This is a layout for a made-up architecture magazine titled ARKITEKT. It is geared toward the young, modern urbanist demographic. My subject was a small development outside of Zürich, Switzerland, near Lake Zürich called “Seewurfel” which means “Lake Cubes”. I used very minimalistic typography so as to not take away from the imagery. For the images I chose to crop and place them in a manner similar to the site plan for Seewurfel.
I designed the masthead to be a “built” piece of the layout to emphasize the architectural aspect. I started with sketches and moved to Illustrator for the finished product.
This was a personal-spec experiment in branding myself. I have found that I am a tough client. This was a good exercise in self editing and time management. Before I committed anything to pixels, I answered some basic questions:
What are my strengths?
Colors I like (#ae2024, #777 by the way)
Designers I admire?
Work I enjoy?
Based on my answers I started sketching as many different ideas as I could muster. Then I did a little research on other people’s branding journeys for inspiration. The option that grabbed me the most was beginning from geometric shapes (hexagons in this case). I like using basic shapes as a jump-off point sometimes, because they intrinsically just fit together.
So this one was a stretch of both my technical skills and time-management skills. In this particular situation, I was given 90 minutes to brainstorm, create and polish a logo for a street-art driven clothing company. Being a short timeline, I chose to use some pre-made elements that I had ay my disposal. I do have to give credit to one of my favorite illustrators Hydro74 for the typeface “Corpus Delicti”.