Vintage Graphic Dissect #001

Filed under:Art Images, Graphic Design, Graphic Design Tutorial, Images, Vintage Graphic Design — posted by Jasper on 2010/09/12 @ 2:29 PM

Today, I’d like to break down the graphic layout that was involved in putting together the cover of “Lady Killers” magazine from 1964.

A. First things first. Pick a striking image as the non-text focal point. In this case, it’s a full color photograph of a seemingly dead or unconscious woman.

B. Another non text element. The silouhette of a person standing over the seemingly dead or unconscious woman. This element was hand drawn and not a photograph.

C. The magazine/document title, “Lady Killers”.
This should be captivating and be the most important text object on the page.
This is obviously hand drawn, most likely with a pencil.
To achieve this, try a couple different pencils other than a standard #2 to determine what works best for you.
A good “cheat” would be to typeset the font that you want and print it on a white piece of paper with a 5% or 10% grayscale fill or a very thin stroke with no fill.
Scribble in the shapes of the letters to achieve the desired effect.
When you’re happy with the piece, scan it, then adjust the contrast and black/white levels of the scanned image in photoshop.
Also, take notice that the words “Lady” and “Killers” are separated by a small image of a syringe.

D. A small yellow banner across the top left corner with some text information.

E. Small upper-case/lower-case text above the secondary text object focal point.

F. Larger upper-case text object with an exclamation point for emphasis.

G. Morbid, eye-catching headlines, which describe the contents of the magazine, left justified and separated by white bullet-points.

H. Very small informational text object for the magazine’s cover price, not meant as a focal point.

Some other observations..
Only one font was used, aside from the custom lettering for the magazine’s title. I strongly recommend sticking to only one or 2 fonts when creating a page layout.
However, I can’t pick out this font. It’s not Helvetica or Arial, but I like it a lot.
The best way to identify a font that looks similar to others is by comparing the upper-case “R”s and I cant pick this one out right now.
Another observation.. Although the graphic includes a full color photograph, the colors are still very minimal. White and Golden Yellow are the only colors used in the text objects.
I also recommend keeping the text colors in most layouts to a minimum.
Thanks for reading.

Scan of The Day #004

Filed under:Art Images, Graphic Design, Images, Scan of The Day, Scans, Vintage Graphic Design — posted by Jasper on @ 5:30 AM

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My Recent Computer Upgrade Project

Filed under:Apple/Mac, Computers, Life Thoughts — posted by Jasper on @ 3:46 AM

I recently upgraded and partitioned the hard drive in my 17″ Intel iMac recently.
Texas heat really makes me worry when I’m deep in a graphic or audio project and I feel that my computer is running too hot.
I did some research on upgrading the hard drive to allow me some additional storage and to put less stress on the processor.
Let me rewind…
I’ve owned two iMac G5s that have overheated and died before I purchased the machine I’m working on now.
The G5s are VERY easy for any novice to upgrade. The back comes off when 3 screws are loosened. After that, the components are easily accessible.
I’ve upgraded a hard drive and an optical drive on my old G5s.
Click here for a tutorial with some photos.
Now, back to upgrading my Intel iMac…
The Intel iMacs are more complex to work on. All of the components, like the hard drive, are BEHIND the display(screen) and covered with a heavy foil that is held on tightly with a very strong adhesive.
Click here for a tutorial to upgrade the hard drive on an iMac with an Intel processor.
I read through the tutorial months before I had the confidence to attempt the procedure.
So.. What’s the point of sharing this in my blog??
This is my way of encouraging you to do the thing that you think you might not be capable of doing.
I know I saved at least $100 or $200 by doing this myself instead of taking my computer to a professional.
..a couple more things..
I partitioned my hard drive, which I’ve never done.
In some ways, it was a more involved procedure that required more online research.
Click Here and Here for some helpful websites with info on partitioning your hard drive and creating disc images.
Lastly, I got a rad deal on my hard drive at Fry’s, but their tools are overpriced, compared to Home Depot.
Thanks for Reading.

image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace