Online portfolio and print on demand catalogs for Graphic Design and Animation graduates from the Department of Design 2012. On this page you will find our conference presentations, and by hovering over the menu groups on the left you can read contextual documents. You are welcome to attend our Grad Show, opening on 29 November 2012 at 6pm, and daily from 30 November to 6 December 9.30am – 4pm.
The aim of this project is to put together a guide that will give new students a grounding while they experience life away from home for the first time. The guide covers the three biggest aspects of life for a new student living away from home. It covers university and doing well while studying, flat life and adjusting from living with your parents and going out and having fun while living on a budget. Having gone through the whole experience first hand I feel a social responsibility to pass on what my peers and I have learned. I hope to limit their stress by means of informing them, to encourage the longevity of new students tertiary study as well as their own independence.
A food for flatters or a beginners cook book has become a staple gift for teenagers moving away from home to study. Although they are useful, they’re often unwanted due to the trends emerging in youth culture. The pressure to mature faster and leave juvenile things behind has made the bright colours, clip-art illustrations and the clunky feel of such books, undesirable.
Identifying what this publication wasn’t going to look like was easy. Deciding what it was going to look like was less straightforward. I wanted this publication to carry the current trends in youth culture. Looking at music, fashion and sports allowed me to make a strong contrast to the undesirable books mentioned above. Developing a mood board was an effective method in determining a visual neighborhood for this project. Bold typographic editorial pages, vector illustrative style and a grayscale pallet were identified as having sleek and mature connotations that fit well into the “little black book” ideal.
Visual experimentation is always a very important step towards refining how a final product will look. There was a lot of back and forth while trying to decide on whether to use illustration and photography or make this publication purely type based. The final decision to include illustration and photography was made because they give the guide variation which in turn makes the publication as a whole, richer.
The final outcome is a 98 page, pocket-sized general guide to first time tertiary students that are moving out of home. Original illustrations, type editorials and photographs litter it’s pages and hold the pages and pages of helpful tips and advice together.