2019 Portfolio Show Campaign

Each year, Southeast Tech hosts a showcase for the graduating Media Design and Digital Media Production students. And each year, Media students design a campaign for the event in hopes that their designs will be chosen. Here are a few of my pieces, including (in the order you see them): Promotional Poster, Guestbook: Cover and Inside Pages, Invitation: Front and Back, Lanyard ID Cards, Email Reminder, and Website Comp.

P.S. Keep reading to learn why I designed the way I did!

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Throughout the campaign, the lighter blue from Southeast Tech’s logo serves as a background for each piece. Doing so quickly grabs the attention of the viewer. This is great for stopping a passer-by with a hanging poster, or creating “staying power” for an invitation. The thick, black type used in the logo also grabs attention as it is darker and more bold than any lines used in the graphics, immediately informing the viewer of what the piece is promoting. The graphics shown on the poster all signify what makes a graphic designer. First, the coffee cup, as all designers work towards a hard deadline and most rely on caffeine to power through late nights. The monitor is obvious, as all of our work is done on a computer. The headphones mean multiple things, both the importance of sound for Digital Media Production and the inspiration of music while working. A designer’s best friends in post-production are a stapler, ruler, and razor. Camera’s are more important than I originally thought, as they are used to create original content and also photograph your end product. Next comes the clock, another testament to the hard deadlines designer’s face. The sketchbook signifies the pre-production stage, as it is always important to sketch ideas out before jumping into the software. Of course you also need writing or drawing utensils for that important step. Finally the magnifying glass, symbolizing the amount of detail and attention that goes into each and every designer’s work.

Higher Learning Commission Art Contest

Each year the Higher Leaning Commission, which accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, hosts an art contest for their annual conference. The slogan decided on for the 2020 Conference is “Lead the Evolution” and is held in Chicago each year, with that in mind here is my submission.

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I chose to use organic shapes to signify the dominant buildings in Chicago’s skyline today. The geometric, outlined shapes are the significant buildings currently being worked, which will be a part of Chicago’s skyline by 2023. Hand lettering is my specialty, so I always throw a bit in where I can, but I love how it contrasts with the “calculator” type.

To give the judges a clearer vision of my artwork, I also created a horizontal web banner and a vertical ad, to show how my artwork functions in a layout. Check it out:

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A quick plug to my classmate, James, who is one of the three finalists in this contest! You can vote for his design here.

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Design Principles: Proportion

Proportion is defined as the size relationships within a composition. Proportion is super important and evident in every aspect of design. In photography, proportion is essential to keeping the photograph look real. In layout, proportion is used to create a sense of depth in a design, as well as create hierarchy.

As you know by now, I have created a design for each principle to give my viewers a real-life example. Below, the triangles of varying sizes, stacked atop one another, create a sense of depth. The larger ones appear to be in the foreground while the smaller ones fall into the background.

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Design Principles: Rhythm

Alternating occurrence of form and space is known in the design world as rhythm, one of the secondary principles of design. Often confused as a pattern, rhythm can be established using any element of the design. To create rhythm using text, a designer can alternate color every other line. With graphics, a designer can alternate shapes throughout. Rhythm is used in design to create unity as well as movement.

As explained in the previous Design Principles post, I have made a layout to give my audience a real-world example of each principle. In the layout below, you will see how the shapes use rhythm to create a sense of movement. The alternating colors within the the emphasized text is also using rhythm.

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Design Principles: Movement

Movement can be defined as the choreography of graphic design, created by rhythm with visual elements. Within a layout, movement directs the audience’s eye flow – it shows them where to look next.

For this mini-series, I created a few layouts to show my audience how each principle is used in real life. The purpose of the giant arrow in this design is not only a fun play off of the word “fall” but also directing your eyes downward to the remainder of the quote. The smaller arrows which make up the the giant arrow are what creates the rhythm in this design.

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