These are the write up notes to Assignment1, following on the postcard sets in the previous 2 posts. And these are the feedback notes, and my feedback on the feedback notes. The following are the original notes exploring the ideas.
Assignment 1 postcard set > click on images to see both sides of the postcards.
This time looking at the postcards as individuals rather than a set, as they have to work both ways. So, try the whole slogan on each card. Experimenting with the lettering and trying to sink it into the pics a bit, so people have to look at the pics rather than just the slogan, and see the picture and think what the hell is that all about, then maybe look at the picture in terms of the slogan, look a bit harder and think about what is going on etc etc. These are the drafts, some work better than others…
Anyway that is the plan, so next, to make the lettering look a bit less crude and flat. Idea of picking the colours from the pics is good, but they have to work as a set too so the colours of the slogan text need to be in harmony, same palette etc across the range. Also try introducing effects that sink the text into the pics a bit but also make it clearer. ….with Gimp… ha! Also, have cropped the headless models pic down a bit to make it more focussed, still too much text, but better, think, less busy. And introduced the mani stone, as getting the text to stand out on this one will be interesting. Different type of photo though, so maybe have to go later.
What > Set of postcards expressing my graphic design interests and my cultural references. Who> Aiming to show tutor where I’m at.
Where am I at?
Because it’s postcards and I’m into photos, decided to use photos as a base for this. Idea of trawling through my travel photos and finding a few that work together, have the right amount of detail in them (don’t know what that is yet) and that are interesting (to me) because they have a few visual cultural references that are worth (to me) focussing on and possibly a bit of intriguing signage.
Remembering a few black and white postcards I used to have up on the wall for a few years, from Berlin in the ’80s – old bathtub outside an old crumbly building, crumbly plaster and meaningful graffitti, and so on. Yawn.
They have to work individually, and together. Constraints are the shape (narrowish landscape ) and the quality. And 5 seems a good number to aim for.
Like the idea of a slogan to link them all together, as this is an opportunity to experiment with using text on top of photos. Since I started asking myself the question what sort of fonts and colours work best generically on top of photos… have noticed the world is awash with print material using blocky white fonts in top of photos. This is good, noticing things, it’s why I’m doing the course really.
So > trawl for images and look at blocky white fonts… and this is the first pass…