Development and Realisation Task – Research

To prepare for designing my poster for this assignment, I carried out some research into the subject I’m interested in. The subject I have chosen to visually represent is “Who Lives the Longest?”. For this subject, I think it’s appropriate to use a somewhat simplistic style with not too many clashing colours and shapes.

While doing secondary research into what makes a visually memorable poster, I went to http://www.informationisbeautiful.net in order to see and analyse the layout of information and the visual style of the available posters. Naturally, each poster has a different style depending on the subject it’s represents; for example there are posters based on complex topics like human consciousness and simple subjects like most preferred breeds of dog (pictured below)

One of the most common elements I noted while looking at these posters was the use of blocks of colour and shapes in order to create a visual connection to the subject. Different colours are used to identify different themes (e.g. green = nature, purple = science, etc.).

Visiting this website was very helpful for my research due to its huge range of different posters for many different subjects. It also gave me a lot of inpiration on how to design and present the content on my poster.

Development and Realisation unit – Design Analysis & Communication Design A2 Poster

I have just finished my kinetic typography, which was the last task in the Concept and Ideation unit, using After Effects.

In today’s lecture, we have been introduced to the new Development and Realisation unit, and we have been given our first assignment for it. The final result of this unit will include a poster that presents visually communicated text and data. We have been given various subjects in the form of questions to base our posters on, the most interesting examples for me being the ones about social media, music and Star Wars. Our posters are meant to be the visual representation of the results we have obtained for one of the questions.

In this new assignment, we must also put our blogs to good use and put together a collection of supporting work and research for different visual design techniques in posters. I plan to use my time efficiently throughout this unit to explore different simple art styles that are easy to look at and are informative at the same time.

We can choose one question to present on our posters from the following list:

  • Where have you been and when?
  • What is your social network?
  • How many documented meteor impacts have there been?
  • Who lives the longest?
  • What is the fattest country?
  • Where do different genders shop online?
  • Who knows each other and how in Star Wars?
  • What type of music is the most popular?
  • Who has the largest carbon footprint?
  • How does the hydrologic cycle (also called the water cycle) work?