Strangely enough, most universities don’t offer a grand variety of layout design classes. So that leaves me practicing layout design in assignments that don’t actually call for it.
We’re all aware of what sounds barnyard and household animals make. Mastering the recognition of a meow or a woof are general staples to the understanding of language. Norwegian comedy duo pokes fun of this in the recent pop hit, The Fox (also known as What Does the Fox Say?)
My freshman and sophomore year of college afforded me lots of spare time with my friends. I found myself throwing lots of layout ideas around and had no real outlet for them. On staff at the ampersand, I didn’t have many assignments and had yet to grasp my role as a layout designer.
I started making mock layouts for fun. I made a zine called “Mo Fo” and I put together looks for it. My friend Drew had a writing assignment for a media class and I took advantage of the situation. I immediately got to work on putting the layout together.