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 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 am taking the fact that have lot all of my work as an opportunity to totally change the tone of my work. I think that I had gotten myself stuck in a sort of rut. Because I had created my own font I was set in that I had to use it. This is not the case at all. I decided to look at other font choices and decided to take this loss of work as semi-good thing.
I decided to keep it simple and bold by using Futura. It is a simple geometric font that I hope compliments the use of circles throughout the publication.
Labour used Neo Sans in a lot of their campaign material In the years of Ed Milliband whereas Jeremy Corbyn has been leaning toward using Avenir in the 2017 manifesto I reflected this by using it as my body font.
So basically everything has gone wrong that could go wrong. So when updating photoshop earlier today something disastrous happened. My laptop crashed and whipped everything and I’m not just talking about files I’m talking about the operating system aswell. So I currently only have a couple of screenshots from my instagram and my usb stick. This means I am basically going to have to start again. And it won’t let me install off the back up hard drive or from my Apple account as I got the laptop second hand and haven’t gotten the operating system registered to my account.
I have a tiny amount of hope that the person in the repair shop will be able to get some of my work back. If their website is true to word.
Granted to say I am panicking considering I was hoping to send to print early next week.
Update everything ha gone never to return I am just going to have to soldier on and redo it all luckily I still have a number of PDFs of my work from this year on but I have lot the working files and the development of my competitions which I had expanded upon an awful lot and don’t have time to redo as I have lost all my work from the FMP.