Project Description

The theme for this issue was “International Education”.  Most of the editorial within this issue focuses on the impact that UCalgary alumni, faculty and students are making around the world. The cover design was developed and executed by me and me alone. This includes the original 3D globe view and all the locator pins that are visible on the cover. The pins are placed according to actual data research that I did to determine where actual UCalgary alumni are operating around the world.

In order to make this cover happen, I took over 250 photos of tiny plastic flag pins stuck onto a piece of foamcore, shot from various angles and heights, and pshop-merged with the base earth and cloud images. I also designed all three of the inside main features. Each design concept was developed and executed in consultation with the magazine editor. All-in-all, this 56-page piece is great to hold and flip through.

For the online version, I was paired up with a talented web developer (Nicola is awesome!), and we whipped this website together in less than 3 weeks (sitemap, content map and page builds). Design-wise, I have to say that I found that we were a bit constrained by the corporate/institutional parameters set out for all UC websites. No point getting into the background except to sat that we were tasked with porting the magazine website back from WordPress over to Drupal 8, which is the official UCalgary website platform. As a result, I have begun to improve my Drupal skills. IMO, the Drupal CMS platform that the UC webdev has implemented still has a long way to go before I would consider it to be a proper and comprehensive design solution for online communication. But I must work within their constraints… so there you go… just making lemonade…

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