But there is a decently large amount of work going into them. I’ll tell you about both of them in this post.
First of all, the poster that I’ve told you about before. For David Benoit’s Charlie Brown Tribute at the Folly Theater in my Human Centered Design (henceforth known as HCD) post. Well I finally got some of that matrix done. Here’s a pic (sorry it’s in low quality, my phone died so I tried to use my Macbook webcam).
Basically, along the left hand side, I have a list of rhetoric: irony, personification, hyperbole, pun, antithesis, metonymy, synecdoche, metaphor, and parody. Along the top, I have the descriptive words such as: quick, dance, sway, warmth, upbeat, smooth, and optimistic.
I’ve never done anything like this before so this was definitely a struggle for me. But I finally started getting the hang of it towards the end. I’m not a huge fan of a lot of these ideas, to be honest, but there’s a couple cool concepts that I’d like to explore. I don’t know if I would use it as the basis for my poster design, but I feel that I could definitely incorporate aspects from some of these post-it ideas.
A few of the ideas that I liked included music notes dancing together with some numbered foot steps (personification of dance), swaying headphones motion sequence (personification of sway), “can’t dance? Chassé it” (pun on the dance move – chassé/just say – for dance), the appearance of honey on a honey spoon thing (metaphor for smooth), a wave (metaphor for dance), and a smoothie comprised of music notes (pun for smooth).
Now I just gotta take some of these ideas and elaborate on them (minimum of 9 of them). In regards to the poster design itself… I’ve been thinking about incorporating silk screening into it. I think I’ve mentioned in a previous post about wanting to modernize the whole Christmas aspect of this event. Typically, you think of red and greens for Christmas, but there’s so many other tones that are common around the holidays. The white of the snow, the golden glow of fireplaces and the warmth it evokes, as well as the cooler tones of some ornaments and the cold of the brisk December air (in most states). Anyway, the reason why I want to bring in the silk screening is because I want to have that hand made feel to hark back to Charlie Brown. Since I don’t intend to use actual images from that (due to copyright and it being done on all of his past posters), I wanted to have some kind of connection to it and I feel that having some handmade elements would help with that. And I think it adds a nice personal touch to what might otherwise be a really modern and serious poster since I wanted to keep it somewhat similar to Benoit’s typical style appearance of his promotional items.
We also got a chance to tour The Folly Theater today, and peeked at a couple previous posters as well as the location of where our posters would be displayed. Sadly, my cell is dead and I don’t have a charger with me, but I’ll update this post with some pics of previous posters later (if I remember, haha). And I got to stand on the stage where many famous people have also been, so that was pretty cool. I’ve always loved theatre and have participated in productions during my high school years (mostly in the light & sound booth haha), so I’m definitely not new to the setup of a stage, but it was definitely nice being back on one again.
Do you see what I did there? Think about it. haha
The other poster, is for my typography course. We’re doing a poster design about a typographical process. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a procedure in a specific order, but it definitely has to relate to typography and include some kind of categories. Initially we started by building a couple 10×10 grids with different sized columns/rows and worked with arranging the type to make it work within that space. Eventually we’ll be expanding the size of the poster, but we needed to keep the main body within those parameters.
After experimentation, here are the two fields I’ve decided to elaborate upon with possible variations down the line.
I’m pretty happy with their basic concept, aside from the typesetting that would need to be done before it’s set. My article is specifically about “Hearing Type“(you should check out that article, it’s the bee’s knees). I was breaking up the main content into various attributes found in music that is also mirrored in typography. I definitely wanted to have a dynamic design that echoes music itself while still keeping the content as the main focus. Both of my designs that I’ve chosen are based on music equalizers. It’s pretty funny that originally I chose Helvetica Neue just for clarity in the design and did a quick leading & header/subheader setup so that I could see how the text would interact with the space… but I actually really like the way it looks with the grid system and I think I’m not going to use a different typeface. Of course, I’ll still experiment with a small handful of clean typefaces to see how it looks, but I think I’m going to keep it simple with this sans serif.
I’ll keep you guys updated as I further the design process on both of these. I really hope that I can get more class time to further explore these concepts. It’s been pretty hard trying to juggle hours and time management so far (between my 2 jobs and school), and it’s only been about a week and a half into school! I’ve mentioned this before, and I’ll say it again… I’m pretty sure this year is gonna kick my ass into churning out some good design work quickly. But I’ll enjoy every moment of struggle because in the end, it’ll push me to be a better designer, manage time better, and speed up my work flow.
Thanks for reading! See you next post.
P.S. I think I’m going to start including a “Listening to:…” blurb at the end of my posts now, because I can look back through these and rediscover old songs and also get an insight into my current feels during the design process, haha.
“Young” by Vallis Alps.
Edit: here are some pics I promised of previous posters and the theater.