Manifesto Design

April 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

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 So here is developed design for my personal manifesto. I’m happy with my chosen idea as I feel it’s clean and crisp, straight to the point and easy to follow. It’s not quite the same as I pictured it to be. I was aiming for a more grunge look to it, with paint strips behind the handwritten text and old news paper cuttings for the icons. However, I feel this has a more positive look due to the colour and use of white space. I may experiment with designing it more to how I planned if I get time along side my other projects so I can initiate which design will have a stronger impact. If I had more time, I would also have liked to create my own illustrations or photography for the icons rather than manipulation other imagery I found during my research.

Manifesto design development

April 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

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This is the design I have chosen to take forward for my personal manifesto for design. My idea is to mix punk with a clean edge. I want the title ‘manifesto’ and descriptions to be clean crisp type like helvetica, or maybe something a little more interesting or digital for the title. The list will be white text highlighted with black, the the descriptions in grey beneath to not draw away attention to the key points. The points should stand out with the contrast and boldness, and will be supported by imagery along the left side. The icons I plan to have a black and white newspaper effect/style, using relating imagery to make my manifesto feel stronger. This would also relate to the punk movement, using newspaper cutouts, however I may try and create my own from scratch and reflect the style. Another idea is to illustrate these by hand, or use a cleaner digital design. I will create a variety of rough copies until I achieve the look I am hoping for.

Manifesto design development

April 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Today I looked into developing my visual design for my personal manifesto. These are quick thumbnail sketches to give me an idea of a layout. I want something that looks hands-on, personalised to my style and to reflect how I enjoy working with my hands. I’d like it to be illustrated, or at least have some sort of iconography to support the text. I feel minimum text would allow my manifesto to be easy to remember and remind myself, and also is less likely to bore readers as large bodies of text can be off putting. I really like the grunge, black and white style. I have recently been looking into modernism and post-modernism, and feel I like aspects of all of them. Nowadays, design often has characteristics of both, so my design may have aspects of each era too. I partially feel inspired by the new-wave and punk era so this may be a route I will experiment with. The best layout idea’s in my opinion that I may take further are 1st, 2nd and 6th. All of which contain the main points, accompanied by relating imagery and a small body of text to describe the meaning. I feel the 6th design gives me more freedom to take it into a variety of styles, however I shall experiment with my designs until I reach a final decision.

Down by the Apple Trees

April 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Here is my final typeface put to use. This is to examine how well my type would work as a title or in a sentence. Personally, I feel that the type fits together well and the letters naturally slot together. I didn’t think about the spacing between letters as I was designing each one so they aren’t perfect, but with little tweaking i feel it would be sorted. I’m really happy with how my typeface turned out and by comparing the final text to the initial sketches, they are pretty similar. The text turned out much better than planned and has shown through development it has become more stronger, unified and defined.

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