Archive for January 21, 2010

Good Design assignment

Sage Media Design created this cover and inner page for Glow magazine. I like the rhythm and continuation created by the white branches on the model. The lines and contrasting round berries move the reader’s eye along. The photos on the inner page also show rhythm because they form a Z-shape. In addition, I like the harmonious color scheme.

I thought this magazine layout by Bryan Blake for his school project was different and creative. He used typography, color, simple shapes and repetition to energize his design. The large photo illustration draws focus, and the pull quote on the inner layout pulled interest to the content. I also thought the contrast between bright color and black and white added to the alternative rock feel of the piece.

Tyler Denis’ layout created for his Web site, Denis Designs, usesĀ its photo and headline asĀ dominant focal points. I like the contrast between the title case and all caps in the headline. I also think this layout gives the feel of being outdoors or looking through a window and wishing to be outdoors, both of which fit an article about golf. The design complements the content.

Tyler Post designed this page for his portfolio on newspagedesigner.com. I like the dramatic action this layout generates. The photo illustration highlights the contrasting colors and figure-ground relationship of the two teams. The lower half of the layout also contains some photos to balance the strong package.

I’m not sure who designed this page from newspagedesigner.com, but its dominant photo of Florida State’s coach Bobby Bowden caught my eye. The harmonious color scheme works well with the blues of Bowden’s eyes and jacket. The photo practically jumps off the page due to the figure-ground relationships between it and the background typography. The typography also produces rhythm with its different alignments and contrasting colors and sizes. In addition, I like how the designer used the typography in his layout to give facts relevant to the story.

This layout from the Times Daily in Alabama stood out to me because of its unusual use of color on the front page. The teaser sidebar grabs attention with its soft color scheme. The asymmetrical balance adds rhythm and movement. I would have made the headline for the Haiti story larger, but I like the white space used to frame the package. The design is balanced with images and utilizes dominance with its large photo in the Haiti story.
This Web site for photographer Stefano Bidini (http://www.stefanobidini.com) amazed me with its mastery of animation. The design utilizes sharp contrast between black and white and color and exhibits unity throughout its pages. The animation creates rhythm, and the thick black bars reach off the page in a show of continuation. Figure-ground relationships are also explored on this site with the large, moving Bidini in the background and the information bars in the foreground.
Passion 2010’s Web site (http://www.268generation.com/passion2010/) also used cool animation in its intro with simple black and white text. The bluish and orange color scheme is complimentary. The repetition of the double-arrow icon creates continuation and rhythm to move the viewer around the site. In addition, the rectangles on the home page represent proximity.
The bright, contrasting colors and cool interaction on Designoftoday.com contribute to a crazy, modern tone. The animation creates rhythm and is simply fun to play with. The illustrations on the home page are proportionate to each other and show similarity in their design. I also found the color scheme interesting because it used only the four process print colors: cyan, magenta, yellow and black.

January 21, 2010 at 5:19 am 1 comment


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