I'm currently involved in a group that plans the 4th of July fireworks celebrations in my town. We're planning on making new banners, different from last years. They will be 8'x10', and will be put up around town on the sides of busy streets. Our current draft design (not by me) primarily uses Times New Roman as the main typeface. I really don't feel like this is a great choice. Do you have any suggestions on the typeface?
I can’t answer definitively without actually seeing the designs, but my first instincts would be to go with a slab serif or a bold condensed sans serif. Since the banners will be so big, you’ll want something bold and eye-catching, but be sure to leave plenty of white space in the layout so it doesn’t feel cluttered.
If you use this search query on MyFonts, you can see just the fonts that have a single weight available for free, or get the planning group to add into the budget some money to buy a better-suited typeface than Times New Roman.
Where do you get all of your cool necklaces? (i.e. the ampersand necklace or the deathly hallows necklace?
I bought the Deathly Hallows necklace from a table in the Vendor Room at LeakyCon. The ampersand, cat, and pi necklaces were all custom made from a jewelry shop I found on Etsy. The snitch necklace was a gift from a friend, and I found the green beaded necklace on sale at Claires a few years ago. Maybe I should just do a beauty guru-type video talking about all the random places I get my jewelry/clothes…
I'm working on making a resume for hopefully a design internship this summer. Any advice?
I’m not sure there’s not much I can tell you that isn’t already available with a quick google search. But a few points I can think of:
-Make sure it’s only one single sided page
-Design it in color, but print a test copy in black and white to make sure the design still holds up without the color
-Start all sentences with action words. “Designed a website for Awesome Company, July 2012” rather than “Last July, Awesome Website had me design a website”
-Print out copies of your resume on nice quality cardstock and bring 5 copies to every interview you go to
-Keep the layout pretty standard. You don’t want the interviewer to have to search for the information.
-That said, introduce your own personal branding to help it stand out from the crowd. Just keep it subtle and appropriate.
-Never use 12 point Times New Roman, or it’ll look like a high school essay. Use 10 or 11 point instead, and try a sans serif or a Baskerville or Garamond, or something that’s a bit less school essay-y
-Include everything you can think of, including a YouTube channel if you make videos, or an active Twitter account, or a project you did for your parents. So long as the end product is of a quality you’re comfortable sharing in an interview, anything goes.
-Include other skills besides design as well - can you use Microsoft Office? Do you have a fast typing speed? Are you always punctual, or organized?
-Once you think you have a good draft, visit your school’s career planning office or guidance counselor and have them look it over. Also have your graphic design teacher or art teacher, or even your mom take a look at it. They’ll probably have suggestions you didn’t even think of. Good luck!
Gotham, Helvetica, Joanna, Serifa, Caecilia, Din, Cochin (though I still haven’t been able to use it very well yet), Bodoni (especially Poster Bodoni Italic)…that’s all I can think of off the top of my head.
how long did it take for you to make that mini book? I kinda want to do that.
Laying out the book, printing, and cutting out the pages probably took longer then actually putting it together. Once I had the layout set, probably about 4 or 5 hours total? I don’t know, I wasn’t really keeping track, plus I was filming it, so setting that up took extra time. But I put the file together in a few hours one night, and then made the book the following afternoon.
hey karen! i love the mini books, I was wondering what the different processes were called for each book and why you did them differently? :)
When I made the Paper Towns book, I only glued the edges, similar to a perfect bind. It works in theory, but actually isn’t very strong, and is starting to fall apart. A few years after that when I did the TFioS book, I sewed it first, then glued the edges, which makes it much, much stronger. Also, when I made the first copy of TFioS (the one in the video), I only sewed 3 holes in the pages, but when I did the second one, I did 5, just to make it more durable still. Also, I kept overestimating the width of the cardboard in the spine, so the first TFioS book is not actually proportioned very well, I just kind of hid it in the photos I took. The second copy though, which John now owns, is much better.
When John releases a new book three years from now, I’m sure my process will only improve :)