CIP : Collection//Further Development- Part 1. Layout and content.

After my recent exploration in to how I can start lining up the content and thinking about consistency with in the layout in general, I found myself making a lot of changes as I went along.

The first couple of changes were with in the first set of pages, I found that there was a lot of information that looked too cramped with in the small space, so I had to find some time to organise the text and images a bit more.

When I also went back to look at the plan for the pages for the Author:Reporter studio projects, for example, I was a little intrigued at how different each layout for each project was. I could’ve stuck with the same consistent layout through out, but they were all very.. awkwardly placed.
I felt that I was looking at something that was a little bit all over the place, so my plan is, to try and get each project page set out, so they either look similar or the content is laid out in the same order to make it simplistic and presentable for the viewer.
I’ve decided to worry less about the design now and just focus on getting my content in first.


CIP: Portfolio presentation talk

Fig Taylor, who consults with illustrators and designers about how they need to prepare and construct their portfolio came in to give us a talk about what we should be doing or should consider doing for our very own portfolio, in terms of presentation.

Her advice was very straight forward, clear and concise. I’ve learnt a lot from the presentation, but I also found myself feeling very positive in where I should take my design ideas further from here, to help build up some more plans in how I need to lay my work out with in the diagrams for the book pages.

When it comes to a portfolio, there needs to be consistency and what you need/want to show needs to be direct and clear to the person you want to show it to.

Continue reading

CIP: Collection: Checking Blurb details and creating/testing colour pallets.

After figuring out, that I may need to look more in to the production and figuring out how I would like to manafacture the design/outcome for the portfolio book. I thought it would be a good idea to go check out Blurb. I figured out, that from the pricing and with the magazine-like portfolio books I would like to construct, I worked out that they would provide what I need and would be able to put the book together cheap and more professionally than I could ever could.

Other than that, I did some more exploring of their website and found some portfolios that have been created by other people.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

There are some layouts that work well o tell the story of the work produced, and the ideas and thoughts put in behind the creators work. I feel that a couple of them wer very clear, even through the lack of text, but I noticed that even with text and image placed together, they were able to make it presentable and readible.

After careful thinking about these aspects, I wanted to start thinking about what kinds of colours I would like in the content of my book. Yes, I would include colours I use or that would relate to me, but I started to put together some pallets of colours that I thought worked well together or would be nice to work with on individual pages or even a whole book, as I’m considering of splitting up the books in to categories.


Pallet 1, 4 and 6 were definitely ones I was most fond with, but I would need to test them first with in a document to see if they really do work well with each other.

CIP: Week 2- Layouts, content, Collection.

Reflection on this weeks lesson:

When coming to decisions towards page layouts, it’s not as easy or simple as it seems at first. Putting in to consideration of how you want it to look, the content needs to be decided. For example, what’s going to be on that page? An image? Content? Titles? When I was reflecting on these specific aspects, I can’t just sit there and say to myself ‘I want this page to look super awesome and cool!’, in other words ‘attractive’ because that’s not going to work. I had to consider that whatever that’s going to be on the page needs to be clear and understandable for the person who will be looking at my portfolio book, while it maintains a reflection of my own style and way of working of some sorts.

Not only that, I think when banding together in to a group, it also helped with the task because one of us would ask questions, such as ‘how are you going to lay it out?’; ‘what size is the book?’ etc. In my opinion, keeping questions like these in mind, it helps to also figure out how big your body text may need to be, if it’s on A5 or how big/small the images need to be on a1.

While these are my tests, that I did during the lesson, I came back home and needed to think about what content I have already and what kind of other aspects will be contributing towards this layout? Colour schemes will need to be able to work in a way, that it reflects myself. However, they need to work in such a way where it isn’t harmful to anyone else’s eyes. Colour also helps to set a certain mood when someone is looking at it.

Further research and testing:

For some reason, I felt that I needed to do a little more research in to content layouts and to look in to more art/artist related books. I don’t have a nearby library or anything like that in my neighbourhood, although, I found a few of my concept artist books for a Japanese game and as Japanese art has always been a style that has played influence in my drawing style, I took a look in to how they have laid out their content, images or have used a consistent colour scheme to help pull the book together. I was also quite fond of how the book was flimsy, short and magazine-like compared to other artist/concept art books, who usually have these big, broad and bulky hardback designs to them. They were quite hard to carry around or look in to, if you were to look in to the book while standing up. On the other hand, this one is different. It’s light and you can carry it around and look in to it whenever you want to.

Other than that, what I was pretty interested in, is how clear and nicely layed out the content was with in the book. The language is difficult for me to read, but when I look at the content page and connect it with each individual page, I’m able to know where each of the section are located. So, that was pretty handy.

I also enjoy gloss finish on the front and back cover; it makes the colours shine off of the book. I may have to look in to what kind of papers and what size of the book I would like it to be.

Although, I’ve been considering of having the book be more magazine-like in its style, than having it as a hardback.


In relation to this, I tried to reflect once again on how the images could be layed out, as I do have a lot of images, but as I want the book to not have a lot of text and probably only a few captions, I could have it, so they’re tucked either beside the image or on across the image. I need to think about this a little more, due to the text may become distrating and draw attention away from the image.