After much deliberation, I’ve decided to go with the above design. It’s a combination of #1 and #2. It’s neat, simple, and without too much distraction. Thanks for your input though. Seems great minds think alike eh?
Read below for the original post.
Do people often tell you to keep your opinions to yourself?
Well, I’m different. I need your opinion ASAP!
I’m entering a free poster design competition. Positive Posters. The theme for 2010 is “Glass half full”. It’s a feel-good poster. The winner gets his/her poster printed and plastered up around Melbourne, as well as some goodies.
The glass half full theme seemed easy enough, but the more I thought about it, and checked the submitted design gallery, the more I wanted to expand on the theme. “Glass half full” to me means “have an optimistic outlook”. Boiled down it’s “be positive”.
After sketching about a dozen ideas on the “be positive” theme, I’ve decided to run with “Always look on the bright side of life”. It’s long, yes, but it’s a well known phrase. When people walk by and see the poster, I want them to feel good and smile. When I read it, I immediately think of Monty Python. I’m hoping the tune will pop into people’s minds and give them this smile.
I can only submit one design and I need to submit it before I leave for Melbourne on Thursday (three days!). This is where you can weigh in. To let you know where I’m at, I think it’s between #2 and #3. Here’s a bit more detail on each design:
This is the original design for this concept. The sunnies are there to emphasise the ‘bright side’: if you’re looking at the bright side all the time, you’d better be wearing some :) The colour is positive and bright. The sunglasses have a ‘retro’ halftone gradient to strengthen the idea that they are sunglasses, and not corrective glasses. This design has a white border which compliments the hand-drawn vibe of the design. The smile’s there to help the viewer smile, and I reckon it looks kinda cute. It subconsciously creates a full face in the mind of the viewer.
This design is the same as the previous but a few things give it a slightly different feel. Firstly, the border is gone. This makes the design look and fell a bit simpler, more straight-forward. Secondly, the halftone is gone from the sunnies. Doing this opens up the glasses and makes them feel brighter. The white in the sunnies will be printed over with glow-in-the-dark ink. The idea being that during the day the ink will absorb the sunlight, and in the evening the sunnies will shine (for a while anyway). This is a literal manifestation of ‘always’ look on the bright side. Thirdly, an accent of a little spark icon as the dot on the ‘i’ in ‘bright’ emphasises brightness, but also visually balances out the smile.
As you can see, this design is a spin-off of the theme. It reads “always look on the bright side of love“. I quite like it as a concept. It’s different and kinda sneaky. It goes a little bit further conceptually than the previous two. In my eyes it introduces a personal story into the design, in a way that the viewer might wonder whether the (anonymous) designer was in an all-encompassing state of adoration during the time the poster was designed. And the adoration leaked through. Kinda like Pepe Le Pew. To back up the love theme, there are the heart-shaped sunnies. That they remind me of Lolita could be positive or negative depending on how you read the book/saw the film. I like the reference.
Let me know what you think
If you have an opinion, please let me know in the comments. I’m sure I could decide on my own — give it the trusty 24-hour test — but input from outsiders is always good to hear. A different perspective and all that.