This week’s news from… NewsWeek! (3.5 Stars VisualAssignments737)

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I chose this assignment because it’s right in my wheelhouse.  I have to admit, I struggled a bit this week, I’m not a photography or Photoshop guy, but I’m good at writing and being witty and funny.  Stuff like this that I can do in paint and then add value with words is where it’s at for me.  “I googled crazy pictures” and scrolled down the list making up headlines for everything I saw.  I originally skipped this image because I thought the premise was too simple.  I came to the conclusion that a simple premise was probably best for this medium, as some of the other jokes I came up with couldn’t properly breath on just one image.  I still wanted to add some depth though, so I took on the optional task of writing some additional blurbs eluding to other articles.  I wanted to make sure everything tied in, and I wanted to still have the main focus be about my cover story, so I did one blurb that was more to add depth to my simple idea and add a legitimate sort of feel to the obviously satirical cover, and one blurb that kind of punctuates the idea in a joke.

2 thoughts on “This week’s news from… NewsWeek! (3.5 Stars VisualAssignments737)”

  1. I came across your blog via the random post feature (http://ds106.us/tag/openonline/), and decided to poke around due to the look and feel of this place (I too take horror from an unserious perspective). My poking-around did not disappoint.

    Even with inexperience with photoshop, I have found that, at least for provoking an initial reaction, the idea is more important than the a polished execution. Sure, on close inspection I can see the image was edited, but that doesn’t matter because you the vial and fangs communicated the “pets on drugs” idea so effectively.

    If I would make a suggestion, it would actually be for the blurbs. Most news magazine cover blurbs are very short, so while the blurbs punctuate the point, their length means there is not quite the knee-jerk reaction that most front-cover items try to elicit (and which your picture does so well).

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