Test Prints

Today was the day whereby I undertook my test prints with a basic colour printer in the Library at West Kent College. I used basic A3 paper, the reason for this was to reduce the amount of money spent on the printing stage of this project as ink and paper are expensive if there are corrections to be made!

The main struggle I had when test printing was ensuring that all the settings on the PDF file was correct, making sure that the printer wasn’t going to stretch my design to fit the A3 paper. The reason I didn’t want this to happen was because I had made the document the measurements I wanted to make a hard copy mock up on the magazine that I purchased. If the printer had stretched my design to fit A3 then the double page spread would’ve been out of proportion – thankfully I selected the correct settings first time round.


These initial test prints were just to get an understanding of the colours, textures, overall view and also measurements for the mockup on my magazine. The two double page spreads are shown above on their own after being trimmed around the crop & bleed marks. After looking at this I was happy with the outcome and decided to put them inside the magazine to see if the measurements were correct and they were – fitting perfectly! Please flick through the slideshow to see my test print mockups.

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I am pleased with the final outcome of my test prints and will be sending my final product to print on Friday!


Reviewing photos from Monaco

After visiting Monaco on my travels over the summer period I ensured I reviewed my photographs and matched the best suited photographs with my sketches. I wanted to make sure that I included the famous aspects of the Grand Prix race circuit in my double page spread as Monaco is extremely famous for this. I took photos of the red and white kerbs, the famous race tunnel, historic monuments etc. and the reason for this was because I wanted to ensure I would get something grand prix related that would fit well within my final design. I also took photos of the surrounding attractions (casino, castle and views etc.) as you can see in a small selection of the photographs below.

I took so many photographs in Monaco which was very beneficial to me as it allowed me to have a large variety when designing my final product. As you can see I tried to test out a unique shot with extending the shutter speed in the racing tunnel however this didn’t really turn out as I wanted it to, therefore decided against using the idea. I feel as though learning my own camera is something I will be improving on over the coming months as there are so many different effects and techniques that can look so effective when performed correctly, and that is an area of graphics design I am extremely looking forward to advancing in.

Here is a screenshot of all the Monaco photographs selected to show how many I took in total! Screen Shot 2017-09-19 at 20.04.56.png

168 photos later….




Reviewing my Photographs of Natural Disasters

After taking my photography on the beach ‘L’Éscalet’ I reviewed my photographs and what I thought was the best fitting photographs for my double page spreads. I wanted an image which someone would be able to look at and understand straight away that the double page spread was to do with natural disasters and in this case specifically forest fires.

Below are a small selection of the photographs that I took on the shoot.

As you can see from the photographs above I have many good photographs that could potentially be used, some stand out more than others such as the dragonfly photograph and the burnt tree stump. However the views of the island/ coastline are also very aesthetic…

I feel as though I need one large image on the double page spread, fitting with my sketches and makes the audience understand that a disaster has occurred with an image of the remanence of the forest fire. Therefore I chose to use the image of the burnt tree stump and my main image. I then chose to use other smaller images such as the aesthetic views of the burnt island and also the limited wildlife that still remains to show how much of an impact the forest fire had on the coastline.

Below is a screenshot of all the 107 photograph I took on the shoot.

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Chosen Environment 2

My second chosen environment is ‘Monaco’, the reason for this was because it is an area I am very familiar with as I have visited there many times and it is an extremely popular tourist attraction. Therefore I felt it was a good idea to promote/ advertise Monaco and what there is there to see, such as the Grand Prix race circuit, yacht-line harbour, luxury hotels etc.

Double Page Spread Sketches

Before tackling the two double page spreads I ensured to do some small thumbnail sketches in order to get a rough idea of what I wanted my final product to look like. I started with 5cm sketches to get some ideas flowing down and then went onto choose my favourite out of the sketches and made them more in depth with the images I took. Here are my initial sketches and I have circled my favourite sketches.


I then went onto make larger sketches of these thumbnails to finalise a few things and here is what it looks like.




Target Audience Chosen Environment 2

My target audience for my second chosen environment of ‘Monaco’ would be those that are looking for places to visit on holiday which informs them on what is there. In this case there are many luxury hotels, yacht-line harbours, the famous grand prix and restaurants. The age range of my target audience is so wide therefore I shall make it as formal as possible as this will make it easy to read.

I will implement aspects of all attractions within the double page spread as this will attract a wider range of audience. Those that like Grand Prix will see the synergy of the double page spread with the grand prix and also the luxury hotels.

Double Page Spreads Research

After reviewing my double page spread research from the Editorial Design project in HND year 1, I refreshed my memory of all the main concepts and styles of double page spreads. I generally wanted to have 1 page of a cover image to stand out and grab the audiences attention and then the other page to have smaller photos dotted around and have text talking about each photograph. This makes it easy for the audience to follow and digest the information in my opinion.

In my project for Editorial Design at HND1 I feel as though my design could’ve been improved by more clarity, and remember that “less is more”. I feel as though I overcrowded my double page spreads last time, therefore this time I will ensure that the double page spreads are appealing to the eye but at the same time not too cluttered.