Board of Visual Influence

I’ve been looking at photo-montages to assist me in designing my supplement, having the idea to accumulate and present a selection of imagery that relates and contextualises the content within. Hamilton and Rauschenberg’s works in painting and collage (particularly photo) successfully and clearly display a message and idea.

‘Towards a definitive statement on the coming trends in menswear and accessories (a) Together let us explore the stars’ (Richard Hamilton,1962)

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‘Skyway’ (Robert Rauschenberg,1964)

  • Perhaps utilising some of these collective and suggestive elements?
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Palefroi (Marion Jdanoff, Damien Tran)

Palefroi are an artistic duo who share a love for screen printing, exploring illustrative and graphic abstract visuals.

Their language as a duo is at the crossroads of their respective worlds. One is formal and abstract, the other narrative and figurative. Over the years, the boundaries between their personal and collective work have become more and more porous.

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Designing + Development

I have chosen and begun designing the first supplement in the series. I’ve been looking at past issues to identify commonly used insignias or features that recognize as The Guardian’s aesthetic to use within my own.

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< I’ve circled familiar and repeating patterns within multiple issues, such as the hollowed shape in which is created for titular purposes and familiar layouts for easy reading and understanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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< Full page images are used, overlaying and contrasting text, also a method of mixing titles and sub titles, asking question and summarizing of particular content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Front Cover Design (In Progress)

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Content + Aesthetics (2)

I’ve gathered a collection of bizarre and extraordinary information about Britishness. The content is now nailed down, consisting of a series of three supplements exploring these specific subjects:

  1. Great British Design
  2. Places to ‘Swing By’
  3. The Weird and Wonderful

Great British Design looks at inventions and niche or more common forms of creativity that has entertained or helped the people, especially forms of design that you might ignore in your everyday life.

Places To ‘Swing By’ is a more humorous outlook on days-out and what’s to do in Britain, potentially looking at more unconventional options and maybe suggesting options that aren’t the best? (Comedic taste?)

The Weird and Wonderful is the final edition, showing why Britain is what it is today, full of eccentric quirks that other countries would struggle to understand. A subtle boast as to what makes us different.

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Notebook/Sketches

  • Revolving concept of a collective ‘mash-up’ purposing the design choices 
  • Work with type print? Assortment of fonts
  • Hand-rendered lettering

Content + Aesthetics

Britain has created an complicated and misunderstood culture over the course of its history, which would make an interesting subject to design an idea around, commenting and displaying what Britain has to offer in today’s society.

With this in mind, I thought about modernising the Renaissance’s ‘cabinet of curiosities, which were collections of extraordinary and ‘exotic’ natural wonders, some of which were yet to be understood. These displays were intended to create a story or image that would represent an object in a particular context.

Perhaps I can convey this image of amalgam and diversity? Presenting niche/rising/unknown subjects, social or cultural events and creative talent/history. Using an unconventional format and design I think would be appropriate, as this represents the eclectic and confusing creative culture we have today.

  • Publication in the form of a cabinet
  • Offbeat randomisation representative in the design/aesthetic?
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Example Cabinet // ‘The Wonder Cabinet for a Surrealist’ (Dana Newmann, 2008)

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Notebook

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Idea > Print

As I’m designing something for a newspaper print, my first thought was to experiment with printmaking; an appropriate format and I think would best communicate my ideas.

My first tests were with basic shapes and motifs making a relation to the theme of ‘Create Britain‘.

Creating an abstract or motif representative of each theme I’ll be covering? 

Branding a cohesive house style that can be appropriated across each supplement/theme?

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Test Prints