Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A hike in my brown splattered shoes this week


Well, I don't have a lot to show for my work in the last week visually other than this: 

1)This is my first department page for Vox and I have to say it was very much a learning experience. After my weekend of department designing Jan and Meredith had a chat with us about learning how to be creative within the realm of formats. I think this is something I am really going to have to work at. I think this is a good clip to show I can do department pages, but I have to learn to push the limits creatively without going over them. It was a little hard this week with half of a page next to a beer bottle. Ha ha. But I will learn for next time. 

2)Also this week I have a lot of things in the thinking process but nothing really to show for it visually. I have been working on my history presentation. I went in the library thinking I was going to focus on Esquire and walked out deciding something completely different and I am excited about it. I am excited to dig a little deeper and find out more about the magazine and the art director. Stay tuned for that. 

3)I am in the idea process of my project with the publishing group. I met with my group on Tuesday and figured out what they are looking for a bit and now it's time to mesh that with my style and come up with something fun. Luckily, I think the reader they are targeting for their product is almost exactly me. So, it will be easy to know my reader! 

4)I am also working on the B&B feature. I have been playing around a little with some of the new heads and deks and with ones I have come up on my own so I know in what direction to tweak my design. I meet with Meredith on Friday to make sure I am headed in a right direction. 

Earlier this week I posted the redesign my economy spread as well. Next week I am in the cover group so I will be working on that as well. Busy busy busy! 

In the last week or so every time I would go into the magazine office, Kristin Noe was in there working on her Love Photo Essay spread. I have to give her some real props. I saw that spread in several different shapes last week and she (and that spread) taught me lesson. Sometimes you are going to be dealt with hard things to design, or concepts you don't quite agree with or understand and you are still going to have to "make it work." 

As a photographer and designer I understand we all have different visions, but as designer to be given those pictures (who seemed to speak more to love lost than love itself) would be a difficult task. So props to you Kristin for working through it. 

Hello, my name is Annie and I am addicted to shoes. 
Okay, so what I am about to talk about doesn't really have anything to do with print design but, definitely has to do with design. My roommate and I were talking this week about the wonderfulness of Jimmy Choo. (Now I don't own a pair, because I am in college. I only drool.) But my roommate was talking about there were these shoes that her boyfriend wanted to get her for valentine's day. I, being the shoe addict, asked what shoes. Jimmy Choo's I think...?

She had no idea what Jimmy Choo's are. So, I wanted to share a couple of pictures as a shoe addict of beautiful designs that I absolutely love. In honor of my roommate having no clue the greatness and art of what she is about to own. 
My roommate didn't really think they were a big deal, my fiance thinks I am nuts for loving and owning so many shoes, but I think the only people who understand my obsession, are those who have the same obsession.
Once again, there are no new posts on my blog I am following but I went backwards to look at some of the other things he has talked about and found an interesting discussion about folios. The post is kind of humorous because in one sentence he is talking about how folios need to be the same each week to have some continuity for the magazine, however in the next sentence, he commends the designer who pays attention to the folios and uses them incorporated in their design. 

I think it's interesting because I never really paid much attention to folios other than to search for a page number. I am not sure on what side of the fence I stand on because to have the same folios every week for years upon end in monotonous however, in the magazine world I feel like we have to have some consistency to know we're still inside the same magazine every week. Jury is out for me, what do you think?


  1. Annie,

    Your post on folios is very interesting. I don't really pay that much attention to them either. I think the folio should be simple and visually appealing without drawing attention to itself. It is merely there to help guide the reader. Not really to impress them.

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  3. Thanks for the shout out Annie! It was a challenge, but I am better for it. I am also glad that other people may be able to learn from my experience.

    I too am a shoe addict, but my drug of choice happens to be Louboutin (on the pages of magazines of course).