Above: August Miller's Stamps from Briar's Winter 224
Above: Matthew Noe's Stamps from Briar's Winter 224
Above: Tanya Naylor's Editorial from Briar's Winter 200
I asked our faculty to send Command Save examples of GREAT work from winter term and Briar jumped at the chance to feature three of her stellar students.
More images and Briar's commentary after the jump!
Above: Tanya Naylor Surf Editorial
Tanya really took the opportunity in this InDesign class to increase her knowledge of and ability to typeset. She pushes hierarchy, while maintaining dynamic layouts which relate back to her active topics (ping pong player trading card series and surf magazine). Her integration of type and image has all the movement you'd expect for a magazine about surfing but the legibility is completely intact. Each weight, scale and color has be carefully considered. With the trading cards, information is clearly organized, but offers unique ways of separating information. For her book cover, Tanya stayed away from the common imagery used for 'The Lord of the Flies' and instead used type and abstract imagery to create the mood of the book.
August Miller, ART 224, Section 2:
August approached each of his projects with a technical mindset, while allowing the aesthetic result to shine and appear effortless. For his CD package, he essentially drew with light and die cut letterforms to create the name of the single/track. Sure, something like this could be mimicked in PhotoShop, but with much colder/flatter results. For his stamp series, August worked with photos one of the few in the class to do so. Instead of representing regions of the US with the all-too common monuments, August used black and white abstract images of the landscape texture, while overprinting color graphic elements which helped to describe the actual dimensionality of the landscape. Finally, his BioZine pays homage to his dad, a man with very specific methods in his life from his project organization system to how he makes his oatmeal in the morning. August created and followed a rigorous grid in response to his dad's methods. He presents various math problems that his dad enjoys working on with along with photos that really humanize the man and his interests.
Matthew Noe, Art 224, Section4:
Matthew, like Tanya, uses type hierarchy to add depth and visual interest to his stamp layouts. What could have been simply charming illustrations of the ingredients needed for various cocktails, become actual, functioning recipes, with elegant type to name and direct the reader. For his BioZine, Matthew really took to the grid using it to maintain clean spreads, and strong typographic hierarchy that contrasted well with the bold imagery (both photo and illustration) that he incorporates. He then later added texture and warmth creating that perfect mix between the rigid governmental aspect of his topic (The Eisenhower Tunnel), and the rough and rocky highway/road aspect.