Friday, April 30, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

10 titles

nature in switzerland

hiking in switzerland

history of climbing - switzerland

swiss alps

nature in the mountains

mountain hiking

history of hiking - alps

picnicking in the alps

mountainous flora and fauna

the mountain environment

migration in the alps

inhabiting the alps*

endangered species

alpine colonization - man and other animals

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010


The following two images have fairly subtle differences:

(this is what's on the wall) 24"x36" or 12"x18"


Thursday, April 8, 2010


In this project I was able to better see how I was developing my creative process. I started with the research - which I had to do in a very methodical way. The rest of the time was spent coming up with and refining my info-graphic systems.

An important lesson was learned by being forced to incorporate the already developed icons into the info-graph. it would be one thing to just throw the icons onto the infograph to make it look nice, but it was more important to make the icon really integrated into the infograph - so that if you were to take them away the whole system of information would no longer make sense. Knowing how to incorporate something in such a way into another thing is an important skill to have - it's an important sensibility that every designer should have.

We repeated this lesson in another way by then incorporating the informational graphic structures into the magazine spreads - making sure that every thing made sense both formally and conceptually. It is important that things are well visualized so as to be legible, meaningful and interesting but AT THE SAME TIME everything that is visual should be contextually (conceptually) pertinent.

infograph EVOLUTION

~After doing the research for my subject – being about the Alps – I then made a rough idea of what info-graphs i was going to do by compiling as many interesting and relevant facts:

Better visual representation of what I planned to do:
Here I had decided to do famous waterfalls in the alps and show where they were located in the Alpine region:

the map shows the alpine region and the borders that it encompasses: here the icons are varied in scale - according to the height of the real water fall.

~I then vectored the map:

I printed out a map and then traced it.

then vectored that and added my waterfall icons to the map:

then, in the spirit of my icon series, I put an old looking TEXTURE behind the map, as well as multiplying the texture to the icons as well.

Then I added more COMPARATIVE information by different famous mountains:

Then I enlarged the icons and added a SHADOW behind the icons so as to ad depth - mostly for the sake of visual interest. In addition to that I changed the typeface to match that of the rest of the article, and made the numbers above the icons old style. The typeface I used was Granjon std. - ASIDE from the text, the lines act as a graphic element which are used throughout the spreads in the article:

and finally in context:

Here is my other infograph which is very much similar to its counterpart. They work together, with all of the other visual elements in the article.

here is the final with the image that it is incorporated with.

info-graph in context:

Here are a few details on the info-graphic that was edited out because it was not necessary to include it as my other two info-graphics already had both geography and and comparative attributes. It had been developed in the same way as the one that was elaborated on above. I started by compiling facts and the then thinking how to visualize the facts and then how to refine the facts. the refinement process was stopped on these when i decided that i would no longer pursue this info-graph.

Monday, April 5, 2010

project 4 process

specifics for this project can be viewed here:

I was instructed to find four books having to do with my icon system. I would redesign a book cover four these four books as series. Because my icon system was "On The Alps" I had decided to do four novels from four countries that span across the Alpine region in Central Europe.

In the spirit of my icon system - which manifest themselves with rusticated and organic attributes - I decided to choose an old (20th/19th century), authentic, and famous novel. t After doing much research I had decided that these novels would be directed toward young adults. Each novel would have something to do with the alps.

So i decided on

I promosi sposi (the betrothed) (Italian)
Heidi (swiss)
Das Dopelte Lotchen (the double lottie) (Germany)
Belle et Sebastien (france)

I make a point of doing all of my initial brainstorming with pen and paper:

It helped me to brainstorm by finally jumping right in and thinking about how to digitize these things, and what images i would use from the COLLECTION OF IMAGES that I had acquired specifically for this project:

Eventually I came up with a way to incorporate my icon, and alpine theme and the characters with a cohesive idea:

I was able to get a lot of insight at critique - and come up with helpful information:

In these designs I had established a time (with rusticated look) a place (with inclusion of mountain icon) and characters (with the silhouettes). BUT i need to find one more layer of information that will foreshadow some important event in the story - or somehow speak to the feelings or thoughts that the story itself invokes.

I plan to trace silhouettes from the figures of each image of the cover from each book- its original publication.

magazine article process

At the beginning of the project I was instructed to look at published magazine spreads from which I could learn.

good formal qualities were pointed out on many spreads.

Then I started brain storming for type with thumbnails.






I learned much from using indesign on this project.
here are a few of my notes: