Slide Design Ad Campaign

by Trevor Albrethsen

For our final project of the semester, we were required to look for an ad and make an ad that fit the same style and design. We were also supposed to make a slide presentation that describes our findings through reverse engineering and then explain how our ad is consistent with the one we found via the Internet.

“WE ARE ALL WITNESSES.” Nike Ad Campaign

The ad I chose to reverse engineer was the “WE ARE ALL WITNESSES.” ad campaign by Nike. It features LeBron James, an iconic and prolific basketball in the NBA. Love him or hate him, millions upon millions of people know who he is and what he’s done in the NBA.

My new ad

The first thing I’d like to talk about is design. The ad’s design consists of a black background an a grayscale photograph of the athlete. The grayscale photo adds a dynamic feel and look to the ad. It really stands out more than it would if it were in color. The black background helps you focus in on the photograph of LeBron James as well.

It might be a little hard to read it in this image, but there are two lines of text in this ad. One says, “WE ARE ALL WITNESSES.” The other is a website to go to. You can see it better in the first image I posted on this post. Although both are serif font, they don’t clash due to the size differences between the two.

This slide focuses more on the colors found in this image or lack thereof. Honestly, I think Nike made the right choice by using a black background and a grayscale photograph because it helps LeBron James stand out even more. It’s an awesome looking photo and the choice to use these colors, or lack thereof, was a great design decision in my opinion.

For my ad, I found a photograph of Marcus Mariota. He is now in the NFL, but this photograph was taken while he was at the University of Oregon. This photograph shows him escaping from the UCLA tackler. What it doesn’t show is the awesome touchdown he scored. Anyway, I chose this photo because it was honestly the only one I could find. That being said, I really like it and I think it does a good job of following the “WE ARE ALL WITNESSES.” ad campaign started by Nike. It’s also a grayscale photograph and has a black background to help the audience focus specifically on the action being done by the athlete.

After making my own ad, I have realized how much the ad focuses in on the athlete. Everything is blacked out so you don’t have to block out what’s going on around the athlete. I really liked this ad campaign even though it was a little cumbersome trying to make everything but the two football players blacked out.

My new ad
LINKS TO IMAGES USED:

“WE ARE ALL WITNESSES.” Ad: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/566327721869704882

Original Marcus Mariota Image: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/pasadena-ca-oct-11-oregon-qb-255992764?src=YtegycL35ddgz4b4ekIkEQ-1-0

Nike Logo: www.pngall.com/nike-logo-png

A Creative Take on a Linksys Ad

by Trevor Albrethsen

This week’s project required us to create an ad using Adobe Photoshop. I’ve used Photoshop in the past, but I’ve never created my own content before. This project was a lot of fun and I like how my ad turned out.

For my creative ad, I made a Linksys ad. All of us had to use a generator that determined what product we would be advertising. The product I received was a wireless router. For the brand, I chose Linksys because they’re well known for making wireless routers. The generator also determined who would my audience would be. My audience consisted of males between the ages of 25-34 that are single, earned a Bachelors degree, have an income of $15,000 to $39,000, and consume media via television and social media.

My ad consists of free images found on Unsplash and Pixabay. I used four to make my ad. I used a picture that is of the Earth and the Moon from space, an astronaut floating in space, an iPhone 7, and a hand holding an iPhone. I’ll be sure to include the links and in this post.

The colors I wanted to focus most on in this image are white, black, and blue. The Earth is mostly blue due to the ocean. Space is relatively black, and there’s a good amount of white in this picture because of the font color, the astronaut, and the clouds.

The ad above is supposed to be a TV ad, with full resolution of 1920×1080. I created a television ad because that is one of the forms of media my audience consumes. I feel it is relatable because young adults are always wanting to be on Wi-Fi through their electronic devices. In the ad above, there are two iPhones, one of which belongs to the astronaut. He is floating after his lost iPhone 7.

This next image is my social media ad. It is a smaller version, as social media ads are smaller in size. The resolution for this image is 400×209. It would be used on a social media website such as Facebook. I did my best to keep the text the same in both versions of the ad, as I felt the text played an important role in the ad itself. I made sure to keep the logo of the brand and the astronaut chasing after his phone since the whole purpose of this ad is to give the impression that this particular router can be used anywhere—even in space.

For the font, I chose a serif font for the words “Stay Connected” and a sans-serif font for the text below it. It provides a good amount of contrast despite both bodies of text being white. I chose white because it was easier to see that color with the black background.

I really enjoyed making these two ads for my project. It was very difficult at first because I had no idea where to go. After much thought, I decided it would be best to take this ad to space. I was aiming for an ad that was “out of this world” and I hope I achieved that.

Image Attribution:

Earth photo by qimono — https://pixabay.com/en/earth-globe-moon-world-planet-1365995/

Astronaut photo by NASA — https://unsplash.com/photos/Yj1M5riCKk4

iPhone 7 photo by Alex Holyoake — https://unsplash.com/photos/zaJSTp1Nb88

iPhone in Hand photo by Oliur Rahman — https://unsplash.com/photos/_8S9nEmCZK0

20 Years: Final Fantasy VII Icon Set

by Trevor Albrethsen

For this project, we were required to create an icon set using Adobe Illustrator. My icon set is based off of characters from the Final Fantasy series—Final Fantasy VII for the original PlayStation. If you’re a fan of the series, you’ll recognize that I did my best to create an icon set featuring Barrett Wallace, Aeris Gainsborough, Cloud Strife, and Tifa Lockhart.

My target audience for this icon set are men and women between the ages of 20 and 34 who played Final Fantasy VII. The message is simple. As mentioned previously, this year marks the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII. I thought it would be cool to make icons as a way of paying tribute to Final Fantasy VII. My message is a message of celebration.

Above are my icons in a 60 x 60 pixel format. I’m not entirely sure why the third icon is slightly bigger than the other three in this post, so I apologize in advance for the distraction it may cause.

These images are much bigger so you can see them in greater detail. They are measured at 400 x 400 pixels. One thing I noticed while adjusting the pixel count for these icons is that they don’t do a good job of formatting to the new pixel count. I had to decrease the stroke count for some of the borders so it wasn’t overpowering everything else about the icon.

For the design of these icons, I chose to place the characters heads inside a rounded box. I thought it looked pleasing to the eye and looks better than placing them in a standard square box. I chose the colors purple, greenish blue (I seem to use these color a lot in my other designs), light blue, and crimson red because these are the colors of the face buttons on a PlayStation controller. I also added repetition of these colors by having their eye color match the box they were in.

While challenging, this was a fun little project. I never thought I would ever create a set of icons. It was great to be able to gain some experience in this aspect of design.

Using InDesign to Create a Magazine Spread

This is the first time I have used InDesign this extensively. Although new and challenging at times, it was fun being able to create a magazine spread using the new skills I learned.

Some of the requirements for this project were to use InDesign, have 3 pages in total and 1 spread, use a 2+ column layout, break up the article with headings, have a pull quote, use 2 relevant images, have a word wrap, have consistent headings and body copy, and have contrasting typography.

With this project, I also had to determine who my target audience was and what message I would deliver that audience. The audience for this particular project were men and women between the ages of 18 to 24 attending Brigham Young University-Idaho. I determined that the message I wanted to communicate with them was the importance of temple attendance while you are in your youth. It is a great habit to develop while in our youth, especially during our college years while we are living on our own.

The next thing I had to do was sketch my design. Having the sketches at hand made it easier for me to know how I wanted my final design to turn out.

Photo by Trevor Albrethsen (Personally Taken Photograph)

For typography, I chose two two contrasting typefaces. Having contrast between fonts makes it easier to read what is on a page. It also leads the eyes of the audience. They will know where to go without really needing to think about it. For the title of the article, I chose a Serif font named Adobe Garamond Pro Bold. For the body of the article, I used a Sans-Serif font named Avenir Light. Because the two fonts are from different typeface categories, the fonts provide a contrast that is pleasing to the eye, but distinguishable enough to not conflict with one another.

Each section is dividing by font that is bigger to help the audience know what will be talked about in the ensuing paragraphs. I also used a pull quote that reminds the audience what the article is about. I feel it does a good job of providing hope.

Photo by Trevor Albrethsen (Personally Taken Photograph)

Lastly, I chose a greenish-blue color and a darker gold color because the colors contrast one another quite well. I wanted colors that more or less matched the colors found in the photographs of the article. I feel they compliment the photographs. On the second page (shown above), the pull quote is inside the dark gold box.

The photographs are relevant to the article. They were taken at an LDS temple and display the beauty and peace that can be found at an LDS temple.

Typography and photography go hand-in-hand in design. They can be used to create beautiful designs that are informative and pleasing to the eye. It was a little hard making sure I implemented each element of designed I aforementioned, but I think it turned out quite well.

Original article can be found here: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2016/04/see-yourself-in-the-temple?lang=eng

Coca Cola ad: Typography Reverse Engineering

The Coca-Cola slogan from 2009 to 2016

I will be reverse engineering the typography from this Coca-Cola ad. This ad campaign ran from 2009 to 2016. Out of all the ads I found via the Internet, this one stood out to me the most. Much like last week’s post, this Coca-Cola ad has a very simplistic design, but still contains a powerful message due to its imagery.

I found this image on another blog. This is the link to that blog image talking about ads: https://currentconflicts.wordpress.com/2016/03/29/advertising/

Typeface #1: Spencerian Script

Script Typeface

The Coca-Cola logo was invented by Frank Mason Robinson in 1885. The font he used was a script font known as Spencerian script. It font style was very popular in the United States from 1850 to 1925. To this day, Coca-Cola continues to use the Spencerian script for their logo considering how recognizable it is. A script font is a font that appears to have been handwritten with the use of a calligraphy pen or brush.

Typeface #2: Sans serif

Sans serif Typeface

The second typeface on this image is called Sans serif. The Sans serif font used in this ad is thought to be the Gotham Book font which was designed by Tobias Frere-Jones in 2000. It is a Sans serif due to the lack of serifs in the font. It also lacks thick/thin transitions. They are called “monoweight” fonts because the font has the same thickness from beginning to end.

Contrast

There are many elements of contrast in this advertisement. There is a noticeable difference in size between the two fonts. My eyes are immediately driven towards the Coca-Cola logo, due to its typeface and size. It really sticks out in the image also in part to its placement within the ad. There appears to be some weight in both fonts, but the Spencerian font has a heavier weight to it thanks to its boldness.

Because the two fonts are different typefaces, they vastly differ in structure. As mentioned earlier, the Coca-Cola logo is a script typeface, and due to its structure, it contains a noticeable shift weight. The monoweight-like nature of the words “open happiness” don’t have the same transitions as the script font does in the ad. They both standout from each other and it helps you know what you’re looking at.

Conclusion

I think that the principles mentioned above do a great job with the overall design of the ad. The Coca-Cola logo stands because of the typeface that is used. Your eyes rest on the logo and then the rest of the bottle. The words “open happiness” don’t conflict with the imagery of the ad due to its contrast. It is very different from the rest of the ad, but not in a way that takes away from the ad itself because of the contrast.