My final poster was possible after a few adjustments to ensure that everything was in place. I referred back to my grid that I created at the beginning when doing this. I also had to ensue my poster was A2 size. It helped me understand the importance of space as well.
I then exported the file as a PDF. However the poster here is actually a PNG as the blog wouldn’t let me post a pdf.
Overall I was very happy with the outcome of my poster. The poster has allowed me to demonstrate my knowledge about information design. I was able to refer back to my different studies such as the time and space, as well as the individual icons typefaces that was referenced. The poster represents an understanding about Flat UI design and how it can be applied to my question of “Where I’ve Been”. Despite not having that as my title, the information has been designed in a way that it is easy for both myself as a designer and the audience to understand. The colours used was also a very important aspect as it helped support the concept of the poster as being simple and bold.
Finally I believe the poster was a success and meets the criteria of the assessment as it demonstrates a wide understanding about communication design. This is reflected on the poster as it very self-explanatory. The only issue with it would be the fact it is target for English audiences due to the language used to illustrate.
My initial thought about the design was that I would use it to illustrate my information was by using tiles, like a board game design. However I was unable to find an ideal design that would look good and illustrate my information. Therefore I decided to use a timeline instead.
In order to proceed in designing my timeline I had to decide on the different information that was going to be displayed on it. Despite the plan it was important that I kept the information to a bare minimum. Therefore I decided to make the timeline consist of only the years in which I have been alive for. The timeline would then branch off at different point in order to represent the different places I’ve been and when. The different places would be illustrated using the icons I created
Below are screenshots of how I did this.
Once i finished the design and tried out a few techniques to illustrate the timeline. I wasn’t completely satisfied with the outcome. The information looked complicated and unclear.Therefore my next challenge was to refine my timeline.
After a long thought and a few trial and errors. I was able to identify the issue with the timeline. I decided that I had to split the two main focus points, which were the places I lived and places I visited, in order to be more clear about the information.
My new design would be inspired by this:
I would attempt to create two different timeline. It would allow the information to be more clear and less cluttered.
Below is the outcome of my latest timeline:
By creating the two separate timeline and putting the dates in between them it started to make the information more clear and less cluttered. I could now see that there were to focus but each of them were still linked with the years.
Overall I was satisfied with my final timeline despite the initial complication. However I was then able identify the issue regarding the information being displayed. My solution proved to be a success as I was able to ask a couple of my flatmates about what they saw and the were able to visually understand the information.
When attempting to create my icon I referred the designs to the research I did previously. It gave me a basic understanding I wanted to start the design.It was important that the design was simple to avoid it being overly distracting.
Below is the screenshot of how I created my icon:
Once I created the basic shape of my individual icons. I began to consider the colours I would be using for the icons. It was important that the colours were bold and simple. The house colour was inspired from monopoly as the house icons are green. The suitcase colours was inspired by a typical colour used to represent suitcases, which was brown.
The decision on my title was thought of thoroughly. I wanted to create a title that would represent travelling. I chose the aeroplane as it was my main form of transport when going to these individual places. The aeroplane would be carrying a banner, which the title of the poster would be on.
The title was finally decided near the end of my poster design. This was down to the fact the finished poster would already show the dates that I went to the places. Therefore I was able to create a banner that was a reasonable size as it only consist of three words.
Below are screenshots of how I created my banner:
I then created the aeroplane. the colour was based on the Thai airways colours. This was because I wanted it to represent as my nationality as well as the first plane I travelled with.
Below are screenshot of how I created the aeroplane:
I then attached the banner and the aeroplane together.
I then applied it to the rest of my poster.
Overall the outcome of the title/banner was successful. I was able to make the title have a meaningful representation. I was able able to apply the main concepts of the poster which was to keep it as simple and bold as possible.
Upon choosing what I wanted for my background. I considered the use of the world map. This was was it was a good way to represent travelling and would be easily identified by the audiences that see it.
Below are screenshots of how I created the background.
The final design for the background was a success. I was able to created a tinted effect to the poster in order to give the background a bit of texture to it.
My first initial thought when designing an icon to represent a holiday was to create an aeroplane. This was mainly because that is one of the first idea that popped in my mind.
Below are screenshots of how I created my aeroplane icon:
I first began by drawing the aeroplane using the shape tool. I only drew one half of the aeroplane then duplicated the shape before reflecting it so that it was symmetrical.
I then coloured the shape in using flat colours that I found on http://flatuicolors.com/
I then added a drop shadow
This investigation is to help me find the icon that would be ideal for the poster. I wanted to find icons that were simple, bold and modern as that is the theme of my poster design. There are three types of icons I was looking at which would be ideal for the poster, a holiday, home and sport icon.
Below are some of the icons I looked at:
I looked at some samples of holiday icon to help me get a better understanding of the iconic images that represents a holiday. I decided that I’d use the suitcase as my icon.
I then looked at some house icons in order to get familiar with colour designs used when creating a flat design of a house.
I then looked at some sport icons. My first look was on the olympic trivia as they were a symbolic piece of graphic that was designed to represent different sports. The only issue was that after looking at the previous icons on the holidays and house I was able to identify that the olympic trivia wouldn’t compliment well with my flat design style. Therefore I looked at some sport design that were made with flat UI design.
These are a few samples of sport icons that were illustrated using flat design. I decided that because of my sport trip involving a variety of sport, I would combine several icons together and create a sport icon consisting of three sports. This will help the audience identify it as a sport and not just as a particular sport.
This investigation has helped me understand about the different types of icons that has been designed using flat illustration. It has also given me a better idea about how I’d create my icons so that it compliments well with the rest of my poster design. I want to be sure that my designs are as simple as possible but clear and effective at the same time.