TGC Podcast Cover – Photoshop Task

Design Ideas and Design process

At the start of my design process I decided to research and look at pieces of work that would inspire me or trigger ideas. I wanted to use typography and colour in a creative, effective way to give my podcast cover an attractive look. Going into Photoshop my initial idea was to use the title of the podcast, ‘typography and graphic communication’, in a repeated fashion, creating a ‘trippy’ or ‘disruptive’ looking effect. With the success of this idea, I decided to implement it in all of my other tasks as my first design. I had used the same effect for my postcard and for my sticker, the only difference was I had used various colours and word effects. My podcast was an electric blue (which I struggled to recreate) and my postcard was a vibrant pink, using the same image and font. In my final task, I wanted to bring all of my ‘first idea’ designs together and combine them in a harmonious way. My sticker involved both colours from my previous tasks and similar effects in the distortion of my type. As a set of designs, I think that they all work together and you can see that they have distinctive similarities.

Initial Photoshop Podcast design

For my second podcast idea, I wanted to do something simple, yet effective in the way that it’s put together. I wanted to draw peoples attention to it, making it appealing to look at and easy to notice. I started with a simple background colour with some text and added some circular shapes. As I lowered the opacity of these shapes, I noticed that the text was also affected by the colour. This was not intentional, but the outcome was extremely effective. I think that both of my designs are very different in terms of colour and overall aesthetic, however, repeating the words definitely makes it a strong noticeable cover. Overall, making these covers were relatively easy if you know what you’re doing. I didn’t decide to use any fancy effects as I just wanted to create something simple and straight to the point. I think that the covers simplicity and minimalism is what makes it effective.

Podcast 2 – base colour
Similar text design with repetition
My second podcast cover

Software tutorials

In terms of tutorials that I had used, surprisingly, I didn’t use that many at all. We were provided with some mini tutorials on Blackboard so I mostly followed them and learnt some basic skills. When creating my designs, I was mostly just playing around with the software and exploring different ways to use it. I already had some knowledge when using photoshop as I did photography while I was in sixth form. However, I still think that I still have a lot more to learn. Looking at everyone else’s designs on our shared Padlet board, really gave me insight about how many different effects you can create in just Photoshop alone. I remember being taught how to use the magnetic lasso tool in Photoshop. (This is the tool that I used to cut out the podcast microphone for my first designs). I watched a few tutorials of how to do this, but this one really helped me: https://youtu.be/0rQEctxkjBM.

The tutorials on blackboard were also a huge help for me, especially for the Illustrator sticker task. I had never used Illustrator before, but by learning just a few basic tools, made me feel more comfortable and confident with using it. The tutorial showed us how to use a type and image distorter feature called ‘envelope distort’. When you click on an image or a sentence of type, the feature allows you to create different distortion techniques and shapes. I used this tool for my sticker design, I created different waves of text that flowed around the shapes. I also ended up distorting the podcast microphone accidentally, but it ended up working so well. I think the envelope distort feature really helped everything come together and flow effortlessly in a simple way.

Envelope distort feature found in Illustrator

Design resources and articles

For my design resources, I mainly looked for inspiration using Pinterest and other art sites. I researched the general look for ‘podcast covers’ and came across so many different designs. For my other tasks, I didn’t really research many things as I had already come up with a set design aesthetic of my own for all of my first designs. One helpful resource would definitely be Padlet, as I mentioned before, it really inspired me and gave me ideas of my own. Again, at the start of the design process I really had no idea where to start or what I wanted to do. I looked at various pieces of work on the internet and watched a few videos, but I came across this article: https://99designs.co.uk/blog/design-other/how-to-design-a-podcast-cover-the-ultimate-guide/.

This article was the ultimate guide of how to create a podcast cover. It is a guide of how podcasts should look and how it should be very simple and straight to the point. In this article it says ‘let your typography talk’. This is exactly what I had followed throughout all of my designs. It gave me the idea of creating that initial ‘trippy’ affect. It also helped me with the layout of all my designs, keeping them very minimal and easy to recognise what’s going on.

Zee Graphics

For this mini-project we had to brand ourselves and create a logo, with research from a particular theme. I was struggling with my own theme at first as I chose 90’s. It was a lot harder than it looked. There were so many different themes and colours, styles and fashion so I decided to choose something a little more simple.

I was going for a “groovy” or “hippie” kind of aesthetic where the fonts areĀ  a little loose and wavy. The theme, as a whole, is very colourful and I loved how the words are distorted to fit into or create different shapes.

I found these movie tickets while researching my theme, and I thought I could use them as part of my final outcome for my logo. They matched the theme in my opinion as they shared similar aesthetics, colours and typefaces.

Real mermaid

This was a news notice that I had found within the collections. This particularly stood out to me because someone had written on it in the top right corner. To me this made the piece much more personal and unique. I loved the look of the handwriting and how there was a slight bleed in the ink, giving it a more historical feel. The notice declares that a “mermaid” was caught alive on the coast of the Shetland Islands. However, the writer of the notice conveniently didn’t include an image of the mermaid to prove his claims. I think that was intentional to entice more people to pay and see the exhibition.

Mr Darlington’s note (in the top right corner) was very hard to decipher. I couldn’t figure out if he was amazed by the exhibition or if he was disappointed. To me, the description of the mermaid sounds a lot like a large fish with hair, I can’t say I was surprised, but I’m sure that this must of been news to spread around town. I think everyone would have their own opinions about whether it was true or not, even today.

Caution

For Eric’s project we had to take images of signs or letters in our surrounding environment and come up with a theme. My chosen theme was “caution”.

I wanted to portray how signs can be used in a way to inform people of danger or important information. Different shapes and colours are used to catch the viewers attention, such as the continuous use of bright yellow shown in danger or informative signs. Some signs have further written information whereas others don’t. This may be because people are used to seeing the symbols, making it easier to get information across.

Labyrinth

Using the removed cut outs from the inside of the book, I created my own version of what I wanted Labyrinth to look like. The title and door was cut out of a magazine I had brought for the project. I wanted there to be a sense of unknown and mystery to match the brief of the story.

Labyrinth Interior

We had a number of different themes to choose from. Each theme had a name and a story to go with it. I chose the theme labyrinth. This was a story about a family who were trapped inside a house. Every-time they opened a door it would lead them to a different part of the house, preventing them from leaving.

At the beginning I was playing around with different cuts and rips inside the book. I created diagonal and horizontal cuts trying to imitate different textures, or in this case, different rooms of the house. For my final cut (which I wish I had done throughout the whole book) was kind of like an illusion. I wanted it to look as if it was a tunnel going through the book, falling and disappearing into the distance. I cut out triangles in different sizes and angles turning and twisting throughout the pages at different thicknesses. My thought was to make it look never-ending, much like the house in the story.

Milk and Honey

This was for James’s project. We had to create our own versions of a penguin book that he taught us how to make in InDesign.

For my own design I chose one of my favourite books Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. I kept the same traditional penguin design, but I made it look like Kaur’s original book by changing it to a black cover and different fonts. I did some research and found the bee images (since I had no idea how to draw them) and got rid of the penguin. I wanted it to give off the same feel of the book I was recreating.

The only thing that bothers me is:
– the crop lines within the cartouche and the fact that it’s slightly placed more to the left and not centred (maybe I’m being paranoid, I’m not really sure)
– and how the image looks pixelated and not clear
Other than those two things, I’m quite happy with it.

Lakers Jersey

Our first task was to create an ideal gift for someone we didn’t know, using three or more, fun or crazy facts about them. My partner was Luca, his facts were:
– Loves music (specifically Drake)
– Cooking (specifically carbonara)
– Is from Italy
– Loves basketball (Lakers)

My initial thought was to create a speaker and/or headphones in the shape of a basketball. I drew out a few sketches, but I wanted to be a bit more creative. I was thinking, if I did do the basketball idea, I wouldn’t know where to incorporate his love for cooking or his home country.

After some more thinking I came up with my final and complete gift. I created a lakers jersey where I added small details inspired by the facts I was given. For example, his age is the number seen on jersey and his sponsorships are from an Italian pasta brand (Barilla) and his home country. I also added an extra sponsorship from “Certified Lover Boy” (CLB) in the bottom right corner, which is Drakes new released album.