Reflection of Design

I really enjoyed my first year, especially the creative aspects. I felt it was challenging but at the same time, I had some knowledge of the softwares we used. There has definitely been a growth in my knowledge and I want to carry on developing the skills to become even better.

The best part of the year in this part of the course was the typography light work. It opened my eyes to letting the imagination run wild and if something doesn’t go exactly to plan then it’s not the end of the world. You learn from it and reflect on what went wrong so you don’t do it again.

Over the next two years I want to develop this side to creative journalism more as I feel this is a possible avenue for me to go down in a career path. It is fun, doing the research and the digital mock ups, in comparison to the more theoretical side of journalism.

Moving Forward with Watergate Project

If I had more time, I would have definitely cleaned up some of the design elements on the double page spreads. Such as the rope it appears to be floating in mid air and I wanted it to appear like it was hanging off the “G”. Also the tomatoes have white particles in them so I would off spent more time working on them in Photoshop. I would also have done more research and explorations into the different paper sizes and why they are used for different things.

Also I would have liked to have explored more creative processes to see what I could do .I really enjoy the design aspect of the course as it allows the mind to run wild.

Creating Post it Notes in Photoshop

In Photoshop I created a post in note by:

  • Creating a square shape and filling it with grey.
  • duplicated the layer and changed the colour to a light yellow
  • then I free transformed the yellow square in a touch
  • Then when on the bottom layer I went to Gaussian blur this created a shadow effect.
  • Then when both layers are highlight I went to edit – transform – and warp
  • pull the corners about until happy in one corner. it makes it look as if the post it is off the page. This gives it dimension.
  • changing the opacity as i go along
  • Then once happy created a clip using shapes and made it red to stand out.
  • Then used the burn tool to create effects and added text
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    My Post it note



More Art Work Used and Created

To make the front cover I ended up using and editing pieces together within Photoshop then placing them in my final InDesign project.

I wanted to make the front cover a bit more creative so I found a cartoon of president Nixon on the internet then got a rope picture. Once opened up in Photoshop I then used the magic wand tool to get ride of the background. I then used puppet warp to transform the rope shape to the desired shape of my choice. I got rid of the red tones within the cartoon character to make it like the life was drained out of him. The noose at the top will hang off a Letter in the title.

This was the next piece I used. I found an image of a smashed tomato and removed the background . I then enriched the colours to make them darker.

Alignment within a Page Design

Alignment of text can be vital to how readers taken in the data given. There are rules that can help the text to stand out and not get jumbled up. For instance,  the left alignment should not be next to a piece of text with a right alignment as it doesn’t look right on a page and makes it look weird!

The “rag” helps the eye to stay interested in the text. Harder to decode because all looks the same. When using justifying always use hyphenations. Central align, type on own in isolation – drags the eye to the middle.

Art Work Created for My Double Page Spread

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This is the start of my double page spread. I create the Type, Shadows and Strobe lights in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Next I will add a small amount of text to the page as I don’t want to overload the audience with too much information. I will spread the content over a few pages just to make it more audience friendly. The colour schemes I will follow is the American theme: Red, Blue, White and Black. This is fitting for my chosen topic as it was about Americans.


Here is a picture of Richard Nixon he was president and was a huge part to the Watergate scandal. It resulted in him resigning in his role and became hated by many people. I wanted to make the picture more subdued and more isolated. By stripping it of all colour it makes the image more of that century and more journalistic of the time. This gives my double page spread more grounds to of reflecting that of the time. I also made the background transparent and played around with the levels of dark and light tones until I was happy.

Above are two different picture elements, I printed each one onto card paper the ripped the stripy paper, this gave the image a more dynamic view. I then placed it over the top of the blue star’s paper, leaving a section in the centre revealed.

It appeared like this once scanned in, I also placed it into Photoshop and used the Hue and saturation tool to manipulate the colour balance. I also gabbed a paint brush and turned the colour to white, The brush was a scattered style. This allowed me to make more texture on the page to make it reflect that of a flag. Once it was something like what I wanted, I then made shadows to make more depth within, my art pieces. I also used the burn tool to make the graphic darker and reflect that dark period in american history. it added more depth and tied into my topic.

I then applied this within my InDesign project and added things like headlines and subheadings.

InDesign Project – Creativity Techniques

Creation of Light Beams

  • Set up a document page in photoshop
  • Set the background to black
  • Made a new layer
  • Used the rectangle marquee tool and draw a rectangle downwards
  • Click shift delete the fill pallet pops up
  • Set use to 50% grey, click ok and deselect
  • Go to the filter dropdown bar and render (click fibers)
  • I changed the Variance (4) and Strength (36) click ok
  • Then go to filter, blur and motion blur
  • Set the Distance to 250 pixels and the angle 90 degree up and down blur (click ok)
  • Apply layer mask and click the gradient tool and click the 2nd box in on the pallet
  • Mask out the top layer by holding shift and dragging down
  • Once done go the the layer mask and drag to bin (the masked area stays)
  • Press CMD and T to free transform and rotate the shape to the angle required
  • Right click on the shape and go to distort (then move corners in to make a triangle shape at the top.
  • Go to image adjust (hue and saturation making sure the colourise box is ticked)
  • Select colour required
  • Then if wanted duplicate layer to make more versions of the light beam.
  • Make the circle place on floor to make the light seem to hit the floor. Use the elliptical marquee tool and create a squished circle. Fill shape with same colour of beam
  • Filter, blur, gausian blur, set Radius to 15 and click ok this make the round edges not so sharp
  • Also you can add text if wanted (making shadows to reflect the light bounce)

This was the outcome when I followed my notes step by step. I will then place this into my Indesign file.

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Font Catalogue for DPS

For the front page I want to use:

  • Times new roman – different elements of the stand first to be different sizes
  • Apple chancery  – main headline – because it has the desired G to hang the noose off

For all other pages :

  • ExpoXY histoRy or fonts created myself for the headlines
  • Post it note writing will be in American Typewriter and names in bold and a size 18 instead of 16pt
  • Times new roman for body copy – 10pt or above depending where placed on the page. (Pull out quotes will be in red and larger to the body copy on the page)

The reason behind these fonts are that they are easy to read, so instantly gives the dps credibility. Also, because the fit in with the narrative of the text for instance, American typewriter is symbolic as it is about americans and about how journalist took down a president.


Indesign (Indesign mock ups)

From making digital mock ups of my sketches, I have noticed a few issues and asked for feedback from others. The issues noticed it that its is just to basic and not creative enough. What I have shown is that I can put information into a layout. This is far to formal and not immersive enough. I am going to scrap what I’ve done and start again, making it more gripping for the audience. I will use more designs and look deeper at the content in a more fun and exciting way.