Magazine Spread Design

This is my magazine spread that I made using an article from (the link will be posted below). The point of this project was to learn and be able to use adobe inDesign. Some of the main things that we wanted to be able to do were:

  • 3 Pages; 1 Spread;
  • 8.375” x 10.875” page size
  • 2+ Column Layout
  • 600+ Word Article (Found on or The article can have a title, but no other headings that break it up.)
  • Break the article up with 3+ headings/subheadings
  • 1+ Pull Quote(s)
  • 2+ Relevant Images (Shot by student)
  • 1+ Word Wrap (image or shape)
  • Consistent headings and body copy
  • Contrasting typography

We needed to use our own images so here are the photos that I used for this project. I took them a few years ago when I went and climbed the middle teton.

Using these photos I created this magazine spread. I wanted to use photos obviously that fit with the topic. I used two different fonts. I used Bebas Kai for the title and headings, and then I used charter for the body copy. I think overall it came out pretty well and I am pleased with the end result.



This is the link to the story that I used.

Slide Design Final Project

This week we were doing a design project using inDesign, and Photoshop. We wanted to reverse engineer an ad and explain the different aspects of what is going on. I chose an ad from monster energy drink. Final Draft



The new ad was trying to build upon the message of the first ad. I wanted to show an image of a man becoming a beast. I did my best to match the font style. The target of my audience was millennial men ages 18-32, the reason I chose them is because they are the ones who are going to be drinking Monster Energy drinks. Overall I think it came together pretty well and I was happy with how it turned out.



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Photo Shop Ad

This project was a really fun one. We had to create an Ad and some of the requirements were that we had to blend two pictures together and we had to make the ad be figurative and not necessarily literal. We also had to follow some requirements from a specific generator. My requirements were that the Ad was for females from ages 18-34 and that they were married and they got their ads from Magazines and Blogs. They made about 18,000-39,00 dollars a year. My goal in this ad was to show that this Dove soap was going to help clean your skin and moisturize at the same time. Living here in Idaho we have a very dry climate and I know that the women I talked to were always looking for soap that could help them do that. I wanted to use the desert floor as an example for their skin because I thought it was clear to the eye of what it was and what the goal of the soap was. Overall I thought it turned out really great and after some changes to my first draft I came up with the pictures below. The first one is for a blog or facebook, and the second is the magazine ad.


Icon Project

The idea behind this project was to create some icons that reflect a message, and are consistent with one another. I went with a theme of Native Americans. I wanted to target younger children so they are pretty simple and clear to understand. I didn’t want to have to much detail since they are only Icons.


The Design Process and Analysis 

The design that I wanted to incorporate throughout all of the icons was the feathers and the brown and green. I think I did a good job of this. I think this design appeals to the audience as they can see that it is pretty simple and they can tell easily what each item is. I think the color scheme really helped create unity and made the icons work well together. I really wanted to have some feathers that were cool and looked like feathers. I think I was able to pull that off.


Overall this was a pretty fun project that took me some time to do, but it was satisfying as I was able to see the designs that I wanted begin to take shape. I can’t wait to work more with illustrator in the future.

Simple Photography 101 basic skills


Simple Photography 101 basic skills

Photography is everywhere, and it’s a popular career and hobby for a lot of people. This post is going to be examining some of the basic skills that you use in photography. I am going over the Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines, and Depth of Field photography. Enjoy!



Rule of Thirds

Photo By iesphotos

This Photo won second in a competition on


You can see how they followed the rule of thirds. They did a really good job of utilizing the horizontal thirds up on the right where the antlers are. You can also see the body goes along the horizontal line on the lower right also. Then the body lines right up with the vertical third on the right. Overall this does a great job using the rule of thirds not just with the animal but with the landscape also.

rule of thirds darth


What I really wanted to do with this photo was not just show the rule of thirds vertically but also to show it horizontally. That is why I included the motorcycle that is by the hand of Darth. One thing that I think I could have done to even make it better was to have the lightsaber fit the bottom horizontal line a little better.


Leading Lines


leading lines

I couldn’t find a source for this. I found it on google when I was looking for an example of leading lines. If you scroll down on leading lines examples on google this will pop up.


The reason I chose this one was because of all the lines that it had. It had so many different lines but they were all leading to the same place. you have the hand rails and the glass and the escalator itself that is all leading to the top of the photo.

leading lines hammock

This is me sitting on my hammock

hammock leadinglines

My goal in this was to get lines leading to the top. I like this picture because it has my legs going to the top also the sides of the hammock. Plus there are multiple lines because of the different colors that are involved but they all work together to lead you to a certain point which is up towards my shoes.


Depth of Field



Michael Small.


Michael does a really good job of showing depth of field here. It is simple but really well done. You can see the contrast really well and the depth of field really draws you to the truck in front instead of the car and tractor in back.


depth of field darth

I took this cool pic of my friend Darth looking at a motorcycle he looked really peaceful so I tried to capture that.


I wanted people to see Darth Vader first and then see that he was looking at motorcycles second. I think I did a pretty good job. I was limited in that I didn’t have a camera and I had to use my phone. I still think I did a good job of showing that the motorcycle was further away.



Photography is really fun and with the simple knowledge of how to do these things like depth of field, and the rule of thirds you can really start to grow in your photography. I have begun to notice them when I am looking at photography and you can see how it really adds to the photo and it’s not just a plain photo but it can kind of tell a story.