Typography is something that I came to appreciate once I began designing. You don’t think about how much font can affect the way a message is communicated until you start paying close attention to what fonts are being used for what purpose.
In graphic design, I did an entire project on the typeface, Futura. I learned a lot and it’s pretty amazing how much work goes into creating a typeface. Futura is one of my favorites because it’s simple and legible with a modern feel. I also really like Baskerville because it’s also very legible but has a classic, more traditional and almost romantic feel.
Neither of those fonts are used in The Roar, but I actually don’t mind the fonts that are included in our style guide. I do, however, wish there was more to choose from. I really loved how this chapter gave tips based upon what publication you’re working with. I think we should refer to the book when we are choosing our font for the magazine. It’s important that our body copy be a legible font in the right size, but for our headlines to be cool enough that they’re engaging to readers.
Reading chapter 8 was interesting because when it comes to design, I haven’t gotten to play around with a lot of color. Most of what I’ve worked with has been black and white. I agree with the book when it says that color evokes emotion and that it can organize the page. Color really can make someone feel a certain way and we need to make sure that we choose the right colors for our magazine. I also think that we should come up with a color scheme (not including photos, obviously) so that the color has a chance to organize the magazine. That way, it’s easier on the viewer’s eyes. Since most of our magazine revolves around food and nature, we should choose our colors based upon what reflects those subjects.
Chapter 7 of Hagen and Golombisky is all about fonts. I really didn’t know how much fonts had a big deal in the way we write. I definitely didn’t know that you are supposed to have your font for your headline and body different from each other. I knew the size of them but I didn’t know you could do two completely different fonts. I also didn’t know anything really about “reading rhythm” which I thought was really interesting because I’ve never heard of it. This chapter definitely did help though because of when I write my blog you need to write in bullets and in certain fonts to get the readers attention.
Chapter 8 would have to be one of my favorite chapters. I love color and I love to make things pop but i also love to have certain photos black and white. I really enjoyed the color wheel because I sometimes think that really tacky colors go together but a lot of the times I’m wrong. With using the color wheel you can never go wrong. I enjoyed the page about the filters because I can use that in everyday life with my Instagram or Facebook, because I mean I am famous. (lol but really). But all jokes aside these two chapters were very helpful and I would use them everyday in everyday life.
In chapter seven of Hagen & Golombisky they talk about type. I had never heard of the term “typography” until I took the intro to graphic design class last semester. I always thought that the word, “font” covered everything. It even took me a while to learn how to decipher the two. In the end I always remember it by saying that a font lies within the typography.
Another thing I didn’t know before that class, and before reading this chapter, was the part of a font. You don’t typically think about disecting a letter of a font, however, I have learned that once you see it, you can’t un-see it.
One thing about type that I have come to love and take advantage of are glyphs. Not all fonts have them, but when they do, I love to see what they are and different ways I can use them.
The biggest things that I have learned about type is the difference in serif and sans-serif and to only use one, or two typefaces at a time- tops. If you start using more than one typeface on a project, it will become confusing and messy. Less is definitely more.
For chapter eight and the topic of color, I was interested to read it because I love color. Color is one of my favorite parts about design because, it can make or break it. I think that color is very underrated when it comes to design and people should take it into consideration more when designing something.
My favorite tool for color is the eyedropper tool. I use it all the time and I love when I have an idea to use colors, and they work out well.
Overall, I enjoyed these chapters because they taught me a lot about type and color. I’m excited to see what else I will learn.
Chapter 4 was a review of what we talked about today in class. Many of the sins I learned about in graphic design class while others I picked up on after using InDesign for a while. The one thing I did learn from this chapter was how to bullet. That will come in handy in the future, so I’m glad I learned that.
The design sin that I hate most would probably be tacky type elements. I can’t stand when a page layout has a million different typefaces, fonts and other types of emphasis. In my opinion, simplicity is key when designing, so I like the text to flow really well and not be over dramatic.
I also have a strong hate for warped photos. They’re so ugly and make it seem like you have no clue what you’re doing when designing.
I really enjoyed chapter 5 because it gives great tips in one short chapter. In graphic design class, we did mini projects that challenged us in each one of the elements listed in this chapter. That exercise was a great way to think outside the box in terms of different design elements and how each can bring something totally different to a design.
I particularly enjoyed the project that we did on scale. For this project, we had to think of two opposing words, such as big and small or loud and quiet, and use scale to portray a message to viewers. The design had to be in black and white and in a simple typeface so that all we focused on was scale. This project was really fun and I realized how useful playing with scale can be in design.
Playing around with things is the best way to learn how these elements work best. And sometimes, you do something on accident and it ends up looking good.
Chapter 4 of Hagen and Golombisky, was all about layout sins. I thought this chapter was definitely a good idea considering we are about to make our own little magazine. The main topics were on what NOT to do when having made a layout and it getting the readers attention. I really liked how he numbered the “sins” when it comes to layouts, which really helped because I learn better that way. The one I really enjoyed was sin number 12, called Widows & Orphans because I really had no idea what they meant. Once realizing what is was I realized I have seen it before in some magazines.
Chapter 5 was all about a mini art school. Which I loved because I love being artistic. Most of it has to do with advertising so it mostly has pictures. In the pictures you have to see angle them the right way and also put words onto the picture but make sure words don’t take complete focus away from the photo. I also liked how they wrote this chapter in stages also. Like Element NO. 2, and ect. I really enjoyed the paragraph about gestalt theory because I have never heard of that before. I really liked how mass communications and psychology mix together in this process of magazines. All in all, both chapters were 100% helpful because we are just about to do our own and I have never done anything like that before.
Chapter four and five of Hagen & Golombisky talk mainly about the sins of design.
I loved this section because I agreed with most everything they said. In my previous experience in design, I have come to learn what looks good and what doesn’t. I like how this chapter reiterated some of the things I already knew, and taught me things I didn’t.
My favorite rule was wrapped photos. I can not stand when photos have been stretched or made smaller because of hoe they are placed. Almost any eye can catch when a photo looks strange and I always try to make sure that doesn’t happen in the newspaper.
The next chapter on mini art school was very interesting. I liked what the book said about size and scale. That can often be a hard things to grasp when using InDesign and i think they did a good job of explaining it.
I also liked the different principles. The principle on balance was good because thats very important when designing something. You want to make sure that it’s easy on the eye and flows well on the screen, and on paper.
Overall, I enjoyed these chapters and I look forward to more design advice from this book.
Chapter 7 of Lieb, highlighted the points of privacy, copyright, international regulations, and other legal issues. Its a good thing that this chapter was involved in the book because to be quite honest I had no idea about any of it except for copyright. I just always seemed to follow a real with what i thought was right and what wasn’t right when writing about people. I had no idea what most of the words meant when it came to a legal stand point but it was good to be informed because we are about to get in the real world and could get in trouble or even as far as fired if we get the wrong information. I really enjoyed the paragraph about publishing a product or service endorsements because I do think it is a cool thing to give people products if they have a big following on instagram or twitter to show of their product but also the more a celebrity uses a product and promotes it the people who like the celebrity will buy the product so it is a great way of selling products. Another paragraph that I thought was very interesting was the fending off foreign legal threats because even just hearing thought words is somewhat scary. But also so much information that I need to know that I didn’t already.
Chapter 8 to me was a little more of who you are as a person and what you think is okay to put out there and what isn’t. What someone thinks is ethical and what someone thinks isn’t is a big part of this work field. I really enjoyed the paragraph about image manipulation because it completely puts me in shock that someone would do this because it is completely telling another story when you place or take something away from a photo. I also was really intrigued by the paragraph “withholding information that could lead to harm” because as journalist people trust us with information and they trust that if they give you some information that we will withhold their name or protect them in anyway possible. Also if that information has to do with the law you must definitely have to make sure you keep your sources safe. All in all both of these chapters had a lot of information that I hardly even knew about but I do now!
I found Lieb’s chapter 7’s information on copyright very important when relating to design. I have learned in the last from personal experience that you must give credit to art or text if it is not 100 percent your own work. Even though most people don’t plagiarize on purpose, it can still be taken seriously if it’s on accident.
Privacy is also important to design. There are many times when privacy rights can get you in trouble without even trying.
Chapter 8’s focus on code of ethics and free press was interesting to me. I already know a lot about both of these topics, but it was interesting to relate it back to design.
Over the past year or so, I have been paying more attention to design because I work with it a lot. I am either noticing something for the first time or looking for inspiration. Either way, I like to see how people design in different ways.
I also believe that design is a great way to speak to people. With the freedom of press, we are allowed to use not only text and photos, but design as well to be journalists.
Chapter 14 of Hagen & Golombisky was a lot more interesting than I though it would be. I loved reading about picking the type of paper to print on, and thinking ahead. I have only ever used glossy and matte paper, but I hope to branch out more.
People don’t realize how important printing is. It’s the final product that will have the biggest effect on people as they see and; and presentation is everything.
Overall, I enjoyed these chapters and look forward to what else this book has to offer.
Chapter 7 of Lieb was a review of a lot of the things we learned in some of our other classes. Copy writing is a huge deal. A lot of people do this and they do not even mean too. I know of people taking things from the internet and pretending that it is theirs and they get into so much trouble because of it. Ethics are so important in journalism because without ethics we wouldn’t be people. Each person has their own set of ethics and we can argue what is right from wrong but it is for our personal ethics that make us independent. I have a hard time figuring out what is right from wrong because I don’t think anything is just black or white. I think of everything in a situational base. I think that there are wrongs and rights but it really depends on the situation. I also really liked all of the visuals that the book showed.
After reading chapter 10, I didn’t realize how big the creating and editing aspect of a newspaper really is. The book says that as editors it is our job to get the creating and editing done. It honestly seems like alot of work for a one man show. When I worked for the student newspaper I kind of had to do the same thing but I would take the layout from the one before and I didnt really want to change that because it was alot of work. I cannot imagine that I would have to go out and find information, write the information, and then edit it and then on top of all of that then have to find a creative way to show the information.