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Assignment 3 feedback notes

For the record… Tutors feedback notes, and my feedback notes on the feedback notes…

… Liked the postit vid… and comments on scale re the abstract cities exercise. Looking at it again, can see how I could get this to work. Also like the comment in the assignment feedback bit, about piling up the layers and paring them back – as being 2 distinct parts of a design process. This is useful, as havn’t got beyond the stage where it’s part of the technical process – ie pile them up until the package falls over, then you lose your work and have to start again… The image strip on the globe piece was in there because I’ld spent time on it and I was concentrating on the transparency – I quite like repetition of the images, but agree it could have been axed from the final version as it didn’t really add anything. The comment about finding it difficult working with blocks of colour was really about the malevolent greens in the poster exercise, and it was largely because you can’t really see what you’re dealing with as the colours shift and change as you move from machine to machine, and when the sun comes out. However, I’m having a similar issue with shades of gray in a website I’m working on at the moment. Lastly, ignore comment about laborious documentation – as it’s self-inflicted really. I’m deliberately trying to do this for this course, but am just aware I’m overdoing it sometimes.

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Assignment 3 – final choices

After all the playing about, I’ve selected a set of 4 images to work with.
Final selection
First problem > I find that through the general process of messing about with all the elements of the final image, the final workable output gradually shrinks, so what started as a carefully setup A3 @ 300 dpi gradually shrinks to A5 by the time I’ve finished with it. This happened to all my samples, apart from the 2nd one.  My image files are full of layers and layers and layers  and I guess that’s the electronic equivalent of over-mixing paints and ending up with everything sludge brown.  Anyway.

Second problem >  printing test samples on a knackered inkjet printer produced some nasty results, particularly with the yellow in the greens, and too much heavy density in everything.  Areas of flat colour are not easy.

Third problem > I worked with the black and green version (bottom left hand pic) to try and make it more technically acceptable at A3 size.  Not wanting to replace the source files and rebuild the whole thing again I attempted a couple of inexpert quick fixes to smooth off the jumper and the heart, and crisp up the purple text, and of course the results (2nd of the 2 pics) were really incoherent and horrible.  The original version I quite like in it’s own quirky way, and actually as a screen print it would work at that size, also if it was printed onto a rough texture like cotton or old cardboard boxes.

For the final version I chose the top right ‘green is the colour’ pic, replaced the background image with a better quality version, and turned down the opacity on all the colours as far as I could go, so I could print something that was a) light, b) avoided flat areas of colour and c) that was interesting enough to stick up on the wall.  This is the final result:

green is the colour

Assignment 3 – photographic

Three versions using the photographs…
green is the colour v3
green is the colour v2
green is the colour v1

Assignment 3 – shape

Thinking about getting the dimensions to match up to the spec, decided to play with the shape… like the last one…

Assignment 3 – refocus

Now need to refocus on the green.  Here is a structure…
Structure
Add the filmstrip – and decide it’s the wrong green, and wonder is it really saying anything comprehensible?
Add content
Swap the filmstrip for one of the jumpers and add text…
Add different content
Make the jumpers green – otherwise why are they here? And does that text mean anything without the rhodedendrons?
Make the jumper green
Now try a different tack – looking for a style that is more coherant…
Sludge green

Assignment 3 – on the machine

More ideas playing around in Gimp and an online drawing tool called Harmony –  quite like the stitched leatherette effect on the jumper.  This time I was looking at soft colours.
First gecko
2nd gecko
the jumper
Soft colours 1
Soft colours 2
Soft colours 3
And this was a lurid draft of a poster…Lurid attempt
The filmstrip idea now contains variations on just 2 images – the rhodedendron to convey the theme of spring, gardens but with a slight twist, because a lot of people see rhodedendrons as an alien threat. Also the world upside down in the glass ball is comment on these sorts of differing perspectives. And finally, it’s a black and white filmstrip…
Filmstrip
And a coincidence to round this up, on the way to buy some fruit on friday afternoon, suddenly found myself surrounded by images of concentric circles and hearts…Coincidence

Assignment 3 – ideas

Rough draft 1
This one plays around with the idea of the jumper triumphant on top of the world (waterfall), photos at the bottom of the world to represent alternative associations of the colour, and geckos climbing up the wall (as they do).

Rough draft 2
This one, teenage I heart jumper, with associated images running across the bottom as a filmstrip.

Rough draft 1
This one is in layers, with possibly different photo-collage layers to represent images of trees, plants, geckos, frogs etc. Bottom layer is stripey to represent ribbed neck of jumper, and idea of adding text at the top.

These are the notebook thoughts around these choices…
Notebook - thoughts on Green Jumper posterPoster idea 1Poster idea 2Poster idea 3