Thursday, 20 October 2011

Poster in Context

I chose to put my posters in bus ad shelters as i thought they were something that you see out an about around town. There something you can look at quickly and interpret, you dont need to stand and look at them for a length of time. This would work well in a city, people walking around, in cars in buses etc, everyone will see it quickly and then itll be in there mind and thinking about what it means.

These are the same ideas again, but just on different things for advertising, again they would be in the city, so the same applies, but i just thought of different things they could be advertised on.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Final Posters

This is the type poster. I have changed the proverb slightly on this to twist it in what it is saying, which gives you a different view on it i think. The original proverb is 'nobody is perfect' this is saying that because they are a nobody they are perfect, which makes sense when looking at the proverb again after. I have tried to communicate the words using different fonts too. 'nobody' is in helvetica which is quite a straight forward, nothing about it, standard font; like a 'nobody' putting it in outline presents this more i feel. To convey this more the words around it i put in 'Times New Roman' as this is a serif font and show importance, class and sophistication, i think this communicates the fact of being a nobody more. Then 'perfect' i put in a script font as this represents elegance, sophistication and looks posh/upper class. As a design altogether i think using the different fonts on the main words gives a better impact and gets the message across better.

The image poster is the image of the suit with a question mark as a head. I did this as you cant define what a perfect person looks like. You can design clothes etc which a person has; hence the suit, but you cant define what a perfect person looks like or how they behave; which is why i chose to use the question mark as the head.

The third is the image and type poster. For this i have used the image of the suit and question mark again, this makes them all into a set of posters. With this poster i wanted to make it into a question, to question people what they think is a perfect person or how you define one. The question is 'What is a perfect person' i purposely didn't put a question mark on the end as the question mark in the image is meant to be part of it, making your eye flow down the page to see all of the design. At the bottom of the poster, i have some writing which i found online from a piece of writing a physchologist had written about perfectionists. I felt that it fitted in with what i was trying to question. In brief it is questioning why people want to be so perfect, is it because of there job/hobbies or is just the way they are, but in the end everyone has an element of being a perfectionist in there own way. I think this backs up the idea of not being about to define a perfect person. Then at the end i have written 'what do you think?' again to make the viewer think about the message of the poster, i put this in white to make it stand it out and make it more personal to the reader, to try and get them to engage and think about the question. 

Final Crit

For the crit for this brief we did it in a different way, we had to lay out all of our poster and people would come round anonymously and fill out a form to crit the work. Everyone would get two of these done.
With the forms i got back i have highlighted the things which i was told could be improved with them. There was only really two things which were, look at text on typographic poster and work the text on the bottom of the type and image more, to make it more legible.
The rest of the comments were really positive, which i was pleased with.

Experimentations of posters

As i was designing the poster on the image and image and text ones i came up with a few variations, these are the ones which i chose between.

The difference on these two is the way the question is laid out at the top. One is straight and in Time New roman the other is curved and in Helvetica. I have chosen to use the Helvetica one because i feel the text being in a curve adds a little more to the design, it breaks up everything being straight and in line also the text is in the same font as the body text at the bottom which i feel works better.

These two are different by the jumper and tie colours being switched around. The one with the blue jumper, is done just using two colours, the other is two colours but a different shade of grey is used. I prefer the grey jumper one because it looks alot better, it separates the suit image from the background and makes it stand out on the page more, giving it a greater impact on the viewer.

Progress of posters

Now that i had decided my final three designs, i started to re-draw the suit image on illustrator. I found this quite easy as using tips from the workshops we've been having. I have used illustrator before but never been confident enough to use it as a main part of my design work, so the workshops have helped me alot and i think ive done a good job of it.

To start with i scanned in my original drawing and re-drew it, i only drew half of it as i could mirror it and create the full suit. This saved me alot of time and also made it look better as its all the same. 

This is the full image of the suit after the first half had been mirrored, from this i created the rest of the design.

As i had said i was going to have a question mark as the head, to represent the fact that you cant define a perfect person. This is the final image i will use on the poster designs.

I did a mock up of the image poster on illustrator, but i decided that doing the proper ones would be easier for me on photoshop as im not as confident with colouring in the suit on illustrator as i am photoshop.

From this last image i started to work up my final three poster designs on photoshop.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Proverb ' Nobody is perfect'

This brief is about proverbs. Everyone in the group got a proverb each which we have to design 3 posters on; one just type, another with an image and third combining the two.

After we all got our proverb we quickly researched them to find out the meanings of it.

After this we had to come up with 50 ideas for our poster designs within the time given. To start with i began to think of things which symbolised perfect.

After this i started on my designs.

The final page i have the three ideas that i have decided to carry on through. My idea is to use the top half of a person in a suit and instead of having a head use a question mark. I thought of this because you cant define a perfect person, you can choose clothes and design clothes (hence the suit) but you cant define what a perfect person looks like or acts like, so thats what the question mark is representing. On the typography poster i am going to use a phrase which is 'I'm a nobody so that means i'm perfect', this is again a play on words to do with the phrase i was given. It also links back to the image i am going to design. The third poster is going to have the image on and some text. There will be a question at the top which is ' What is a perfect person' or something similar to this. Underneath the image i am going to have some text about perfection within people. 

I feel that this answers the brief and it all ties in with the phrase of 'Nobody is perfect' which means Nobody doesn't have a flaw, everyone does something wrong in there life, without doing this they wouldn't be human. Everyone makes mistakes, but thats how we learn in life.

From this i have drawn up my ideas better, so that i have a clear view of what i want to achieve.
To start with i drew up some suits in different positions.

These images above show the ideas of the suits for the image i want to create. They're all similar but in different positions. I have decided that i don't like the one with a cross on, because the question mark would be the wrong way around which is too confusing. I like either the straight on version or the one on the angle. 

I have decided that i will use the flat on version, i decided this because it keeps it more simple as there will be other things going on on the poster and i don't want it all to look too confusing. Here is the flat on image so that i can trace it when i am designing to make it easier.

These are the final 3 posters that i am going to create, or very similar, all these elements are going to be on each poster but i may play around with the layout of each to get the best result and impact when looking at it.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Name badge

As part of the brief we had to produce a name badge, using the typeface we had created for the partner it was based on. 
For mine i wanted to keep it simple because i knew that my typeface was confusing enough on its own and i didn't want anything in the background to make it harder to read and distract from the typeface itself.

I printed it out in a couple of colours as well as the grey above.


I have produced a pangram of my typeface, just to see what it looks like in a body of text.
I think in a block of text the typeface is very confusing and quite hard to read, once you look at it for a bit you can make out the letters, but the legibility isn't great. But that was the whole point of the typeface; it's meant to be about concentration and having to concentrate at the letters to read which letter it actually is. So in a sense it has been successful and i think it definitely communicates concentration.

Final Typeface

This is my final typeface, the traced version. I think that it looks good and communicates across what i want it to; concentration. 

Close up of letters

Close up of letters - if you can see on here the finish of the pen isn't that great, it has dried in splodges, which i don't really like, but i think thats just because of the media used. when up against a wall or with paper underneath it looks like normal. 

Digital Version - this is the digital version of the typeface, i much prefer this to the hand drawn one, just because the finish is much better like this, it looks a lot neater and i think the presentation is better, but this wasn't the format to be handed in in.

Close up of letters -  you can see how crisp and clean the edges are compared to the hand drawn.

Overall i am really pleased with the typeface that i have produced. I think that i have communicated the word 'concentration' well in the way that i have explained. I think when you look at it you can determine what the message is meant to be straight away. Also i have developed my drawing skills a considerable amount in this project, i would now be more confident in doing hand drawn type. I have asked Steph if she likes the typeface and she has said she does and agrees that it communicates the message across, so that is good!