Penguin Book Covers

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For this project we have been tasked to create (a) book cover(s) for the Penguin Random House Competition Student Awards. There are three choices to go with: Adult Fiction Award, Adult Non-Fiction Award and the Children’s Award, or we can submit one cover for all three, which is what I would like to do if time permits.

All entries must be submitted digitally via the submissions site. Entries submitted in any other way, including by email or hard-copy, will not be accepted. (Further Submission Details).

Entries must supplied in the following format:

  • PDF
  • 300dpi
  • CMYK
  • 5mm bleed
  • Ideally colour managed to ISO Coated 39 or ISO Uncoated 29 (optional)
  • Trim and crop marks to be included
  • Maximum file size 5 MB
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    Please include the front cover only on the first page of your PDF and a full cover spread (front, spine and back cover) on the second page of your PDF.

    Please use the design template and cover copy supplied on the main competition pages. (These are separate PDF’s for each Award – these can be found under the Choice section).

    The winning design will need to:

  • have an imaginative concept and original interpretation of the brief
  • be competently executed with strong use of typography
  • appeal to a contemporary readership
  • show a good understanding of the marketplace
  • have a point of difference from the many other book covers it is competing against
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    Terms & Conditions

    Unfortunately, due to my circumstances, I missed the deadline. However, for this project it has given me the chance to see what the judges selected out of 2,000 entries: Student Design Shortlist Announced / Shortlist, these images are below under the Choice section.

    Something to keep an eye on for the future is Careers at Penguin under Design and Production.



     

    Choice

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    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    For the Adult Fiction Award, the cover design is for ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee. My first step was to look at previous cover designs, these are as follows:

    Brief:

    To Kill A Mockingbird is a Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece of modern literature and was voted the most loved book of the last sixty years by The Times readers in October 2009. It has been translated into more than forty languages and has sold over thirty million copies worldwide. So no pressure.

    We would like you to design a new and classic cover for this book. The trick here will be to come at it from a fresh perspective and to avoid repeating the obvious iconography from the many previous editions in print. If you can get your hands on a copy of the book in order to get a sense of the beautiful writing, this will only help to inspire your design. The cover should feel timeless and confident, and appeal to a whole new generation of readers.

    Your cover design needs to include all the Cover Copy supplied and be designed to the specified Design Template – B format, 198mm high x 129mm wide, spine width 20 mm, incorporating the ARROW branding and all additional elements such as the barcode.

    Description:

    ‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’

    A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.

    ‘Someone rare has written this very fine novel, a writer with the liveliest sense of life and the warmest, most authentic humour. A touching book; and so funny, so likeable.’ Truman Capote

    ‘No one ever forgets this book’ Independent

    Interpretation of Mockingbirds in the book

    Similar Books:

  • Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  • The Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  • The Help – Kathryn Stocket
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
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    Purpose, Audience & Context:

    Purpose

    The book is a reflection of how we treat the ‘other’, seen through Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. It is about showing kindness to people. It shows courage in standing up for what it right, while also showing compassion for those around us.

    Audience

    Harper Lee aimed To Kill a Mockingbird at young adults, however it is not limited to that audience. The book was written over 50 years ago and is still relevant to its modern readers. It is studied in schools throughout the world because of its cultural and moral significance.

    Context

    It was published in 1962 and set in Alabama from 1933-35. Keep in mind that this was during the time of slavery in the US. The Great Depression was also happening. Racism, power, sexism and inequity were all very real issues that the people of the time and place struggled with.

    Synopsis:

    I have read ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and seen the film, however it has been a while since doing both, therefore, I looked at SparkNotes to refresh my memory of the storyline by reading through the Synopsis.

    Quotes:

    If I would like to pursue a typographical approach I think looking at Quotes from Goodreads was highly beneficial, my favourite quotes are as follows:

    You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.

    People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.

    It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.

    Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

    It’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.

    Things are always better in the morning.

    To Kill a Mockingbird: Adult Fiction Award Shortlist:


    The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ – Sue Townsend

    For the Children’s Cover Award, the cover design is for ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾’ – Sue Townsend. My first step was to look at previous cover designs, these are as follows:

    Brief:

    You are invited to design a cover look for The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole to bring this much-loved classic to a new generation of readers. The design should ensure that this original and hilariously funny book remains a must-read for every child.

    Your cover design needs to include all the Cover Copy supplied and be designed to the specified Design Template (B format, 198mm high x 129mm wide, spine width 16.6mm), incorporating the PUFFIN branding and all additional elements such as the barcode.

    Description:

    ‘Saturday January 25th

    10 a.m. I am ill with all the worry, too weak to write much. Nobody has noticed I haven’t eaten any breakfast.

    2 p.m. . . . Perhaps when I’m famous and my diary is discovered people will understand the torment of being a 13¾-year-old undiscovered intellectual.’

    Adrian Mole’s painfully honest diary is a hilarious spots-and-all glimpse into the troubled life of a teenager. First published in 1982, it quickly became a best-seller and has since been adapted for radio, television and theatre.

    Similar Books:

  • The Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling
  • Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch – Terry Pratchett
  • Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #1) – Louise Rennison
  • The Hitchikers’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  • The Princes Bride – William Goldman
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    Purpose, Audience & Context:

    Purpose & Audience

    The thing is, she (Sue Townsend) says, the book wasn’t even aimed at teenagers: “It was written for parents, that was the intended audience. It was for the mothers of teenage boys.” That seems obvious now. Reading it as a 40-year-old father, I recognise it as a book clearly written by one of my own: Mole is simultaneously lovable and completely exasperating, and as anyone who has had kids will tell you, love and complete exasperation are pretty much the defining emotions of parenthood.
    (From an article in the Guardian by Alexis Petridis)

    Context

    The story is set in 1981 and 1982, and in the background it refers to some of the historic world events of the time, such as the Falklands War and the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana as well as the birth of Prince William. Mole is also a fierce critic of prime minister Margaret Thatcher, listing her as one of his worst enemies.

    Synopsis:

    Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to read ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾’ before creating the cover, however I looked into the story via a Synopsis from a website called ‘Bookrags”. I would really love to read it after as it sounds very amusing.

    Quotes:

    I also looked at some amusing Quotes from the book that might grab people’s attention to portray adrian mole perfectly. It would also help if I decided to go with something typographical. Below is a list of some of my favourites:

    There’s only one thing more boring than listening to other people’s dreams, and that’s listening to their problems.

    I have a problem. I am an intellectual, but at the same time I am not very clever.

    Measured my ‘thing’. It was eleven centimetres.

    Just measured my thing. It has grown one centimetre. I might be needing it soon.

    My skin is dead good. I think it must be a combination of being in love and Lucozade.

    (On Easter) “…Poor Jesus, it must have been dead awful for him. I wouldn’t have the guts to do it myself.”

    Best Quotes of Adrian Mole

    The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾: Children’s Award Shortlist:


    In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

    For the Adult Non-Fiction Award, the cover design is for ‘In Cold Blood’ – Truman Capote. My first step was to look at previous cover designs, these are as follows:

    Brief:

    We are looking for a cover design which breaks boundaries in the same way that the book did. It should be bold, maybe even shocking, yet remain true to the book, reflecting both its literary merit and its chilling content.

    Your cover design needs to include all the Cover Copy supplied and be designed to the specified Deisgn Template
    – B format, 198mm high x 129mm wide, spine width 20mm, incorporating all the PENGUIN branding and all additional elements such as the bar code.

    Description:

    In Cold Blood is regarded by many critics as the pioneering work in the true crime genre. It is a startling, true account of a gruesome crime and a skilfully researched piece of journalism – it is a literary masterpiece brilliantly imagined which reads like the most gripping of thrillers.

    Similar Books:

  • A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
  • Homage to Catalonia – George Orwell
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
  • Silent Spring – Rachel Carlson
  • Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer
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    Purpose, Audience & Context:

    Purpose

    The motivating factor in my choice of material–that is, choosing to write a true account of an actual murder case–was altogether literary. The decision was based on a theory I’ve harbored since I first began to write professionally, which is well over 20 years ago. It seemed to me that journalism, reportage, could be forced to yield a serious new art form: the “nonfiction novel,” as I thought of it. Several admirable reporters–Rebecca West for one, and Joseph Mitchell and Lillian Ross–have shown the possibilities of narrative reportage; and Miss Ross, in her brilliant “Picture,” achieved at least a nonfiction novella. Still, on the whole, journalism is the most underestimated, the least explored of literary mediums.

    Audience

    Capote believed he was starting a new literary form, the “non-fiction novel”, which would combine the materials of journalism with the techniques of naturalistic fiction. So he imagined his readers would be people who kept up with contemporary trends in literature, like readers of The New Yorker magazine (where he once worked), not just people who liked to read about gruesome murders.

    Context

    In 1959, Capote noticed a small newspaper item describing the mysterious murder of a Kansas ranch family of four. He decided that this might be the perfect story for him to write about. Five years of intense research followed, during which time Capote became very close to the two murderers, Richard Eugene Hickock and Perry Edward Smith. He talked to the townspeople of Holcomb, where the murders were committed, and nearby Garden City. He followed the police investigation and the eventual appeals process until the execution of Hickock and Smith in 1965. During interviews he never took notes or used a tape recorder; instead he was able to transcribe the interviews from memory, a skill he had been practicing for years.

    Synopsis:

    Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to read In Cold Blood before creating the cover, however I looked into the story with an in depth Synopsis from Cliffs Notes. I will definitely be reading it after as it sounds like an interesting read.

    Quotes:

    For ideas I also looked at Quotes from the book that might create an interesting and eye-catching cover, if I decide to go with something typographical. The ones I felt that might catch peoples attention are as follows:

    There’s got to be something wrong with us. To do what we did.

    They shared a doom against which virtue was no defence.

    The walls of the cell fell away, the sky came down, I saw the big yellow bird.

    Imagination, of course, can open any door—turn the key and let terror walk right in.

    I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment that I cut his throat.

    In Cold Blood: Adult Non-Fiction Award Shortlist:



     

    Processes

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    Cover Story: ‘How to Fall in Love with Anyone’
    Really good article on the development of creating and adapting a book cover.

    MEDIA /MATERIALS
    Paper cut
    Typography
    Indic Typefaces??
    Look up Sarah Hyndman

    best colours for book covers
    notable YA covers of 2017

    cheltenham
    cheltenham awards
    submission details

     



     

    Practitioners

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    Documentation of working process

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    To Kill a Mockingbird:

    In Cold Blood:

    The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾:
     


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    Go Card or Go Home!

    https://ohhdeer.com/competition/brief brief
    https://ohhdeer.com/competition?p=5 submissions
    https://ohhdeer.com/customer/account/login/ submit work
    https://ohhdeer.com/competition/terms-and-conditions terms and conditions

    GUIDELINES:

    IMAGE TYPE: JPEG

    PORTRAIT: 529X750PX

    LANDSCAPE: 750X529PX

    SQUARE: 529X529PX

    Ideeas
    Choice
    Process
    Artists

    LIM HENG SWEE
    https://ohhdeer.com/collections/lim-heng-swee

    JORDAN CARTER
    https://ohhdeer.com/collections/jordan-carter

    Batsford Prize for Illustration 2017 (Nature)

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    Browsing for ideas

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    Batsford Prize
    How to enter
    2016 winners
    2017 winners IMAGES????



     

    Choice

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     NATURE

    Nature & Us
    Humans Nature Right Relationship[
    BBC
    Marxist Perspective
    Environment
    Icebreaker
    National Geographic
    2/3’s of the world animals will be lost by 2020

    It’s not pollution that’s the problem.
    It’s not waste that’s the problem.
    It’s not climate change that’s the problem.
    It’s not global warming that’s the problem.
    It’s not polar ice caps melting that’s the problem.
    It’s not deforestation that’s the problem.
    These are symptoms of a bigger issue.
    It’s the way we think, the way we live today.
    If your sick, you go to a doctor. If there’s a problem you find a solution.
    We only have one planet.
    We all live on the same one.
    We all have a common interest. This is our home and we are burning it down.
     
    shoutslogans.com/global-warming-slogans-and-sayings
    we have a solution – stop pollution
    be nice, save the ice
    stop is the only way, for the humans to stay
    it will mean disaster if the temperature rises faster
    think green if you know what i mean
    when the earth gets hot, we will go cold

    shoutslogans.com/40-clever-environmental-slogans-quotes-and-posters

    be part of the solution, not part of the pollution
    wind, water, sun: renewable energy for the long run
    if not now, when? save the earth before it ends
    litter makes the planet bitter
    image of bear – i’m bear-y good at recycling
    image of horse – no horsing around, save the earth
    image of dog – the future is going to be ruff
    big and small, lets save them all

    http://freewayblogger.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/save-humans-los-angeles.html Save the Humans: Los Angeles

    https://www.fastcompany.com/3039546/heres-what-will-happen-this-century-if-we-dont-do-anything-about-climate-change Here’s what will happen this century if we don’t do anything about climate change

    What the World Would Look Like if All the Ice Melted http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2013/09/rising-seas-ice-melt-new-shoreline-maps/

    https://ourworld.unu.edu/en/climate-change-what-happens-after-2100 Climate Change: What Happens after 2100?

    http://www.sciencealert.com/this-is-what-earth-will-look-like-in-100-years
    This Is What Earth Will Look Like in 100 Years
    If we’re lucky.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/feb/23/worlds-coral-reefs-disintegrate-2100
    World’s coral reefs could disintegrate by 2100

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Horsemen_of_the_Apocalypse four horsemen

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apocalypse apocalypse



     

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    Lino
    Foil
    Lasercut / Papercut
    Watercolour & Outlines

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    Svabhu Kohli

    Eloise Renouf

    Alfred Basha

    Clare Curtis

    Eiko Ojala

    Marcel George

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    San Diego Latino Film Festival

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    Browsing for ideas

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    For this project we have been tasked to enter the poster design competition for the San Diego Latino Film Festival. So to gain an insight into what I’m designing, below are some links relating to the festival:

    SDLFF   |    About SDLFF   |    Submission Link | Top 10 Finalists for 2016

    Below is some pictures of previous entries for the San Diego Latino Film Festival poster design, along with other film festival posters to gain further ideas:

    Here are some more helpful links to give my ideas generation more diversity and inspiring takes on the Festival:

    Latino Countries
    Latino & Hispanic Diversity
    Latino Celebrations
    Latino Heritage
    Top 25 Latino American Movies
    10 Must See Latino Films
    Cultural values of Latin Americans
    Latin American Culture
    Latino Arts
    Latino Art Museum
    Most influential Latino Artists
    Top 100 Latin American Directors
    Top 200 Latin American Films
    Best Latino Artists
    Top Latin Artists

    Please find some more images I have gathered relating to Latino art, films and music on my Pinterest.



     

    Choice

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    I have several different ideas relating to how I will approach this brief, below are some images that have helped fuel my ideas:

    Typography:
    40 Floral Typography Designs that Combine Flowers & Text

    Rose Crowns:

    Couples:

    Quilling:

    Film Roll / Reels:



     

    Processes

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    Below are some helpful tips and advice I looked at when considering my image. Such as font placement / font choice, layout, and much more:
    25 Ways To Design an Awesome Poster and Create a Buzz For Your Next Event
    How to design a poster: 10 pro tips
    15 evocative examples of retro poster design

    As I was quite keen to use watercolours for my background, I thought I should look at some useful tips for different watercolour textures and techniques:
    10 Watercolor Texture Techniques

    As I felt digital would render the best and most professional looking results, I thought I’d look at a few tutorials that show how to create interesting poster designs in illustrator:

    I would also quite like to try to create my own font, therefore I looked at the ways in which you can do this:
    How to Create a Font



     

    Practitioners

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    Rob Ryan


    I love Rob Ryan’s intricate designs, they are simple, yet beautiful and highly appealing to look at. I really like the idea of including a papercut element to my final image, if not an actual piece, then perhaps just the inclusion of a border.

    Daniel Shubin


    Who better to look at than an artist who has come runner up for the competition in the past. I really love the quirky characters Shubin has created, his images are full of intrigue and double meanings. I love how simple he makes it look, I would love to one day draw half as well as he does.

    Kolja van Boekel


    Another runner up for the San Diego Latino film festival poster design 2016. I really love how clean and smooth his designs are with carefully thought fonts. I’d really like the fonts I use to be as effective as Boekel’s.

    Mateusz Machalski


    I came across Machalski’s work when searching for graphic designers that use interesting typography. I have always had a fondness for typography and I feel Machalski’s work is truly inspirational. I would love to use his work to influence my final piece.

    Georgina Luck


    Georgina Luck’s blotchy watercolour illustrations are stunning, from lettering to portraits, they deliver a much more interesting perspective on her beautiful images. This technique is something I’d love to try out on my own images.

    Alit Suarnegara


    Alit Suarnegara has become a favourite of mine for anything font wise. I have used his font ‘Bromello’ for several past projects and I still love it now (I love it so much, It just so happens to be the font I have put my name at the top of this page in). I love the images Suarnegara uses to display his type, very beautiful and scenic, showing off his typefaces in a perfect way. I will either use his fonts for this project (if free to use for commercial / personal use) or use them as a basis for inspiration.  



     

    Documentation of working process

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    After working out my rough designs in my sketchbook, I knew exactly how I wanted my poster design to look. After playing with watercolours to create interesting backgrounds, I felt I had the right colours for my piece. I found working in Photoshop and Illustrator for this piece proved highly beneficial and helped me to create a poster, I feel, would be a suitable piece for the competition.

    Final Pieces: (With / Without Text)

    I’m really pleased with my final designs, however, I do feel that my colours should have been much more vibrant, especially after looking at this year’s winner of the competition. It will be something I will consider better for future competitions.


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    Zeitgeist

     

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    For this project we are to create our own response to the Zeitgeist Brief. To first truly understand this, I needed to refresh my memory of what ‘zeitgeist’ meant:

    zeitgeist
    [in singular] The defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time:
    the story captured the zeitgeist of the late 1960s

    This project is therefore about how we perceive our own current Zeitgeist and what we feel are important factors in it.

    I watched the following three documentaries to see if they would spark any initial ideas for this project:

    Zeitgeist: The Movie – 2007

    Zeitgeist: Addendum – 2008

    Zeitgeist: Moving Forward – 2011


    These were all highly informative and quite mind blowing to watch. However inspiring, the most recent documentary is 5 years old (the oldest nearly 10) and I wanted to explore some more current trains of thought. I would like to maybe encompass some of the ideas spoken about in these documentaries, but I feel much more research on the current zeitgeist will be best to first pursue.


    When searching to build ideas for my own response, I looked at things in the news such as the recent Paris attacks, water tracks on mars, Syrian refugees, the Trump / Clinton – US Presidential campaign, Brazilian olympics, War on Terror, Gender trends and new technologies such as the iPhone 7 and self driving cars.

    Other places I gathered information for ideas came from: Flux Trends. This website gave an interesting list of different trends that have befallen 2016, these were:

  • The impact of living in a hyper visual world: emoji as a language and the emergence of the social capital traveller.
  • The evolution of wearable tech: from pet wearables to the unusual marriage of fitness and finance.
  • The tussle between privacy and meta data, and the (now real) concept of being held cyber hostage by your Smartphone.
  • The new (virtual) world of eSports and augmented reality entertainment.
    On-demand food trends, and the robots that are making it possible.
  • Shifting demographics and social norms, and the new wave of brand ambassadors that reflect these changes.
  • Generation Z: Why Flux Trends believes that this is the real game-changing generation. #trendevolution
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    These were all talks for Business people to attend to, but these are interesting ideas that I could build on. I am very intrigued as to what the ‘tussle between privacy and meta data, and the (now real) concept of being held cyber hostage by your smartphone’ would say. This is an idea I have looked at in closer detail:

    Above is a documentary on Whistleblower Edward Snowden and about what the information he leaked from the NSA did to him and his country. What I find most interesting from this video is how terrifyingly easy it is for anyone to spy on anyone, simply by hacking your smartphone. Another scary thought is that if your political views go up against the current or future Government, it is very easy for that Government to spy on you. This is insanely controlling and manipulative, the idea that the Government is spying on you or could easily take action to spy on you, would definitely deter people from voicing their concerns in a public protest.

    Other ideas for this project are the Typography Trends of 2016 (More Typography Trends of 2016). I have found over the summer months how much I enjoy typography so I felt this would be an interesting idea to pursue.



     

    Choice

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    Us Presidential Elections

    To begin with I decided to pursue some of my ideas relating to the US elections. However, after exploring my ideas further, I realised that my final idea wasn’t appropriate, or what I wanted to create. Below are some websites that helped inform those ideas:

    Understanding the US elections:
    (From the American Perspective)

    USA Today

    (From the English Perspective)

    Guardian
    BBC
    Telegraph

    Who is a presidential candidate?

    NY Times – Presidential Candidates

    Big names within the election:

    Rubio, Cruz, Trump for the Republicans.
    Sanders and Clinton for the Democrats.

    Conspiracies:

    Throughout the campaigns, there have been many conspiracy theories, some obviously untrue and others fairly interesting. Here is a list below on some of the ones I have come across:

    Ted Cruz Zodiac Killer
    Zodiac Facebook
    Clinton Hologram
    Trump only there to help Clinton win?

    One of my ideas for this project was to create a poster to compare and contrast the modern world with historical moments. This would be one poster, where 2016 elements are more prominent but with an overlay of historical moments. For instance, how there are some things that Donald Trump has said that resonated with what Adolf Hitler said in the past. However, I feel this idea is a bit too strong and I honestly don’t know enough about American politics to voice an opinion this loud. Below are some links that have fed this train of thought:

    Theory of Political Leadership That Trump Shares With Hitler
    Trump White Supremacist
    Carolina teacher compares Trump and Hitler speeches

    The guardian have compiled a list of video footage that John Oliver has created that strongly voice his negative opinions about Trump: John Oliver – Donald Trump Drumpf.


    Climate Change

    Once I had explored the US elections and decided not to pursue my ideas for it, I found an idea that I’m much more passionate about. This idea was around Climate Change, this had entered my mind as it’s something I have been researching for my dissertation. I feel this is an important issue we face today that will be disastrous for our future if we don’t change the way we live.

    Some brilliant and very interesting documentaries I have watched to inform myself about this terrifying issue are the following:

    An Inconvenient Truth – 2006

    The 11th Hour – 2007

    Before the Flood – 2016

    After creating a few ideas behind this information in my sketchbook, I looked at Polar bears to inspire my character designs for this project.

    I also had a look at some websites which highlight artists who have used ice as a medium, to gain inspiration for my final design (which will be made of ice):

    Ice Sculptors UK
    Ice sculptures left to thaw in the sun to highlight climate change
    Melting Masterpieces: Impressive Works of Art Made from Snow and Ice
    Artist Sean Yoro Braves Arctic Waters To Create Ice Mural With The North Face

    I also looked at a few things to offset my carbon footprint as all of the research I had gathered became quite overwhelming and very unsettling.
    Before the flood – act



     

    Processes

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    All of the websites and videos below helped me with learning how to create my final piece. I found that creating a cast first would be better than sculpting directly onto ice (and much more practical for various reasons – namely that it wouldn’t melt straight away). I also found an interesting way to freeze an object fast (in just 3 seconds) which would be quite an interesting way to present my final piece – that way I wouldn’t have to wait 3-4 hours for my final piece to set. There were a lot of loads of hints and tips to help me on my journey, for example I found what mould kits I would need to use, what materials are food safe (for ice – if I wished to use it to place in a drink) to cast a mould for (Fimo clay) and to buy your own sculpting tools to help create details on your sculpture.

    Making a 2D image 3D

    2D to 3D image conversion
    How to use 2D to 3D app to convert images into 3D models

    Sculpting

    Discover the beauty of sculpting
    How to Sculpt

    Ice sculpting

    How Do You Sculpt Ice?

    Fimo sculpting

    Sculpting with Polymer Clay

    Make casts & moulds

    Step-by-Step Videos & Galleries

    Ice mould

    Food Safe Mold Making Techniques
    Making Molds with Silicone Putty
    Polymer Clay Mold
    25 Unique Ice Cube Trays
    Tetris Ice Cubes
    How to Make an Ice Sculpture Mold



     

    Practitioners

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    Néle Azevedo


    Azevedo’s fantastic ice sculptures are probably my biggest inspiration for this project, as she has used her little figures to portray climate change (an article can be found on this here) in a highly effective and brilliant way. This is what I one day hope to achieve with my work.

    Eszter Sziksz

    “Life is the biggest miracle of all – but is restricted to a short time span” – Eszter Sziksz. I love how Eszter Sziksz uses ice to decompose her visual message so she can compile her images together and show them as a cycle. Her process of working and printing on ice allows her to step above the everyday physical and chronological limitations of life.
     
    Peony Yip (The White Deer)

    Peony Yip’s fantastic illustrations are truly an inspiration. Her fantastic drawings of people entwined with animals could be an interesting way to illustrate my idea for a double image, by using overlays. This artist would have been great for my first idea for the US elections, to have one image and an image that relates to a historical reference.
     
    Sean Yoro

    I love Yoro’s work, of incredibly beautiful people with thoughtful and inspiring placements. I especially am inspired by his piece that was created on an iceberg, I find this to be very moving and catches your attention immediately. I really like the idea of placement with his work, this is something I will need to consider further with future projects.

    Simon Beck


    Beck’s incredible print designs on the snow are highly creative and imaginative. I am also incredibly intrigued as to how he doesn’t leave his footprints in the snow. It’s like a much colder version of creating crop circles. I also love how he used different textures to create interesting and new designs for his art. Below is a video on some of his work:

    Fred & Friends


    I thought looking up interesting ideas for ice cube’s would be an informative and inspiring to create my own ice cube. This was really fun to see how this company uses puns and other amusing imagery to create their moulds for ice cubes. This was highly inspirational and I would love to develop my own moulds like these.



     

    Documentation of working process

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    This shows my process from sculpting my Fimo clay into my polar bear, to setting the clay to ensure it wont loose it’s shape when the mould is placed over it. It also shows how I combined the two parts to create my mould and how I placed it over my mini sculpture and how it sets. It was really quick to set and I regret the shape I let it set into as it was very wobbly in the freezer – I should have made it flat so that it could stand on it’s own in the freezer.


    Above shows my final piece in it’s ice form. I am so pleased with the result and now i’ve done this I am eager to try it again but on a much larger scale (when I can afford to).
     


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