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"Guide to Iceland" Tourist Publication Mockup (2024)

Guide to Iceland Cover
Guide to Iceland Spread

Having taught the concepts/skills and art-directed dozens of student multi-page layout projects, I created this 18-page mock print publication to demonstrate my own production without the restrictions and shared work of some older examples. When I learned WordPress, I produced several posts in order to understand the platform and have content to use, sharing travel knowledge and photographs of Iceland, where I have made several short and long stays. This blog has also come in handy to share with people who ask me for travel advice. Adapting some of that content and adding more photos, I developed this piece. In theory, this would be the front section to draw in tourists looking for practical information, and it would be followed by an advertising directory. The publication would be available for free in places tourists frequent (Icelandair airport gates, near the exit of the Keflavík airport, plane and seatback pockets, bus/coach hubs, food halls, etc.).

First, I created a version without a distinctive design, where I worked out space and layout plans, for proof of concept. Next, I developed a style guide (one page shown below). Finally, I applied the style guide to my rough version.

Guide to Iceland Style Guide Exerpt

This document is fully designed for print publication at a typical magazine page size, cleanly and efficiently using paragraph and character styles, automatic page numbering, facing pages, swatches, margin and column settings, parent pages, bleeds, and full CMYK preparation.

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Guide to Iceland Feature Article Opening Spread

Belfast in My Colours: A Synesthetic Exploration of My Temporary Home (2011)

This project explores my synaesthetic connections between colours and personalities. During two months living in Belfast, as the international artist in residence at Digital Arts Studios, I collected symbols of the surrounding atmosphere, attitude, and history that stood out most. When drawing each of these things in Illustrator, based mostly on my own photos, I applied the colouring that most suited each item's reputation, history, and character by matching the personalities that I synaesthetically perceive when describing different hues. For the traditional instruments, I drew upon my synaesthetic perception of colour when hearing sound.

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Firman - Belfast in My Colours
Firman - Belfast in My Colours

The Guidebook of New Punctuation (2011-2012)

Part of the reason emoticons and emotibreviations have become so popular is that typed communications remove facial expressions, body language, and, most importantly, tone of voice from the message. In the convenience of text-only contact, we loose the human element. It leads to misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and rounds of clarification that could have been saved. Granted, it can come in handy to type out responses with the ability to so easily mask the nasty faces you're pulling or the droop of defeated shoulders. But what if there was a set of punctuation to describe the tone in which you would like the message to be read?

The Guidebook of New Punctuation
The Guidebook of New Punctuation

In honor of punctuation past and in anticipation of the future's glyphs, I share this set of doodles as a light-hearted rhetorical solution to getting the human element back into text communication. Many are based up on my synesthetic visual perception of concepts. For example, when I think about patience and acting with care, a solid near-perfect circle is paired with that concept as much as its language description. Like other types of synesthesia, these associations are automatic and consistent.

I created the font using Illustrator and FontLab Studio.

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