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    Hey,

    I've started a blog where I'm going to try and detail my progress on a Graphics Design course at Shillington College, Manchester. I have 'some' experience in graphics design, but nothing I would consider remotely good - hence handing over the required £5000 to apply. I do, however, think I have a decent eye for what looks good, which perhaps stems from my time as an amateur photographer.

    The course is 3 month long, starting on the 20th of September and finishing the 20th of December, running from 8am - 5pm, five days a week.

    In any case, my blog can be found here:

    http://ridzhar.blogspot.com

    Still finalising a few things, including getting an online visual diary to accompany it.

    As usual, any comments and criticisms would be very much welcome.

    Cheers and hope you enjoy!

    Ross
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    Hello Rossidzhar.

    Posting your images here will make it easier for us to see

    The WWF one is nice and clean. The grey is too subtle of a change for the subhead (if that's what it's meant to be), especially since you're maintaining the same type weight and size.

    You've got way too much going on with the heinz ad. You've got a ton of negative space that is not balanced with the rest of the image. The copy isn't reading well for me. You can probably lose the "heinz beans" in the type since the image already reflects the product. Half the time I'm trying to read across rather than down the two sections. The curved copy is not reading well either. I'd probably just try another approach.

    Check out grid systems in terms of information layout. Might help.
    Please PM me if you'd like an individual crit.

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    Hi Prepsage, thanks for the reply. I'll add a couple of examples a soon as I can. Yea, I should've gone a little lighter on the sub-heading for a bit more contrast, I think it was just a 95% tint.

    For the Heinz ad, as it was one of our first exercises, we're restricted to what we can and can't use. In this case, all the text provided must be used. But I understand what you mean. I agree with reading across and is what I had put originally. This caused a funny clumping of words on the right (I think it was "Heart, Fibre, Fat" and something else). So I wen't for the two seperate sentances.

    I think we're looking at grid systems later on in the course, but thanks for the advice!
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    Work examples from Day 2 - 4

    All briefs came with shapes, fonts, colour specs etc. provided. Focus seemed to be on typography / layout.

    Symmetry:

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    Heinz brief:

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    More work on my blog.
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    Work examples from Day 5

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    Citi bank brief:

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    Kind of reminds me of the NSPCC ads Wasn't overly happy with them

    Arcade Fire brief:

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    Like the simplicity of this. It was meant to appear in a magazine, right-hand side and thought the concept mirrored the style of music.

    All images, fonts etc were pre-supplied.
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    Typography 101

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    Journey of a (relative) newbie.

    We were tasked with making the meaning of the word be conveyed via text only.
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    Lightbulb Typography & layout

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    Journey of a (relative) newbie.

    Journey of a (relative) newbie.

    Only images and text were provided.
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    More Typography

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    An ad for a literature festival. This time only text was provided. Allowed us to be a bit more creative!
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    Penguin Books

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    Poster to celebrate 75 Years of Penguin Book covers. I went minimal.
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    You've got enough skills to be either working for an advertising or magazine agency; assuming if you don't have a job already.
    I wanna be better at digital arts each day... if possible.
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    Nope, no jobs as yet

    I have done an internship at the European Southern Observatory, which entailed about 70% Web content management and 30% 'graphics'. The experience was mostly just trying to teach myself inDesign with a little photo re-touching and colour correction on the side.
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    I suggest keeping your student work as a portfolio. It'll come in handy when you apply for a job as a designer.

    Oh, inDesign? That's why most of your studies are ad and magazine-like. The software is intended for that genre though ads can also be done using PhotoShop & Illustrator.

    Since you're in Shillington College, I assume you're familiar with PhotoShop & Illustrator already? If you want to increase both skill & comprehension in your spare time, I suggest buying these magazines (if they are available in your area):

    - Layers Magazine
    - Computer Arts Magazine & Computer Arts Projects

    It can help you as you read in your leisure time. Computer Arts Projects could even let you practice with the tutorial files.
    I wanna be better at digital arts each day... if possible.
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    Awesome, will check those out. Thanks!
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