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A large scale portfolio book + selling the final work on a online site

For this project I will be creating a portfolio book, which will be based on a zine, which are known for featuring a collage or hand drawn quality. They are created by Independent designers or small companies, presenting information that main stream media wouldn’t. Zines are quite popular at the moment. To create a Zine magazine, which is a small 20 paged book that would tell multiple current affair stories using articles, posters, reviews and random art.

I would create material by using both digital and hand-made designs including “interviews/quotes”. I’ve decided to do this as it allows more me to produce different types of work that I wouldn’t produce normally and it will allow more a bigger challenge. I will be adding in bite-sized stories/quotes as I know that this will work better for my style of working.

I will also be uploading my pieces of work onto a site such as Society6 to see if I can make it a successful business in the future as this move is something that I have wanted to do for a few years, with researching into what the best way of making sales & to understand how these sales work. This will help me see if I would be able to go freelance or set up a business at the end.

The challenges I will address in the project is creating work that will promote my work successfully and also showcasing myself within the designs for it to engage a target market. The other problem that needs addressing is creating diverse work that will also be practical.

I want to challenge myself to see how quickly I can create a piece of work or ideas for project work, as I feel like it takes me too long to do this due to things like lack of motivation or not having the right knowledge. I will do this by timing myself when creating work to see how long it takes and then looking into how I can improve this time or understand how to create a working system.

I want to challenge myself to see if I can make this business idea successful and to understand what challenges I will face.

The learning Objectives I hope to achieve by completing this project

Having a range of exciting portfolio pieces, that work for promoting myself as a designer and my personality as it needs to appeal to the target market and that they would be willing to view it and have faith in it. I will do this by getting (fortnightly?) feedback from my target audience, other designers and my tutors to understand if the ideas or the research can be improved or to get new ideas for the design work

The amount of research, I conduct to make sure it’s a detailed and diverse as possible, which will let me create more in-depth ideas with great background knowledge into why I created these designs and where the influence came from. I will do this by keeping my research page updated each week with timetabled dates for when the new research to be updated.

Time management, as I need to produce more work in/out of class to get my work up to a better grade and to a greater standard of work to show to future clients. I will do this by having greatly detailed timetable with all deadlines featured and using a project management app/ program to help me keep on track with my targets and work flow.

The motivation to do this project is more interesting than the other project briefs, as it incorporates both graphic design and branding, which are two subjects that I’m interested in working in and I have a better understanding of this project. I want to push myself towards incorporating more solid research as this is an area where I have let myself down in term of grading. The added element of setting up a future career is something that motivates me to really do it.

This Project Plan / Schedule will be completed by creating a large scale timetable to allow for changes and will include clear milestones for every week until the project due date.


Postmodernism comes from a recognition that reality is simply mirrored in human understanding of it, but is constructed as the mind tries to understand its own particular and personal reality. Postmodernism has become sceptical of explanations which

“claim to be valid for all groups, cultures, traditions, or races, and instead focuses on the relative truths of each person.” (Foundation, no date)

Interpretation has become everything with this term, reality only comes into being through our interpretations what the world means to us individually. It is “post” as it denies the existence of any ultimate principles and it lacks the optimism of there being a scientific, philosophical, or religious truth which will explain everything for everybody - a characteristic of the so-called "modern" mind. (Foundation, no date)

IN ART it is the change that took place in the 1960s onwards in the Western society and culture that happened from the challenges made to established structures and belief systems. Koons, J. (2006) This is the reaction that went against modernism which had dominated art theory and practice since the beginning of the twentieth century.

Scepticism and a suspicion of reason gave birth to postmodernism, the notion that there are universal objectives certainties or truths that will explain everything for everybody.

It was first used around 1970, the best way of defining this movement is by looking at its main characteristics, it is anti-obedient by nature as it refuses to recognise the authority of any single style or definition of what are art should be. It’s sometimes used to break the contrast between high culture and mass or popular culture and breaks the boundary between art and everyday life.

“Postmodern art can be characterised by its self-conscious use of earlier styles and conventions, and an eclectic mixing of different artistic and popular styles and media.” Koons, J. (2006)

Postmodernism can as a rebellion against modernism, which was “Generally based on a utopian vision of human life and society and a belief in progress. It assumed that certain ultimate universal principles or truths such as those formulated by religion or science could be used to understand or explain reality” Koons, J. (2006)

What does postmodernism look like?

Gone where the established rules about style, a new era of freedom and a sense that ‘anything goes’ where introduced by postmodernism. It is often funny, tongue-in-cheek or ludicrous.

“It reflects a self-awareness of style itself – often consciously borrowing from a range of styles from the past.” Koons, J. (2006)

Marilyn Diptych (1962)

These silkscreen prints were made by Andy Warhol in the months after her death in 1962, he was fascinated by both the celebrity cult and by death. (Hewison, 2017) The contrasted colour in the artwork against the monochrome that fades out to the right is suggestive of life and death, as the image repetition echoes her ever-presents in the media and it’s also an homage to mass production.

This work is seen as being postmodern as it’s reference to popular culture/low art challenges, the modernist aesthetics purity, and its ironic play on the concept of authenticity undermines the authority of the artist.

“The use of a diptych format, which was common in Christian altarpieces in the Renaissance period, draws attention to the American worship of both celebrities and images. All of these translate into an artwork that challenges traditional demarcations between high and low art and makes a statement about the importance of consumerism and spectacle in the 1960s.” (Hewison, 2017)

Untitled (I shop therefore I am) (1987) - Barbara Kruger

“This image is characteristic of Barbara Kruger's style - the juxtaposition of found photographs with aggressive or provocative slogans in a photolithograph that appropriates the direct style and visual form of mass media communication and thus undermines strict distinctions between the imagery, aesthetic and audience for high art and that of advertising.” (Hewison, 2017)

This is evident in the work's stark red, black, and white colour scheme and block text that betrays Kruger's graphic design and commercial background. The statement, I shop therefore I am, subverts René Descartes' philosophical claim I think therefore I am, critically referring to the notion that consumerism rather than human agency is now the force that shapes identity - what you buy not your inner life makes you who you are. The work thus underscores in a stark manner the new focus on image and spectacle - a person's value and identity runs no deeper than the surface, encompassing their purchases and the labels they wear.

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991)

The shark preserved in formaldehyde is perhaps the most famous work of the Young British Artists movement in the 1990s. The presentation of the carcass to appear lifelike, this forces the viewer to the confront their fears in a gallery setting rather than in private, while also playing on Baudrillard's notion of the real and its image. Any animal of this size and ferocity would only been viewed in a book or on television

“Even by having an actual shark placed in the gallery, it may have been difficult for viewers to see the animal as "real" rather than as a replica or simulacra, in Baudrillard's terms, because the shark is dead and has lost its power to harm.” (Hewison, 2017)

The sheer monumentality of the creature and the sense of spectacle – it’s to-be-looked-at quality - derived from its new status as a commodity art object along with the fact the work was commissioned by dealer, Charles Saatchi at an expense of over 6,000 Pound Sterling in 1991 marked a new era in postmodern conceptual art that did not just draw on the consumerist boom, but wholeheartedly embraced it.


Defined by the dictionary as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief” (Flood, 2017) This term has been used to described Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in the US and Brexit referendum in the UK. Today’s politicians no longer seek to ground their claims to power in facts, instead playing into people’s emotions and tapping into their fears.

“The problem is that, more and more, people seem to want to be lied to. This is the flip side of “reality hunger,” since a lie, like a fake memoir, is a fiction that does not admit its functionality. That is why the lie is so seductive: It allows the liar and his audience to cooperate in changing the nature of reality itself, in a way that can appear almost magical.” (Kirsch, 2017)

Politics in itself is not about absolute truth or attempting to reach consensus, but about articulating diverse opinion. When the political truth appears, it is contested, doubted and questioned by the wide variety of political actors and recast as a multitude of particular opinion.

Photojournalism in a Post-Trust Era

An example of a creative media publishing about the pro-trust era is photojournalism, what role does it play, when even documentary evidence is denied or disputed by those in power and where access is controlled, which would mean the right of free speech is being compromised. We were once told that “a photograph never lies” and that we should trust the images shown to us daily, nowadays we are drenched in mostly visual as we struggle to make sense of the personal and professional views on out world (Lyon, 2017) This ranges from personal images shown off by friends/ family on social media to the professional news and media, through this we receive conspiracy theories and fake news produced to support an agenda or simply to make money from advertising should it go viral.

The way photographs are consumed in such a digital era has changed hugely, how we use to carefully read an image carefully and absorbing its nuance and detail, but now with the amount of images being seen everyday; most of them completely ignored or jumped to conclusion without understanding the image.

“Photography will continue to be well used in our increasingly visual world, not just by media outlets, but by many non-media actors in order to further their agendas. Of course, those same players will continue to try and control independent journalism, to limit its awkward questions and investigations.” (Lyon, 2017)

How to get your design work noticed

Portfolio Feedback - show your work to other people as this can give you a fresh set of eyes providing perspective for future projects, but network building eventually leads to job opportunities. There are often feedback events if nothing else, these provide a great opportunity to gain valuable interview experience. A face-to-face review is much more valuable than email correspondence, so get out there and see what others think of your work.

Word-of-Mouth - Consider how you use social media to show-off your work, how you speak about upcoming projects and who you approach with your work. Well-known designers not only have great work and a solid brand, but they market themselves well. Sharing work can be purposefully geared towards creating chatter around your brand and bringing eyes to your other work.

Social Media - This will act like a virtual resume of your performance history and bring viewers and potential employers directly to you site. Behance & Dribble means you’ll have your work noticed by many in a sea of beautiful lettering, iconography and user experience projects.

Stay Inspired - Sometimes we still simply run out of steam, you have to pick up a good book, speak to another designer or just spend a day working on side-projects for fun. You’ll return to the grind relaxed, refreshed and with a new perspective. Reading others’ design blogs is a great way to step away from your own work and blow off steam, without wasting time.

Try Something New - If the tip before doesn't work then, a change of perspective via stepping out of your comfort zone to try something new may be that final push to take your work to the next level.

Have a great online portfolio - Having a promo site opens up a number of avenues for being noticed, make yourself searchable on Google, have friends link to your site on social media and bring viewers from Portfolio websites like Behance and Dribble back to the rest of your work.

Expressing Emotion through Art

Emotions are invisible. They can't be seen directly with our normal vision. Rather, we feel them in our bodies. the same word - feeling - describes both physical sensations and emotions.

Being able to detect other people's emotions, the signs are there. Even when no words are spoken, you often know what's going on inside anther person. Sadness shows up in a teardrop, anger in a frown, playfulness in a carefree hand gesture, fear in a jittery foot, happiness in an ear-to-ear grin.

Body Language Speaks Louder Than Words

When it comes to emotions, body language speaks louder than words. The face and voice belie the real truth. Emotions will come out, like it or not. The latin roots of the word emotion tell the whole tale: e (out) + movere (move). Feelings either flow naturally, like a river, or get dammed up, Eventually, these orphaned feelings will leak out, overflow, or burst out in a deluge.

Emotions Enable Us to Embrace Life.

Emotions also enable us to embrace life with honesty, creativity, and enthusiasm. Feelings enliven us, giving colour and texture to our experiences. To feel the full range of emotions is like painting with a complete palette of colours. Ask anyone who has experienced severe or sustained periods of depression. When feelings vanish, and one is emotionally flat, life hardly seems worth living. In fact, this grey state sometimes triggers suicidal thoughts or actions.

Creating the perfect design portfolio

Include a breadth of work - I need to be able to show a healthy breadth of work together with a range of applications, so even if I select several examples from a single project I should make sure you treat image individually.

Include appropriate examples - Only include design portfolio examples for a full-time position that are appropriate to the role.

Provide context to your work - Make sure I use annotations and notes to talk about how and why the work was created. Make it clear what the brief asked for in each design portfolio example I include, and then demonstrate how I successfully accomplished it.

Demonstrate all-round experience - Make sure my design portfolio clearly showcases that I posses my all-round experiences, even if I just simply list them in my accompanying notes.

Sell yourself - i will think about what other creative talents I have as well, why not include examples of my shots or web designs? They're all more strings to my creative bow.

Online Portfolio

Consider your aims - think about why you're doing this. Many designers think having an online design design portfolio is an end in itself - but if you don't know what you're trying to achieve with your design portfolio, you won't know whether it's succeeding.

Online Selling

5 Essential Steps to Attract Customers for Your Design Business

I will be talking about inbound marketing, an effective marketing method for doing business online. Instead of the old outbound marketing methods of television ads, direct mail, and other forms of interruptive advertising, inbound marketing focuses on creating quality content that pulls people toward your company, where they naturally want to be.

Define my target audience - before starting this business, I need to determine my target market for my products. You want the people who are most likely to ultimately become happy clients.

"Buyer personas are holistic ideals of what your clients are really like, inside and out. Personas encompass the goals, challenges, pain points, common objections when buying products, shopping habits, buying decision, as well as personal (education, gender, profession, age, financial situation) and demographic information." (Stanescu, 2010)

Create a Keyword Strategy - The best place to begin my internet marketing is with keywords. More consumers are finding businesses online through keyword search. To get started developing a strong keyword strategy, begin by creating a list of 3-5 keywords that describe your products and business.

Don’t use your brand name – think of words and short phrases that get to the core of what your product or service is about. You should also choose keywords based on their difficulty.

Some very general words, such as “design” or “business,” are very competitive, making it harder to rank well for them in search engine results. If you are a small- to medium-sized business, you should choose less competitive keywords, more specifically related to your business.

Optimize your website to include mentions of these words in key places. For instance, the images you use, especially those on the home page, should include alternative text that reflects your keyword strategy.

Build a strong Social Media Presence - Social media provides a platform for direct communication between your clients, prospects and employees. Monitoring the related conversations that are happening and recognizing when to respond, as this will help you build-up brand visibility across the various social platforms as well.

You should work on building out a strong presence on each of the social networks to make sure you are maximizing their potential to generate new clients for your business.

Create a Blog & Marketing content

This section is looking into how I can promote myself & my business later on as I want to concentrate on completing my final pieces, but it would defiantly would be interesting to have a go at blogging.

The next step after understanding of my business keywords, is to attract more visitors. Blogging and creating other content are powerful ways to drive the right people to my online business. With this part of my research I will look into how bloggers or designers can create new and interesting posts that relate to their personal style and interests.

The Light bulb - The one little moment such as a addition to the wardrobe can inspire a new post or the feeling to write something more personal in hopes of offering something new. The first spark of a post, no matter what form that spark takes should always excite the writer and their personally, if the excitement isn’t enough at the first inklings of the topic then back to the drawing board the writer should go.

What's Next? - Often a topic will come before the imagery and will spur on an outfit shoot, a make up menu flat lay or some dreamy holiday imagery, but sometimes the imagery will already have been shot and that will be the inspiration for the post. This idea of using a post to inspire other to do that same thing such as; traveling or doing something new.

Imagery & Styling - With this part it is all about imagination, creativity and certainly not always your cameras quality. For example an outfit shots: making sure that the imagery is varied as not to lose the viewers interested. shot focusing on the footwear/accessories is a must, the hairstyle of choice, a wide angled landscape image and multiple facial expressions.

The Final Layout - the post's layout does depend on the outcome of the photos and always continually switching them up to ensure the post flows, with the envisioned way of the initial spark from the beginning of the post. For example with outfit posts, you would tend to start with a full outfit shot, moving into more detail focused images, a mix of imagery showing location and then usually culminating in some more light hearted, warm photography towards the close.

With beauty, as mentioned above, a little imagination is needed to avoid being stagnant. Usually you will find a mix of inventive flat lays, images with swatches/wear of the product and perhaps a full look at the end of the post to really show off the products to their full extent. I feel this mix also brings a more detailed review to the blog that is worthy of the brand I am either proudly working with and/or lusting after.

With travel I tend to naturally have far more landscape imagery so will incorporate more full screen shots, flowing into detail focused parallax images and interspersed with anything that will keep the post moving such as some ‘foody’ imagery or amazing room details.

Hitting publish - It's the fear of pressing the publish can we rather scary as you'll never be sure anyone will actually read/ be interested in what you are posting. The main thing to think about at the end is: Am I proud of what I have created and have I been truthful?

Creating Art that Sells

I am looking into how to sell and promote my art work through the site 'Society6' as i started selling my work through this site, but would like to learn more about getting more sales and creating work that would sell too.

Active Income - Money earned for services performed in real time (for example; freelance graphic design work)

Passive Income - income received on a regular basic with little effort needed to maintain it. A great way of doing this is through Print-On-Demand, which are websites such as Society6 thy let you sell your artwork on a wide range of products. When customers buy from you, Society6 produces and ships it on your behalf, and you receive a royalty payment from that order.

The benefit of working with a Print-On-Demand company is the exposer they can bring to you as an artist, these site get millions of unique hits to their website so a great way for many people to see your work.

How to Sell with Print-On-Demand

if you want to be selling other apparel such as tote bags or clocks, then you need to make sure your designs can be re-formatted for those templates (for example: creating vectors as you can manipulate and move it around)

If creating artwork digitally you can always recycle bits from old artwork so you're not always having to start from starch each time (this is a great way of both saving time, gaining inspiration and giving your pieces of work a theme)

You want to make sure that the work being created has mass appeal, I want to use various colour palettes for each piece. Once you've created the work, you can easily manipulate the colour palette digitally & make a variety of different versions of your work.

You could do between 3-8 for each piece, maybe one be about navy + blues or sunset hues, as people want to make sure it will fit with their home (This is also a great way of seeing what colours would work as for this piece or seeing what colours it would work with other pieces you have)

Considering Where to Sell Your Work

  • Strategies to Sell Your Work
  • Use analytics to see what products consumers are engaging with
  • Look at past sales to create work in that vain
  • Use social media engagement to gauge customer interest
  • Think about what type of product sells the most

For example, patterns will do really well on phone cases rather than anything else, even though you won't make as much off the phone cases - you will move more products.

When you are designing work, these points can be used to promote/create the work. Firstly you can look at past sells to see what's doing well + then project that for way to create new ideas. You can do this by looking at previous prints that were selling well & then you combine any number of elements that worked well into the new pieces

  • Strategies to Sell Your Work
  • Can I look at past sales, to see whats done well for me? & do more work in that vain
  • Are there trends in the marketplace that you can incorporate into your work to boost sales?
  • What ways can you prepare for big sale opportunities? such as the holidays & back to school

Prepping My Work to Sell

the editing process of the work is an important step as it allows for the best quality to be showcased as it's what your customers are receiving. The things that will need to be fixed are

  • Pencil marks & imperfections
  • Textured or coloured background
  • Loss colours & saturation

Scanning & Editing my Work

If my work isn't digitalised then I would need to scan my work onto the computer to get the best results from it. These are the key tips when scanning in work.

  • Scan in high resolution (1400dpl)
  • Remove the background - as for example with watercolours, you will need a transparent PNG for some products such as apparel.
  • Increase saturation to bring back lost colour from scanning
  • Make different colour palettes (as mentioned before)

Print-On-Demand templates allow you to format your artwork for different products. The three main ones are square, vertical & horizontal. You can 'lasso' around an individual element (this can work best if the artwork is patterned) so then you can bring them into different formats & orientations, You can rearrange the piece to fit the format.

Each Print-On-Demand company has different dimensions for their product, so if the dimensions fit a tote bag for one shop it may not fit another companies size.

Digital Editing: For example, with a vector piece done with lines you don't have to worry about pencil marks or imperfections. Firstly you will bring the file from Illustrator to Photoshop to adjust for different templates, so for each one you can have different colour palette. You would upload the original vector + add the background separately (this is important for those transparent PNGs)

look into how to create colour folders in Photoshop?

Uploading to Society6

  • Are you able to digitise your work?
  • Do you know image editing basics?
  • Which templates work for your art?

Marketing My Work

Marketing will help me grow my brand, put my name out there & drive more traffic to my work. Some of the channels that work best are Facebook, Instagram & Twitter, artist specific site such as Dribble are good too.

I would have to make sure I am constantly uploading work, work process onto these websites & I could do live videos to show people the process you go through. I can actually start marketing a piece before its even for sale. (for example, uploading a sketch to show people what you're working on & you could get feedback too)

There are many ways of of promoting one single piece e.g. showing different ways you can buy the item & really build the hype on the new product. Behind the scenes shots are great for showing the other things/events you do to promote your work.

if I want to expand my brand I could create a website, so I can tell the visitor about yourself & the brand. Highlight the new pieces that you have done, potently events I am hosting, latest blog post and show portfolio pieces. This is a great way of promoting my brand.

Your old pieces of work could look boring to me, but they probably be my best-sellers (so I can keep pushing these pieces)

things to consider when analysing my marketing - am I posting engaging content + interacting with my followers in a meaningful way? & am I making it easy for my customers to purchase my work?

How to Become a Faster Graphic Designer

The reason it is important to learn how to become a faster graphic designer is because time is money and it saves the boss and/or the client money, if you can be a faster designer; you’re going to be a more valued employee.

1. Know the difference between being an ‘artist’ and being a ‘commercial artist.”

Most artists — designers included — take the time to create something amazing, but this only applies to your personal work. When working a 9-5 job, then the final produce is more of an output rather than art. I would need to acknowledge that I'm a professional with the skills to match a specific rate per hour. I also have to take into account that my client has a budget. Doing my job in a manner that turns me productive, and doing your job in a manner that satisfies your art are usually two different things.

2. Have a clear vision of the design in my head

Before starting a project there will be a period of where you speak with the client about the brief and the designs goal, but it will properly take awhile for you to start the project. Take the time in between to think about your design - how you want the end product to look like and how you can execute your plan. The image should be clear in your mind by this stage so when you sit down to design, all you're actually doing is putting the steps together. It’s more about creation rather than ideation. When you have a clear vision of the design, you’ll certainly design faster.

3. Set a schedule & stick to it

Becoming a fast designer means learning how to guard your time. There are different strategies to assist you in protecting your time so you can finish your work. Make a workable plan on how you can focus on the job at hand. The key is for you to recognize that your time can be easily squandered.

4. Set a time budget before starting a new project

Before doing any sketch or design, create a time budget. When you consider the time you have for a new project, it will greatly impact the way you approach your work. Be smart when making design choices. If you can save time using a pre-set font instead of creating a new one (provided the client approves), then go for it.

If you don't have a specific time budget, set one. You may even challenge yourself. If it usually takes you two days to design a poster, test yourself and try to do it in one day. The side benefit to this is surprising yourself with the output. When you push yourself to be on top of your game, you capitalize best on your design skills and instincts.

How to Exercise Speedy Designing

1. Find inspiration

Excellent ideas are the results of the past. If you don't consider, analyze, or see what designers had accomplished before you, it'll be hard for you to create something better now. I will be researching into other artists who have created similar work to get a greater understanding of how to create the work.

With the right keywords or key phrases, you'll find the inspiration you need to design your project. From the search engine result, look at what other designers had done with the similar task. From their finished products, you'll have an idea on what to do next.

With social networks such as Facebook & Instagram you're able to gain inspiration and learn new work-related tools. These are the niche experts who constantly create and change the design landscape. When you study the greats, you acquire their skills.

2. Broaden your Horizon

If you like to design innovative projects or create groundbreaking ideas, you have to jump out of your comfort zone. Explore other avenues to feed your mind with new materials. Watch something you generally wouldn’t. Discover new blogs and read content about different topics. Do something you ordinarily stay away from.

3. Work Smarter

A rule of thumb for every designer: a great design is about a great layout. Regardless of how much time you spend on color selection, photography or typography, you can’t move forward if your layout is inferior. This is why many designers fail to meet their time budget.

The only thing that will save you from squandering time is to make smart choices. Memorize the brief like it’s the back of your hand. Focus on the job and trust your instincts.

4. Sketching is - and should always be - the first step

When you explore your concepts and options with a pen and paper, it'll be easier to bring your idea into a reality. This is regardless of how good or bad your drawing skills are. If you do this, you’d be surprised how fast you can finish your project.

I am going to set myself a task of sketching out some design ideas to get a better understanding of how this idea can help me create better work.

Creating a Zine: From Idea to Illustration

Zines are a cheap form of printed expression. They're DIY, easy to reproduce, and you don't need anyone's permission to get started. The whole point is sharing something YOU care about and YOU want people to know.

The best way to producing these zines is by setting aside an hour to work on them (I could do this as practise). It is a great idea as can be a thing that you'll over-think, but you don't really need to. Think more about the pacing, the story (beginning, middle & end), creating surprise, using contrast, using texture & the reveal.

That's the key - don't wait for people to tell you that its ok to put these items out like your ideas & beliefs.

some of the best ways to create zines is to have the same colour scheme & have a great theme

Ideation & Illustration

  • I can start my doing kick starter exercises
  • Do observation sketches - e.g. drawing things on the deck/ things around me
  • work with the idea of that its not going to be perfect - the rule I can set myself is that if I mess up, then I have to keep going
  • I can add some fills or lines that aren't there - to add contrast and fills ( good for them to be high contrast as it scans well)

Prompts to use

  • a diary entry
  • image or text format
  • favourite snacks
  • weird childhood pets
  • persuasive zine - advocate for something
  • regrettable haircuts
  • childhood awkward moments - describe them!
  • worst awkward moments - award or nominate them?
  • what do I want people to know??

I'm going to need to figure out the pacing, storytelling, dealing with the book format, going to need a book cover

creating movement & rhythm through out the book - DON'T FORGET THE INSIDE PAGE! - is there going to a big revel or a poster (different designs in each book - collectible?) think about how people are going to read the zine

Collaging - a great way of gaining zine ideas... a good idea is to collect magazine pages and play about with them

Experimenting with image-masking: a way of getting a different perspective of how to do typography


tools for making - stencils, ink, old stamps


My starting inspiration - these images show a range of techniques that I will use to create my work. I will be creating lots of mock-ups and quick ideas.

These are some ideas for book that will look into in DMD605

  • use Swiss style to create interactive pieces for my book
  • could create pop-up work for the book

Created By
Phoebe Kay

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