2.1 The Stories
In this lesson I'll be reading through a choice of stories to use for the design. I'll talk through my initial reaction to them, as well as drawing some quick sketches of how they could be used. At the end of the lesson I'll choose my favourite to take forward to create artwork for.
1.Introduction3 lessons, 06:36
2.The Concept Stage 2 lessons, 24:56
3.Research 1 lesson, 14:05
4.Refining Ideas 2 lessons, 15:28
5.Creating the Artwork 6 lessons, 1:08:49
6.Conclusion1 lesson, 00:44
2.1 The Stories
Hi everyone, welcome back to the course. In this lesson, we are going to be reading through the stories that my friend Phil has written for me to design to. So I'm going to read and write them all out and then describe what I like about the stories. How I think we can use, what design elements we can bring out to them and how we can push them forward. So I will just start right in the middle and, yeah, here we go. The first one is she swipes right, he left. The story here being that there's a boyfriend and girlfriend together. She's on her phone on an app like Tinder or something, swiping right, getting in touch with different men and he has left her because of it. So I immediately feel really good about this story. Like, I think there's lots to play with in terms of the digital apps phone, I really like the shape of a phone to play with, just a few basic rectangles and circles very easily make up a phone shape. And that's quite a fun thing to be able to play with unlike the actions of swiping and leaving and also the directions of right and left, maybe you can use those in some way. So yeah, immediately feel excited about that one. The next story is For sale, Tightrope shoes, worn once. So this story is sort of referencing another quite famous short story which is something like for sale baby shoes, never worn. Which is obviously quite a sad story, whereas this one takes that and kind of makes it into slightly like a dark humor thing. As in someone has been wearing these tightrope shoes and have fallen off and died so the shoes are for sale again. I think this one getting across that from a dark humor and the design would be quite fun to play with. For sale, those words, you can use that in some way, maybe in print like in a newspaper ad or maybe it's, if you take it digitally, and it's on Gumtree or something like that. And tightrope, you've got height to play with there, and so yeah, that one, again, feels exciting, and I think you could probably do something quite interesting with all of those elements. The next story is Red lights, Blue lights, Lights out. So this story here being that someone's driving. They've gone through a red light, crashed, blue lights turn up as an ambulance. Lights out as in they've died. This one like immediately, you could do something with red, blue like the colors lights out, maybe we can phase black, traffic lights, those kinds of things. There's elements best play with, the story itself, not quite so interesting, perhaps. At least as the other two, I think there's something more interesting in those two stories. This one doesn't take me quite so much. So the next story is Boyfriend's tie on best friend's door. So this story is about someone's boyfriend cheating on them with their best friend. So you've got betrayal in there immediately to play with. You've got shapes of a door perhaps, the tie on the door maybe you can use that in the lettering somehow, like for words come up from the tie perhaps. Be quite fun to play with the ideal of betrayal in that, trying to bring that emotion out and so maybe there's something we can do interesting in this one. The next story is His purple heart broke hers. Now, if this one, the story is essentially a man going off to war, dying and leaving his love, back home, heartbroken. Broken hearts, that's quite a straightforward graphic to play with. Color purple, like sadness, getting that across in this former story. This one doesn't make me as excited as the rest. I think the other ones are slightly more interesting storywise than this one. So the next story is, two heartbeats, one smile, one frown. [COUGH] Now this one, the story is two people going to a check up for pregnancy and they get the news that they're having twins. And that's in their two heartbeats. One of them reacts happily to it, the other one is not quite so happy, so they're frowning about it. This story, I think, you could take that into quite a nice place. As in, you allowed to contextualize the story anyway we want. So I think, so you could make it it's a happy occasion, it's a wanted pregnancy. So one of them is really happy that they're gonna get not just one baby but two babies. And then the frowning person, it doesn't have to be a sadness thing, it could just be a troubled by the news, it doesn't have to be a giant problem. So you kind of make the tone of quite like, a little bit cheeky and playful, and then heartbeats as well, you've got that classic heartbeat monitor thing that you get in hospitals. So yeah, there are some interesting places you could take that one. The next story is I forever held my peace. So this story is about someone who has gone to the wedding of someone they love. And in the ceremony when the question is asked, speak now or forever hold your peace, this person has held their peace. And so this one, there's things you could do with like the wedding and that kind of brings quite a familiar aesthetic like swirly hand, western like calligraphy things and invitations, there's confetti. Like white for wedding dresses, things like that. And then, there's also the heartbreak and the sadness of it to try and get into the design as well. So you could be quite like a interesting juxtaposition that you end up we would try and get this weird battle of the happy day of a wedding, but then also the sadness that this person's feeling. That could make something quite interesting. Honeymoon suite for one is the next story. And this one again, in the context of a wedding, so you can use the same traits that I was just talking about. About confetti and things like that, honeymoon suites, you got honeymoon door like hotel room door signs. Maybe there's something to do with that. So the basic story of this one being that it's her wedding day, something's gone wrong and only one of them has gone to the honeymoon suite, who knows what has happened to the other person. And so there's heartbreak to get across in that one, too. The next story is He started screaming when she stopped. So this story is about a lady giving birth and then she's screaming as she's giving birth. But then when the baby comes she stops but the baby starts screaming. I think this one's quite interesting cuz he started screaming when she stopped. Just those words and the word screaming. Just having the word screaming in there makes it feel sort of uncomfortable. It's not like a nice word to have. So I think it would be a challenge almost to kinda contextualize this with some happiness to it. Because it's the story of a baby being born and that's a happy joyful thing. So you could end up with something quite interesting between, like just having the word screaming in there alone and the severe pain of giving birth, mixed with the joyful feelings of the baby arriving. And also babies, you've got pastel colors, and rounded fonts, and soft kind looking feel to a design. So that one as well, I feel like that one, you could take that some interesting places. The last one is, bought the ring, kept the receipt. This story is about someone who's bought a ring to ask someone to marry them. But they have kept the receipt cuz they're unsure of maybe if they're going to go ahead with the proposal or maybe their unsure of a person is actually gonna say yes. So this one the story of it doesn't like attract me as much. I don't think that one's quite as interesting as some of the other ones cuz it's just essentially about doubt. Design-wise, maybe something interesting we could do with receipts. Like it being all kinda scrumpled up in a pocket here. That texture and then the digital fonts you get on receipts as well. That be quite a nice thing to use within it. So now we've got them all written out. I think my favorite one, or the one I'm drawn to most, is she swiped right, he left. I really like the, I think that would be fun to get across the betrayal of that one. As well as, all of the other elements I mentioned about the directions of the right and left, and how swiping and left is in leaving like their actions to play with as well. And maybe you can bring that something of that into the letters, they way they're leaning or something. You've got the context of it being on a phone and the whole digital aspect, I think that's a nice thing to be able to play with as well. So there's lots of good stories here to choose from, but I think this one is the one I will be using. So in the next few videos, we'll be looking at how we can take this forward and develop it. In the next lesson in particular, we are going to look at developing like gut reactions to the story, and starting to begin to sketch things out. So thanks very much for watching, and see you all in the next lesson.