Projects

Editorial Design

Manifique N°1 | Aus Liebe zum Mann

An aesthetically ambitious fashion and lifestyle magazine for gay men, far away from shabby lonely heart advertisements in an obscene sex-sells-presentation.

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This magazine originated during my studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden. Finally, it is the fruit of the best kind of cooperation between Gloria A. Grimm, Ann-Katrin Weber and Maria Kriegmaier. We proudly present our magazine after days, weeks and month of extremely hard work, but also very much fun, passion and precision.
Check out the full version of the magazine on issuu.com.
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Blog

Another blog?

You might ask yourself: Another blog? Especially during the last years, it became enormous popular just to create an own blog for anything. If it is about fashion, design or animals – it feels like there is a blog about everything you can think of. So it‘s kind of a hard task, to create an unique and outstanding blog, but I tried my best – just have a look! This blog was created during a project in the Unit Media Design & Layout at the Queensland University of Technology.

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Blog

My blog theme | Oh Ryu!

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It took me a while till I found a theme which met the requirements of my blog. Through try and error, I finally found Ryu. Ryu was created specifially for the Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter generation of personal bloggers. More specifially, it is made for bloggers who don´t necessarily spend a long time writing long articles but often post shorter ones – or just images, videos, galleries, links and so on. Therefore, supporting those post formats is a good option so that one can apply visual treatment that enhances each format´s content. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and the Image format is specially popular in personal blogs.

What I like aswell is that the image in format will be displayed as wide as the page. And if you want to add some text after the image, you can use the excerpt which appears below the title like a paragraph in the standard format. The gallery format also displays galleries at full width, but it does not use the background color treatment. In addition, Ryu has no sidebar at all – yes, this is a feature. For personal blogs, the traditional sense of a sidebar is often less important and filled with junk that its readers just simply ignore. Filling pages with stuff has never helped usability, so the designer wanted the readers to concentrate on the most important thing – the content. Widgets and footer do not exist in that way due to Ryu was designed with Infinite Scroll first in mind. This really enhances the reader´s experience on blogs that have shorter posts. For the widget lovers, there is still an optional widget area that appears in the togglable panel at the top if you configure widgets. In general, this theme has no menue – the author really wanted to make the designer think about using a menue only if it needs one. At least, this theme is a responsive design.


“The more I learn, the more I realize how far I am from the end of my journey.” – Ryu

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About Me

SWOT Analysis

Last but not least, I want to give a SWOT Analysis with all the Strenghts, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats related to my dream job.

Strenghts: My Strenghts are my experiences in creating my own magazine. I understand how the process of making a whole magazine is working from the very beginning on: Generating content, create a concept, photography, precision at work…

Weaknesses: It could happen that I don‘t have enough working experience, especially when it comes to merchandising of magazines etc.

Opportunities: The trend is tending to go back to analog again eventhough our world is digital. Everybody wants to be unique and independent, not mainstream – that´s why INDIE Magazines become more popular. These magazines have their own special USP due to the fact they have a limited edition. On the other hand, the digital job market allows me to create a good self-promotion.

Threats: Due to the trend to the analog, there is a big competetion amongst the competitors. A lot of young creative people want to be unique and create their own stuff. The market of independent magazines seems not to be too sure, there is a fluctuation in supply and demand.

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About Me

Skills

During my studies, I gained a lot of experience in different programs. For example in the Adobe Master Suite Collection: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Premier. In my later semesters, I learned the basics of SublimeText as HTML, CSS and jQuery. During my exchange semester in Australia, I began to learn how WordPress is working and started to develop my Photoshop and Illustrator Skills further.

In general, I gained a broad understanding of design. In my first semester, I started with the very basics of how a typface is working, what Microtypography is and the basic design rules. The further my studies went, the further I developped all these skills and feel more and more prepared for the real world where I see my future self. Furthermore, I recognized that I am very passioned about Editorial design – this love started to grow in my 3rd semester, when I did a fashion and lifestyle Magazine for gay men. This leads me to my next point, my future dream job. Read more about this in the next topic. In the topic Projects you will learn more about my latest projects.

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About Me

Career Aspirations

On the way to becoming a good graphic designer, it´s all about inspiration, gathering ideas and create new ways of thinking. It´s also about the process of making things and getting better and better. Particulary in my studies in this creative field, a few very inspiring designers accompanied me. At this point, I would like to give you an impression of their work:

To My Future Self | Jiani Lu

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– Full Stop. | Sydney Lim

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Currently, I see myself in this situation that I learned a lot so far but still sometimes have the feeling, there is a lot more to learn and to think of. I wanted to look beyond my own nose, I wanted to learn new ways of thinking and different approaches. For this reason, I decided to spend two semesters abroad. Further I hope that my apprenticeship, which I want to complete abroad aswell, helps me bringing me closer to my dream job. Only in a company, I have the possiblity to use my skills which I learned theoretically through all the years in my studies. At this point, I will combine theory with praxis and apply my skills in my working life.

I see my future self either in a small design bureau, in my self created INDIE-Magazine or as independent graphic designer. I never want to stop developping myself and I am very curious about my future.

 

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