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Commit/Commitment: part 7

Before I mention the designs I produced in InDesign it’s worth me mentioning I came up with another design for the postcard using a ribbon with the lettering on it as well as the knot with lettering. Just simply because this reflected the coffee packaging more than the knot did.

Commitment Blend - Ribbon based design

Commitment Blend – Ribbon based design

Now to talk about my process with InDesign and Illustrator.

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Commit/Commitment: Part 6

At the same time as considering how to express Commitment visually I was looking for layout inspiration for my postcard when I came across some packaging I’d kept from Starbucks Coffee.

I keep lots of packaging because I really admire the design/aesthetic. I found this packet really appealed, and it gave a idea to design my postcard as if I were selling a blend of coffee called ‘Commitment’.


Starbucks Coffee Packaging

Starbucks Coffee Packaging

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Commit/Commitment: Part 5

I decided to rethink my design for the Commitment postcard. I began by thinking about what did I want to say through the postcard, what did commitment mean to me?  When I think about commitment or being committed to something I think about words like; determination, grit, effort, hard work, strength of resolve.

Thinking about these words, I was looking for a image that could depict that, and I was reminded of posters made in World War II which aimed to encourage women into factories, to do their bit for the war effort. I was reminded of the way the women were symbols of strength and resolve in these posters; they appealed to women to make commitment to the war effort.

I found a few of these images and began to think about a design around them:

World War II posters depicting Women of strength and determination.

World War II posters depicting Women of strength and determination.

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Commit/Commitment: Part 4

Looking back over my design for the commitment postcard I was still unsure it was communicating what I wanted it too, in the style I wanted it to. Perhaps I’m being overly critical but it just didn’t look as smooth or polished as I’d hoped.

I wanted to see if making a similar image using different techniques would produce a better result. So I thought I’d give making a similar image in a program called GIMP a go. Now I’m not very experienced with this software so perhaps I was being to ambitious.

I began by thinking if I drew the characters in stages: so a layer for the outline, a layer for clothes, a layer for hair. I could add these into GIMP stage by stage and alter the colour/lines and bring it altogether in one final image.

I’d seen others do this successfully so began drawing layers using tracing paper and scanning them into my computer:

Layer one - outline of boy

Layer one – outline of boy

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Commit/Commitment Part 3

I felt like the illustration I’d worked on following my research in Oliver Jeffers had gone fairly well.

So I then thought the next best thing would be work on honing and refining it.

It felt a little lost on a big white sketchbook background. So I cut the characters and the knot out of sketchbook and looked for a background to sit them on top of. I found some brown paper, and felt like I made a nice solid textured backdrop without detracting too much attention away from the characters.

Illustration in progress (before cutting out)

Illustration in progress
(before cutting out)

After cutting out from sketchbook

After cutting out from sketchbook

I thought this looked better than the initial version, much more together but still wasn’t happy.

I re-sized the image using GIMP (an online image editing  program like Photoshop). See the result below…

Tying the Knot Resized

I think these does look like the best refinement of the design. But I’m still not sure that I like the design. It just looks a little random!

We’re in real time now so the next posts I do will be reflecting as I go rather than retrospectively.