After reviewing the last version of the logo for Roots I noticed a few things that I was not exactly happy with that made it seem a bit all over the place. These parts where the aligning of the different elements (Image, Tagline and the angle of the R).
Giving the three stems of grass a flat base gives the logo a more put together feel and that the parts are in an order that makes sense. The ‘R’ was at an angle in the previous version for no real reason which made no sense, so changing this has made the letter seem more part the rest of the word. Then I wanted to keep the whole logo constrained with a single rectangular area, to stop it becoming awkward to use in designs. So I moved the tagline of the company up into the empty space by the R and the rest of the word.
The redesign of the logo meant I to rethink the designs for the touch points. I stripped back the design to a cleaner and easier on the eye design. Which I think works much better than the tacky pattern I had added on to everything.
In this workshop, we looked at how the quality of prints can change between types of CYMK prints. This is because there are a number of different variants of CYMK prints. One of the things that we talked about changing the quality of the colours printed is what type of paper that is used. Coated paper is brighter because the ink sits on the surface of the page and uncoated produces duller colours as it absorbs the ink more). I had never heard of ICC (international colour Consortium) helps designers start to get things right when printing, But it makes that there are some guidelines. Colour profiles help us predict what the colours look like when printed. The guidelines are predicted to be seen at midday in London.
Using Adobe Bridge I set my Creative Cloud to work to the colour profiles that are of a most of the standard to printers in the EU (Europe pre-press 3).
Every image has a colour cast (like a filter, Muddy, green, blue) To work on white as white and black is black, Trust the numbers. A serface white White has a minim of 5% of Cyan, Magenta and Blue in it. 5% is the smallest percent that can be printed whereas blacks are a combination of colours. Combined 320% in on coated paper before it gets messy whereas uncoated is less at 310%. Another type of white is specular white no ink colour of paper or screen.
I then had a go at optimising one of my own photos for print. I choose to do this with a photo I took in June of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona as I took it in black and white and there’s a high contrast and I thought that this might show the change easier when comparing.
The right being the optimised image definitely has more detail in it that I never realised I had captured as before they were very much darkened. I am really impressed that this can add more to photos than I thought was there.
I started the working process in this project by taking the online Dementia Friend course so that I was aware what I was designing for. They then sent me a small booklet that is designed in a friendly and cheerful way. I wanted to keep this tone in the work I created later. There are some parts that look like they’ve mocked up a style of paper cut out which I really like.
I came up with two main ideas for animations or GIFs.
One idea focuses on that the course only takes an hour to complete and saying what waste of time/dull things you can do then change. The other is looking at a number of people who live with dementia in Wales and try to be emotive to people. I wanted them to be short and snappy to be shared on their Facebook page as people only have a short attention span when it comes to Facebook photos.
I had decided to go along with the idea I had of having a hand drawn video of someone drawing as it’s filmed. I tested different pens to see which showed up better and it was a sharpie as it shows up clearly but it is not too big.
I am really unhappy with how the video turned out I feel like it is like someone’s GCSE project. It is just poor quality and jumpy. The music is annoying and repetitive. Harriet the client seemed to like it but I think she was most likely just being polite. The whole video just greats on me and I hate it so much. She suggested it to be in colour.
Video link https://youtu.be/BeJeV2VC8Fk
I designed a poster to go along with the video so that we would be able to communicate to the residents that would not use the internet and would miss the video and it’s message. I played upon the second idea of the emotive message saying it could be someone they know. I don’t feel like theses two pieces fit together and are two totally different things instead as part of a set. Then looking back at the booklet from Dementia Friends I wanted to create something that is more in that tone than what I created. So I didn’t totally rethink the idea I just changed the way that I approached it. Using the illustrations from the original I created a GIF that is much more professionally produced and I edited the poster to be in the same style as the GIF.
My starting point for this project was to do research into the book and the case the book is based upon.The victims (the Clutter family) were murdered in their home by two men (Dick and Perry). Capote focuses on the murderer’s and he seams to humanise them. I looked at the covers to see what had actually been done before. There is a number of different covers and they have all got a number of different ways of looking at showing what the book is about. They all try to create a different feel the 1st gives a feeling of facts and truth, the 2nd is dark and dangerous and the 3rd shows isolation.
My starting point for this project was to do research into the book and the case the book is based upon.The victims (the Clutter family) were murdered in their home by two men (Dick and Perry). Capote focuses on the murderer’s and he seams to humanise them. I collected some of the images from the case so I was able to gain inspiration from them and images of feathers because of the yellow bird that is mentioned in the book in Perry’s dreams that show his guilt or his childishness.
Then looking at the images I had collected I drew up quick sketches of a few ideas. These included concepts and basic layout ideas. I was drawn to the bloody footprints and the gore. But I didn’t want it to be too graphic so keeping it minimal. I ended taking elements from a few of the ideas to make a new one. I was finding it difficult to come up with ideas as I didn’t really enjoy the book or the film but I also think that this helped as I was able to narrow down the ideas.
I had decided to focus on the house and one of the crime scene photos. I drew each image by hand then digitised them. I tried to use pattern and line work to keep them more in a pop art style. I had done a number of different styles of the house before deciding on the blue one as it wasn’t overly complicated. Thinking back the black one would have given more depth to the cover. I wish I didn’t include the hand drawing as it is not the best image I have created before, I could have zoomed into the hand more when it is put into context.
I thought that this design was quite tacky and childlike and I did not think that it was a successful design. I am not sure whether it is because of the use of the primary colours or the poor hierarchy in the text on the back that lets it down. Or it could be way too literal. I think it is way too in your face and suggests a bright and cheery book.
I experimented with different possible styles of type that could fit in with the design. For the design I completed initially I just used Helvetica because it fitted in with the style more, but for the final design, I used the vectors on the right. The final type has elements removed to create the type a more sporadic effect.
Looking back on my initial sketches I was drawn towards one that had two nooses one each for Dick and one for Perry and four feathers one each for the members of the Clutter family that were killed that night. The feathers also are from the dreams that Perry was having in the book, from the yellow bird.
I wanted to have a feel to the design of stillness like it is a freeze frame that’s why the feathers are still floating and why I removed the colour apart from the yellow on the feathers. I was very happy with how the front and the spine turned out but I didn’t really plan the back and was not very well thought out and it is quite hard to read.
As a group we arranged to meet up with the client Harriet Bleach, using Billy as a spokesperson in emails (rather than bombarding her with six emails) and arranged a quieter room and a parking space on campus. We pooled together and curated a list of questions to ask. If this was to be done again I would not do this as it seamed like a number of us didn’t have any questions when the list that was discussed was from different members of the group. But even after all of this I found the meeting extremely helpful and positive experience. I think that working with the client will be a experience that is nothing but beneficial as she isn’t too sure what is wanted.
One of the main things I wanted to find out from the meeting was what format/s that Harriet wanted the materials to be (digital, video, posters, letters, flyers, ect…). She seamed to be very excited about trying to have some digital content for social media- this mainly being the companies Facebook page as she expressed that a surprising (to us) number of residents use the platform on a tablet (e.g. iPads). Also it would link in with another campaign she is running to encourage more adamant residents to learn how to use technology, including Facebook. I took that she wanted something that was shareable and on Facebook this means something that isn’t too long or complex to understand.
To be inclusive she also seamed to want to include the non-technological members of the community to also get the information to sign up to become a dementia friend and that she didn’t actually know how many people would actually read a letter if it was sent out or jut bin it and that letters are quite expensive. She did seam to be keen on having posters in the shared spaces and on the outdoor notice boards (on a number of their sites).
Another question we had for her was what approach she would not like us to take in the delivery of her message. She did not want to shock people into joining and I can see why a the whole point of dementia friends is to be compassionate and understanding with people who are living with it and this approach could scare off. So I think that I am going to be going for a lively and more of an every day relatable feel to what I produce. I would still like to have some sort of emotive message in it that could be back up with a formative one.
So form this meeting I have decided to create some sort of video or GIF and banner for Facebook (this could also reach family and friends of residents) and a poster using the same visual language. So my next step is sketch out some ideas and storyboard for the next time we meet up with the client.
This project I am working for Derwen Cymru, a housing association (that is based in Newport) that houses around 1,000 residents that are over the age of 55. I am directly working with one of their members of staff Harriet Bleach and will be having a number of meetings with her to discuss the project, her needs and also in what format that she would want this delivered.
It is also mentioned that the client’s target audience is the residents of the properties. They all live independently live in areas that are apartment like and have minimal communal spaces. Another thing I will have to consider the font and sizing as it is common that sight problems can be an issue that comes with age.
The outcome is to be aimed towards the residents and is to somehow encourage them to sign up to an hour long course to become a dementia friend. The Dementia Friends campaign is run by the Alzheimer’s Society and the main aim is to provide training to the public to improve the communication with people living with dementia, both with the understanding what dementia is and how it affects the individual, also how they can help them.
Another audience that the client has not considered is the family and loved ones to residents that are living with the condition so that they can have a greater understanding of the problems that are facing their family. Also, this hopefully eases some of the pain that is caused to the loved ones.
I am not sure on what outcomes of the projects are going to be in the end whether this is will be mainly print-based (whether this is posters or some sort of leaflet or booklet) or another way. This is something that I will have to discuss with Harriet when I meet with her. As I am not sure how many older people will be on social media which could be another way to reach an audience without costing a penny as they sound to have quite a limited budget if any at all.
Questions About the Brief
- How do we encourage residents to become dementia friends?
- How can we raise awareness of what dementia friends do?
- What platforms would be effective in communicating the message to residents?
- What have they done in the past?
Calls To Action
- Regester now!
- Sign up to become a dementia friend
- Change, alter, modify they way you see dementia become a dementia friend
- How can we reach inclusively residents that would be inclined to support fellow residents living with dementia to become dementia friends?
- How can we persuade residents to book on to a session?
Things to Consider
- Colours- Gender neutral, not too bright or dark that could possibly make hard to read, viewable for colour blind
- Font- large for viewability, not overly fancy (avoid script), simple (maybe a Futura)
- Sensitivity- not to patronise or offend
- What has already done- so not to repeat it
Finally, for this project, I created brand guidelines for “Roots”. This talks about the fonts, colours, shapes and how they fit together on to the different touch points. I think that this is a simple way to display the designs to a client and so that anything that is made to promote the brand fits in with each other creating an identity that people can recognise.
To create the guidelines I tried to design it in some sort of structure by using columns. I found that this was difficult with the slightly odd shape of the van mock up.
When I was looking at other designs of identities for gardening companies they were mostly focused on light greens for obvious reasons. I wanted to use a green as the client had provided this on his mood board but he had also provided more of an autumn style to it. This was the motivation for this. I think the orange, green and brown I have used work well together and create a modern feel that the client wished for.
I chose to keep to one font in the designs to keep it simple and clear. Futura works for both headings and body text making it simple to keep consistency. It is an easy to read font and has a contemporary feel to it.
Overall the touch points have been over worked and have become slightly tacky. This is most likely due to the pattern and it does not allow for any ease on the eye and it is also substandard as the lines do not align up well creating a poor quality design.