Monday, 22 February 2016

OUGD603 Extended Practice Brief 06 Tryptic Past Designs Research

Because other people have gone first in this project it creates a great reference point for my own work.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

This design by Joe Lindley is one of the most recent posters to go up. It is actually a poster for an even/ exhibition in New York. It is left unexplained as to whether this is real or not, but i think we can assume so. Because there is very little need to promote an exhibition in New York here, this design is either there for its pure aesthetic value, or the lack of context is part of the commentary. This strange decision does pull the audience in because of its incongruous placement, perhaps this was the intension. It could also be that it works with the theme of a date match through history of the week the posters are being exhibited.  From a distance this poster looks very much like a pattern or photographic blur and as you approach it the different aspects come into focus. This is a great way to use the long corridor approaching the posters, something I should consider for my own designs.
The subsequent two designs are what were sitting next to the first one. there is a definite visual connection between them in that they use gridded lines in some way and are digitally finished in some way. Although the grid is more subtle on the first poster the lines of distortion do in fact form a grid. The poster above is by Alec Mezzeti. To get around the problem of the content of the poster Alec has used the date that the poster will be up, illustrating the meteor strike that occurred on the same week as the poster was up. I really like the use of space on this poster. The way that the poster sits against a white wall with a white frame having a central dark design on the sheet makes the content really stand out in context. Another consideration for my design.
This design was by Rory Blakemore and he has clearly talked to the others about the date concept, choosing the first release of the Dracula films as his inspiration. This collaboration or at least conversation between those creating the different posters makes the cohesive feel of the whole exhibition really strong. Roz, Jess and myself have agreed to keep to a hand rendered theme that creates a linking aesthetic.


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