Mead Calendar Advertisement

For this post, I am going to explain some of the design choices I made while creating an advertisement for a product.


For this assignment, I used a generator that gave me random demographics to tailor my advertisement to. Some of the demographics I had were for women ages 55-64 who were married, with a Bachelors degree, earning 60,000 to 89,000, who primarily view blogs and social media.

I viewed these demographics with the mindset of counting down to a major event. I represented this idea with a picture of an older couple looking free together. Since they had a Bachelors degree, I felt appealing to the principle of organization would be appropriate since most students who earn such a degree understand the importance of organizing important things.

This is my Facebook advertisement with 400×209 pixels

This is my blog advertisement with 300×250 pixels


I wanted to make the picture pop out, so I chose a simple, bright, picture to catch the attention of viewers. The color of the calendar is plain and doesn’t catch the eye, so I chose the picture to contrast the background. All of the main colors are either a variant on gray or blue. This was to create consistency.


I used the Charter typeface for the body of my advertisement. I chose it because I didn’t want my typeface to be immature and overly gaudy. I felt the simple look captured the simplicity of the message.

Design Choices

I used the transform tool to make the photo look like it was laying on the calendar. I used a mask to reveal the 20 from underneath the photo to make it feel like it is still part of the calendar. I chose to have a picture of the calendar with a close and an angled view because all of the lines focus on the picture. Although the picture is of the couple, I centered the woman more since that was my audience.

I also lined up the three pieces of body copy on the left to improve the alignment.


Through this assignment, I learned about different skills that I could use with Photoshop, and I also learned some of the perspectives that must be considered to create a creative advertisement. Especially for people who are in a different demographic than me. I found it interesting that I could merge pictures through Photoshop.

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Picture was taken by Seth Daybell



The Illustrator Millinery Shop


In this post, I am talking about some icons I created in Adobe Illustrator. I used the theme of hats and created five different hat icons under that theme. I will go over each one and have included a 60×60 and a 400×400 pixel version of each hat. All of these icons are vectors as well and can be scaled to different sizes.


You’ll notice that although most of the base colors of each hat are different, there are colors that I used to create repetition in the whole set. The blue is used in every hat, and all the rest have some form of the yellow, red, gray, and cream, and straw colors. I didn’t want them to all be the exact same, but by using this color set, I was able to still create correlations while having variety.

Barbershop Hat

I started on this hat with an oval that I used for the top of the hat, then I duplicated it and made it bigger for the brim. With a rectangle to connect them, I wanted to show the curve of the hat, so I included lines as the edge of the top of the hat as well as the hat band. The stripes of the hat band, at least initially, were created by taking the line of the top of the hat and thickening the stroke. I didn’t want it to be too plain, and I wanted to give the image that it was straw, so I added the pound signs to lightly give that image.

Propeller Hat

This hat was the one I created as an experiment to test how well I could use the program. I used several circles and the shape builder tool to build the actual hat in red, then I used the pen tool to create the blue stripes going down the hat and the yellow bill on the front of the hat. I made one-half of the propeller by making an oval and using the angle converter tool to narrow one side and widen the other. Then I used the rotation tool and duplicated it. The little piece holding the propeller is made of an oval and rectangle.

Sailor Hat

To make it easier to see, I put this one on a white background. The sailor hat was how I got away from only doing hats with a brim. It was one of the first that I thought of. I was trying to figure out how to get a single color that was used in every design, I liked the idea of a dashed line acting like a seam in the hat. I created the actual hat with the pen tool, with a circle acting as the middle. The darker inside of the hat also was made with the pen tool.

Sun Hat

This was the first hat I made, which may be evident from its simplicity. I created it with two ovals crossing over each other, and I used the shape builder tool to form the main hat. The band was a line curved across to create shape. The flower was created by having a star that I used the angle converter tool to widen out, then I added a yellow center, which color I used again later in the propeller hat. I tried to stay away from outlines in this icon set, but I felt that this hat was too flat without one, so I gave it a slightly darker outline just to help with shape.

Top Hat

The top hat was the icon that I thought would take the least amount of time but ended up taking longer than I planned. I originally had the sides curving in, but later found a more traditional form was better for this set. The band on this hat is different than the others because I created it using the shape builder and the top of the hat so the curve would match. To get it symmetrical I chose which side I liked more, and I took a rectangle, cut off the side I didn’t like as much with the shape builder, and then reflected a copy of the side I liked. After that, I fused it together using the shape builder again.


As you can see, I tried to design these hats with as little strokes as possible, while trying to give the impression of three-dimensional qualities. I toyed with the idea of using a top view looking down on the hats, but it didn’t give the image I wanted. I feel that how I created these icons captures these various hats in simple terms. These icons were created with the idea that they could be used for a hat company of some kind. I feel the simplicity of the design would appeal to be used for a logo or icon for such a company.

Looking at the Typography on an Advertisement for Photography

Designed by The 5th Color Designs

For this post, I am reviewing some of the different typographical choices for this Photography advertisement design, and why I feel that they work well together.


There were two types of typefaces used in this design. We have the one indicated by the blue arrow that is more of a script typeface. Indicated by the cursive format, slant, and fluidity of the letters. The other typeface, indicated by the yellow arrow, is more of a sans serif. This is because it has even weight throughout the lettering, and it doesn’t have any.

The other typeface, indicated by the yellow arrow, is more of a sans serif. This is because it has even weight throughout the lettering, and it doesn’t have any serifs.

Other Contrasts


One of the other contrasts used to distinguish the two typefaces is the slants used. The upper type primarily leans left, while the lower type is roman, or upright.


The size of the two typefaces is clearly different. It makes it clear that although they are related by proximity, they are different.

Capital Letters vs. Lowercase

There is also a difference between the typefaces because the upper typeface, underlined in blue, is a mix of Capital and lowercase letters. While the lower typeface, underlined in yellow, is entirely capitalized.


By considering all of these differences, we can see the contrast used to separate these two typefaces. Because of their differences, however, they ultimately complement each other to give the design a complete look. Making an overall clean picture.


Reverse Engineering of an Advertisment

Calgary Food Bank Advertisement
Ad created by Calgary Food Bank

This is an image I am using for the purpose of showing contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity, and color. It is part of a line of advertisements that the Calgary Food Bank put out.


In this advertisement, we can see contrast not only in the size of the letters, but the font which they artist chose to use. In the upper circle, we can even see differences in the sizing if the words to catch attention.


The repetition used for this advertisement wasn’t very evident in this ad. It becomes more apparent as you look at the other ads put out in the same campaign. In this ad, the corn is being opened like a can of anchovies might, and in other ads that went with this one other fruit were opened like cans and other non-fresh foods. In each of the ads, they used the same colors, idea, and fonts.


The alignment of the words is evident in this ad. They are straight with each other, giving a clean look.


It was easy to tell where the different parts of this post were. In the upper area we had the advertisement, then in the lower left, we had the information of where we could go for more details. Then we had the logo in the bottom right corner. It was spaced out enough to make the different areas clear.


Most of this ad followed a brown color scheme, but it contrasts nicely with the corn to make our eyes draw to it.

Overall Effect

From all of the different aspects of this ad I discussed, we can see that it is a rather clean, neat, and useful advertisement.


Welcome to my Communications portfolio. My name is Seth Daybell.

I feel that communicating with others is essential for anything to be done in the world. Regardless of whether you want to share an idea, persuade someone to your line of thinking, or are trying to gain appreciation or attention for an idea it takes communicating in some form.

My goal is that as a communicator I provide quality work in the ways of public speaking through speeches, written works such as poetry, and other things to express ideas.

I will be using this portfolio to display some of the work I create. I hope that you will find the work here to your liking.