Manifest – Book Cover Research

In class at the moment we are designing a book cover using the word ‘Manifest’

  1. 1.
    clear or obvious to the eye or mind.
    “her manifest charm and proven ability”
  1. 1.
    show (a quality or feeling) by one’s acts or appearance; demonstrate.
    “Lizzy manifested signs of severe depression”
    synonyms: display, show, exhibit, demonstrate, betray, present, evince, reveal, indicate, make plain, express, declare

    “she manifested signs of depression”

    We get to pick our own topic for what we associate with the word manifest.  It has to be non-fiction and we need a secondary title.

    When I first think of the word manifest for some reason I think of something gruesome and horrible or disgusting. I’m not really sure why but that is my initial association.  I then did some research on some murderers.  I wouldnt say a ‘famous’ murderer as such but one that had definitely had a lot of media coverage at some stage.

    I picked Jeffrey MacDonald.  The crimes that he was sentenced to were absolutely horrific. The crimes were committed in 1970 but recent evidence has emerged that he wished to take to trial to try and again, fight for his innocence.   I did not pick this topic because I think that he is innocent but when I put a crime that happened 47 years ago and a man who still proclaims his innocence to this day , something must have been manifesting in his head. Whether it be the truth or lies.

    Below are some images that I have gathered for research about books in the same nature. The first image is typical imagery and book covers from that genre and the second are books that are not from that genre but are book covers that I want to take inspiration from for my book cover.  Clean and uncluttered.


Business Ideas – Reserves

I have been thinking more and more about wanting to do graphic design on my own full time.  I do really enjoy my job but I would ultimately be able to design logo or magazine spreads as I please.  The reserves that I have about doing logo-design as a job (especially on my own) is that I am a terrible drawer so jotting my ideas down on paper does not come easily.  I also find that I am lots better typography logos and not so much with imagery.

I think the reserves that I have about trying to do something like this is just about not having practice and not doing as much design in my own time.  I think with practice and persistence I could definitely build confidence in these different areas and work on where I don’t feel as confident.

HTML coding

At CIT for my Author Interactive Media class we are making a website each designed to promote us as designers.  For everyone else their individual websites will combine together to make one big website for exhibitions, because I am only part-time my individual website will not be part of this.

Although our teacher has been providing us with lots of resources  we have also had a look at the w3 school website.  I remember using this in high school when I did web design and it really came in handy, Especially when we were using notepad and not using DreamWeaver.

The link for w3 schools is below:

DESIGN Canberra Festival

“DESIGN Canberra celebrates and promotes Canberra as a global city of design.”

I have been looking at the DESIGN Canberra websites and the events that they hold.  The festival, now in its 4th year, is for all interests and ages and most events are free, It will be held from the 7th November – 26th November.

Here are some of the things that the DESIGN festival will offer:


  • Exhibitions
  • Events
  • Tours
  • Workshops
  • Design-related performance
  • Public talks
  • Publication launches
  • Food and fun
  • Online works


From what I have seen on the website so far it seems pretty interesting so I will be eager to see what the itinerary for the festival will look like to see what I would like to attend.

One & Two point perspective

Last week in my Visual Representation class we learnt about 1 point and 2 point perspective.

I found this class really interesting because I am terrible at drawing.  I can never seem to put on paper what is in my mind.  Learning about 1 and 2 point perspective helped me get some ground rules about drawing which really, are pretty simple but can help out a lot.  After watching the videos we did some exercises and drawing certain things did seem easier using these techniques.

Below are the videos that we were shown: