Thursday, April 30, 2015

Throwback Thursday: CSU-Pueblo Today Magazine Fall 2014

In the fall of 2014, I stepped in to design the layout of the spring 2014 edition of the CSU-Pueblo Today magazine, a student-run editorial produced within the Mass Communications department twice a year.  After designing the majority of the ads, I came on late to the layout and had only three weeks to create a 64-page magazine from scratch and deliver it to an off-set litho press. It was the fastest, most furious design session I've ever done. Sleep? Who needs sleep.

This magazine went on to win best regional magazine in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) region 9 competition and is now in the national SPJ competition. (It was also entered in Communications Arts magazine's Graphic Design Annual and Print magazine's Regional Design Annual, but it will be a while before announcements are made--fingers crossed). 

This magazine set the precedent for a new layout structure and more colorful approach in the succeeding edition of the Today magazine.

There are still a few of the fall 2014 edition on campus and it is scheduled to remain on the racks until about mid-fall semester, so you still have plenty of time to pick up your own copy.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

When Majors Collide: Campaign Update Pt. IV

11x17 Poster Mockup
For my PR writing class, I was required to conceptualize and write a special event plan for my client, the CSU-Pueblo Art and Music Departments. I went a step further and used my artistic skills to design the actual promotional materials for this proposed event (poster, invite, newspaper ad, and online newspaper web banner.) Here is a glimpse of the document as well as mockups illustrating what these promotional materials would look like if produced.

Event Plan Document with Supplements
5x7 Newspaper Ad Mockup

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Thesis Tuesday, Pt. IX

My graphic thesis was focused on using natural qualities and principles to soften graphic design, but my research extended beyond the posters, zine, and process book that is on exhibit in the senior show.  I also investigated hybridizing graphic design to intaglio and exploring how the photo intaglio process softened the hard-edged vectors of contemporary graphic design.  The result is grungy, grainy and organic.

Contact prints were created in Adobe Photoshop using the program's pre-press features.
The Bitmap feature is key to the success of photo intaglio. It was also key in grunging and softening the graphics from the beginning.
Exposing, developing and etching the plate introduced the soft grunging and organic look of the intaglio process.
The result is a print that is very graphic in composition but very organic-looking in production.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Best Regional Magazine, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)

This past Saturday I and a group of CSU-Pueblo Today magazine staff spent the day in Denver for the 2015 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 9 conference on the lovely Auraria campus.  The magazine I designed in fall 2014 just won best magazine in the region and is moving onto the SPJ national competitions! The judge's comments read, "Fun to read and fun to look at." This is the first time in CSU-Pueblo history that the CSU-Pueblo Today magazine won best magazine and the first time it qualified for nationals.

You can check out the article on the SPJ award on the online version of the CSU-Pueblo Today and check out their Facbook.

Aside from the awards ceremony, we were also treated to intriguing panels, of which on of my colleagues was a panelist.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Adventures in Printmaking, Pt. IX

The semester is coming to a close and so is Adventures in Printmaking.  This week I developed and proofed two photo intaglio plates. Next I will edition them and submit my portfolio, so you can look forward to one more Adventures in Printmaking post.

If you take a printmaking class, a lot of your time will be spent cutting paper.
And mixing inks.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Advanced Photography

Spring 2013. I have kept a "sketchbook" for my visual arts for five years now (16+ books).  I put the word "sketchbook" in quotes because these books feature much more than sketches. I also paste experiments (like these test photos I did for a night assignment in advanced photography), document progress, and write reflective or idea passages. These books are really more of a journal of my growth, failures, successes, and ideas, as this spread from advanced photography demonstrates.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Thesis Tuesdays, Pt. VIII

Here's a little look at the senior thesis exhibit at CSU-Pueblo. There is a lot of work spanning painting, ceramics, drawing, graphic design (logos, posters, publication and typography), photography, printmaking, digital art and alternative media. Definitely worth checking out!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Adventures in Printmaking, Pt. VIII

At last, the rats are editioned (5 prints in two-toned blue).  I think I editioned as many optional color proofs as there were rats in the story. Also accomplished this week were successful developments of two photo intaglio plates which will be etched and proofed soon. Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Intermediate Photography

Fall 2012. My intermediate photography course was centered around conceptual or issue photography.  I explored using sets and models to conceptually promote issues of interest to me, such as species and habitat loss.  Shown here are some sneaks into the process and documentation of my set development for species loss, starting with the inspiration.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Thesis Tuesday VII

At long last, my senior thesis for my B.F.A. in graphic design is complete. The final exhibit includes three posters, an 8x5 zine and a process book, which were all on display at the Hoag Hall Gallery in the Arts and Music building at CSU-Pueblo. I also exhibited a few of the best projects from the past four years, such as my photos from the Pseudo series and the CSU-Pueblo Today Magazine, fall 2014 edition.

From my artist statement, "Organic synthesis, my term for my senior thesis, investigates the blending of natural qualities or natural principles to create more organic, sincere design in contrast to slick, modern graphics.  Using the symbol of dirt or grunge, or principles like radial symmetry and biomimicry, organic synthesis softens the hard-edge, mechanically structured anatomy of contemporary graphic design and attempts to create design that feels part of the viewer's real habitat rather than the digital realm." 

This was a massive project and one that I plan to continue as a personal project. I've only just begun to scratch the surface in areas such as biomimicry applied to graphic design and so I am anxious to continue my research. Stay tuned to this blog for future work in organic synthesis.

Monday, April 13, 2015

When Majors Collide: Campaign Update Pt. III

Here is what my campaign document for the Art and Music departments looked like over spring break. It has since grown by several more pages.

So far, this document entails an executive summery, a situation analysis, target audiences, key messages, the promotional plan itself and samples of the design aspects of the plan (a branding project entailing new logos, color palette, selected typefaces and graphics styles for newsletters, brochures and social media).

Friday, April 10, 2015

Adventures in Printmaking, Pt. VII

After false starts and a plate remake, project one is finally coming together. Here are a few of the latest proofs.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Thesis Tuesday VI

I've been busy this month wrapping up my B.F.A. thesis and senior show.  Artist statement, check. Process book, check. Prints, check. Here is a behind-the-scenes look of the exhibition fun we had over the weekend.

Also, here's a little sneak peek into organic synthesis as it applies to my photo intaglio experiments. This screen grab shows the early steps of creating a photo intaglio contact negative in Adobe Photoshop.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Books, books, books

I have been busy this semester compiling all my process from last semester and my senior thesis into process books. Here is a little sneak peek into the design fun I've had.  It's not decided yet, but these books might be offered for sale from Blurb.  If that is the case, I will announce it here and on my website.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Thesis Tuesdays, Pt. V On Friday

Since there isn't a printmaking update this Friday (check back next week), you get an early peek into the thesis progress.

Remember those charcoal rubbings I did as part of my primary research for my organic synthesis research?  Well, here is a look into how they are informing some of my type experiments for my senior thesis.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Printmaking II

My adventures in intermediate printmaking during the fall of 2014 were centered around intaglio, specifically hard ground, step biting, aquatint, and photo intaglio.  Pictured here is one of my finished hard ground intaglio plates, an abstract of the rocky surface of a local gorge.