University Portfolio

This page will present some of the work that I produced throughout studying Media & Communication: Music Industies at University.

Visual Design.

(Examples of grid layout compositions that I created for my visual design module. The interviews are used as examples for article layouts. None of the interviews or images are mine).

Grid Layout.
1. Front cover of a magazine that I created. ‘The Snowdon Times’. I took inspiration from newspapers for the cover as the images are quite dark the style had to match. The font for the heading is Serif. Serif fonts are generally used for the main title as it is easy to read in this circumstance but for the main body text, the text is san serif. The heading for 'Meet Hannah Snowdon’ is in the breakdown font. The layout consists of a 3 column layout which is typical of newspaper articles/front pages. There are no elements that break the grid as they all fall into the columns.
2. The seconds example I created was a double spread article. Like the other examples of my work on here, I stuck to the 3 column layout. The only part I think is breaking the grid are the circular images in the bottom corner as they are positioned in between the gutter and the columns. I used the same font for the heading as I did for the front cover to keep it consistent. The questions of the interview are blue so it stands out from the rest of the text.Grid Layout.
1. Front cover of a magazine that I created. ‘The Snowdon Times’. I took inspiration from newspapers for the cover as the images are quite dark the style had to match. The font for the heading is Serif. Serif fonts are generally used for the main title as it is easy to read in this circumstance but for the main body text, the text is san serif. The heading for 'Meet Hannah Snowdon’ is in the breakdown font. The layout consists of a 3 column layout which is typical of newspaper articles/front pages. There are no elements that break the grid as they all fall into the columns.
2. The seconds example I created was a double spread article. Like the other examples of my work on here, I stuck to the 3 column layout. The only part I think is breaking the grid are the circular images in the bottom corner as they are positioned in between the gutter and the columns. I used the same font for the heading as I did for the front cover to keep it consistent. The questions of the interview are blue so it stands out from the rest of the text.

As part of the experiments to do with Grid composition, I create a double spread article. The article is of a band interview. The layout is simple and is similar to many other magazine/newspaper layouts. I haven’t broken the grid layout so the 3 column structure makes it easier to read and is separated. I added images in the top left corner and bottom right. This is quite conventional of magazine article interviews. The title and sub heading is positioned at the top. The house style is simple with black for the main text and heading. The font is used for the text: Minion Pro. Heading: Helv Children.

Grid Layout.

1. Front cover. ‘The Snowdon Times’. I took inspiration from newspapers for the cover as the images are quite dark the style had to match. The font for the heading is Serif. Serif fonts are generally used for the main title as it is easy to read in this circumstance but for the main body text, the text is san serif. The heading for ‘Meet Hannah Snowdon’ is in the breakdown font. The layout consists of a 3 column layout which is typical of newspaper articles/front pages. There are no elements that break the grid as they all fall into the columns.

2. The seconds example I created was a double spread article. Like the other examples of my work on here, I stuck to the 3 column layout. The only part I think is breaking the grid are the circular images in the bottom corner as they are positioned in between the gutter and the columns. I used the same font for the heading as I did for the front cover to keep it consistent. The questions of the interview are blue so it stands out from the rest of the text.

3. As part of the experiments to do with Grid composition, I create a double spread article. The article is of a band interview. The layout is simple and is similar to many other magazine/newspaper layouts. I haven’t broken the grid layout so the 3 column structure makes it easier to read and is separated. I added images in the top left corner and bottom right. This is quite conventional of magazine article interviews. The title and sub heading is positioned at the top. The house style is simple with black for the main text and heading. The font is used for the text: Minion Pro. Heading: Helv Children.

Typography Experiments.

Typography Experiments
1. Using the word ‘Conversation’. The ending result is of a business card with the word 'Conversation’ in the center. The other words surrounding it are words that are used generally in everyday conversation. The font used for the surrounding text is Arial light and the blue text is a handwriting font. The combination of white, blue and black go well together as these colours are easier to read on a black background. As opposed to black, white is seen as positive.
2. The seconds experiment is similar to the first one. It looks like a business card with the alphabet being the surrounding letters, The word that I used was 'Mixed’. For all of the experiments, I have taken a literal approach to them. Each letter for the word is scattered around the alphabet. It is easier to see as it is in capitals and green,
3. The last experiment I did was of the word 'Repeat’. I took a literal approach to it by repeating the word a number of times. The 3 word is light blue so it stands out from the rest. This was the original size before I increased the size. The font is called 'Breakdown’ which is the font used for Green Day’s album cover. The drip effect makes this experiment effective as it runs into the next word.

Typography Experiments
1. Using the word ‘Conversation’. The ending result is of a business card with the word 'Conversation’ in the center. The other words surrounding it are words that are used generally in everyday conversation. The font used for the surrounding text is Arial light and the blue text is a handwriting font. The combination of white, blue and black go well together as these colours are easier to read on a black background. As opposed to black, white is seen as positive.
2. The seconds experiment is similar to the first one. It looks like a business card with the alphabet being the surrounding letters, The word that I used was 'Mixed’. For all of the experiments, I have taken a literal approach to them. Each letter for the word is scattered around the alphabet. It is easier to see as it is in capitals and green,
3. The last experiment I did was of the word 'Repeat’. I took a literal approach to it by repeating the word a number of times. The 3 word is light blue so it stands out from the rest. This was the original size before I increased the size. The font is called 'Breakdown’ which is the font used for Green Day’s album cover. The drip effect makes this experiment effective as it runs into the next word.

Typography Experiments
1. Using the word ‘Conversation’. The ending result is of a business card with the word 'Conversation’ in the center. The other words surrounding it are words that are used generally in everyday conversation. The font used for the surrounding text is Arial light and the blue text is a handwriting font. The combination of white, blue and black go well together as these colours are easier to read on a black background. As opposed to black, white is seen as positive.
2. The seconds experiment is similar to the first one. It looks like a business card with the alphabet being the surrounding letters, The word that I used was 'Mixed’. For all of the experiments, I have taken a literal approach to them. Each letter for the word is scattered around the alphabet. It is easier to see as it is in capitals and green,
3. The last experiment I did was of the word 'Repeat’. I took a literal approach to it by repeating the word a number of times. The 3 word is light blue so it stands out from the rest. This was the original size before I increased the size. The font is called 'Breakdown’ which is the font used for Green Day’s album cover. The drip effect makes this experiment effective as it runs into the next word.

1. Using the word ‘Conversation’. The ending result is of a business card with the word ‘Conversation’ in the center. The other words surrounding it are words that are used generally in everyday conversation. The font used for the surrounding text is Arial light and the blue text is a handwriting font. The combination of white, blue and black go well together as these colours are easier to read on a black background. As opposed to black, white is seen as positive.

2. The seconds experiment is similar to the first one. It looks like a business card with the alphabet being the surrounding letters, The word that I used was ‘Mixed’. For all of the experiments, I have taken a literal approach to them. Each letter for the word is scattered around the alphabet. It is easier to see as it is in capitals and green,

3. The last experiment I did was of the word ‘Repeat’. I took a literal approach to it by repeating the word a number of times. The 3 word is light blue so it stands out from the rest. This was the original size before I increased the size. The font is called ‘Breakdown’ which is the font used for Green Day’s album cover. The drip effect makes this experiment effective as it runs into the next word.

Album Covers Using Live Images

(Photos used of Neck Deep and Paramore are my own)

Band: Neck Deep
I created the front cover for the band, Neck Deep. I used an image that I took. As there was a lot of colour in this photo, in order for the text to stand out I would need to put it behind a block colour but make it transparent so it doesn’t stick out but blends in so that is what I did for the titles. The yellow and green go together as they were both pastel colours and being transparent allowed the green to show through more. The contrast of the image is sharp so everything stands out. 
Band: Paramore
Created the front cover for a CD cover. The image is of Paramore performing at the LG Arena, Birmingham. The font I used it the same font that the band used for their latest album. The design is quite simple. As the image itself consists of a lot of colour (stage lighting), I kept the font colour simple. Behind the letter ’M’, I put the band logo behind as it represents the 3 members. The same logo is also in the right hand corner. The dimensions of the front cover is 12cm by 12cm.Band: Neck Deep
I created the front cover for the band, Neck Deep. I used an image that I took. As there was a lot of colour in this photo, in order for the text to stand out I would need to put it behind a block colour but make it transparent so it doesn’t stick out but blends in so that is what I did for the titles. The yellow and green go together as they were both pastel colours and being transparent allowed the green to show through more. The contrast of the image is sharp so everything stands out. 
Band: Paramore
Created the front cover for a CD cover. The image is of Paramore performing at the LG Arena, Birmingham. The font I used it the same font that the band used for their latest album. The design is quite simple. As the image itself consists of a lot of colour (stage lighting), I kept the font colour simple. Behind the letter ’M’, I put the band logo behind as it represents the 3 members. The same logo is also in the right hand corner. The dimensions of the front cover is 12cm by 12cm.

Band: Neck Deep

I created the front cover for the band, Neck Deep. I used an image that I took. As there was a lot of colour in this photo, in order for the text to stand out I would need to put it behind a block colour but make it transparent so it doesn’t stick out but blends in so that is what I did for the titles. The yellow and green go together as they were both pastel colours and being transparent allowed the green to show through more. The contrast of the image is sharp so everything stands out.

Band: Paramore

Created the front cover for a CD cover. The image is of Paramore performing at the LG Arena, Birmingham. The font I used it the same font that the band used for their latest album. The design is quite simple. As the image itself consists of a lot of colour (stage lighting), I kept the font colour simple. Behind the letter ’M’, I put the band logo behind as it represents the 3 members. The same logo is also in the right hand corner. The dimensions of the front cover is 12cm by 12cm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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