Web Presence Reflection

Web Presence Reflection

Working on the web presence assignment was an interesting challenge for me. A year ago, I coded my portfolio website that I am currently using. I went into this project thinking it would be pretty easy because it seemed like a similar process, but a lot of the elements ended up being different. The web presence project required me to do a lot more writing than I did on my portfolio website, which ended up being a good thing, I think….

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A Reflection of Echo

A Reflection of Echo

(Week 15 Blog Post) I breathe a sigh of relief as I upload my final files for the magazine that I’ve been working with all semester. It’s been a stressful 15 weeks, so I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the process. For the spring 2017 semester I’ve been a graphic designer for Columbia College Chicago’s Echo magazine. My role as a designer was to work with the editorial team and photographers to design layouts for my assigned…

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A New Brand for the Internet Newspaper

A New Brand for the Internet Newspaper

(Week 13 Blog Post) The website Brand New posted an article about the brand redesign for The Huffington Post, or as they’re now known, HuffPost. Work-Order, a creative strategy firm in New York, NY, designed the new brand for HuffPost, and I think it’s beautifully effective. They left behind the serif font of their original logo, which was reminiscent of newspapers, and replaced it with a bold, italicized typeface accompanied by bright teal slashes. HuffPost has this to say about…

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Beer & Branding

Beer & Branding

(Week 12 Blog Post) CODO Design and Neenah Packaging recently partnered up to create a really cool book: Craft Beer Branding Guide. The book walks you through all the ins and outs of building a brand for your brewery, whether it’s simply an idea or an established business. CODO has years of experience with branding craft beers and breweries, so they definitely know their stuff. I haven’t ordered the book, but they were cool enough to put the whole book…

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Building Your Portfolio 2

Building Your Portfolio 2

(Week 11 make-up post) In my last post, I gave you some tips to remember as you put together your first portfolio. One of my suggestions had to do with putting together a physical book. While I do think a portfolio book is important, it’s equally as important to build a digital portfolio. Before you get an interview, employers will most likely ask to see a sample of your work, and a well designed digital form is going to make…

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Building Your Portfolio

Building Your Portfolio

(Week 10 Blog Post) Before I came to Columbia College Chicago, I received my associates degree from a 2 year community college near my hometown. Before graduating from there, every graphic design major was required to take a portfolio class, and in the end, produce a finished physical and digital portfolio. This was definitely not an easy process, as most new projects aren’t. I learned a lot over that semester though, so I’m going to give you a few tips…

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Wait, Who’s Brenda?

Wait, Who’s Brenda?

(Week 9 Blog Post) The website It’s Nice That has led me to one of the weirdest but coolest graphic design studio websites I’ve seen in a while. Atelier Brenda is a graphic design and creative direction studio from Belgium. It is made up of three female designers, but they present themselves in the most interesting way. As you scroll through the website, you’re left with a lot of questions. First, who is Brenda? In an interview with the three…

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The Effectiveness of Simple

The Effectiveness of Simple

[Week 8 Blog Post] In design, a lot of the time simple is better. Size, a creative agency in Croatia, knows this and it shows in every one of their bold, striking designs.   A particularly beautiful example of this is one of their latest projects for VK Wines. Wine bottle design is particularly interesting because I see such a variety of labels on the shelf. There are labels with traditional vines and grapes on them, some with a simple…

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Overcoming Creative Blocks 2.0

Overcoming Creative Blocks 2.0

Writer’s block is a term that just about everyone is familiar with. However, writers are not the only ones who struggle to come up with creative ideas from time to time. Many people in creative fields experience this, so how do we overcome it? Sitting in front of a computer or sketchbook trying to come up with ideas isn’t always the best way to find a solution. I’ve found that the best way to create work is, sometimes, to stop…

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The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have With Typefaces

The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have With Typefaces

(Week 7 Blog Post) Even though I enjoy graphic design and have fun doing it, I wouldn’t think of it as something that could be made into a fun game. But the printing company Flash Reproductions found a way. Every year, the Canadian printer creates a unique product that can be given as a gift around the holiday season. For the gift of 2016, they came up with Type-Face. Type-Face is a game similar to Hedbanzs. In Hedbanz, you put…

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