Archives for November, 2010
The images above are some drafts for the covers of my three books. I thought it would work better to keep it simple and consistent with the rest of the layout from the books. I started with a type layout under the front image but then wondered if I had even needed any type on the front at all? I feel it works better alone just on the spine and nowhere else. I am still thinking of different colors I can use or maybe no colors at all for the background? The last image is of the inside title page, no big changes…just something simple that flows along with the rest of the layout.
“History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy and the second time as farce.”
I’ve been making these images at a steady pace, although it is safe to say that I should speed things up a bit if I’m going to use all the quotations on my lovely list. The hard part is matching quotations up that aren’t too confusing or too bland with images. But during break it occurred to me that a key element in this project had yet to be worked out: what do I want people to experience and walk away with from all this? Then Leslie Nielson died and I was distracted for a couple hours, only to rediscover my initial problem (Good Night, Sweet Prince).
I did manage to come to a conclusion, or at least a sort of idea about what I want this to go. Right now, I’m playing with quotations and the images made off those phrases and how they can be interchanged. This involved a level of interactivity between the viewer and the pieces, allowing people to (in theory) take a picture and switch it up with another one. It feels similar to minimalism this way, although the art has a set form, the meaning of the artwork is interchangeable on a whole new level (rather than just interpretation). I still don’t have the answer set in stone, but at the very least I want people to be able to realize “huh, these pictures come off the walls? And I can switch them up?” Interactivity is an element I want to use if possible, but how I do that is still in the dark.
“Good Night, Sweet Prince”
I started re-working the previous logo that I had into something more readable/understandable. Not sure what my thoughts are yet.
THen I tried using them in advertisements. Ads that would promote nothing but myself.
I wanted to see if I could incorporate my previous sketches of the magazine layouts into the ads because it showed promotion of my work.
here are some others, just to get an idea
Then i thought these were to much like what was in the actual magazine, that perhaps the viewer would get confused on what was an ad and what was part of the magazine. So I decided to do the complete opposite of my work.
Then I began to use glyphs, because basically there is no meaning to them.
I want my advertisements to stand as breathing spots for the viewer considering the work inside can be a lot to take. I am still unsure of where i want to go with these.
I have even thought about just having the word “AD” and then my logo and tag line. That’s it.
close ups —
Here are some labels I’ve made that are based on the hand drawn sketches I brought to class last week. The sketched I brought in eliminated the dog illustration and instead featured various items that had been chewed up by Otis/Lucy along with all of the required beer label information (style, weight, %abv, etc). While transferring my sketches into digital mode (via Illustrator) I decided to rearrange the layout and bring the dog illustration back into the picture. The new labels now feature the “Naughty Dog” chewing up 4 different items based on which style of beer the label is for (West Coast, India Pale Ale, Witbier or Winter Lager). I have also coded the labels with distinct colors that can be used to identify which style of beer it is without having to read the actual label. Also, the actual physical label will have a bite mark taken out of the corner as if Otis/Lucy tried to “help” with the process. Let me know your thoughts about these and keep in mind they are just roughly planned out labels that were made to see if the idea went over well. Type treatment, color palettes, etc can obviously change accordingly.
this is the first stencil i made- i’ll be using it to cut and paint with on various materials and surfaces. starting this weekend.
“It’s embarrassingly pat and predictable.”
One of the first finished images from the list from the newspaper, more to follow soon.
Here are a couple more ideas for the signage book and some possible layouts for the poem book as well. I have been thinking of ways for the poetry layout to seem interesting and not just boring. I also understand that it would be wise to keep the poetry layout in the same format as the other two books so everything stays consistent and feels as a whole within the series. I know that some of the layouts I posted fall out of those boundaries but I just thought I would post everything I have so far.
Last Wednesday John lent me a Typography book that had some very good examples of layout and composition for fonts, tables, etc.. the book also had a definition of typography which was “the art of designing letters and composing text so that they may be read easily, efficiently, enjoyably.” With the last image above I thought I would try something different. I took the first letters of certain phrases that I enjoyed from the poem and played around with the type. Still using the strip format, I combined the letters so that they almost don’t become letters anymore they become more visual. The only way that this is consistent with the beach is the subject matter and the layout in comparison with the other two books.
As normal, I designed more layouts. Some revisions of older layouts. Some new.
During my review with John we discussed taking one layout and spreading over various pages. This was my take on that.
My next plan… advertisements and logo
After my meeting with John last Monday we discussed the different content that I would include in my three books. One book is of the black and white panoramic images, another is of the typography from certain buildings, and the last is the poem of Hampton beach from John Greenleaf Whittier. We discussed that the layout for each book has to be consistent with the others so that they can all work as a series and alone as well. We also discussed something else to bring into the book, a number system which can help the viewer locate the address and name of the buildings. This can be seen in the second and last pictures. This is not my final layout of this but just the basic idea so far. The numbering system would act as an index in which the viewer can take the number and find out the address and name of the location in the back of the book. I discussed my idea with John Colan as well and he mentioned that it might be interesting to include thumbnails in the back as well, just so one can remember what image they retrieved the number from. I have the poem layout up sometime before Mondays class so everybody can see how this is working as a whole so far. It’s going to be a hectic next few weeks, but I am really excited to see how this turns out!