I'm taking Portfolio class at school, so during class yesterday (and, let's be honest, until the wee hours of the night), I worked on my spreads for my Spring 2013 Collection. I think I'm going to do a post about my graphic design inspiration later, but right off the bat, you can probably tell from these pages that I'm gravitating towards a very simple, clean look. I like using neutral backgrounds and relying on photography to tell the story, and I've definitely already used some elements I've used on the blog as templates for spreads.
It's been really cool to learn more about graphic design, work more extensively with InDesign, and play with color, layout, and details. Graphic design always used to seem like a scary, inaccessible medium to me, but I've started to learn that I'm actually very attracted to minimalist graphic design - which, when done right, still isn't easy, but it makes a lot more sense to my brain than amazing, elaborate spreads! (This strikes me as funny, because in no way does my personal style usually read as minimalist; it's rare that I meet a loud, bright color combination I don't like.) I'm inspired by more complex graphic design as well, but I don't find it to be as compelling as a clean page with beautiful photography and a few well-chosen words.
We'll see how well my portfolio lives up to those lofty standards - in the meantime, I'm having an awesome time booping around on my computer to find out what works!