Updated Mood Boards

In my formative feedback, it was mentioned that my all of my boards needed improving at varying levels. I added a background of faded mark making that I did myself throughout the module, which links all four together. Ordinarily, this wouldn’t happen because in the early stages of a project, I wouldn’t have this resource to use, but I thought as I did, why not?

In the theme board, I took quite a bit of imagery out, leaving bigger spaces, and only using what is essential to get my theme across, rather than filling the space with lots of images. I added more paper cut/collage pieces, to get across the technique that I used. I think this looks much better, cleaner, fresher and much more cohesive as a board.

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Theme Board

Similarly, I took images out of the colour board to pare it down and simplify it, only leaving in essential images. I also changed the colours to match those on the outside of the envelopes in my collection, as they represent the colours used across the collection much better than the originals (these matched the non-watered down paint). I also made the colour blocks all the same size, making it look neater. There is a creamy coloured block that is very difficult to see, but on the physical board, the colours will be 3D, making it much more obvious.

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Colour Board

Again, with the customer board, I took out quite a few images, making it simpler like the other boards while still getting across who my customer is and what they enjoy.

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Customer Board

I didn’t change much on my competitor board, just the background and one of the competitors. I swapped out Cath Kidston for Clover Robin, a paper cut/collage artist who sells cards and prints, who suits my market much better.

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Competitor Board

All in all, I think my boards are much improved, and they have become simpler but more telling of what they are about.

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Reviewed Visual Presentation

After receiving feedback at the start of term on my work for the consultancy module, I decided to play around with the visual presentation of my collection, as this was one of the points picked out, that my presentation was very basic and not professional enough. I decided to improve this at the start of this term as the work was still up, making it easy to play around with.

 

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Original Presentation

 

I moved the mini board onto my board, to bring it in line with the rest of the collection, rather than it looking quite separate. Already, this made a big difference with the collection looking finished and more flowing. I will also change the mini board to make it tidier, bringing the envelopes in so they are not hanging over the edges. My moodย boards remained in the same place, and are going to be improved, but I have not got around to changing them yet, hence the old mood boards still being up. I like the position of them, as the wall is the perfect width to fit the boards on!

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New Presentation
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New Presentation

I also added cellophane packaging to my visual presentation, and I was at first doubtful of this, as it meant that the insides of the envelopes weren’t visible, but I realised that it was ok as they are visible on my mini board. I think this makes the cards look a lot more professional, and the lack of pins on those on the board also adds to this. Using a plinth to vary the height of the cards also added some interest to the presentation, with the shine of the cellophane packaging giving it that professional finish.

I think this way of presenting my collection works a lot better, as it looks much more professional and clean. It’s much more cohesive, with everything in the sitting in the corner, rather than the mini board sticking out from the board on the left.

Reflection on ‘Consultancy’

In terms of personal development, I think this brief has been really successful for me. At the start of the term, I wanted to do something that I hadn’t really done before, and what I was imagining in my head wasn’t what was coming out. I wanted to get away from the style that I used in Making Connections in second year, because towards the end I really didn’t enjoy it. So in my head, anything vaguely similar would bring the negative from that brief with it. The turning point during this brief was when I decided to try some paper cutting (I can’t even remember now what gave me the idea!), and I really liked the look and playfulness about it. So I produced a few more paper cut images in time for the interim critique and presented both styles of work I had created, but the preferred was paper cutting, I think because it was quite obvious I was more happy with the paper cuts than the watercolour/fine liner work.

It was suggested at the interim that I changed my colours to brighter ones, not necessarily natural. I took this advice, and I think it was another turning point in the brief. Sarah said that it would be much more commercial, with people more likely to buy it, and I can definitely see that now; if I’d stuck with my more autumnal colours I would have struggled to create nice looking designs.

I have enjoyed learning how to use the laser cutter this term, even with some of the technical difficulties that Steve and I had fun fixing! However, I think I’m going to go back to paper cutting next term because it was suggested to me last Thursday that the paper cutting has more of a personal playful feel to it than laser cutting, because the edges aren’t perfect and it won’t be exactly precise. The reason I liked laser cutting was because of the perfect edges but I understand why it was said, and the paper cuts that I first did do have that more playful feel. I think I went to laser cutting because I was stressed about time and it seemed quicker (I don’t think it was in the end because of all the technical preparation in illustrator!). With paper cutting, the paper can be used more sparingly, cutting right to the edges, whereas the laser cutter sort of decides where it’s going and I had to give a bit of space between each piece to allow for the paper accidentally moving. This is important to me because I don’t like wastage and feel quite passionately about the environment! All the papers that I painted were (sort of) recycled, being either from the backs of old sketchbooks dating right back to A Level or from the ‘Craft Cupboard’ at my parents – which now only ever gets opened when I’m home! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I hope that I can do similar or find recycled paper for next term and hopefully whatever my final designs end up on will also be ethically sourced and environmentally friendly.

Overall, I am pleased that I managed to pull this off, and even though I already know that there are a few adjustments to be made, I am happy. I’ve learnt quite a lot about myself and my style, I know that I need to stop procrastinating and get on with things to stop getting so stressed out – but I also know that once my dissertation is handed in I’ll have less on my mind. I’m looking forward to the next module!

Presentation Space

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Studio Space

Above is a photo of my space that I set up ready for my presentation to the design group consultants on Thursday. I am pleased with it, as I thought I would struggle for room, but with my mood boards to the right, it gives me all the room on my board for seven of my cards and envelopes with the eighth on the table, so people are able to pick them up and be able to see the back of the card for example. I think using white fabric as a background suits my collection, as it brings out the brightness and freshness of the colours, and isn’t distracting. I am also glad that there was room to have both my sketchbook and portfolio open on the desk, inviting people to flick through, as well as my research book.

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Mood Boards – Theme, Colour, Customer, Competitor

Having my mood boards to the side has actually been quite helpful, as it has given me more space on my board, and I also think it is a quite appropriate place for them; as they aren’t too distracting, but are still displayed in a way where they’re easily visible.

Mini Board

I was worried about my mini board, because in my head it was going to end up looking very similar to the full size display. However, it ended up looking good! I think because they are positioned differently they don’t look too similar, and the mini board is almost smarter because the envelopes are all displayed in the same way, and there’s less white space, which I think helps pull it together as a collection.

Overall, I am very happy with my space and how it looks. My presentation on Thursday went well, and I was happy to hear only a few suggestions for improvements – a few of which I intend to do, but I am going to wait for the academic feedback before I do anything, to see what else I can do for the summative deadline.

BettyRuth Logo

I wanted to create a logo to go with my collection, that would feature on the back of my cards. I chose ‘BettyRuth’ because I don’t really like my surname so I didn’t want to use it! I have a few friends from school that call me Betty and my middle name is Ruth, creating BettyRuth. Initially, I was just playing around with different fonts to see what I liked and what suited my style best.

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Typed Logos

While I was in uni using the laser cutter, I had the idea of laser cutting it, using the font I had chosen as my favourite. This actually worked really well, and after playing around with colours and both the cut outs and left over negative space pieces, I choose the orange and blue design. The contrast of the colours and textures works really well and I feel that these represent my style and use of colour and texture.

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After scanning my chosen logo, I edited the vibrance, contrast and brightness slightly, just to get the perfect balance.

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Chosen Logo

Envelopes

Though not essential to the brief, it would have been strange not to include envelopes in my collection to go with each card. Perhaps if my collection were to be aimed at a lower price range, then more conventional envelopes would have been acceptable, like white or a plain colour. I decided that I wanted to include a pattern on the inside of each envelope, to make it more interesting and upmarket, as well as it perhaps making it more personal than a standard white envelope.

 

 

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When it came to making the envelopes, I had a few practice runs with plain white paper first, so I could make mistakes without wasting my professionally printed paper. I first tried making them using an origami method, but it was quite untidy (as I’ve never done origami before!), used up a lot of paper and most importantly, you ended up covering the pattern up on the flap with excess paper due to the way it was folded (see above). So I went on to find a template of an envelope, which I modified to how I wanted my envelopes to look. The original template had a small, straight tab to seal the envelope, whereas I wanted a triangular one. This was relatively easy to do, and I managed to get the right measurements within two or three tries. Pictured below are the two templates I used for my full size and mini board envelopes.

 

Below is the first envelope I made using the template that features a pattern on the inside (before I changed the colour to match each card). It was at this point that I decided that I was going to put colour on the outside as well, because the white seemed too harsh. So I used the same colour as features on the back of each corresponding card for each envelope.

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