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Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic – Technical Guide 2017

I was contacted late Sunday afternoon by Cycling Australia and asked if I could produce the Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic Technical Guide for 2017.

Sure thing I said.

I stayed tuned for some emails which provided logos (mostly large jpg’s), last year’s guide and text. I did not possess the Univers typeface much of the document was written in.  To keep costs down, rather than spent $35 for each of the 3 fonts I lacked, the Helvetica group was used instead.

After a couple of phone calls to discuss the minor details, I got started.

The most time-consuming part was setting up the page template.  From last year’s guide I was able to extract the images relating to maps, mocka and signage.  A few 2016 dates needed changing to 2017.  It had been a while since I’d used InDesign, so it was good to take it for a spin.

The main page needed some logos changed and the footer on all pages needed a 2016 changed to a 2017.  Blanking out the old logos using a white box in Illustrator allowed me to hide them and add the new ones, rather than fiddle with layer extraction.  Importing last year’s pdf into Illustrator and creating an art board around the footer and changing the year allowed me to import that into the InDesign template I created.

InDesign did not like me when I did my high quality pdf export – lots of images at the wrong resolution and using RBG, not CMYK, however the final result does the job and the print out renders well.

I could have charged for the “late notice, rush job” though waived this fee and charged standard rates.  Why was this?  I was a little rusty so could not produce my best work (though one can argue that could be the case with all rush jobs).

The winning rider image from 2016, I grabbed from Rob Gunstone’s Twitter post from last year and advised the Cycling Australia to double-check that the use of the image was approved by the photographer.

Excluding some cleanup, the project took me 8 hours.

This is v1a of the #M2W17 Technical guide (there might have been slight changes between this and the distributed file).

2017 M2W TechGuide v1.2a

2017 M2W TechGuide v1.2a #M2W17.

 

A freebee for my Cycling Club

In a month of so my cycling club is having a social event and the plan is to have a couple of photo booths there.  I agreed to come up with some artwork that would be 180x200cm in size approx.  One for the guys and one for the gals.  I’ll whack up the male version when that is done.

Lots of economizing on what I did here once the main character was drawn. Some copying, some flipping, some repositioning as well as use of some jersey designs I’d previously created.

So, here is the one for the gals.  I need to figure out where I can get this printed on the cheap now.

Baw Baw Cocktail Classic" Photobooth Art 1

“Baw Baw Cocktail Classic” Photobooth Art 1

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Another subject is completed

Last night I submitted my “Finished Art Advanced” work.  This made for a short night as I’d closed the book on this work the previous night at 21:30 hours after a last minute “oh crap!”.

I thought I’s check the brief to make sure I’d done everything then found out I needed to provide my thumbnails and a ratoonale. Once that was done, I burnt the files to a CD, made a USB stick copy and relaxed.

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Not quite finished art

Got my Inpress cover back today. Only got a good (equivalent to a C according to the lecturer).  Apparently the margins were 6 instead of a required 10 (despite being told to set up the docco with 6) and she would have preferred to me to deep etch the photos the way I was shown despite the way I did it being okayed in class and the output being to the brief. I’d followed an Internet tutorial on the subject. A couple of rulers were in the wrong place (thanks to shoddy brief instructions IMHO) and the main image could have been Gaussian blurred to reduce the skin pores and the magenta toned down a little   Go figure,  I liked the look of the main picture.  I think this topic was done just to piss us off (or at the very least, designed for psychics).  We keep getting told, “follow the brief”, then on the flip side, as a designer you should blab bla bla.  Anyway, after four late nights working on my portfolio presentation, I’m burnt out at present so do not really care.  The lecturer pulled a potential shifty by having us fill in a survey on the subject prior to providing feedback on our work. Despite this,  I’m going to amend my Inpress cover to meet the real specs.