Scholarship design exemplars - 2011

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Outstanding Scholarship

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This Outstanding Scholarship Design submission presents a savvy humorous and visually articulate series of design possibilities/ promotional material for “STAND UP. A Christchurch Comedy Fest”. The candidate draws upon a broad range of design and art contexts that are strategically used to language their own solutions and to position their own ‘style’ per-se. The candidate clearly understands the value of their selected precedents (Polish poster design, Saul Bass, The Swiss Style, Henri Matisse and the Fauves, Picasso, Minimalist Scandinavian Design, etc.) and applies this gained knowledge/technique/concept to their own oeuvre with innovation and technical expertise.

It is the constant reflective stance employed throughout, which locates this enquiry as an outstanding performance. There is a continual pushing of possibility and testing of visual outputs. The persistent searching for new opportunities led to the development of some very inventive and clever devices.

The candidate goes to the effort of generating his or her own range of individually crafted typefaces in an attempt to be genuinely unique and purposeful in making its brand. The level of examination offered for each design solution is in-depth, seamless and clearly articulated. Both the research and explorative process undertaken is pertinent to its brief, audience and engagement in a range of design outcomes. In particular, the focus on communicating with humour and incorporating features associated with a comedy performance such as, spotlight, jester and curtain closing establish strong conceptual motifs and links to the topic (event).

The workbook that accompanies this folio is comprehensive, it unpacks the decision making and analysis this candidate has fostered as a means to move forward. The relationship between a wide range of poster genres and classic modernist typographic models set up a platform to fashion its relaxed approach to minimalist sophistication. This submission interrogates elements such as colour, light, shape, pattern, texture and type in a playful and witty manner to produce intelligent solutions that communicate message. At the outset this candidate demonstrates their ability to generate and regenerate a range of logo options to produce a recognisable and iconic brand applicable to every design solution including the extended option within the workbook. This is a thorough and confident Scholarship submission that is well crafted and full of innovation.


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This Scholarship Design submission puts forward a strong investigation; the brief states that the candidate has been approached by a company, “8.9” who specialise in recording natural disasters - “8.9” refers to earthquake magnitude. The design solutions required are 2 logos, CD & DVD covers, and an interactive package for an upcoming documentary, including promotion in the form of a magazine spread and event flyer.

The topic is personally relevant and draws on the candidate’s own experience and consequent revelation of having stood on the ground previously where a natural disaster took place two years later (Japanese earthquake/tsunami). Thus the brief operates as a translation of experience and also impetus for the production of work. This aspect in itself provides thought provoking material to begin an enquiry.

The workbook practically and effectively demonstrates the candidate’s aims to encapsulate the complexity of a natural disaster event through simplicity of design and concept (reflective of minimalism) and to bring to the audience a spectrum of experience. Good rationales are provided for design decisions with insightful understanding notated in the workbook, eg. the use of Japanese ink paintings to locate a sense of the ‘original’ (real experience) through association to the traditional. Technical aspects and devices used are wide ranging.

Design decisions are led by thoughtful application of actions upon materials and experimental analysis, reduction of line, form, density, colour to assert particular response or emotive content. Innovative play is employed to create motif, shape and form, such as the folding of paper to create a series of facets that appear to be exploding. Symbolic use of motif/image/subject is also a tool that transports specific sensibilities, such as the cherry blossom referring to beauty and tranquility before the catastrophe. Links to existent art historical artworks embed aesthetic and conceptual links into the design proposition, such as the use of the Hokusai wave as a means to identify a format for the final work (art gallery installation). The candidate consistently positions contemporary design and art references side-by-side to discover their own solutions.

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