The four jobs in this typography are as follows
– Professional Gamer
After doing my research on my location and deciding on the focus of my zine (ICE CREAM), I decided to get started since I already had plenty of photos of ice cream on the streets. BUT I had no ideas on how my zine should look like.
So I referenced the slides my own group did about zines ( ) THANKS JEROME AND SHU YI
From there, I knew I wanted to do something related to photography zines as I felt the style fit the concept of my zine which was to compare the color tone of cheap ice cream with buildings and shops on Orchard Road. I also felt like I could best present the photos I had painstakingly taken by eating 5 ice creams in one and a half hours.
So off to Pinterest I went, in search of zines that I could take reference from. At first, I found this zine which had an interesting spread design that I liked.
But eventually I decided that I wanted to avoid anything that covered the pictures.
For my cover, I chose the vanilla ice cream and tried to make something nice and ended up with this.
Which was admittedly not very nice. After consulting Ms Shirely, she helped me to refine it a bit more. She also reminded me to think about visual hierarchy and textual hierarchy. So with her help (some playing around with photoshop, levels, saturation and masks + using the rectangle more in the design) my cover became much nicer.
Ms Shirely also did my inside front cover, which was originally this large spread.
Shirely pointed out that the focus was not really on the ice cream uncle and cropped the image accordingly, as well as using an ice cream that had a similar color to the bright red umbrella
Although I didn’t really like the rightmost image and changed it into another angle of the ice cream uncle.
After my consultation, I would edit all the photos accordingly. After some more searching on pinterest, I found some minimalist photography zines that seemed to work for me.
I liked that the overall color tone of the photos was supported by a bar of color at the top. It fits with my original idea of using ice cream as the color palette. So I tried it for one of my pages which was the Strawberry Secret page.
I also got the main idea for my Umbrella Mango spread from the zine on Pinterest. I adapted the color scheme to match the ice cream color.
Lastly for the back page, I mirrored the style of the front cover but changed the color scheme to fit the melting drop of ice cream to represent the fall in popularity for these cheap ice creams. I liked the idea of having very bright colors but the text is in contrast to this and is quite sad.
I enjoyed making this zine because I got to eat a lot of ice cream, as well as learn more about Photoshop and InDesign. I also got to use what I learned/forgot/remembered about design which is definitely a useful skill.
Before any research, I looked into designs for my 4 jobs and came up with 3 per job. 3 of these job concepts are in the above picture.
The 1st row was being an Author. The ideas were based around paper, pencils and a series of books. The one using a row of books on shelves was chosen in the end.
The 2nd row was being a Magician. The ideas were based around cards, rabbits and cloth. The rabbits were chosen in the end, I think because it was very cute.
The last job was based around being a professional video gamer. I tried to use old and new games to make it more interesting, but I did not really base it off a game. In the end, it made the concept weak and it was easier to look to a certain game for inspiration.
These were what I based my concepts on and as I looked more into the bookcase concept, I researched another images to base my design on.
So first I created the shelf using shapes and a gradient overlay + drop shadow to give a sense of depth.
The first books added were based on simple minimalist designs and spelled out “King”. These were made with shapes, some custom stickers and a few free vector images lying around. I used colors to try and draw the eye towards the individual letters. The designs correspond with the types of books that I wanted to write. Like the “K” is a fantasy book, “I” was made with a barcode kind of design to be a sci-fi kind of book. “N” and “G” are of the thriller genre.
“LAM” were added and I based “LA” on a crime novel so I went with dark blue, a bright contrasting pink. The detective image was based on a vector. “M” was based a graphic novel sort of design, so I added the silhouette of characters, plus a more hand written font.
Lastly I just added some additional books at the bottom to fill out the space.
The difficulties I had for this were figuring out how to achieve the look using photoshop. I played around with the shapes and colors to give it a slightly 3D look. I also needed to base my designs around certain books because creating a new design while thinking how to incorporate one character of my name is a tall order. Good thing I knew what the spine of books looked like and I just followed that.
For this concept, I didn’t really look online to base it on a design. I just based it off the sketch I had, which the design was approved. I felt like I could challenge myself into creating something cute. The idea was based on the magician’s trick of pulling rabbits out his hat. I only looked online for tips on how to create a proper top hat. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV1WlCWDSlo&t=875s)
The rabbits were created from shapes and originally were quite big. But in order to draw attention to my name, I had to make their heads smaller and their ears bigger. Their ears were just shapes that I had warped or combined into new shapes, in order to create letter. I added a gradient overlay into the hat to give it a texture and some inside of the hat as well, to create depth. The rabbit eyes were going to be pink as some rabbits were, but they looked terrifying so I changed it into grey.
The difficulty here for me was getting the ears to look ok while expanding their size on the rabbit’s heads. The most difficult letter was G as I had to bend it around and often it would clash with N. I felt it worked out in the end.
This concept started as me wanting to be a game designer, but it was difficult to visualize. So I switched to a professional gamer. In order to narrow down the scope of the designs, I chose the game “Overwatch”. Since I had the game, I played the game to try and find out what elements I could take. Below are some screenshots from the game.
I wanted to make use of the various weapons to leave bullet holes on the environment. The game does not leave bullet damage on walls unfortunately, so I had to add the bullet holes in Photoshop. I used a character (Soldier 76) who carried a conventional assault rifle so that I could use larger bullet hole effects.
The bullet holes are arranged to spell out “King”. After that I needed to add some in-game elements, but I didn’t want it to overpower the text so I put a small simple one by the corner.
The difficulty of this design came with finding the proper bullet hole vectors that would fit on the texture of the wall. Also finding the right designs from “Overwatch”, was difficult because it is quite a new game.
For this one, I wanted to make the music a part of the design. But it was difficult to think of a way, so I reduced it to having the guitar spell out my name using its strings. I based the design on an actual guitar and made the strings as shapes. I tried to use the pen tool to curve the strings into my name, but it was difficult to do with my skill level. So I resorted to using a font and adjusting it as necessary with the puppet warp tool.
I added a vignette effect to bring out the contrast and added wood textures to add to the design of the guitar.
The difficulty of the design was to make it look realistic and bending the strings without the actual know how. I couldn’t learn the pen tool but managed to figure out the puppet warp tool.
WHAT I LEARNT
I learned a lot about aspects of design I was not very sure of as well as how to use specific tools. It was an enlightening experience. I also learnt I can’t trust myself to work after 4am, cause I just lie on my bed and sleep. I also learnt that some skills are just easier to understand when you have friends and I should ask my friends so that I don’t spend an entire afternoon trying to do one small part of a design.