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    A poster series celebrating the wisdom of Fred Rogers and his impact on children and adults in teaching them to be proud of themselves and happy … Read More
    A poster series celebrating the wisdom of Fred Rogers and his impact on children and adults in teaching them to be proud of themselves and happy to be who they are. Read Less
This is a series of posters I am currently working on that are based around quotes from Fred Rogers.  The focus of the quotes for this series is the idea of taking pride in yourself and your uniqueness.  I have one poster finalized, forgoing any suggestions of change, and three in the texturing phase.
Mr. Rogers' job was to put on his iconic sweater and teach children how to be children.  His own work was play, but with a purpose.  So, for this poster, I chose a high detail of his sweater, a symbol that he had not lost his childhood.  Every time that he would walk into his house and great the children, he would remove the jacket of his adulthood and don the comfortable sweater of youth, which, as I've found out, were all made by his mother, further underscoring their relation to childhood wonder and innocence.
The Neighborhood of Make Believe was a wonderland for children, full of fun characters and simple adventures.  All of these characters, adventures and buildings were created by Fred himself.  He practiced the use of the imagination he so earnestly sought to help children cultivate.  This quote seemed best coupled with an image that illustrated it's purpose by showing his inner child in action, the king's castle from the Neighborhood of Make Believe.
Removing his dress attire, Mr. Rogers put on simple shoes and the sweaters that had personal meaning to him, and opened up to children.  He played, taught, and discussed at times very difficult subjects with honesty. In a letter to a child asking to come and visit with him in real life, he very clearly stated the difference between his home life, the tv home, and his tv friends, letting the child know that it wasn't possible to meet in real life, and that they were only friends through the show, but also doing so in a very loving, and compassionate way, as to not hurt the childs feelings. He also did not hide the workings of the shows, like the controller who made trolley move, because he believed it was important to let the children know the difference between reality, and make believe.
Every show was ended with, among other staples, the words "I like you just the way you are." This phrase, and the iconic trolley, are arguably the most recognizable aspects of the show.  Also, the trolley itself could very well be a reminded that Fred never stopped being himself, as it was inspired by the trolleys that would drive on the streets of his hometown, Pittsburgh, PA.
I chose to give the posters strong, simple typography with slightly complex images that mirrored the theme in reference to Fred Rogers. I wanted this series to be more of a reminder to adults who had grown up with Mr. Rogers, or even without, that you are always as young as you allow yourself to be, and who you were in your youth tends to be your true self, without all the heaviness of life as an adult weighing on you and influencing you. At the same time, I wanted it to be appealing to children and families as well.  
The font I chose was ITC Avant Garde, due to the very playful nature of it's geometric shapes, and it's high legibility.  I kept the images to simple geometric shapes and chose limited color pallettes, inspired by the objects being illustrated, in order to keep with the simplicity.  The textures will ad a sense of realism to contrast the simplicity of the type and images.