Life in Auburn
Being an Auburn student has allowed me so many unique opportunities. I have met amazing people, learned skills I would have never known before college and explored new places beyond my hometown of Tallahassee. I can confidently say my life at Auburn has shaped me into a more mature individual.
Throughout this semester I have been writing articles for The Auburn Family, a website dedicated to showcasing the spirit of Auburn for incoming freshman and those unfamiliar with the university. These posts correlate with my own personal blog as well. Both platforms allow me to showcase some helpful tips I have learned throughout the years, highlight several fellow students and their accomplishments, and spotlight a few establishments in the City of Auburn.
The mock-up magazine that I designed this semester incorporates these articles that I wrote for both The Auburn Family and my blog. The visuals, I believe, best embody my personality and offer snapshots that I feel best embody Auburn. In order to create this magazine, I used Indesign, a program that provides templates and features necessary for making a magazine. Indesign is the perfect tool for a company brochure, interactive PDF, flip book or magazine. Once you understand all the elements and tools involved, the basics are easy to master.
For my magazine I used primarily the "text" and the "move" elements. I then used pictures I had taken for the various pages, edited them in Photoshop, and used sized them using Indesign to put on the pages. To make the images more appealing, I used a creative technique called "bleed." This means that the image appears to bleed off the page in the final project of the magazine. Another design technique Indesign allows is the "wrap" element. This is for when, for instance, I would want a picture to start on the front cover and continue to the back, such as a landscape image.
To create the content itself, I used several elements to make the magazine look professional and realistic. This involved using layers to create titles, sub-titles, bylines, etc. as well as incorporating pull quotes and image tags. Images could also either provide background for the content, or be used as illustrations for the stories. I have no doubt Indesign will be a valuable skill for the future. To view my magazine, click the PDF.