The Precollege Dream: Arden

I have high expectations for myself. Very high expectations. I dream to work my way up in retail whether it is starting at Claire’s and ending in Chanel, or Sales to corporate at Saks. I dream to be a top fashion blogger. I dream to work for Vogue and travel the world and learn from each experience. I dream to be invited to NYFW and strut in the most extravagant designer wardrobe. I dream to be personally invited to all kinds of fancy events and talk shows, to be honest, I just have a dream to wash my face twice a day. I have a dream and I dream to fulfill these dreams. I dream to go to FIT and work HARD. I dream to live the fashion dream.

I may come across as being a little dramatic because, well, you are supposed to dream of good health for yourself and your family. Dream of happiness and comfort. But I dream the fashion dream of glory and gratitude. But not to get ahead of myself, taking baby steps one at a time, one by one, starting at FIT, with my Precollege classes.

I have been growing. Each Precollege class I have taken there is a fine line form the first week to the last. My artistic interpretation has grown. My technique has grown. My personal vendetta has grown. I am growing, as a person and at this point in my life it’s all starting to come together. I have been dedicated in applying to Communication Design which has a high demand. So I would say that hard work does pay off, and it has been. Precollege class have been giving me a peek through the keyhole to pinpoint what I enjoy doing the most.

Visual Arts – Portfolio Preparation – AP Art


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Prior to any Precollege classes I started my art journey at my local high school.These classes have been so beneficial towards my success. It has given me the knowledge through trial and error of what media I use the best and ways of improving my drawing technique with practice.

HAD 150: Magazine Design

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I learned the essentials of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. It has definitely taken a lot of time and hard work. I enjoyed it, creating pieces of typography from my notebook to the MacBook.

HFS 182: Developing an Eye for Styling

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Color, texture, flow- in a nutshell.                           

It took some time to get all 3 of those elements in harmony. In the weekly assignment of mood boards, you could see my development of skill from the first week to the last.

HPH 159: Digital Camera Use and Photography for the Beginner 

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The first class I was clueless. I am still learning the balance of taking a good photograph, the shutter speed, aperture, IOS; and that is just the start. This is the current class that I am taking and just being the third week in I can already see a drastic improvement of my skills being applied.

Improvement is essential in life. My improvement gearing to FIT is essential. I dream the Fashion dream along with the dream of good health and prosperity.

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Till Next Time!

Hello hello!

Well, the final class has somehow crept up quicker than expected. It feels like just yesterday October started but here we are, days away from 2016.

It’s funny how things work out sometimes. Originally I was registered for a different class than the one I took but due to low registrations, I was recommended to take Magazine Design. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this class and I’ve learned a lot about the various programs you use in graphic design as well!

As expected of the title of the class, our final projects were our own personal spin on a magazine. I took some pictures of a few of the final pages, mind you I could probably keep working on this forever but this is the final result over the last few weeks!

Depth Magazine

Depth Magazine

I featured both of these pages in a few of my older posts when they were works in progress. As you can see, changes have been made as well as minor tweaks in order to tie in the magazine as one. Throughout the magazine I tried to tie in colors that were featured on the cover; blue, red, black, gold, and white. Gold being the perfect tie in to each page really made the rest of the magazine come together well.

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Overall, the magazine is finished but for my own personal standards, I definitely feel I could further strengthen the magazine. I tried my best with the time and sources I had which is all that really matters in the long run I guess!

If you’re interested in designing and graphics as well as putting together a final product, I highly recommend you try Magazine Design. It not only introduces you to more aspects of design, but you’ll get a better understanding of software you’ll more than likely need in any field you go into!

Thank you all so much for reading my posts from week to week, it’s really been awesome getting to write for this blog!

Have a happy holiday and good luck with your future endeavors!

Sincerely,

Emily Kelly

 

Time Flies in Magazine Design

Hi everyone!

My Magazine Cover
Well, believe it or not the Precollege fall courses are about to be up, sadly this Saturday the 19th for me! I’ve made so much progress not only on my magazine, but as well as my computer techniques.

Pictured above is the cover of my magazine titled, Depth. When putting together my thoughts and interests, I wanted to include writings of my own, as well as images I’ve taken. The features of my magazine are pieces I’ve written and the monthly departments consist of fashion and music updates, along with some writing tips.

Descriptive piece featureThe feature pages may not look like your typical magazine spread, but as a feature piece normally is, these pages will focus solely on the stories and creating an visual image for the reader.

This page to the left is one of my favorites. I took the photo during my first week of summer classes at FIT and later wrote about that specific morning during school this year. This story starts out the feature pages then carries on into the next 2 pages which are also descriptive pieces that make you think and feel as if you’re living in that specific moment in time. Descriptive piece featuresAlthough this week is my final class, I still have some more tinkering to do with each page. I’m always getting new ideas to improve each page to better fit the magazine’s aesthetic so it makes it hard to ever come to a final piece. I’m glad I ended up taking this course because it turns out I really enjoy this kind of creative work. Fingers crossed my final piece looks as great as I have it pictured in my head!

Thank you all so much for taking the time to read my posts each week and hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading them as much as I liked writing them!

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely,

Emily Kelly

 

 

Practice Makes Perfect…Well Almost

Hello hello!

With just 2 classes left our magazines are kicking into full gear. During my class over the weekend we continued to work on spreads within our magazines in order to then do a critique.

Some don’t like to be part of a critique due to the fact they’d rather not hear what others think about their work. The reality of it is, even though you may like your work does not mean the client will. Going into a design based industry, or any industry for that matter, I feel it’s important to be open to any and all criticism. Not only do you benefit from listening to others points of view, but this means there’s always room for you to grow.

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Pictured above is a spread I’m working on for my magazine which is certainty a work in progress. My class spent time looking over each of our spreads and had a group critique on what we could adjust or what we liked about each persons piece. Personally, I’d like to change a few things but overall the aesthetic of my magazine is coming across how I pictured it.

Your ideas are always going to be changing and evolving. For instance, the cover I originally designed in the beginning of the course still needs to be redone simply because it’s not fitting the overall theme of my magazine. I’ll be honest, this definitely can be a tedious process at times and involves lots of editing but it’s worth it.

I’m excited to see how far I can get with this magazine, fingers crossed it comes out okay!

Thank you all for reading and have a wonderful week!

-Emily Kelly

A Dip Into Magazine Design

Hi all!

In my class, Magazine Design, I’ve come to really enjoy and appreciate the amount of time and effort it takes to create a professional yet personalized magazine. Learning the techniques to make a magazine that’s eye catching and up to snuff is exciting!

Being that magazine design is, for the most part, solely based on computer technology, being familiar with the software is key. My professor was well aware that many of us have barley touched programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign; and has mentored us to be able to use it to our best ability. I’ll be honest, at first it’s quite difficult to grasp those few basic steps due to the numerous ways there are to executing one task, though surprisingly I started to catch on in no time!

Magazine Progress

Magazine Progress @ FIT

Thankfully, my skills have improved and even though at times I have to do tasks multiple times to finally achieve the exact design I’m going for, it’s all simply a process of trial and error. I feel I need to work on learning more techniques and tools within these programs that way it’ll allow me to create exactly what I picture in my head instead of having to move around my initial idea due to not knowing what tools to use.

Weeks are cutting close, now that classes are counting down one by one I’m finally starting to get a hang of the programs. This is great because I can finally start placing ideas onto papers, but also a little stressful because times running out and I’d love to finish a strong final whole magazine without weak ends.

Magazine Progress

Magazine Progress @ FIT

Overall I’ve genuinely learned a lot about the programs we use and I’ve also been inspired by the pieces my professor shows us in class. Initially, I hadn’t planned on taking this class but I’m glad I did because not only does it give you an introduction to color and design but it can also tie in fashion and its aesthetics which is always a plus!

Now of course everything is still a work in progress but I think it’s coming out nice and hopefully my final product will be great!

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week! Also, have a happy turkey day!

-Emily Kelly