Monday, March 26, 2012

Beat Magazine (the final incarnation)

After many hours of hard work (and many, many hours of procrastination) I think I've finally got this thing down. I even made ads so that mounted in my portfolio, it will look like a super fancy real magazine! Check it:

Front Cover

Ad/Alternate Cover

Table of Contents


Feature Spread

Feature Spread 2


Back Cover (Ad)
Personally, I couldn't be happier with how this has turned out.  Let's hope my professor agrees! To see how far this piece has come, check out its original incarnation here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ugh!!! (or Finally!!!)

I love magazines, I really do.  Reading them, thinking about them, touching them, designing them, writing for them, I love it all.  But the one part of a magazine that kills me every time is designing the cover.  I've just spent the last two months in turmoil trying to fine tune this cover I created last Spring:
If you all remember, this was a re-design of Rolling Stone Magazine for my magazine design class.  Thinking this was my most promising project, I decided to tackle it first in revising things for my portfolio.  Little did I know that months later, I'd still be working on it.  Still.  I have a habit of posting things up here prematurely but if this isn't at least close to being complete, I can't honestly say what I might do.

The masthead changed quite a bit and I also added a headline since the whole even-numbered headline thing was bothering me.  The headlines themselves shrank a bit and I'm still not sure if I still want to shrink the Howard Stern headline a bit or not.  We will see...


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Art is _____________.

I admit, it has been a while since I've posted any of my work.  To be honest, I've been in a little bit of a rut these past few weeks.  Looks like it's over now--I just started working on what I think might be one of my favorite pieces so far.  It's for my seminar project, a non-profit called artists in motion.  The premise of this non-profit is that we have a mobile art studio (think a converted bus like a bookmobile) that travels around to inner city middle schools and gives kids in underfunded schools the opportunity to have an adequate education in the arts.  At the end of each session, we have a gallery event and fundraiser to showcase the students work.  The first one is designed around the concept of the definition of art, "Art is _____".  This is one of the posters advertising the show:

Definitely needs some work but so far I'm quite happy with it!