Alison Lucy's Blog

March 21, 2010, 14:35
Filed under: Wardrobe

An essential design skill is the ability to find order where there is chaos. This brief tests our ability to research, collate and organise large amounts of typographic information.

We were required to make a list of every single piece of clothing we owned on a single page. Describing each item consistently and concisely. We had to carefully consider the words or phrases we used (colour, form, function, material, manufacturer, size, value, etc.) and the order. This description determined the ‘shape’ of the information on the page.

After collating together all of the necessary information from my wardrobe I quickly realised that the process of elimination would be a vital one. What was it that interested me the most about these items and why? What would others find most interesting? I eventually whittled it down to the ‘made in’ information and colour – creating a grid from a map of the world plotting where my items are from. Below were the final outcomes.

I had difficulty in the continuation of our Wardrobe brief, being asked to add a single photographic image to our initial design. I couldn’t help but think how I had based my grid structure around the image of the world map therefore whatever my image was had to work with and not against this initial idea. I decided upon the image of the sea as a subtle hint to the reasoning behind the text. The second example above shows how I initially played around with orientation of the text to suggest a divide between east/west in terms of clothes manufacturing. it was hard to create this narrative in successfully in one image. I therefore created a final more abstract sea image where the focus was still very much on the text (due to the stronger, brighter image) and the spectrum of blues and greens emphasised the verticals. I feel better with the simplicity of this image as I feel that the key to success in this brief was a successful grid.


Typographic Music Poster
March 3, 2010, 21:27
Filed under: Typographic Music Poster

Choose a piece of music.

Produce an A1 portrait poster.

Use only typographic elements.

Aphex Twin Bucephalus Boucing Ball

I was drawn to creating something from an unusual piece such as Aphex Twin’s Bucephalus Bouncing Ball because the sound was so real and clunky. Initially I tried to represent that using metal materials from a DIY shop, thinking along the lines of a metallic collage. Below is an example using nails in cardboard to create repetitions of the letter ‘T’, attempting to create the ‘tingy’ sound represented within the music.

This experiment wasn’t quite as successful as I had hoped. However, I did enjoy the structure of the piece and realised that in order to simplify it I would have to approach it in a more obviously typographic way. Below are early experiments in Indesign in which I can to realise that the typographic hyphen symbol would be most appropriate to represent the morse code style of sound.

After much experimenting on Indesign, in particular beginning to change the colour gradient of individual hyphen symbols I finally created my finished design (shown above). The moment I observed the poster in its entirety I was pleased because it somehow best represented the very ‘real’ metallic sound of the track, and an element of 3d had been created as if the falling shapes were slightly coming out of the poster. The second part of the brief was to incorporate information about the track into the design- the name of the artist, the name of the track, date it was produced and track-length. I knew that the typographic element of this A1 poster mustn’t distract from the main design, so I tried a range of compositions before finally deciding upon the above design. This meant that the text was completely incorporated into the design rather than being an additional (and perhaps distracting) feature.