During class, we were able to get our last feedback from our tutors and make the final tweaks to our pamphlets through numerous iterations of printed booklets. I have continued to play with the front cover, I have not yet found a composition that I am satisfied with yet. My imagery for my location spreads are finally coming together in a way that I am alright with – they are not my favourite thing, but I will keep working to better them. I have placed my map and key on the first spread (Discover Wellington) and shifted the icon key to the following page (Art and Culture). I am unsure at this point as to whether or not this key is required as I may be able to put the names at the locations, however, they may be too small of a font size to be realistically legible. I will play with that and see how it looks. I have had to rearrange the second spread to make room for the icons key. I feel as though it is working so am not too worried about it at this point. I have placed some simple brush stroke lines as an illustrative element to this spread and will also apply it to the location spreads but with their relative descriptive brush stroke style. I will attempt to compose these strokes in a way that speaks of the styles and motion found in that location.
For independent study, I will continue to expand upon the ideas just expressed and also do some test prints of it so that hopefully I can be printing my final on Wednesday 5th.
In class, again we were left to our own working. I was able to speak one on one to Lee about my pamphlet. She gave me heaps of pointers about what I was needing to do next.
Cover – The cover had a good base idea but should represent the 3 locations through some means – I will play around with having brush strokes taken from the frame of each of the location images and integrate them as an abstracted illustration of wiggling and weaving together. The spine edge of the cover doesn’t line up so will need to create a spread in either Illustrator or Photoshop in order to get it to line up perfectly.
Spreads – The first spread was printed with the wrong body text typeface and so will need to double chack this next time when printing it in the future, especially the final. On the right side of this spread the spacing between each of the categories vary and so these need to be kept at the same point difference which should also provide more room below for the map to spread across the bottom. Similarly, on the following spread, I need to format the tabs of the bullet point lists – I had forgotten to redo it after reapplying the text. This spread could also do with some light imagery. My location spreads were rather bland and so having a location added to the top of the page then allows for consistency across all locations (I had added the location address to only the last spread). I will also need to remove the border around the photo imagery as it makes the page to “bitty”. Adding a pull quote to the left-hand edge will create a better balance. Lastly, my walking illustrations require a higher contrast as they cannot be clearly seen when it has been printed.
For independent study, I will be editing all of this by finalising my map and placing it into my document. I need to figure out whether I will need a key for my map and if so, where I will be able to put the icon key instead – potentially the ‘Arts and Culture’ spread.
During class, we were given time to put our heads down and get on with our work whilst our tutors came around to given feedback one on one. We were required to print out a mock up booklet in order to get a feeling to how the dynamic works in that form. After doing so it highlighted many areas that required some more work. I have not yet done a map and only completed 2/3 icons and have located them on the first spread – this might change later on. At this point, I had been working in an entirely monochromatic colour palette- for the independent study, I will play with alternative colours for the blocked background. I have begun playing with ideas for the cover of the pamphlet but have not yet refined how the paint scribbles will work.
For independent study, I continued working on completing the icons and battling with my illustrations. I have tried to simplify down the content on each spread and create a clear visual style that flows through the entirety of the pamphlet.
During class, we were given the task for beginning to play with the illustration of a map to go on the first introductory spread. Whilst in class I started to draw up ideas of how to illustrate my map as my locations are very far apart. We were then given a napkin on of which we were to quickly draw and explain how to get to our locations this became very helpful in simplifying what information needed to be included. Following this I went through the feedback given to me during the critique last class and have made alterations to the point size of the title text and body text; removes the distracting pattern from behind text; fixed my paragraph styling, and began working on the 3 communication icons.
For Independent study, I found a bunch of new artist models to draw some inspiration from which will hopefully take my design in a new direction. They are a lot more controlled in their handling of type and also utilise colour in order to create hierarchy on the page rather than purely scale. The illustrations for the 3 location spreads are still under some intensive re-evaluation and have a new idea of incorporating the brush stroke ‘motif’ as a frame for the images I have taken at each location. These will differ in order to communicate the variation in environment and art style found at these locations. I have removed my text from my spreads in order to begin to rehandle it with this new style in mind; then formatted the bullet point lists with tabs and started to play around with alternative heading typefaces and scales.
New Artist Models:
Today we looked at our collages in order to finalise the illustrative portion of our location/ activity spreads. I feel as though mine are not yet resolved enough and require more work and research into the atmosphere of each location. We then began to integrate these into a spread format as either portrait or landscape. I chose portrait as I feel this will be a better platform in relation to my topic of street art. I have begun battling with the compulsory text for the introduction pages and sourcing text for my location/activity spreads. For independent study, I am needing to really put my head down and compose some collages for each location and begin working with the text on these spreads.
During class, we grouped up to critique the collages we completed for independent study alongside the one completed in class. The feedback I got for my set of three is that I need to clarify my overarching aesthetic and/or system to my collages; I need to start to work digitally to better ideate and make iterations of the collages. I was suggested the idea of including more about the function of each location to provide more context rather than purely the variation in art styles found in Wellington. For independent study, I researched further into the kind of styles of layout and type I wanted to work with to create a mood board for my following collages – of which I will start to do digitally.
During today’s class, we shared with our groups our findings from each location and chose one piece to work from in a selection of exercises that got us to loosen up our drawing and create a range of more emotive media to describe our locations. We then used these new drawings amongst our existing findings to create a collage describing one of our three locations. After completing this, as a class, we hung up our work and had a class critique in order to define the areas/works that were really communicating the emotive qualities of the location. For independent study, we were then asked to complete this collage task for the remaining two locations. I played around with overall aesthetic ideas and haven’t yet settled on one overarching system or look.