I had decided to go with the idea of using images of shoes to represent genders as they are items that can be so linked to gender yet not at the same time. Also I wanted there to be something very human about the imagery that I used, but not so obvious like a full human figure or a face and have to use a male and female (this was way too obvious choice of imagery), just the shoes work as they could be anyone’s shoes (if you were in their shoes). I decieded to use converse as they are very much a unisex shoe that doesn’t connect to a gender so the shoes could belong to both a trans male or a trans female. Converse are also shoes that are connected to younger people (the article is about children) as you wouldn’t see a businessman in a pair. I took photos (using my Fuji FinePix S9200) of other shoes (heels and Doctor Martins) but they looked off and not appropriate.
I decided to keep to the colours of the images to blue and pink, the main reasons for this is from when we are very young we are told that pink is a girl’s colour and blue is a boy’s colour. This is in the colour of the baby clothes geared to parents and the toys that we played with. The photos I took of the shoes then brought them into into photoshop to add a duotone effect, this dramatically changed the overall quality of the actual image to much lower quality. This could be seen as making the image have a rustic feel to it or it could just look poor quality but it worked in my favour.
On one page I was playing about with the idea of having a shoelace traveling around the body content trapping it, like the article talks about the children feeling like they are captured in the wrong body. I struggled in capturing a good enough quality image when trying to capture a photo of laces using a camera. To get around this I tried scanning in the laces this got I higher quality image then brought it into photoshop and added in the duotone onto it . The pink and the blue in the photo of the laces make it more of a purple in colour. I also decided to do a hand drawn version of the laces to keep in with the other images I have used on previous pages to connect them all.
To create the images of the shoe print I used ready mixed print paint (would come off the soles of my shoes) and used a pair of converse to create a print of the tread. I then scanned the best print in for colour changing on Photoshop to keep them in line with the colour palette which was blue, red, pink and gray (stereotypes connected to gender in these colours). It took a few attempts at creating an effective print as when there was too much paint it would look a massive mess of paint and with too little paint it would be so unrecognisable to what it was. I like the authenticity of this technique as it picks up details that would have been missed if the image was a a scanned in shoe bottom that was then edited later. The little details that are made with using a pair of shoes that have been worn is that the paint picks up the worn down parts giving it a more personal feel to it instead of a generic shoe print as it is obvious that someone had worn the shoes. Also the fact that the print leaves some parts out as it looks less clean cut and that’s what the article is trying to get at in some parts that gender shouldn’t have the clean cut boundaries (for example boys should be able to play with dolls ect…) and also the transition in gender and isn’t clean cut and easy.
The idea behind using the shoe tread is a number of ideas, one being that there is more underneath the surface of the skin and it isn’t seen which is sometimes like the intricate details of a sole of a shoe and is also not always seen. This is also why I have laid a reddish pink print on/underneath the blue one as it shows the top one as the top being what people see and the one underneath being the gender that the person truly is inside (I kept this idea for the call outs I used as well). The prints could also convey the idea of the journey the children have when they become teenagers then adults whether this is when they are trans when they are older or not and it’s different for than everyone else’s journey.
I think that last terms constellation study group (Archaeologies of the unseen) made me think a lot more about everything. Most of the time in the lecturers I was totally confused with what exactly the smaller details of the lecture was about but at the same I understood what the overall message of the lecture.
I took a lot from the first few lectures of this study group. It has made me more aware on how someone’s past experiences create the image in their head and they use knowledge they already process to see the image and they aren’t even aware of that they are doing it. I think that in graphic communications this is an important thing to always be aware of how many very different past experiences are and how much this could possibly affect how a person could see a design. I also was made even more aware that the viewer is extremely important (if not the most important aspect) of a design. Without the viewer the piece of design work (no matter if this is a poster, booklet, editorial spread, album cover or animation, ect…) doesn’t exist and if they can’t see the message that is trying to be communicated then in Graphic Design the piece isn’t doing it’s job and needs to be redone. This could be totally different in a different practice, like Fine Art for example having the audience not understand the meaning exactly maybe the point of the piece but with Graphics it’s the total opposite but while still trying not to be too obvious about it, to sort of lead the viewer to it then just confuse them.
I also learnt from this study group how effective it is to include some sort of human characteristics in a design as humans we are always looking for something humanlike in everything we see. We tend to connect more to things that we can relate too or see someone we know or ourselves within an image. Even if this is just a hand or a foot people look at it and subconsciously, in their head, go “I’ve got one of them.” This is likely why a lot, if not most, of adverts include a human or an animation of a human or the shape of one or at least a face and/or talking.
This study group has had me thinking of my MacBook Pro, less as an over priced metal shell that contains circuit boards, L.E.D screen, buttons and the nice apple shaped light on the back, and more as an added part of my hand which is part of my body. In the lecture some people raised that “Graphics doesn’t have tools that really could do this,” I could not disagree more than this, every time a pick up a fineliner it could not make a mark without me extending part of myself into the pen.
I found last term’s study group a lot more interesting than the first terms study group (After Modenism) and I could easily see links to my subject last term were as in After Modenism I struggled and was finding it hard to find any connection to graphics as it was obvoiusly aimed at more of a fine art student. Do no get me wrong I do enjoy looking and finding meaning in it I just thought most of the art movements we looked at it are quite a bit protentus and not my cup of tea. I did enjoy looking at the art movement Fluxus as there was quite a bit of type used in their work. I really loved the design of the fluxus manifesto, it was the contrast in the two typefaces and I am a sucker for white on black.
I found myself drifting of a lot in lectures, not because I found the subject of the lectures boring but because they were so long. I was finding that I was paying attention for the first forty minutes then after that I started to take in less and less information till was taking in no information at all (wasting nearly an hour). This is a problem I have always struggled with due to my dyslexia. It’s not that I don’t try to pay attention it’s that I can’t for two hours. This is has meant that my livescribe pen has been a god send as I have been able to record the audio. Because of this I don’t think that I was able to get as much as I could have if the lectures were split up into two separate hours even with a break in between them.
The article I am creating an three double page editorial spread for is about the increase in young children who identify as transgender in the UK. It focuses on the story of five year old trans boy Tom at the start. It is positive at the start of the article it is told through his mother and shows how supportive she is. Later on towards the end of the article it becomes factual of what a child who identifies as transgender options are and what the NHS says they can do to help.
I read through the article and pulled out quotes for possible call outs:-
- “Cassie knows that Tom is very young to be transgender”
- “Referrals increase 50% every year, from 97 new cases in 2009 to 697 in 2014”
- “more than just a little phase.”
“anyone uses a female pronoun, he gets furious.”
- “Mummy, why can’t people see that I’m really a boy?”
“Granny still calls me ‘she’.”
- “Her doctor told her that she that she needed to be tougher: tell her she’s a girl, and that’s the end of it.”
“the idea that some people are just “born in the wrong body” doesn’t do justice to the range of feelings transgender people express.”
“Gender itself is difficult to define, with a mix of social, medical and individual interpretations.”
- “for the families of transgender children it is undeniably real.”
- “Tom is telling me what he wants and this is who he is.”
- “The majority of post-pubescent teens with gender dysphoria continue into adulthood with the same feelings, only 16% of prepubescent children do.”
- “Hand on heart, I do think that Tom will be trans when he’s older”
- “it’s OK to be the person that you feel you are, and if that changes, that’s all right”
- “lots of young people talking about wanting to be dead.”
- “We’re trying to help the parents to help their children to get to a better place.”
- “surveyed 2,000 young people with gender issues: 48% attempt suicide, 58% self-harm.”
“young people much-needed time and thinking space.”
- “Parents rightly want to support their child.”
- “gender as a spectrum, not a set of binary categories.”
- “break down some of the gender stereotypes around boys and girls being divided in school the whole time”
“gender choices all day long, and they shouldn’t have to,”
In this workshop in pairs we redesigned the first page of Great Expectations. We were very constricted due to the small size we were given to design onto. The rag is really bad in the stand first and the body text it looks really messy because it’s all over the place. This is obviously something I need to keep in mind when doing the layout for the editorial spreads. I personally don’t like the font we used for the majority of the content as I personally find sans-serif difficult to read and I also think that it is an obvious choice as it makes the design seem very business like and traditional so there was no new feeling about the text itself just that it is in two columns instead of one. We also forgot to not allow from hyphenations and they always look extremely messy and all over the place. The hierarchy of text was difficult when doing this piece because there is so much to fit on the page this already made the page have too much information on it and no negative space to break up the information into more digestible and easier on the eye chunks.
In this workshop in groups we had to design a image that related to an article that we had only just read in that session. The article was about the price people pay for football shirts and if they should include the sponsor’s logo on or are people just paying to advertise. For example people pay £50 for a replica Liverpool which still has the Standard Chartered logo on. This isn’t something that interested me in the slightest, this could be a good thing as it was more challenging to come up with any ideas for the imaginary. As a group we drafted a few ideas in sketches and we decided to stick with more obvious imagery for the design. We were playing with having a kit covered in logos and having money tucked into the shorts and maybe coming out the arms as if to show that all the club sees you as a money spending free advertising creacher. We were aloud to use images found on the internet as it was only a quick workshop this meant we were able to use logos and a image of a football shirt that we turned into a vector. I personally think that this image would work best as a hand drawn piece and have it full of logos to make the shape and not just placed on a image of a shirt. I don’t think the image is that great of image as it was very much rushed. I think with the images for my editorial spread I will take a less obvious approach to the imagery and lead the viewer more than just shoving it in their faces for this article it felt appropriate as that is what the advertisements on the shirts does.
In this workshop in a group we were given a subject to create a fanzine on. We were given “Selfie culture”. A struggle we had as a group was deciding what tone to go with for the piece, as there is many strong arguments on the subject. We decided to take on a lighter tone including a short piece on the first selfie, tips on how to create the perfect selfie, selfies in a positive light and one in a negative one.
We decided to go with hashtags as titles as it links in with the whole culture of the internet and wanting people to find there face and like it. This is the same reason that we decided that most of the images will be squared as the most popular way of sharing selfies is the app Instagram and the app forces the images to be displayed as squares to mimic this in the fanzine. This is also why the front and back covers are displayed as rows of three square as this is the layout of an instagram profile.
I personally really like the ligature on the title on the front cover because it makes it seem tidier. Something I would improve on the front would be having the title covering the same space as a row of photos and having the grid remove parts of the text to make it look like a post on the instagram page that has been tiled.
I have always loved fanizes as a publishing format (since a tutor on my BETC introduced me to the format). I love how quick and simple they are too create and that not a large amount of money is needed to create a run of them. I like the fact that they are made to look homemade and any layout goes and they are quick .
One I have really liked the layout in the past is one from home “bido lito!” (a liverpool based monthly music magazine that’s free). The magazine is always printed on to pink paper and is each page is just a bit smaller than a A3 sheet.
A downside to the layout of the magazine is that they fit so much into each page that it can make it difficult to read. The reason that they do this is because they are free they take on a lot of adverts to cover printing costs and they need to pack as much as they possibly can of their own content.
This magazine (FreeStyle) is an unique in shape it is round in shape and it is contained with in a frisbee. It is designed with the idea of passing from one person to another (like a frisbee is). The content is about Art, Design, Photography, Fashion, Architecture and Music. It’s playful and is totally different to anything I have seen before. The designers have to be totally aware of the shape of the page and adapt this to the layout of the pages as the page isn’t the standard.
The layout of this spread (above), it is very clean and simple to follow when in print but digitally it makes me want to read from the very top of the page which isn’t were the text. It does clearly indicate where the start and the end of the text is with a simple box, making it clear that the piece doesn’t carry on onto another page. In terms of hierarchy of text it is very clear what is the title of the article as it is larger than the other text and is in a separated section of the page, but I am not a fan of the angling of the text as it isn’t done to fill the space which at a slope I would have done myself or kept the text at a horizontal angle. I like that only a section of the photo has been used this gives the page the flow.
On the example above I really like the illustrations used on the right hand page are strong and the full page contains a lot of information. The fact that the illustration takes up a whole page gives it a definite hierarchy from the text as it is the first thing you are drawn to and it’s almost as if the text is just an after thought of the spread. Even within the illustration there is a definite hierarchy in what the illustrator wanted the viewer to take in, which is the large image of David Bowie. The layout of the page of the left with just the text just keeps the layout simple not to distract from the illustrations or the text itself.