For my illustrate a task I chose to do the creating a logo using your initials task which I quite enjoy it but had some issues with the software going through it first so I was practising creating a 3-D effect using some words such as bands for my brand I was working with but when I attempted to use the same techniques to make my own logo illustrator kept on crashing throughout the steps so I decided to find another way to create a logo using two initials of my first name and my second name, because looking at my last name along with my first name I can’t I couldn’t really think of anything that would be a aesthetic to use as a logo so I decided to use W and A, which gave me more ideas which I was then able to create a logo which are quite liked the look of and I was able to played about with. As you can see you have combined the W with A and duplicated it layered it on top of each other to create a kind of shadow. To do so, first I cut up some shapes and letters and position them in a way which worked well together, then doing some readjusting, to change the edges as they weren’t really straight or there were two curved for me to use so it was difficult for me to keep it clean and neat for my logo so, after doing that I then duplicated that and made it a black fill to then duplicate again and make a blue shade so that it looks like a shadow behind it almost like a 3-D effect which I wanted to go with to begin with but I couldn’t use the same effect as I had done before because of problems with illustrator but overall I’m happy with the outcome of my final production with this logo as it came out me and straight and 3-D.
Design Ideas and Design process
I had a couple of ideas to produce for the podcast poster but u lacked the skills to actually produce these, as they were very complex composition whiles I hadn’t used photoshop before. When doing the photoshop task I found it enjoyable as well as very challenging as It was the pretty much the first time working with photoshop to create something. The task was to create a podcast poster relating to graphic design, my first cover is a red podcast poster titled “Talking with Type”. As it was my first attempt, I tried using simple images to try and get accustomed to using photoshop, so just using shapes and blurring out the edges of the circles to fade and smoothen out with the background. I then added my microphone which I struggled with, trying to crop and adjust the background so that it doesn’t override the actual colour of the background I had added.
For my second poster I kept it simple again using an image of a character by their phone waiting for the podcast to come on. For this I had to change the colours on the figure by cropping out the background and highlighting the areas which I wanted to amend and changed the colours.
For my third poster which is my favourite I used another microphone as the focal point of the postcard and amended the colours again. I also used simple circles to add some decorative effects to keep it simple. I then flipped the colours so that I would be predominantly white on black rather than black on white. I think this was my best attempt on the podcast as I got really comfortable with the composition and how to change the colours and tones of the shapes.
Watching these tutorials helped me to get an overview of how photoshop is set up and how to access certain tools which may not be so visible to me. It also helped me get more accustomed to certain shortcuts to do different kinds of things. The first software video basically explained what photoshop is and the main benefits of it, which helps you to understand and grasp the type of things you need to be focusing on working on in that space when you go into tasks. It gave me the first steps into actually creating a file and why to use certain measurements for different projects. Compared to InDesign its mainly using images and playing with the aesthetic of an image whereas with InDesign you are able to do that as well as have a large amount t of text in one file. Photoshop mainly works with images rather than words.
Resources for research and Inspiration
For my research I mainly looked through Pinterest to find some interesting podcast covers which I could take some ideas from. Most of the covers that I first saw seemed quite difficult in my point of view as I was only beginning to get used to using photoshop, so I searched for simple podcast covers which are just simple words and shapes, but is still very captivating and aesthetic to use for inspiration. Finding these I was still somewhat challenging for me to kind of recreate them using my own images and basing it on a typographic podcast. So I watched more videos and tutorials on how to edit certain things to help me expand on my ability to make the podcast cover better. These are some of the things that I used as inspiration to help me come up the covers.