Monday, 26 March 2012

Blog Evaluation.

Alphabet Soup - Condense.
This was the first main brief that we did. The theme was quite basic but it allowed us to really focus on the concept in a direct way. My word was condense, to begin with I found it easy to find ideas to apply but as I got further through it got more challenging. Although I found that the ideas I came up with later were perhaps more successful than the originals. My research for this wasn't very specific because of the number of variations we had to create. As well as this I also looked into current typefaces that I could base my new design on that would accommodate my designs. I feel the most successful of the set are the condensation drops, bubbles and drips.
Alphabet Soup - Partner.
This is one of the briefs that I found I connected with and I really liked my end piece. Initially I found it difficult to apply the answers from the questionnaire to a typeface, although once I had decided on my compass idea and started experimenting with it I found it fitted into place. I found the most challenging part of this project was finding a suitable original typeface to use that fitted with the grid I had made. When I had finally completed it the time consuming part was transferring it by hand onto tracing paper especially with all the dotted lines.
Proverbally Yours - 3 posters.
Next up was proverbally yours where we were given a proverb from the randomiser, I got 'Absence makes the heart grow fonder' which I was really happy with as it was one that I was familiar with and I thought I could produce some nice imagery to go with it. The research I did for this was very limited and could definitely be improved on, I think if this was done it would also improve the overall look of the posters too. I feel I did a good amount of layout experiments for the posters which ensured I chose the right option.
Proverbally Yours - Mail Shot.
Linking to the last brief we then had to create a mail shot, but with an added aspect of having to refer to a certain occupation. I had a rapper which turned out to be really difficult to link with my original proverb. Originally I had the thought of creating a cd consisting of rap songs associated with love, but after thinking about it I moved on to the links with that style of music and gang and violence culture. I liked this idea but I don't love my final piece as I find it isn't a style that I am aesthetically attracted to. I think the tattoo aspect fits well with my album cover research and the type style also links with my original poster design.
How To - Group.
This group started off individually with a how to question, we then got combined into larger groups of people with similar themes. After getting together we decided on the idea of how to grow vegetables. As a group we did a fair bit of research into this such as questionnaires, imagery and audience related. We found that when we went into our crit our idea changed quite a lot as it was brought up that it could cater to our student audience more. This put quite a bit of pressure on the group which was difficult and I got pretty stressed out right at the end and was relieved when it was over.
How To - Individual.
This was our main research orientated brief. It went on for a long time which allowed for a big body of work to be created. I found gathering the 3 sets of 100 really useful for when it came to collating my final piece. To begin with I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to create all 5 zines as it was a lot of work, although I found that once I had created one I found that the others came easier as I already had a template to work with.
The Poster Brief.
This was the first live brief we have been given and it was interesting reading a brief in a new format. I really enjoyed creating the imagery for this as I felt there was lots of avenues I could go down and I developed a style I hadn't used before. I did a lot of experiments for this which has been documented thoroughly on my blog. I didn't change a lot after my final crit except to alter some words and some colour tones.
Communication Is A Virus.
This was another group brief that I did with my 3 closest friends on the course. Initially we were slightly worried about the situation as we were unsure how we would work together in a group but afterwards e found that we worked successfully together, got a lot done and created some successful end results. We all had quite specific jobs to do within the project which worked well, this also helped when were presenting as we all knew what to say in each section. One thing I am proud of that we did during this was getting our product out into the environment via the local cafe's as we successfully pitched our idea the business owners and created our products on time to be used.
Stamp It.
I really liked the pieces I made during this brief and I really felt I explored a different style. After drawing my illustrations I had quite a strong idea on what I wanted them to look like so I was happy when I achieved it. The main challenge of this brief was condensing my ideas onto a small surface area and still conveying the intended message. After completing my stamps I am going to have to alter them slightly to focus on a different idea that was suggested in the crit.

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