This reading response was all about infographics. This was probably my least favorite chapter because I never knew what infographics was and don’t really think that it is that important. It was kind of cool seeing where they came from and the history of infographics. I do think that for our generation infographics send the message better. A lot of people do not like reading a lot and this is a way of putting a lot of information out their in a really and simply way.
This reading response was all about layout. I really thought that this was important because I was the sports editor for the newspaper and this was probably the hardest part of it all. I just kept the ones that Janie played out the year before. I was always scared about changing it up because I thought that it was so complicated. I am glad that I read this chapter because I really think that this will help anyone that is trying to get a job with being a part of the newspaper.
This reading response is all about fonts. I really liked this section because I liked learning about how many fonts their are and which ones are best to use. I never realized how many fonts their really are. I loved learning about incorporating different colors with the different fonts. I think that this is very important with designing because it can really make or break a page. You can really capture someones attention if you do this in the wrong or even the right way so much sure you are careful when doing so. Overall I really liked this chapter and I think it is important when designing anything from a newspaper to a magazine.
This reading response basically talks about the sins of design. I enjoyed this section because I didn’t really believe their was even such a thing. I thought that it was all opinion based and I think that it is a good thing that there is something to reference because I think a lot of people get to into it and make it to just be way to much. I also didn’t realize that size and scale also really matter. I really liked this chapter and thought it was important if you want to get into design.
Chapter 10 of Hagen and Golombisky was all about infographics and how to properly use and make them. Which was good for me because I’ve only ever made one of them before. i enjoyed the paragraph about multimedia infographics because honestly I had no idea what they even meant. But from the looks and sounds of it, it looks really complicated. I also really liked how all of the example of infographics have graphs in them because that that is one of the best ways I tend to learn. Obviously though my favorite part of infographics are the photos because its me and I love photos. All in all, this book has been really helpful for our last and final project we have for class.
When I first saw that chapter ten was on infographics, I was excited to read more. I really have never made an infographic myself, I have only seen other students make them.
The first time I saw an infographic that a student made was for the newspaper that we produce. It went along with an article about drinking in college, I believe.
The history of infographics was interesting because I liked seeing where and when they started. It was cool to see that they used to use them with programs like NASA. I also never thought to consider that video games are infographics that are just in 3D.
I love the idea of using an infographic because it’s an easy way to get information across. I think the most efficient way to make in infographic in general would be to do either a chart or sequence. Both of those are simple and easy to understand, and probably one of the easier ones to make.
I also like infographics because they are good way to fill space. I have come across this issue way too many times and an infographic is a professional and creative way to fill space if needed.
Overall, I enjoyed this chapter because I learned a lot about them and I hope to use them more in the future.
Chapter six on layout was my favorite chapter so far (and not just because it is the shortest). I loved getting to see the different types of layout. I am always looking for different ideas and inspiration to design.
I find that at times, it can be overwhelming when you are starting from scratch to design something. So, it is nice to be able to look either online, or in other design books for inspiration.
I really liked the “works-every-time layout” as well. Those are all very different, yet good ideas for layout design when you’re feeling stuck. I will probably refer to these in the future at some point.
Chapter nine on visual appeal was interesting as well.
When I get the opportunity to work with photos, I always really enjoy it. I get to work with photos sometimes in the newspaper, but the style guide for that is basically always the same.
However, doing a photo essay is one of my favorite things to do for the newspaper. I like getting to do more than just insert one picture in the layout and that be it. I like when I get to put more than one photo – and more than one type – and get to arrange them. I also obviously like working with color, but that’s not always the case with the newspaper.
I loved getting to work with different pictures while I was making my magazine. I had the freedom to do whatever I wanted, but also felt overwhelmed at the same time. I like that I can look to other examples for help.
Visuals aren’t always needed, but can be really powerful. The very well-known term, “a picture is worth a thousand words” could not be more true. A picture can make or break a design.
I genuinely do like this book, and overall I enjoyed both of these chapters. look forward to reading more of them and finishing up the book.
Chapter 6 is all about layouts. Which I think a lot of the last chapters we read were too. I really enjoyed the paragraph about “how do I know where to put stuff” because I never know if i’m doing things right or wrong, and the grid paragraph because I just now started using the grid and im still trying to figure out how to use it. Even the “flipping photos is a bad idea” was informative because I didn’t think anything was wrong with that but it explained everything in a way I could understand. But this chapter definitely goes with what we are doing with our magazine and it really helps when we think of what we are wanting ours to look like.
Chapter 9 was all about adding visual appeal, which of course I love because I am a social media and photo addict. For the most part I thought I knew how to edit and crop my pictures but there was a couple things that I didn’t know. Like file size, and ect. I really enjoyed the paragraph about still graphics from a video because I am always wanting to take a still photo from a video because photos are so hard to capture at the perfect moment but sometimes screen-shoting from a video can be very pixilated and blurry, so it really helped. All in all, this is one of my favorite paragraphs because I love photography and love to figure which placement works the best and what edits work best. All of these chapters are really good for our upcoming magazine because we want it to be perfect.
Chapter 10 brought me back to your writing classes when we learned how to create and use infographics. I saw the impact of infographics when I made one to accompany my sexual assault article and since then, I have a greater appreciation for them.
Unfortunately, they can be time consuming to make because often times, you have to do some research to include statistics on the graphic and the process of making them can be tedious. That’s why we didn’t create very many for The Roar. But if someone has the time to make one, they really do a great job of reinforcing information.
I really liked the concept of multimedia graphics. From a viewer standpoint, that would be cool to see an infographic with audio aspects and interactivity. But from a creator’s standpoint, I’m sure that would take a lot of dedicated time to make.
Chapter 6 was interesting in that it gave great tips for layout. It’s really overwhelming to look at a blank InDesign document and know where you want to place things unless you have a very clear vision for what you’re doing.
Until I took graphic design, I didn’t understand the importance of choosing how many columns to have, what size margins to use, incorporating visual hierarchy and things of that sort. Even now, I still struggle with deciding upon those things because sometimes it’s difficult to see the importance of those aspects until you start trying to design.
With The Roar, we have a very basic layout that we pretty much continually reuse. I do wish that we would have branched out more with our layout, but with such a small team, that was difficult to do. I’m hoping with this magazine that we can get more creative with the layout.
Chapter 9 was information that I wish I would have known when I first began working in design. Photos can be so beneficial to a design, but only if used properly. If a photo is stretched or made too small, it can ruin the entire message that you’re trying to communicate simply because it looks that bad.
The book mentioned stock sites and places to get photos, but I say always stick to original photography. Copyright laws are just too risky to break, so I don’t like to take my chances.
But I really do love the use of photography in design because so often, photos speak way louder than words. In my capstone print ad and poster, I let the picture be the most powerful part of the ad because it had the capability to make people more emotional than words ever could.