It was quite obvious that I would need a board as my work does not need a screen or a massive amount of space. I planned out my space in the space quite easily as I simply need a shelf and posters up. I eneded up changing the plan from A1 to three A2 posters as I couldn’t choose just one to focus on as I believed that all messages needed sharing.
I was going to have the posters aligned perfectly but there was no flow directing the viewer towards the shelf whereas them not being level did.
I do think that there needs to be something added for opening night to make it more of a display than just a board with posters and a shelf on it.
I took the idea of the map a step beyond and took photos of a map and added to them to the editorial. I changed it up with a more formal serif font. I Feel like I have created a modern interpretation of my dissertation, but if I had more time I would work on improving the rag of the text.
The dashed line running rough represents a cutting line and it is cutting the UK from Europe.
I felt like I couldn’t just show the book as it is small and would not exhibit well so based on the findings of the research I developed and created a set of three posters. I choose to focus on mental health, votes at 16 and representation of woman in politics.
Women In Politics
I wanted to create a poster that celebrates the woman that are MPs and MEPs in the Labour party while having a promise of equal representation in the cabinet. At the start, I knew that I wanted a list of names and a placard. But this did not really work as the names were too big and the elements did not work together. I had discussed it with Ian and we talked about making it a texture and I didn’t think this would work as I would have to add more names and make it look disproportional to the amount of woman that is actually in both parliaments.
I then reduced the size of the list and added two columns down the bottom of the page. While adding the promise that I have talked about earlier. This still seems like the image and the text do not connect. Also, there isn’t something that connecting the tree posters together so David suggested that I use the image of Jeremy Corbyn from the cover as a logo of sorts. I added him to the bottom of each page to do this. Also to connect the elements together I added the lists to the circle to again add texture.
I have taken the concept from the spread on this topic and developed it for an A2 poster. Then on feedback, David pointed out that I shouldn’t use all of Labour’s colours as the poster was about the Conservatives, so I swapped the Majority colour red to blue and then the circles that were yellow to red.
The basic idea with the circles in this poster is that for every three blue there is one red to show just how many people suffer from a mental health issue this year. The circles are also not the same sizes to show that anyone one can suffer.
Votes at 16
The basic premise of this poster is that there is a number of things in the UK that you can do with an MP when you turn 16 but you can not vote for them. This is to highlight that this is a silly idea and if you can do these things why can’t you. This was actually debated in parliament on the day of the deadline.
Instagram of Inspiration
I find that I found a lot of inspiration when I am scrolling through Instagram. I follow a lot of typography accounts that share different ways of displaying text. @itsnicethat is a really good account it posts a range of images forms their online design magazine. (like the one I have included here uses simple highlighting creates a great sense of hierarchy.
I was looking at a number of different styles of working not just from the design world but from the art world. I looked at the bold statements of the Gorilla girls to the type treatment from Barbara Kruger and I wanted to have a mixture of these two tones of work.
I wanted the colours to share with the Labour parties colours. I took colours from posters new and old to decide what colour I should use. I decided to simplify the colours out and focus on primary red and yellow as I thought that these are associated with the party and the yellow from back when the Labour party was true to its socialist routes and as the parties policies are shifting towards this now and yellow might reflect that.
I liked the illustration of this leaflet as it is trying to show that the Labour Party is inclusive of everyone and there are multiple numbers of reasons that someone would join the party. But it comes across flat and does not really pop out at you. I could have really done with a bright background.
I remember really hating design for real and my outcome so I think that might be the reason I haven’t gotten around to developing it at all. But looking back at it now I don’t think the outcome was awful looking. It is quite clean while still being playful and telling the viewer exactly what they need to know about the event and what is expected of them before the planting day.
Yes, it is a nice little project but I really do not think I was ambitious enough. In the early stages of the project, I had tones of ideas from indoor herb gardens to a sensual sound garden using the interactive sound pads. But I seemed to have settled to what was easiest to design where I should have been a bit more experimental and gone for the weirder ideas that I had just dismissed.