- British Stamps
Student Creative Process Project ~ Tutor's development
- As a lecturer on a Graphics Design course and Head of Creative Thinking, I wanted to help my students understand some of the fundamentals of being a creative graphic designer. This was aired in the class as a willingness on my part, to participate in the second semester project development. This was for two purposes. The first was to show the students the practical aspects of developing any project. Those being deadlines, process, and development in a technical fashion. The second being the method by which you can get out clever or creative ideas, or both, within the scope of any given brief.
The first project for the second semester was British Stamps. The notion being that the students pursue some research into what is Britishness. In which the research would develop ideas and inspiration to clever manipulations of the ideas to be developed for the stamp. The need was also to avoid anything that could be constituted as being cliche, obvious or too simple. As the course is creative thinking, there is a need to dig a little deeper into the briefs. To look for a more unique and original way to present the concepts.
The first stage was to achieve four Mood Boards. These would act as inspiration for the four individual stamps themselves. The mood boards had to be A3, but I gave lenience in letting the students do them digitally. What was suppose to be gained from the mood boards, was a sense of what was likely to be creatively achieved from the idea path.
In addition to this several resource elements were needed to be found:
• The Queen's head in vector format, for use in the stamp design.
• A template stamp pattern, even if developing a none standard shape.
• A dingbat font that had the post mark icons available in it.The second stage will be the idea generation and development. This will include some brainstorming and an attempt to bring some originality to the designs.The third stage will be the final rendering of the artwork. This will either be achieved in photoshop or illustrator, and has a three point conclusion to the brief.
- Production of 4xA3 designs sheets, of the chosen theme.
- Production of 1xA3 design sheet of the designs at a stamp size.
- Production of 1xA3 design sheet of a 'first day' cover envelope that includes design aspects related to the project.