Exercise: Too much or not enough information – Rationale 1

Overall photo of poster one

Overall photo of poster one

I took inspiration for this design from a 1950’s music poster I’d found online via pinterest. I was inspired by the use of squares and circles in the poster which helped to break up all the text within the poster, stopping it from being overwhelming visually. I also took inspiration from the head text and way in which the following details were formatted to draw into a triangle shape on the way down. Here’s the poster:

!950's Music/Gig Poster

1950’s Music/Gig Poster

I wanted to use drawings of the instruments to illustrate the kinds of bands that would be playing in the park so that there was a nice balance between images and text in the poster. I decided to draw the instruments with a black fine liner and cut them out and arrange them within boxes/squares on the poster, almost like a grid.

Close up of central images of poster one

Close up of central images of poster one

My next thought was to add information around the instruments namely the names of the bands, the park they’re playing in and the date. I thought having a central shape and making a feature of it with a big shape would help draw the focus to the instruments. I think this worked fairly well overall. The shapes that create a sort of grid and the instruments work well together. But I’m not a fan of the text around the instruments. I used a stencil to create the lettering and i just don’t think it’s placed well but couldn’t think how else to place it!?

Close up of text on poster for rationale one

Close up of text on poster for rationale one

I worked hard on the heading text for the poster, thinking about getting each new line of text to come in a bit at the sides, to create a nice line. But I think I didn’t give enough care to making the letters the same height/width so it looks a bit messy.

What about the colour ? – honestly I was inspired by the striped background (which was a patterned piece of scrap book paper I had) ┬áto use red white and blue. I thought it would look cohesive, very together, which it does. But the problem is it also looks patriotic. And really considering the events take place in summer, I should probably re do the colour scheme to reflect a summer theme.

I’m leaving any changes till after the group of people I’ve asked to critique my work have given me some feedback. We’ll see what happens next…

 

 

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