Graphic Design mockups

behind the scenes, Showcasing

It has been really interesting for me to see how much the trend of print mockups has been on the internet as a way to showcase your work. Not so long ago when I first was adding portfolio items to behance I was using just screenshots of my files and now I take the time (which is getting quicker and quicker) to make mockup images. They really do tell the story better and are instantly recognisable. It is not until I see the two side-by-side that I realise this is a trend that will not be going away and this is something I am very happy with.

It certainly makes a difference when showing spreads of a book. Previously I felt the need to show the spine and edges otherwise there is no context.

using photoshop photo realistic mockup files to showcase your printed design work

I really do not think the difference is as profound with the cover but certainly, it is more obvious that this is a book cover and not a flyer or something else.mockups2But when showing something really quite big, like a billboard, the mockups are simply wonderful because it is so much easier to understand the scale in this context.

using photoshop photo realistic mockup files to showcase your printed design work

Items for sale on Redbubble

Digital Nomad, Real life, Showcasing

It is amazing what the team at Red Bubble do. I am really impressed with the quality of their service and they make it super easy for people to sell their artwork online. I particularly like not having to worry about manufacturing and shipping the products myself since I am always travelling somewhere. These are the latest pieces I have added to Red Bubble.

red bubble portfolio, print on demand, sell tshirt, t-shirt printing, manufacturing, online, shipping, online shop, pick your favourite design, clocks, books, bags, pillows, scarves, designs, printed, lakazdi, kassandra bowers
If you ever need your ideas brought to live and set up on Red Bubble, just contact me and I will help you out.

Easy Template Design

behind the scenes

While making an InDesign template for a client. I thought of how daunting InDesign can be with all its options and tools. Knowing my client would like the easiest template possible I did certain things to simplify the template. The biggest consideration was to lock anything that the client will not be editing. I set up the InDesign package with multiple cover images so updating the link changed the cover image. Super easy.

The template has the date and company name getting changed in several places each so I have set up find and change terms (find <company> and <date>). This makes it very easy to change all instances. The textboxes which contain these two terms were also made flexibly so if there was to be a long company name, the textbox would adjust.

template terms find replace, find/change indesign template easy for client to edit and change or alter based on input locked layers locking indesign cc

Another item which needs editing by the client is a radial graph. Everything that is not being edited is on a locked layer. This takes out most of the complexity here and creates a less daunting editing task.

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explaining what I do visually

Showcasing

Sometimes the best way for me to show people what I did is to show them where I started.

SM Stationary Branding Mock Up (Volume I)

This week I have been wanting to update the format of the Lakazdi Behance account to be broken into project types, not my project/client. I also wanted to take some time to explain visually what it is that I have done.

I started with showing annual reports because this is a project type I just love.

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This format also works well when showing multiple versions/designs for the one project. The visual overload of seeing my usual mock-ups for four pages for three different versions is, well overloading. This format shows the four pages but in a more condensed form.

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