Graphic Design Without a Computer: Part 2

– Hey, everyone! In the last episode of Graphic
Design Without a Computer, we talked about drawing
typography by hand. Today we’re moving away from typography and more into hierarchy and compositions. You’re gonna need a variety of magazines and books and posters, really anything that you like the layout of. Similar to the tracing project that we talked about
in the previous video, we’re going to do something
called, The Squint Exercise. All you have to do is
stand up the magazine or the poster or whatever it is, a few feet away from you and then squint at it so that all the text
and information disappears and all you see is the most
basic shapes and colors. Draw in your sketchbook
the layout that you see and by doing a bunch of these, you can really get a feel for the balance of the design and just how many options are available when laying out a page. You’re also creating a resource for yourself to refer back to. When you’re stuck on a
project in the future, you can’t just copy someone else’s design, but you can get inspired by the way that they’re placing items on the page and working with color, and you can apply that
to your own project, which will inevitably come out different from the original
since you’re not looking at all of the copiable details. Okay, so now we’ve traced
and copied a ton of stuff, let’s start making our own layouts. This is a project I did
sophomore year of college. Basically we had to take magazines and cut out all these
different graphic elements and arrange them on the page so that there are several
clear levels of hierarchy. You can do this using
the size of the elements, the placement, and even the color. Speaking of size, if you
have access to a copier, it can be fun to resize
all the different elements on the copier and then cut
and paste them by hand. It’s kind of a clunky method, and I admit it, I hated
it when I had to do it, but since you don’t
have all the flexibility of Photoshop or Illustrator, sometimes you end up with
really interesting results that were completely unexpected. The second part of this project was to move to the computer, which is not applicable to this video, but I’ll give a brief summary. Basically try to recreate each composition on the computer, as closely as you can, and then apply different color schemes to the same compositions to see how it affects the hierarchy. Just like the projects in the last video, you could be creative and
make anything you want. You can stick to abstract compositions or start pasting together actual layouts for posters or magazines. Don’t get caught up on making the words and the images actually
make sense together, just use what you have
to make the most dynamic, interesting compositions
you can come up with, using nothing more than
magazines, scissors, and tape. Good luck! I’d love to see
what you guys come up with. Feel free to send me photos on Twitter, or post them on Tumblr
and tag them KarenKavett. In the next video of this series, we will be getting back to typography and talking about creating typography by hand and recognizing fonts. Be sure to hit the subscribe button right above my head so that
you don’t miss that video. If you still haven’t seen part one, you can click right here, and in a couple weeks you’ll be able to click right here to see part 3. Thanks so much for watching. I’ll see you all next time. (upbeat electronic music)


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