Tilted Compass

Tilted Compass: A Collection of Poems

The concept of my project, Tilted Compass, was to create a chapbook that I could use to market my poetry for publication, as a graduate school portfolio item, and for personal use.

*Click here for the pdf version or click on the images below to see interior pages.

I used Adobe InDesign to create the document, Photoshop to edit my photographs and create transparencies on my photographs,  and Illustrator to create my logo. I worked with fills, opacities, different custom fonts,  lightening, grid lines, aligning text, character styles, and layout. All the photographs, images, designs, and writing are original.

© 2015 Marisa Donnelly


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small town living

Slice of the Small Town Life

After living in small town Forest City, Iowa, for my four years of college, I grew to love the place and appreciate the little details and beauties that are often overlooked.

For a final project in my senior Photojournalism class, I took pictures of what I felt captured the essence of small town life and compiled them, through Adobe InDesign, into a magazine layout/poster design showcasing the behind-the-scenes of Forest City life.

What I love about this project is the way I was able to incorporate the light blue color of the water tower into the background of my poster. I also used custom fonts that I felt made the layout more appealing and placed out my pictures in a way that drew attention to the man on the right first, then traveled through the remainder of the poster.

I also worked to get natural shots and use simple colors like black, white, and light blue, to ensure that the photographs and larger title text would be the main focus of the layout.

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