For my professional project I aim to produce a body of work around the theme of print based media, I want to look at the beauty of print and how it can add to the depth of a piece of work and give it the added dimension that cannot be reproduced through digital printing techniques. I would like to focus on the beauty of ‘the mistake’ and how it can benefit a piece of work.
I will gather information from several sources, these will include literature from the library which i will use to look as the historical context of print. I will also be looking through the off cuts and scrap pieces of work in the print room to try and find as many examples of mistakes as I can. I will predominantly spend my time in the print room to try and find the best examples of mistakes in peoples work as well as trying to make my own mistakes which I can document through photography and in my sketchbook.
For my final outcome I would like to design a publication that would show and explain the importance and beauty of hand printing and the mistakes that add depth to peoples work. I want the publication to be a juxtaposition of the imperfection of the content of the book and instead be a clean, crisp, well presented publication that has no mistakes. I plan to produce the publication through a selection of different printing techniques including - screen printing, and letterpress (both woodblock and metal set type). I would like the publication to be professionally bound so it juxtaposes the roughness of the print inside.
To create a successful publication I will also be looking at grids and layout, which will allow me to create a publication that flows well and is easy to read and understand. I want my publication to be more about the prints rather than being text heavy. I want to consider the paper stock for my publication as this plays a major part in the finished aesthetic, the paper stock should compliment the texture of the printing to give the best finish to the pages of the publication whilst preserving its tactile qualities.
My aim for this project is to produce a user friendly website that shows off my work as a visual communicator. I want the site to focus on my work and so will have an interface that shows more visuals than text.
My site will need to be professional in appearance but also reflect myself as a designer so potential clients/employers can see the sort of work I produce. I will need to research the best way to present my work on my site as to achieve maximum impact with it. I will need to look at colour and layout styles that will ultimately control the feel of my site and the presentation of my work. I will also need to look at the way in which the user will navigate around my site to make my work easy to find and no more than two clicks of the mouse away from the home page.
I will have my site completed and published by the end of this 5 week project, I will also be trying to network my site through as many mediums as possible as to promote it and give myself maximum internet coverage. I will be linking my site through social networking sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. I plan to actually build my site in around a week (or less) depending on my grasp of Muse, I will use the rest of the time to research, design and network my site so it is successful on the date of publishing. I will complete the site a week before the deadline which gives me a chance to iron out any bugs that may arise.