little alternative…. So I decided on black background. Then I was thinking of the early days of Wired Magazine which used to have all this psychedelic colour print. I remember how difficult it was to read so i decided on something less challenging. French would be the green print and English the white print. I used different images too a s I felt the brief allowed for this

16 April 2017

Easter Sunday but since I am awaiting dental work I decided to give the day a sort of chocolate free flavour… We will join our fellow islanders for a session in the hotel later.

I have completed three magazine designs. Am quite happy with the last one.

19 April 2017

So on now to the book cover. I have no doubt what cover I want to design and it is the book I am reading at the moment. It is called “Swing Time” by Zadie Smith. I read her book White Teeth and was underwhelmed. I figured it was for a very young readership. However I was struck by the fact that it seemed, to me, to mark a new genre in writing. The language was that of the very young American. I became infuriated by it. afterwards I realised this was because I was feeling left out of the story. I did not understand what the were talking about. it was not my generation. So I dismissed Zadie Smith until last Summer. I saw she was due to come to the Literary festival in Bantry, West Cork. On the mainland near the island where I live in the Summer. So curious to see what she was like and also wanting to hear her Irish poet husband Nick Laird, we booked tickets.

They are a delightful couple both working in New York now. They have small children and arrived on stage, out of breath, because they had to put the children to bed in the hotel where the talk was taking place – so far so normal.

Smith spoke first and  said she was going to read a chapter from her book soon to be published called Swing Time. We were spell bound when she started to speak. Not because what she was reading was so earth shattering but because it was “our” story. She described waiting on the bank, of a river in West Africa, having missed the last ferry. She was, of course, describing the Gambia river and she was wanting to cross from the north to the south bank on the regular ferry, But as happened frequently because the border police between Senegal and Gambia tried to delay you and then offer ‘a friend’ to drive you to the port when the last bush taxi had departed. This inevitably meant you missed the last ferry.

The situation develops like this: A group of people mostly Gambian and a couple of foreigners stand about on the beach looking across the river to try to catch a glimpse of the departed ferry. Of course there is no way the ferry is returning until morning. Then the local boys arrive offering to take you across in their huge wooden pirogues. They ask enough money, from the foreigners, to purchase a new boat. But seasoned african hands stand their ground encouraged by the locals. And we wait , and we wait and more negotiations take place. The price comes down until eventually an agreed price is struck. This is where Smith’s story finishes or at least continues with her arriving on the other side. Our story became much more complicated and interesting but that is for another day.

I was then gripped by this story and immediately wanted the book. My husband bought it for me for my birthday. I am about two thirds the way through it and it is indeed partly set in The Gambia. The other part of the story is set in east London where the two girls of mixed race grow up. The hard back edition uses only typography on the cover. I am thinking hard about how I could use an image as the cover. I will do some sketches.

23 May 2017

Just bad after almost a month on the road. It is hard to get going again especially as my garden has become completely overgrown. I had a new boiler installed which has left the house covered in dust and dirt…. But the trip to Japan was worth it. It was such a unique experience. It was our first time to visit Japan and it was probably one of the most interesting we have ever done. I am sure the influence of the trip will creep into my work over time.

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