Tuesday, 4 November 2014

OUGD504 Studio Brief 03 A Brief History Of... Developing Walk Logos

Because the plants I collected in my summer project all relate to the place that they were collected, I choose a few plants to represent each walk and tat could be used in the logo design.
I started by limiting each walk down to a few different plants.

I didn't want to make the plants I chose too flowery or girly but I also wanted the plants to represent the walks themselves and the sort of experience you get with each one. For the third walk I chose common Bent because it had slightness and delicate shape that worked quite well for suggesting the light and open expanse of the dunes at wells next to the sea.

For the first walk I chose prickly saltwort because it manages to encapsulate the essence of the salt marshes and the sand hillocks that form a major part of this walk. This is because it is quite a meaty plant similar to the most recognised salt marsh plant (samphire) but also quite harsh in shape with its spikes, referencing the harshness of the drier areas of the walk. However, this may sound negative but I feel that prickly salt wort represents it in enough of a stylish way that it could still work.

 For the second walk I chose Hawthorne. This is because this walk follows the coast path inland slightly in part of the walk so a slightly woodier plant can represent this experience nicely. Also it is a common and widely recognised plant of hedgerows which are a dominant and pleasant part of this walk.
I started looking at how I could translate these illustrations into a logo.

I looked at reversing the black and white of the drawings but I felt that it didn't hold its own against a photograph background. I then tried placing a low opacity layer behind the image and tis helped a bit but what I really want i for the photos to sing out of the page and they won't do tis if they are pulled back like this.

I then took the drawing into illustrator and started tracing over it using the pen tool.

This seemed to hold it's own against the photo background much better.
The next problem I encountered was the interaction between the circle and the illustration. I found that although it looked ok exterior to the circle it looked best when it was contained. The next step is to create some type along the themes of the main logo tat communicates the starting points of the walks.

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