Review of Final Design

Personally I am proud of what I have achieved in such sort time but I also feel disappointed in myself with my final design. I feel that the design went really well but I wasn’t able to make it exactly how I wanted to.

Colour:

I felt like I wasn’t able to just add words to the poster, I would have to outline the objects (Mic stand, microphone & music noted) to 100% identity what they are. I was unsure which colour(s) to use. Eventually I decided on a light grey as it wasn’t so obvious but identified the objects easily.

For the text I could not decide on a colour to use. I felt that if I made the colour brighter for the more popular the genre of music is, it would make it easier for the audience to identify as well as the text size enlarging the more popular genres of music.

I decided on the colour green as it was easy to see the text no matter how bright or dark the shade. Originally I wanted to use purples and pinks because I thought they would stand out but that didn’t work out too well. I eventually found that green worked very well so I stuck with it and ended up liking it.

Font:

I spent so much time trying to find fonts to fit the music genres. I felt that if I created a font which would fit the genre well as it would also help the audience identify with the topic and I thought it would make a nice touch.

I was upset with the choice of fonts in Inkscape, they were lacking and uninspiring but that was the consequence that I made to use free software. The fonts in Inkscape were simple and not interesting but I feel that I did the best with what I had to work with.

Another fault that I found with Inkscape is that I wasn’t able to adapt the fonts to move and bend them around the shapes to fit in the microphone, stand and music notes. I wanted to mold the words around but I was unable to do that so I then had to adapt to this occurring problem, however, I do feel that I successfully overcome this problem.

Overall look:

I feel that the overall look of the poster is really good but I felt it was hard to make it look simple. I didn’t want to overcrowd the poster as it would be harder to read. So when creating the overall look of the poster I had to take into consideration that it would have to be simple for it to be easily read. I felt that creating simplicity is hard and achieving this made me personally proud.

I wanted to have a lot of white space on the poster so it wasn’t so overwhelming and hard to read/understand. I feel that creating this makes the poster look really good. The more complex and filled the poster, the harder it is to understand.

Conclusion:

In conclusion I am very proud with what I have achieved because I am not used to Inkscape and it was my first time ever using the program. The program was hard to understand and use but I personally feel that I have done well to create what I have intended and wanted. There were delays and things that didn’t go well during creating the poster but I personally feel that I overcome these problems well and I am very proud of myself for what I have created and achieved.

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Inkscape

Inkscape is a little dated and hard software to use in my opinion due to it not being the most up-to-date program. I found it rather hard to get used to. It was hard to make a lot of changes to my simple design as I wasn’t sure what all the buttons did. I feel like I have achieved a lot using Inkscape as it is a hard program to use. To start with it was incredibly overwhelming and scary but after spending many hours using the program I adapted and started to recognise and get used to a few buttons. After completing my design I still felt like that Inkscape was hard to use and complete my design 100% but I did my best and I put many hours into the completion of my work. The best thing about Inkscape is that it is simple. The worst thing about Inkscape is that because it is simple I wasn’t able to create my full vision and design. In conclusion of my review on Inksape, if I was to complete the project again I would rather use Illustrator than Inkscape because Illustrator is more modern, easier to use and allows you to make your vision more precise.

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Further Design

After completing analysis on my initial design I went back to drawing a rough sketch of what I wanted my poster to look like as my initial design ended up not being what I wanted it to be when I had finished and reviewed the design. The design featured everything that I had highlighted to change in the previous post.

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I personally feel that this design is so much better and looks a lot nicer. The layout is a lot more pleasant and prettier. It also highlights the microphone and microphone stand more which is the main focus of the poster. I will now try and create this using Inkscape. I am using Inkscape because the software is free to use. I would use Illustrator but I don’t have it and cannot afford it, meaning that Inkscape is the software I will be using

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Initial Design

Personally I felt like my designs should be drawn on paper so I can easily create and draw my vision in my head. 

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This is my initial drawing and vision of what I wanted the poster to look like. However, when I finished I started to analyse it as I wasn’t entirely happy with it. I also added a key to why I drew what I drew. I drew a mic stand because everyone would associate the mic stand with music. Then I added music symbols to ensure the audience knew the topic about music. I thought that to show which genre of music is the most popular by making the text bigger. Meaning that the smaller the genre the less popular it is. I also added names of popular music artists to the musical notes to identify that the topic is popular music. However, I did’t exactly like the design here. I felt that I should make the mic stand bigger and move it more to the right so it fills the page up a bit more and shows the main focus of the poster. I also feel that I should make the musical notes smaller as they’re not the main focus of the poster. I might also display only 2 musical notes as I don’t want to pull focus away from the mic and stand which is the main focus.

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Survey Results

The results of my survey are the following:

Genre Tally Total
Folk 0
Disco 0
Pop |||||||||| 10
Punk || 2
Country || 2
Blues || 2
Pop Punk 0
Hip Hop ||||||| 7
Rock |||||| 6
Rap |||||| 6
Classical || 2
R’n’B |||||||| 8
Electropop 0
Metal 0
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Initial Research Into Topic

To start of I stated with Google, like most people do. I typed into Google ‘What types of music are the most popular?’ and there were so many results. However, none of them actually had a clear answer because the topic of my choosing is always changing and down to people’s opinions. A different audience will determine a different result. Meaning that I came to a realisation that using websites like Billboard and Vevo which I intended on researching would be long winded and would determine a certain result. Thus I have decided to ask a range of people ‘What types of music are the most popular?’ with the use of a multiple choice survey, choosing the top 3 they think are relevant to the question. This allows me to find out what people think in a fair way using primary research. I thought I would get a few of my friends and work colleagues to complete the survey. This survey is as followed:

What types of music are the most popular?

– Folk

– Disco

– Pop

– Punk

– Country

– Blues

– Pop Punk

– Hip Hop

– Rock

– Rap

– Classical

– R’n’B

– Electropop

I had to get some help from Google, UK top 40 and vevo to find 14 genres of music which are highly popular, known by most and fit a wide span audience. I feel that if I ask 15 people to fill out this survey will give me a rather accurate result which will help me make my poster.

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What type of music is the most popular

After definitely deciding that I would base my project around the topic ‘What type of music is the most popular?’ I needed to think of a rough idea of a concept for my final piece, the A4 poster. With the inspiration from the typography art in my first post I have decided that I will create my own version of that for my final piece. Initially I wanted to create a pyramid to show which genre is on top and inside the pyramid the genre name would be there created up of words, the words would be music artists and bands which contribute to that genre being the most popular. But then that was a dismissed when I asked other’s their opinion on the initial concept. They felt like it was a bit too messy and because so many music artists cross platform their music with multiple genres, meaning that the message of the poster isn’t entirely clear.

Going back to beginning of a typography styles final piece I then had to think of something that the words would be in. I couldn’t do a guitar as not every music artist will use a guitar. Thinking of an object or recognisable shape which is connected to music is incredibly hard when thinking about every genre of music. I finally decided that I would have a plane background most probable to be white. Then in the white space I want a microphone, made up solely of words. The words will be the genres of music. The bigger the text of the genre name, the more popular the genre of music is. I don’t want this in the middle of the page because I want to add a few musical notes around the top area of the page. Meaning I would like the microphone to be located slightly to the bottom right of the poster. The musical notes will be located towards to top and left of the page. I would like these notes to be created up of popular names in the popular music genres, however, I am not specifying which genre their music belongs to, to avoid arguments and miscommunication. The reason why I feel that these musical notes are important to the poster are to specify that the topic is based on music as well as added a bit more, but not too much, to the page.

Personally I think this is a brilliant concept as it isn’t too busy, the shapes and objects are recognisable and relevant to every music genre. The message is clear as bigger can easily define more popular with a line of text at the bottom of the page potentially. I think this concept can work out really well if I do it correctly. I may struggle a bit but I feel that it will look incredible if I can perfect it. I am really looking forward to creating this now

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The brief

Today in our first lecture on this topic we were introduced to the brief of this project which will last 6 weeks. Honestly, I really like the sounds of this project as we have to produce a poster around a topic of our choosing from a pre-made list. This helps us focus on a particular project and helps us think of our project quicker by choosing a certain topic from the list. The poster must be created about communication design. According to Google, communication design is “a mixed discipline between design and information-development which is concerned with how media intermission such as printed, crafted, electronic media or presentations communicate with people.” The way I interpret this using an example is having an audience understand the message perceived by the user no matter how they have been taught how to understand a message. For example, many people see a light-bulb above a person’s head and without words the majority of the audience will know that means the person has a brilliant idea.

The topic which I initially think I can related to most and think I will choose ‘What type of music is the most popular?’ as my topic as I am highly interested in music and I feel that my research can e efficient and clear as I have background knowledge on popular music. I will be getting my research from friends and online. I think I will get some of my research from Billboard, UK top 40 and Vevo. I’m sure I will be able to find a few more places to find helpful in my research during the course of the project.

Searching Google for some inspiration was fun and I managed to find a few pieces of work which I really enjoy. The artist has taken a person who is popular in music and they have created a portrait of them simply out of the names of their songs which I think is brilliant inspiration for this project for me as everyone can recognise the music artists straight away and looking at the word (the names of their songs) the audience know that they’re that artists songs as well as recognising a few too.

Beyoncé:

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Katy Perry:

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Rihanna:

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