Applications Day 2 – InDesign

Applications, Blog, Visual Communication

15/10/15

In this Applications workshop we looked at InDesign, and how to put together a two page spread for a magazine. From this we would use the posters and copy we had done to create our own spread later.

As a example for the layout we used the Bob Dylan poster by Milton Glaser.

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We then went to the Library to look at magazines for inspiration, picking out two page spreads and taking photographs as reference for our own layouts.

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After lunch we spent some time finishing off posters or anything we needed and thinking about how we wanted our layouts. In this time I wrote my piece about my poster and set to work placing it all out.

Here’s what I wrote for mine…

Clenched Fist as a symbol of unity

The power of people working together in numbers.

When thinking about the clenched fist in history, it’s seen as a symbol of power, unity, anger, aggression, rebellion, struggle and change. I took this idea of unity and thought on from there, in a linear fashion, so moving onto struggle then togetherness, human rights, animal rights, environment and then finally arriving at Ocean conservation. So thinking about the idea of presenting Ocean conservation through a single image of a fist, with the constraints of creating it out of collage, I thought of using imagery of sea creatures from old maps to build the hand out of, this way embedding the message within the image. The thought behind using old fantasy creatures in the imagery was to exaggerate what incredible animals we may have lost through the years. I also made a second poster in the same way but using deep sea fluorescent sea life, as another example of exceptional life that exists, that we may soon never see again. With fears of a sixth great extinction, there’s ever growing panic that we may soon miss some of Earth’s greatest species. This itself will have a knock on effect and eventually create massive problems with habitat and the  balance of the food chain. Recently one of the most scary things is the Australian Government giving the OK for coal mining companies to use the Great Barrier Reef area as a drilling ground, meaning they will be destroying hundreds of thousands of unique species living there. So with this piece I really wanted to push the idea of this and if everyone works together we can help save some of what we have left on this planet. Using a simple image such as the clenched fist.

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Resulting in my final piece…

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