CIP: Portfolio presentation talk

Fig Taylor, who consults with illustrators and designers about how they need to prepare and construct their portfolio came in to give us a talk about what we should be doing or should consider doing for our very own portfolio, in terms of presentation.

Her advice was very straight forward, clear and concise. I’ve learnt a lot from the presentation, but I also found myself feeling very positive in where I should take my design ideas further from here, to help build up some more plans in how I need to lay my work out with in the diagrams for the book pages.

When it comes to a portfolio, there needs to be consistency and what you need/want to show needs to be direct and clear to the person you want to show it to.

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Utterly moving words: First experimentations with words; ideas and workshops. 2/?

A brief update with the ‘Bang’ experimentation from the paper cut outs. Some of them turned out pretty well, while others didn’t turn out as good. The positive side to this task was that it gave me some ideas for what I could do with this current project. It also allowed me to test the stop motion animation again and whether or not, it would be a good idea to use this technique in the motion type project and in my opinion of it so far, it will be a benefit as I’m just a begginer for After effects.

I used the word ‘Bang’ at the begining, as at the start of the project I had the idea of using words that make sound- Onomatopoeia.

The process for this was very slow. At first, I wanted each letter to be drawn out, but now that I think about it, with the time limit the animation will have (20s), it would be better to have a word appearing at a time instead,  simply to save on time. I’m also very timid towards the idea of using drawn type for this project, as I’ve used that method before with previous projects, such as the Zine project. I don’t want the project/motion type to loose out on quality.

Carrying on with similar methods, I started to look at in which ways I can use the type to reflect the sound and create motion, while it’s still.

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Artist/Designer of the week: Nokkasili

I came across Nokkasili on Illustrator’s lounge. They’re one of those many amazing Tumblr artists and I must agree with everything that Illustrator Lounge had to say about their work. It’s enthralling to look at; each piece is different in its own way and they have their own seperate qualities to them that make them unique.

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One in particular that caught my eye was this one (above),  while it may appear that not much is going on in the picture, but if you observe it closer, there’s a quite a lot going on.  The use of colours building up delicately create a sense of mood around the figure. The fact that the girl (which I assume?) is wrapped up and holding an umbrella, may suggest that she’s about to leave or go somewhere? or maybe as there’s an door of blank space, perhaps she’s entering a building?. Either way, there could be many possibilities to what’s going on in the image and I particularly adored the colour usage, which I’ve already pointed out.

Nokkasili’s tumblr page.

The soundtrack of our lives: Crit and sort of a final concept, maybe?

Focusing on my concept of trying to fully express my feelings individually for each song (Mr Blue sky, Love roller coaster and Year 3000), I found this task to be particularly difficult. I spent most of my time brooding over how I needed to show this, and how I could make this clear to others. I came to the conclusion, that if someone can easily pick up on emotions from colours used, or a simple mark made, it may provide a fascinating result if I were to apply this same or similar strategy towards each poster.

Personally, I see that this method has worked, as during our crit presentation on the project overall, there were a few that were able to grasp the sense of ‘raw emotion’ with in the posters; which goes to show, that my technique was successful, but I feel that there’s so much more that I could do for this project that may be beneficial towards it. I have in mind right now, that I may want to consider creating a animated projection of the posters instead and it’ll show the brush strokes gradually making their way on to the screen as the animation runs.

 


Besides the quality of the print out, I’m a little disappointed with the text. When I look at it from afar, I’m unable to see it clearly, so if I’m going to come back to this in future, I may need to consider working on it by making it bolder. Though, if i made it any bolder, it may distract the viewers attention away from the outcome.

The soundtrack of our lives: Poster talk with Bill.

Another useful talk about how we can present our poster, and how we must always think about the ways in which we present and reflect our ideas. I briefly mentioned before that I’ve started to play around with those ideas and yet, I’m not so satisfied with what I have at the moment.

Not only did he talk about this, he mentioned that the poster needs to communicate what we want it to and he gave some rather interesting hints in how we can do this. It could be done through the use of words? it could also be done in the use of shapes as well. Shapes and colours are quite good examples when I think about it; just by squashing a square together, it could resemble pressure? gluttony? tightness? anger, maybe?

Continuing with the talk, he gave us some examples of posters that stood out to him, or had influenced others. There was this particular one that had struck my attention when it popped up; I was later able to find it in a book I found at the library and it was about Japanese poster designs.

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The palm of the hand is so detailed; it’s incredible. It must of taken a lot of patience and time to be able to create something so delicate. I also adore how subtle the poster is, it’s not flashy or too complicated.

When the talk was finished, we arrived back in our studio to continue working on the poster designs. I had a little one to one talk with Bill, and he suggested about making the text bigger, as the songs are quite bold and they’re different in terms of style. The names of them speak for themselves, but  I took this in to consideration.

I started off with a base template, it was just to draft out a vague idea of what the style of the font could look like. I wanted something scratchy, messy and not so neat and yet, this didn’t exactly resemble that at all.

Tried again. It was better this time; I wanted the text to be bold, big and striking. Though, I need to remind myself of what I stated previously about having the title being a bit quieter, as the names of the songs are prominent. The textured tones that marker creates are pretty fascinating, so I continued to use them, but instead of using one colour, I mixed up two colours that were dominant with in all three of the posters.

I was keen to the result of this outcome, as it was nicely blended in and I’m fond of how the colours smudge in. It would’ve been a better outcome, if I had a bit more practice with this technique previously, but as I needed to get these all done in time for the printers, this was what I ended up with. Nonetheless, this isn’t a totally bad finish over all. I was happy with it, just I could of played around with it a bit more.

What is a poster?

In the previous week, we had two talks that were mainly focusing on the question, ‘What is a poster?’.  The first talk was with Matthew Caley, which I found to be both benificial and interesting towards our current project: The Soundtrack of our lives. He began to give a brief run down on how he started off, which led in to the kinds of music and groups that became known, due to how odd they were at first. This fed back to our project in many ways; it allowed me to think about how much impact did my chosen songs, or even the bands that created them, what kind of appeal did they have to other people? Some people may of seen them as…–excuse me for the use of this word, but ‘lame’ or would stir other opinions. The opinions of others may have a consequence towards how popular the group was or depending on what was seen as ‘the norm’ could also have an affect.

After leaving that small lecture, he began to show us some examples on how the poster could presented, which led me to realise that I could play around with the idea of not having a poster that is flat.

When returning back to the studio on Thursday, we had a small presentation by Sara on what a poster could be. She gave us so many examples of how they could be presented, who they were created by and quite a few of them had a function to them, which allowed people to interact with.

And this is the part of the blog post, where I get to tell you all what I did to reflect in these talks. I thought I could possibly take this poster project a bit further by looking at different ways I could present my poster; I photocopied some final poster ideas and began to test, whether or not they could have a function or not, such as a poster which folds up in to a flyer, or perhaps, a poster that can be turned in to a jigsaw puzzle, seeing as the bold chunks of white on my posters seem to link together. (I’ll update with photos of these later) I’m starting to think, I could possibly try out making an animated prejection as well. However, due to time limit, I’m not sure that will be achievable, but I’m hoping to try it out over the weekend to see how that goes.

Although, getting back to the presentation, there were some interesting ways in how you can apply a function to a poster and seeing if it’s effective or not. I found the posters that were presented by a prejection or with lights to be a very fascinating concept because it’s a new thing to me.