03- 414 Zine Idea Inspiration
I had a really difficult time trying to figure out a topic for the zine project. After thinking about creating a map for litter and finding out about The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, I discovered these ads. I feel like this is simple yet its gets the message across quickly. Knowing what I wanted my own topic to be, this particular set of ads gave me inspiration to create my zine in a unique and simplified way that got the message across to all audiences.
First just the simple plastic bottle and aluminum can in tuna containers seems dramatic to me. It is showing people that when they litter, they can expect to find the consequences of that in the food that they consume. It is showing them what they are doing to the ocean environment with just one simple image. I think seeing this makes me really want to be able to create the same affect. I want to create something where the message come across simply and easily.
Next I think just the simple statement on the top left corners are strait to the point and easily understood as well. This makes me want to be able to find a few facts and simple statements that get the same messages across to anyone who is reading my zine.
I feel like this ad helped me figure out how to keep my statements and design elements simple but to the point.
“Is it what you expect to find in the sea? Neither do the fishes.”
Advertising Agency: Quê Via
02- 414 Zine Inspiration
This map illustration gave me a few ideas for the maps in my own zine. I really enjoyed Oliver Jeffers illustrations on this map. I also enjoyed the map itself. The labeling of different events is also a really great touch.
The small illustrations surrounding the map give the viewer a glimpse into Jeffers time in Paris. Each of the illustrations are simple but at the same time unique and they get the message across. They are fun to look at and also give meaning to his trip.
The red and blue of the map with the ivory background are really great combinations. I really enjoy how the map is lines representing where he has been. Then seeing the la seine labeled grounds the actual map journey.
Lastly the labeling on the map makes the map really easy to read. The numbering of events as well as the labeling of the start and finish all contribute to allowing any one who is reading the map to understand it immediately.
I feel like I got a lot out of this one mapped journey of a trip to Paris. The illustrations, map, and labeling are all done in a simplified and easily read way. I have defiantly gotten a lot of inspiration from this piece.
01-zine binding inspiration
The binding on this book gave me inspiration for possible binding on my zine. Not only did i find this binding interesting but the placement of images and text also seems to flow very nicely. The color palette of white with salmon and peach colors also seems very unique.
I was really inspired by the binding of this book. The zines I had discovered at Quimby’s all seemed to be stapled together. This particular book uses thread to bind the pages together. The binding being stitched together seems to give the whole feel a more homemade and unique feel. I really would like to try this on my own zine because I feel like it would help me give my zine a personal quality to it.
The placement of the images and text also seems to be laid out nicely. Having the balance of different placements of text and images helps the flow seem like it is interesting and intriguing. If it was the same layout on each page it would get boring. The designer did a good job of keeping everything balanced and yet each page fits together nicely.
The color palette is unique as well. The white, salmon pink, and peaches give a soft and subtle dreamy quality to the photos as well as the whole over all feeling of the book. I thought it was nice how on the last two images of this set, one is the salmon pink with white text while the other is white with salmon pink text.
All together I feel that the binding, placement, and color palette of this book have some unique qualities to consider when creating my own zine.
ÕU Magazine by Tuumik
Thinking about the topic of greenhouses in an iPad editorial I really wanted to create an atmosphere that was inviting and interesting to look at but also linked back to the overall theme. I think that incorporating images and pattern really helped my overall design but using illustrations could really give the design one more intriguing layer for the viewer to look at.
These illustrations also have a unique feel to them. The subtle yet intriguing lines give this photograph an extra added something. I think enclosing the plants within the different types and shaped terrariums adds more to the whole feel of them. Just like adding more depth with the hard lines surrounding the plants, incorporating these illustrations into an editorial with photographs and type and pattern will help bring it all together and also will add more depth to the project as a whole.
This series of four illustrations of terrariums give a lot of hard and soft lines that add really interesting elements to the overall feel of each of them. I think that their unique construction is really inspiring for illustrations I may create for my own editorial. I think just keeping in mind having hard and soft lines within my illustrations will add a lot to my overall design.
Throughout this greenhouse project I think different inspirational elements like this series of illustrations have really helped my overall design. These illustrations in particular have given me inspiration to make sure to add different layers so that different design elements can help create more depth. At the same time these particular illustrations are very unique and have given me inspiration for my own editorial illustrations as well.
This magazine layout has an interesting composition and the design element in the upper left hand corner also may have just solved a problem with the design flow in my own editorial. I think this composition flows nicely and also has unique design elements.
I feel that the image itself captures a ton of depth with the light while and pale blue sky next to the brown gravel desert in the foreground. Then the woman on the motorcycle along with the barrels adds movement to the page as the eye changes direction. The only thing I would change in reference to the image would be how close the upper left hand corner color block would be to the bike itself. It seems to draw tension at the corner of the color block and the bicycle.
Then the color block adds a really interesting element to the whole overall feeling of the image. The color block stands out on its own and also adds more movement to the overall feeling at the same time. It seems like the eye can move down because of it and then it moves over again because of the woman on the bike. The type face within the color block is also really interesting because it breaks up the space within it and also gives the viewer all the most important information.
The type face that was chosen for this layout works really well with the photograph itself along with the color block. I think the Make Shift being the boldest and most noticeable is really eye catching. Then the type face in Mobility being different also adds an overall interesting feeling to the layout.
All in all this page gave me a lot of ideas to consider when using photographs but it also gave me inspiration for a design element I would like to incorporate threw out by editorial design.
The storefront is a really important aspect to a business and especially a restaurant. I feel that using a storefront that encompasses the whole brand of the restaurant I have created so far is a huge part of the overall design for Kale.
This storefront has a really interesting angle for a storefront. The wooden texture on the front of the store as well as the interesting door make for a unique front that I think would be a great idea to find something similar for Kale. I feel that the green hanging down from the top is also an added feature.
The wooden texture on the storefront is rustic and yet warm at the same time. The texture adds a whole new aspect to the composition. Having some kind of unique and expressive texture may create an even more interesting storefront because of the look and feel of it.
The door being off to the right also adds an interesting dimension to the whole composition. I really considering getting a straight on view of a storefront for my wireframes but after looking at this example I think getting an off centered shot might add a lot to the whole overall coposition.
Lastly the green hanging down from the top gave me a few ideas to include some kind of plant or greens into my own storefront. Kale is an organic restaurant with a rooftop garden. I feel that it might be a really neat idea to capture some kind of plant or plants within the storefront so the the front of the building is just as inviting as what the brand of the restaurant makes it feel.
Looking at this specific storefront has given me inspiration for determining the view as well as what type of storefront would work the best for Kale’s front. This will be important to determine not only for the wireframes but also for the overall brand of Kale.
09-menu inspiration (plus pattern on back?)
When looking threw different menu designs I found that this one caught my eye. Although the image is a little blurred I think the overall idea is really interesting. I think the format of the menu, the illustrations, and the differences in text sizes all add interesting elements to the overall menu design.
The format of the menu has the restaurant name and then is broken up into different sections. It flows from one section to another and is easily read because of how it was formatted. Having the main captions centered makes it very easy for the viewer to just look down the page. The shape of the menu being elongated also helps draw the eye down.
The illustrations that are simple and black on a plain brown background also add to the overall feel of this menu. I think this simple, straightforwardness of the illustrations really represents what the brand of this restaurant must be, simple and yet complete.
The different text sizes throughout the menu also are a much appreciated touch. I love how each of the fonts works together and yet at the same time adds more for the viewer to look at as well as plainly showing them what section goes with what and when to look at them.
All in all, I think this menu gave me a lot of great inspiration when creating my own menu for Kale. I need to remember type face, placements of text and objects, as well as readability when creating my own. I think it might be really interesting to have one side of the menu using my pattern and the other plain and simple like this as well.
This was another iPad design that intrigued me when looking at different iPad layouts. The simplicity of the text at the top allows the image to become front and center and the viewer to get an idea of what they are going to begin to read. The placement of the photo and text along with the feeling that the photo gives off seems to have influenced my design ideas.
The content in the image is cooking materials and different food items. The text at the top seems to make this layout an individuals own layout where they can display their photography and own website. Seeing this text it is a really nice touch to add an intriguing photo of their own so that the viewer wants to keep looking at the rest of the content.
First of all the placement of the text is at the top where the viewer will first start to read from. Although it is small, the white on top of the beige background adds an elegant atmosphere for the text to be placed in. The text also allows anyone to be able to read the text but yet the image is still the main content I feel that the designer wanted to show to anyone looking at it.
Also the feeling that the photograph conveys is warm and subtle. When I first glanced at this it made me think of being in a kitchen and making different dishes. Its organized yet it is effortlessly organized. The photograph as a whole adds content that is intriguing and allows the viewer to become interested so they want to continue exploring the layout.
All in all the placement of the photo and text along with the feeling that the photo gives off seems to have influenced my design ideas. I really want to make sure I have intriguing and cohesive photographs. At the same time I want to make sure my text and content is easily read and that it pairs well with my overall layout and design.
I started thinking about my own ideas for the greenhouse ipad layout and how I might incorporate the interactive features into the design itself. This ipad layout gave me a few ideas based on how the background is photos and based on the placement of the titles in the center of each photo.
The background being a photo background reminds me of a few of my own pages. I think that dividing these half way down the center and having a different photo on either side creates an interesting element. I think that if these were two different photos they probably would not work well together. These two photos complement each other well. The locations and colors pair well together. Although most of my pages with photos consist of only one photo, this may be an interesting idea to consider with some of my own design layouts or to have the photos slide and switch between two different ones.
Also, having the titles enclosed in circles complements this particular piece well. It distinguishes the two photos from one another. Seeing these titles placed here gave me an idea to have my interactive features enclosed in circles. I think in my own design the circles will complement my geometric patterns nicely.
This particular ipad layout gave me a few different ideas and some inspiration when considering photo design elements and also especially when thinking about how I would like my interactive features to function.
I also discovered this website when searching for inspiration on my own Kale restaurant website. Yet again this is a simple website layout but yet it pops because of the photographs that grab the viewer right away. This site has given me a few different ideas because of how different things are labeled and how they can be viewed.
The photographs scrolling right in the center works really well for this site. Each of the photos shown works really well together. Each photo being cohesive links them all together and having all of the photos together gives even more depth to the site.
Next the blog at the bottom explaining what is going on is a really nice touch. I know I would like to include current streaming information right on the front home page. I was going to center all of the information but allowing it to show towards the bottom works really well in this case. The photographs draw the viewer in and then all the interesting information is viewed after seeing the photos.
Once again this has the logo centered at the top of the page with links to the different pages near it. I think that this works really well as it did in the last example too.
All in all, this site is yet again simple and elegant but it has inspired my idea of what the layout should consist of in my overall design of Kale.
This wireframe collection really stuck with me and I took a lot out of it. This is a little different than the last few I have looked at but it also still has some similar design elements that have really inspired me. These design elements as well as different ideas of what I can do with photos has helped me a lot.
The first thing that I noticed right away was that the menu is located on the left side of the page. The wood plank adds a lot to the overall feeling of the page. Then the type face for each page is a little different on the menu. Also having the icons for things like Facebook and Instagram has a really nice placement underneath all of the different page options because those will send the viewer to give them different information or a different format, just like how pressing on each of the pages above it would send you to a different place.
Also, I absolutely love how the photographs fill up the pages. They give the viewer even more of an idea of what the restaurant atmosphere is all about. They also add to the overall color pallet. The menu bar and color blocked squares being black and dark grey is a really nice color palette but adding splashes of color from the photos really balance each of the pages nicely.
Including a person in the about us section is a super great idea as well. This allows someone interested in this restaurant to see they can be welcomed when they get to the restaurant.
These wireframes have a lot of really great elements and layout features. I think combining these ideas with a few other inspirations can really help a lot when creating my own wireframes for the Kale restaurant.
06- outline illustration inspiration
I have started to try to figure out a few of my interactive illustrations for the iPad design. Within my greenhouse design I want to include an illustration of the overall view of a greenhouse. The illustration I have currently in the spread does not give the feeling that it is an overhead view of a greenhouse. This example has given me a few ideas on how I can create something that is easily understood by different people viewing the layout.
First I think that I need to add different colors or shapes based on different things included in the view currently. For example I want to take any of the current walls and instead of black and white I want to fill them in with a specific color like ivory. Another thing I could attempt to do would be to find different hues of greens that would go with my overall brand. From here I could illustrate different leaves and color coat them so the viewer knows that there are different plants planted within the rows. This would be similar to how each of the different bushes in the middle of the garden have the same shape but yet they all have different colors added to them. In the end it would help distinguish not only where things were at but also to define what things were.
Another thing I would like to add to my illustration that I have been inspired with from this example would be that I could add in some of the outside of the actual greenhouse layout. In this illustration you can see the grass and plants outside the walls of the greenhouse. I think providing the viewer with an idea of what was outside would help ground the greenhouse and give it a more realistic feeling.
All together, this illustration helped me step back from my current greenhouse overview illustration and find differences I could add to make the overhead view seem more realistic and help it be easily understood at a quicker rate of speed.
The layout of this restaurant and a few design elements have inspired what I think I would like to create for Kale. I think that the overall layout has a lot of eye catching and yet simplistic elements. Also, the color pallet along with other design elements helps create an inviting atmosphere. When someone views this site they know right away that it is for a restaurant and they are hit automatically by the images of different food items.
First of all the layout for this website is simple and very interesting. I think having the main image right in the middle allows the viewer to become interested right away. The raspberries look delicious. Then the logo being a circle, adding the images of other dishes in circles below balances the top and bottom and creates a consistent feeling threw out the page. The only thing I would change about the layout might be to add something behind the lettering or choose a different color so that the words can be seen on top of the dark burgundy of the raspberries.
Second of all the design elements really add to the layout of this website. As I said before the color palette is really nice. The white background is clean and simple and then adding the teal and burgundy with splashes of color from the different dishes in the circles creates a really nice restaurant atmosphere. The circle of the logo and the circle of the photos of the dishes adds nicely to the design. The highlighted pages in teal on either side of the logo makes for a really neat way to see what page your on.
Ultimately I feel that the layout and the color palette and design elements seem to all create a really great elegant yet simplistic atmosphere for a restaurant. I think that seeing this example I am inspired to create something that matches well with the brand I have created so far for Kale.
05- website inspiration
This particular website layout has given me a few ideas on how I want to layout my own website for Kale. The image as the background on the main cover page as well as the placement of the logo and different pages are all interesting elements.
I think that having the whole web page taken up by a photograph is a really neat element. This would provide customers with a glimpse of the restaurant right off the back. It would also give a lot of area for a blog to be organized on the front page.
Another really neat element is the placement of the logo. Not only would the customer clearly understand the atmosphere of the restaurant but the logo would be highlighted in the center of a page. Depending on the images I get, I may think about moving the logo towards the center and having the blog information run down either side.
Where ever the logo is placed, I know I would like the different pages that the viewer can go to to be placed around the area where the logo is or to be easily found after seeing the logo.
I feel that this example gave me a lot of ideas and inspiration for what I could create for my website wireframe.
The 606 has a pretty website.