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Untitled: a work in progress (e-book)

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This was a group assessment that I undertook as part of my studies for the subject Ideas in History at the University of Technology, Sydney. Using the essays we had written for a previous assignment we were now tasked with the duty of getting into groups and producing an e-book based on similar themes. I was given the role as layout designer for my group and we collaborated ideas and shared the editing processes to produce this final product. Having previous experience in InDesign through my Creative Info design subject, I felt more confident using the program to aid me in designing the layout for this e-book. There were a few hiccups along the way with aligning the pictures to the captions which I didn’t quite resolve but I was overall satisfied with the final result.

I sourced the images for the cover page using creative commons content in Flickr and re-mixed them in Adobe Photoshop to create a cover that seemed to fit our title well. The type writer fonts were all free fonts that I installed into my computer as InDesign did not seem to have any appropriate fonts for that old fashioned typewriter feel.

For the full pdf version click here.

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Cookbook pages

What you see below is the result of two exercises in layout involving recipes for a cookbook. The first was made following a template in my class tutorials and the second was made by sourcing the recipe and images from an outside web source (http://pocketchangegourmet.com/red-lobster-cheese-biscuits-with-homemade-biscuit-mix/). Both were done in InDesign, with the pasta salad recipe being one of my first introductions to the program – and how it shows!

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The Wrong Book

The task for this assignment was to design a print-based information product from chosen stock subjects and writing. I will admit I am not happy with the outcome for this one at all, it’s probably one my lease favourite pieces on this blog. But, you have to learn from your mistakes and I (hopefully) have learnt from mine here. When I say I am not happy with it pay particular attention to the fact that for a pamphlet aimed at a child audience, there is entirely too much text within it. I will also include a base pamphlet that I based my design ideas around. I didn’t quite make this one innovative or unique at all.

Once again another InDesign project, however I was able to build upon my skills in this task to design a group e-book within my other studies.

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Back
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PDF of the inspiration pamphlet
A full PDF of my brochure

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Cookbook Evaluation

Evaluating the design and readability of an internet cookbook page

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This quick quiche recipe is posted within the kids section of a online cooking site. However it is more directly aimed at the parents, judging by the small font size and clinical instructions. It is easy for adult viewers to read and follow, formatted in easy step-by-step chunks of information. The style is very basic and there is only one visual so this reinforces my sentiment that this is more adult inclined. The notes at the bottom add a personal, more engaging touch. It could be more appealing in regards to the layout and colour scheme but it does what it was intended to do – provide a simple, quick recipe.

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Movie Review – Side Effects

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Appropriating text for different user audiences, the following is an example of an excerpt from a movie review and my subsequent edit, which I wrote in mind with an audience between the ages of 25 and 40.

Original excerpt

Side Effects is Soderbergh in full, flinty vigor. It’s anything but a formula murder mystery. Working from a script by Scott Z. Burns, a collaborator on The Informant! and Contagion, Soderbergh delivers ticking-bomb suspense laced with psychological acuity about a world where mood-altering meds are as disturbingly prevalent as social media.

My edit

The film in its raciness suits Soderbergh to a tee. Definitely not your typical, cut and dry murder mystery. It does well to note that the script writer is Scott Z. Burns (who worked on The Informant! And Contagion) and Soderbergh manages to transform this piece of work into a suspenseful and psychological thriller. Side Effects really touches upon a society where mood-altering medication has become just as scarily prominent as social media.

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Readers Advisory Blog

This readers advisory blog was created for an assignment within the Diploma of Library/Information Services at Ultimo TAFE in 2011. We were asked to pick a literary genre or theme and create a blog that recommended different literary items to our chosen library demographic, keeping in mind the level of writing and our overall design. My chosen target audience was predominantly older teens and twenty somethings who had an interest in graphic comics and Japanese culture. It was a fun, engaging experience overall. Click here to view the blog.

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The Giving Tree

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This was part of an early writing exercise to pick a postcard and in groups arrange a campaign and three different types of writing. This was somewhat of a predecessor to the first writing assignment I undertook, which also was based around a postcard. My piece was in the format of a personal blog post.

When I was a little girl, growing up in your average suburban household, I remember how much joy and anticipation I put forward to the thought of Christmas and what Santa Claus would give me if I’d been good this year. All the Barbies, Polly Pockets, Cabbage Patch dolls that I hoped I’d get that I couldn’t get from the endless nagging of my parents as they dragged me to the shopping centre.  All the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and Star Wars figurines that I’d steal from my older brother whilst his back was turned.

I would say I had a pretty good childhood in all, we never went without food or the necessities and my parents and family were generous enough when it came to our birthdays, or Christmas. Looking back at it now I never realized how much effort my parents put into providing for us and making sure we were happy. But, being a (somewhat grown) adult now I do understand and appreciate what my folks did for me. Which is why I’m writing this post today, to talk about those kids out there who don’t get a chance to experience what I, and most of us did, as children. There are kids out there who don’t have enough clothes or food for winter, let alone the need of toys for Christmas.

The Giving Tree is a relatively new charity, being founded mere months ago by Amelia Wells. Their focus is for the children of families who cannot afford gifts during this festive period. So guys, if you’re like me and you remember what it was like to have great childhood memories of Christmas, or even if you didn’t but you know what it’s like to go without, please consider donating to this wonderful cause. You can reach the site at http://www.thegivingtree.com. They take donations both big and small, every little bit counts!