Students from both the New York Film Academy (NYFA) 1-year Graphic Design conservatory and the 1-year Photography conservatory teamed up to conceptualize, art direct, style, shoot, and design magazine editorials featuring fabulous foods.
Working in teams of three—one graphic designer, two photographers—students explored different conceptual ideas about food, from imperfect, perfect sandwiches to decadent doughnuts, to marvelous macarons. Teams sourced inspirational photography as a departure point, defined themes, selected colors, objects (food items and props), sketched editorial magazine layouts, and wrote editorial copy to guide them during the shoot.
During a day of shooting in the NYFA Photography studio, students worked diligently to realize their ideas and see them take shape. Multiple shots were taken for each still-life set up to ensure that layout, color, and composition all worked harmoniously.
Once the day of shooting was complete, the post-production work began. The teams reviewed and selected finals. Images were worked on in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop and then taken into Adobe InDesign for preliminary design. Layouts were finalized and magazine covers were created.
All in all, the project was a wonderful collaboration and exactly mirrored professional practices, emphasizing the collaborative team aspect of graphic design and photography.