For Kickstarter we have to make a video, so we had to come up with a storyboard. We wanted it to be a bit humorous but also let people know that Dirty Shirts are kind to the environment and the theme of our group as well.
Here’s the first draft of the storyboard which we came up with, so that we had something that we could loosely follow:
Our final CIP project is another group project. We were asked to stay in the same groups as the Market Ready project, and to develop our brand so that it’d work as a Kickstarter campaign.
In the briefing we learnt that we had to think about ‘Rewards’ and that we also had to make a video. Rewards are helpful, because encourage support for the Kickstarter project. They can include copies of what we’re making, personalised thank-you notes, or other small extras.
Our original Market Ready project involved us making t-shirts that revolved around the environmentally friendly nature theme, so keeping with that we decided to also add rewards which were connected to this too. We came up with the idea of tote bags as well which would have matching designs.
Some of the things we discussed in the lesson were adding some witty slogans for a more humorous angle and to use screen printing, since Kickstarter means we can get things on a wider produced scale.
Next to think about is a storyboard for the video and to finalise the designs and rewards.
We were told to go to The Accelerator where each group would send up a few people to do their presentations to the Accelerator team and a final group would be chosen to sell their chosen product at the Christmas Market.
It was great to see each group’s presentations and even though the first trial of presentations were good, to see each team take on the criticism and improve was really good.
Book binding was fun, but it was rather difficult and my sample book didn’t give off the right feel, or showcase my work the way it wanted to. So after deciding that I didn’t want to bind my own book and instead make it with Blurb, I looked at a few layouts of books and magazines that I particularly liked.
I particularly chose these pages, because they’re very unique and they have a good layout of text and image. I learnt a lot from this research, as I realised that I don’t have to have all my pages exactly the same and that it’ll still flow nicely.
Some were full image and others had smaller images, which worked well. Others had text to the side or text on the image.
I would like to apply some of these techniques to my actual book and so now I just need to think about what layouts I’ll use for each page and what it’ll consist of.
1. the action or process of collecting someone or something.
“the collection of data”
2. a group of things or people.
“a rambling collection of houses”
When we were first told of the Collection project for CIP, I thought of a group of objects and so for the cover, I wanted to create something interactive which displayed this.
I used four sheets of paper and overlapped them. Then I wrote “Collection” on top, but in different fonts. After that I drew the different objects. This meant that individually the sheets of paper didn’t make much sense, but once placed in the specific order then the audience could read and see the full picture.
In one of the workshops we started off with answering and writing down words and sentences about ourselves, and then went on to painting random strokes. From this we cut out shapes and also drew odd inventions. This helped to think of the emotion you’d want to portray through your cover.
In another workshop, we were told to choose a cover from book cover archive and then imitate it or remake a cover.
I chose to do imitate Alena: A Novel and to remake 1000 Black Umbrellas. Alena seemed fairly simple, but I liked the textures used to place text on top and separate it from the background. For 1000 Black Umbrellas I kept their splattered design, but instead of black I wanted it to be colourful.
I think these workshops opened my narrow minded ways a bit, as I usually think of ideas and then stick to them, rather than experiment a lot.
“I began to realise how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.” – Roald Dahl
I learnt a lot from these talks and I was really grateful to those people and companies who gave us their time and pearls of wisdom. Throughout them I was busy trying to take down all the information they spoke about, but here I’ll write about the things that stood out to me the most (which in itself was a hard task to do, since I feel like everything did).