Project Log: 1st February 2017: Graphic Design

Reinforcing the importance of book cover design from last week, we looked at examples of different styles of graphic design and how each style can be appropriate for specific genres and themes.

Becky brought in examples of jackets and described the different finishes that can be printed. I knew there were different types but I learnt the names for some that I did not know such as die-cutting and spot UV. Through looking at examples of each, this made me realise that the finish definitely enhances the actual design.

The InDesign activity was a useful task to practice how to use different layers, cutting and pasting sections of images, changing background colours and moving images around.

Week two of production and graphic design has already influenced and enhanced my thinking about book design and the process of this in a publishing house.

More interesting things:

Here are some inspiring Instagram accounts\posts I have found and followed. Instagram is a really great tool for graphic design. It’s good to explore new ideas, creativity and styles. I enjoy seeing other people’s work and it reminds me that there are no limits when you are being creative. I think that everywhere you look you can find inspiration – especially social media. Instagram and Pinterest are really great platforms to find inspiration.

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@perfectbound_

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@thecolorshift

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@tory.deorian.illustration

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@visualographyco

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@art_psycho

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