Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Weddings preparations 2

I'm now working on the babies magazine. Is kind of fun but I'm struggling with the temptation of relying only on stock illustrations. To make a magazine coherent and beautiful there should be a good combination of typography, visual hierarchy, proportions, good understanding of the grid and more than anything, creativity. My boss thinks the magazine is just too full of illustrations and that it won't be easy to create rhythms and guidelines for next issues in the likely case that is not me how is designing them. Pfff...I really have to think of everything.
In the mean time Isa (my best friend and bride to be) is keeping me over busy (and happy to do it) by designing the inside of her wedding invitations and naming me...the made of honor!! I'm really looking forward to the wedding day...but I'm also going nuts thinking about the dress.
I'll keep posting.

Friday, 3 June 2011

A fetish

Queen Victoria, The Boleyn Sisters, Marie Antoinette, Queen Elizabeth I and The Duchess

From now on I'll be illustrating for a weekly cinema article published on the IPad version of El Espectador's blog.
The first issue is called A Fetish, where the author explains her fascination with the art direction and costumes of period movies featuring the lives of famous queens and other royalties.
In this one I tried to get rid of the characters and actresses to then highlight the clothes that identify and give them life.
Since I have a deadline every Friday I'll be posting an illustration every week.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Wedding preparations

Is wedding season (at least here in Colombia) and I'm surrounded by all things flowers, shades of pink, fluffy for two main reasons:
1. I'm designing a Brides magazine.
2. My best friend is getting married (yei!)

As for the first one, since the magazine has been published already I would talk about it looking back a bit. The first number of my very own redesign was a bumpy road because of my inexperience in editorial design (in the well meaning but incredibly painful boss's words) though a great experience that leaves me wanting more.
I did a lot of visual research on the subject so I'm publishing it since I consider it just as important (or even more) than the final outcome. Also a list of websites and blogs for future reference on the subject.

Domino Mag (closed but some spreads and cover can be found on Google images)

This is a new world to me. Magazines, brides, office environment.

I always liked magazines (specially Vogue and Elle) but somehow I thought they grew in trees all beautiful and glossy without nothing to do with graphic designers.

I do like weddings but don't know when I'm going to get married or if I will ever find "the love of my life" so I generally avoid the subject.

Working home alone had its cons but the pros were that you could work in your pajamas all day long if you wish, make your noise and don't bother talking to anyone.
Things have change and still got lots to learn.