One Ad, Adding Creativity to a Couple of Photos.

ad by josep Bustamante.
ad by josep Bustamante.

Hello, through these 4 weeks I had a challenge, creating an static TV ad and Facebook ad, with some specifications for the following audience Female on an age 18 – 24, Single, with Master or Doctorate and an income between $15,000 –$39,000 who watch TV and Social Media…. that was a little hard… And the product: Desk Drawer Organizers. Even is something simple, maybe bored, I want to leave clear a message, our product ends the clutter of your drawers and harbor pace, order and organization.

Even is something simple, maybe is something boring, I want to leave clear a message, our product ends the clutter of your drawers and harbor peace, order, and organization; in a funny way.

All started with an idea in a sketch, I had two ideas (the second and third are in fact the same.):

sketch by joseph Bustamante
sketch by joseph Bustamante

sketch by joseph Bustamante
sketch by joseph Bustamante

But I decided for the simpler, and actually, for the second one, I would need a very specific group of photography hard to find. So, with just two common photos I could blend it and make the ad, you can review the originals at the bottom of this post.

Because the principle theme is something about writing, the most important was choosing the typography, in this case, I decided for the body one of script category, called Sacramento, and for the headings two different category for make a significant and remarkable contrast, first the same Sacramento, to make a kind of Repetition and second Akko from the Sanserif category, in a strong jazzy color.

ad by josep Bustamante.
ad by josep Bustamante.

I played with Proximity, to group the heading even is made of two contrasting fonts,

ad by josep Bustamante.
ad by josep Bustamante.

And we align in diagonal the content doing a kind of asymmetrical repetition which means the transformation of chaos to order.

ad by josep Bustamante.
ad by josep Bustamante.

In this ad I have a background and foreground this remarks the mean theme and acts like other took to represent the transformation.  In conclusion, again the simple principles of design helped to build a whole design that actually works to transmit the message. What do yo think?



background The British Library.


Blank white writing book on a school desk with various paints, crayons and pencils.

Exercising, Transforming, Designing.

Hello, this time let’s analyze one design by me. This will be an exercise of how to apply principles of design to make a professional work, I took an article which looks a little simple and writes for adults, that makes is some boring for young men or kids, so I decided to transform the article putting attention in that audience, and make it better for them.


Let’s take a look. You can find the original article here.

First page.

In the original article, the title and this photography are separated, I redesigned it with a cooler and modern typography, DK Mandarin, and make a contrast between them with color, actually the color of two Pokemon. We start reading since here and I try to catch the attention of the reader with a quotation.


Second page.

For the body of the article, I chose an old style type for the paragraph (Mongolian Baiti), and a san serif for the quotes and subtitles (Avenir Next). Here the alignment positions the text just on the top and button of the page, it seems is just a little but with three columns there can be a lot of information.

Third page.

I took this two photos some time ago, with the same app Pokemon Go, I added it, on the second page and this, really helps to make the text more flow with white space for rest and pause the reading. I like playing with the proximity between the text and the images that make looks fun and easy to read.


In conclusion, even the original article is a professional work I achieved the content is more organized and easier to read for to hook the young audience, even if they just give a quickly view through pages.



Marina Rodil. Irreverently elegant.

Marina Rodil Aka Lila Garamond is an argentine graphic designer who works principally in London, Argentine and Mexico and Spain, she performs publishing, magazines guides, branding, editorial work, corporate image and producer of content for sites and publicity, she is a freelancer and actually you can find her for booking in Domestika or his own web site, even the site is some neglected is really easy contact her by his telephone number that the site provides.

She has worked with Campari, Smart Box, Camper, Icon, Ray Ban and BMW, you can review his portfolio in her website.

Amnesia and Icon Magazine cover

Marina preformed this cool and success two magazine covers for Amnesia magazine with Elijah Wood in 2015 and with Icon magazine of Prisa, with Gael Garcia Bernal in 2014, she was in charge of art direction and production, photography by Xavi Sancho.

Following I will try to pull apart his excellent design…


In the first cover Marina choose a simple centered alignment for make more combination with the completely frontal photography of the model and distribute the in two groups aligned on the top and bottom, but in the second one is more interesting that she breaks the symmetry and nothing is balanced and is all around the space.

aligment of editorial design of Amnesia and Icon Magazine cover by Marian Rodil


In this case she group and get close the related information and lead the attention of the viewer and puts away that groups to make space for the central image and focal point of the cover

Proxmity of editorial design of Amnesia and Icon Magazine cover by Marian Rodil


In first cover she decided a color photography because the skin and eye color of Elijah Wood easily may allow contrasting with the background, actually makes contrast among them, his eyes with his skin, and this with his hair. In the other place she uses the black and withe photography for make the face of Gael Garcia wither, and then make more notable.

Sin título-1


This could be the principle that she most enjoys, this would explain too many things, the composition seems like all decisions she took goes around the contrast between two or more elements.  In the cover of Icon it is all about contrast, the suit contrast with the background and the shirt, the face contrasts with the background, actually the illumination over the face make contrast with all around, the golden circle globe with all design, and his hair with the background and the letters of Icon.  In the Amnesia magazine she decided a color photography because the skin and eyes color of Elijah Wood is a natural contrast fount with the background and his own face, she just to make contrast with the color for the text in the shirt.

aligment of editorial design of Amnesia and Icon Magazine cover by Marian Rodil


This is maybe the less important principle, just repeat in the first cover the typography for keep the two text elements related and the alignment with the title, and in the second actually she did not repeat no typography, color, size or alignment.

Repetition of editorial design of Amnesia and Icon Magazine cover by Marian Rodil


We understand better how the principles of design works naturally in a designer’s mind to flow, and she achieves a fusion and balance among them, that looks really simple but elegant, she puts too much emphasis in some principles and not too much in others.