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2.2 Forming Ideas

This lesson explores a practical method for helping to form ideas. At this stage we’ll be looking at broad themes and ideas, with the next few lessons narrowing and honing our concepts and sketches.

Please feel free to get involved and create your own artwork from the stories:

  • She swiped right, he left.
  • For sale. Tightrope shoes. Worn once.
  • Red light. Blue lights. Lights out.
  • Boyfriend’s tie on best friend’s door.
  • His purple heart broke hers.
  • Two heartbeats. One smile. One frown.
  • I forever held my peace.
  • Honeymoon suite, for one.
  • He started screaming when she stopped.
  • Bought the ring (kept the receipt).

2.2 Forming Ideas

Hi, everyone, welcome back to the course. In the last lesson, we were looking at the different stories I had to choose from. And we ended up going with, one of my favorite of all the choices was, She swiped Right, He left, so just to go over again what I liked about this one. Was there's the feeling of betrayal behind it, as in the woman's been cheating. And there's the directions to play with, the left and right. You've got the actions of swiping and leaving. So just those few kind of gut reactions I had towards the story made me particularly excited about using this one. So now that I've chosen the story that I'm gonna go with. What I usually like to do from here is list out, just make a big old list of things which are kind of connected to the story. Sort of almost like a mind map, or whatever you call it, when you write down something in the circle and then draw lines coming out from it. If that works for you, then that can also be a handy thing. But this is just a way that I've found is useful to me, to list things out which are all connected. And then maybe I do a few sketches from the things I've written out. And this just helps to really kind of get your mind going. And helps to bring out the most from the ideas and the themes that are within the story. And so as I'm writing these out, I'm not gonna be too picky with whatever comes to my mind. Because maybe there'll be an idea which maybe isn't that great. But maybe that one will lead to another one which will be great, and we can use. So if you're trying this, don't be too precious about what you write down. Just kind of just go with it, and yeah, have fun. Just let your mind kind of link things and wander and jump from one thing to the next. So to kind of ruminate on what, the main feeling of this story is to do with betrayal, so I'm just gonna start there. And then betrayal is, how else can we talk about that? Heartbreak, Cheating, secrets, Sadness, disappointment. Then let's talk about what the woman might be feeling. She'd probably be feeling shame, maybe guilty. Okay cool, so that's just a few things to do with the feelings behind the story. And then practically, we can talk about The actual physical things within a story. So she's swiping right on the phone, so we've got phones. And then you hold phones with your hands. So you've got apps and the icons and logos that you get on phones, you've got screens. Then where can we go from there? And then screens, maybe smashed, broken screens. That feels quite relevant to the story, like kind of the feeling of anger. That might work quite well, like a screen glitching. You've got batteries, the little battery icon you get at the top of phones. Maybe that's run out, like dead, low battery. You've got a signal at the top, The unlock thing of swiping. Then let's think about, so she's probably been using an app like Tinder. The logo, maybe we can look into that more. Maybe there's something we can use in that logo, which is very recognizable. We've got photos on Tinder, like profile pictures. Okay, cool, doing good. Then let's think about he's leaving, so Let's write down leaving, maybe a packed bag. Footsteps walking out the door. Doorway. Okay, cool, well, here there's enough of a list to kinda get going on for now. I'm just gonna sketch out a few of these things here which really kind of came to mind. Maybe there's something you can use in a battery running out. Maybe that feels quite relevant to a story. Smashed screen, that, I like as well. Maybe we can use that in some way. What else have we got here? Some kind of suitcase, walking over to a door. And that kind of basic suitcase shape, kind of similar to a phone, as well, at the sides. Basic rectangle shape, so maybe we can play with that in some way. What else have we got? So we also have, like, on the home screen of a phone. And now you've got all your different apps to choose from, that grid-like thing. And then you've also got the bottom, the swipe to unlock. The directional things in swiping, little arrows and things, maybe that can be useful to us. And we also have cheating, I wonder how we can look into that more. And if there's some kind of symbol or icon which is linked to cheating in some way, which maybe we can bring into it. Heartbreak, you've got classic broken heart thing, this little thing. It's kind of done to death, but maybe, I don't know, maybe there'll be something like that. We were talking about phones already, and there's lots of icons and things which go into the usual look of a phone screen. So maybe a broken heart in there would work like in some way. And also really like to find out what the Tinder logo looks like. If that's a recognizable, the letter forms in that. Maybe there's something we could use in that. Smashed screens, wanna look into that a little bit more. The hands are kind of shape of hand wrapped around a phone. Maybe we wanna look at some reference images to do with that kind of thing. Profile pictures, you've got that kind of classic outline of a basic shape of a person. Maybe that will play some relevance in our design. So from here, what I'm going to do next in our next lesson, is I'm gonna jump onto the computer and find some images to do with this list. Particularly these things I've just underlined and started sketching with here. And I'll start finding some images to do of all of those things. Pull them together and sort of make a mood board from it. And then also with that one on the computer, I'm going to be looking at different Type styles and fonts, and some examples which I feel like could also bring out these sorts of emotions here. For shapes and the forms of the letters, how they can bring some of these feelings into the design. So thanks very much for watching, and see you all in the next lesson.

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