“Im the King of the world!” – Titanic, 1997
First, I decided to break the quote up into key words to focus the on the visuals.
I, King, World
After chosen these words, I went on to make a mind-map of potential visuals I could use to represent those key words.
I: hand gestures, eye, an individual
King: crown, throne, wealth, power, chess piece, skyscraper, lion, top of the hierarchy, centre of attention
World: map of the world, globe, earth, plane
Then I decided to pick a few images to work with:
with these, I started to piece together what I had, adding elements throughout the journey and making two different versions of my interpretation.
I felt that the composition was too centralised and consistent in dominance, making it dull and lacked an element of interest. Thus, I decided to abandon this and progress on my second design idea.
The image on the left was my initial progress of the design but I felt it lacked the emphasis of “King” and felt rather flat. Thus, I rearranged my composition and added in a stamp print of a lion to give the print a more powerful feel and a sense of liveliness through the roar of the lion. I centralised the chess piece to place emphasis on the object, with the help of the hand leading our eyes into the centre. This shifted the visual focus to the centre of the design, foreshadowing the definition of being “King” (centre of attention). Hence, this was my final design.
This is also the design I chose to have printed on my tote bag.
Before printing on my tote bag, I test printed at least 5 times on newsprint. The results came out similar, despite the amount of ink I placed for printing. (Test print on newsprint):
“Hakuna Matata” – The Lion King, 1994
There was no key words to break apart, so I came about the meaning of “Hakuna Matata; it means no worries, for the rest of your days!” I took the concept of no worries into words and incorporate into visual images. Unlimited time, freedom, unchain, flying, no heavy weight, carefree.
These following images that I thought could work:
I came out with, yet another, two version of my interpretation on the quote.
For both design, I added a clouded background to give the design more of a texture. This gives both designs a soft yet ambiguous feel of freedom. In this design, I tried to compile a visual direction. I felt that the first one, on the right, was quite cliche withe the term of freedom and a typical mind of thought. Therefore, I decided to go with the second one, on the left, where it is slightly more indirect. I placed emphasis on the fist breaking free from the tied rope through the dominance and visual weight it carries. Next, I used the image of a sand timer to show the unlimited time the hand has by inducing a swirling effect and variation in size/angle. Even though, this does not mirror the movie, it brings out the same context as the quote of no worries.
“Just keep swimming.” – Finding Nemo, 2003
This quote was rather challenging to work with as it only consists of three words. I decided to focus on the key word of swimming and the context of “just keep”.
I did not waant to be literal with an icon of swimming so this are some few words I linked it up with…
swimming: fish, ocean, water, googles, diver’s mask, diving helmet, ripples
Images I played with:
First, I composed a design with the world wearing a goggle mask but it seems a little off to me. I was not satisfied with the overall look, it felt like something was still missing. Hence, I decided to abandon this idea and carried on playing with different images and structure.
After scrapping my initial composite, I played with an image of a diving mask. I enlarged the diving mask to give it dominance and placed it in a off-centre composition, giving it an asymmetrical feel. Next, I used an icon of a fish and replicated it in various sizes in as a visual direction, giving the design more of an interest. The fishes help lead your eyes towards the diving helmet. It still seemed plain for me, thus I placed a rippled background of water giving the design more of a texture, emphasising the calm tone the quote gives off. Moreover, it gives the context of “just keep” through the ‘on going’ ripple effect; which led me to my final piece!
“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” – Gone with the Wind, 1939
Key words: frankly, dear, don’t give a damn
frankly: hand gestures, law, judge, scale of truth
dear: sweetheart, love, hearts, sweets, dessert, deer
The quote gives off a nonchalant and callous feel. Thus I incorporated these images to different compositions.
I played with the composition of my visuals and these were my first few design:
I felt that the design was too messy and many things were going on at once, that there is no point of visual focus. Hence, I decided to take some elements away to keep things simple. This led me to my final piece!
For this final design, I added textures of torn paper to induce the feel of carefree and “I don’t give a damn”, applying what I have learnt from “Project 1: My line is Emo” (this can also be seen on my other composition pieces). The fireworks emphasises these texture to give the nonchalant feel and “whatever-ness”. I came about using the deer from the word “dear” and applied it into my piece. Through the usage of the door, the deer going in-and-out disproportionately and unrealistically gives the quote further context and prominence. I replaced the deer’s head with a hand to create interest and wonder in the audience’s mind, attracting them to look at this composition longer. Furthermore, the hand and the deer gives the audience’s eye a visual direction that leads out of the design. This gives the quote further emphasis and meaning. I felt like this quote helped me explore more out of the box and indirect way of interpreting the quote.
To conclude, I felt that this project was refreshing and eye-opening. It challenged me to think more out of the box and indirectly, widening my vision of design. It was quite difficult to find the exact images and angle I wanted to incorporate in my design, which pushed me to visualise another composition. As I worked on my design, ideas would pop in my head and I would try to experiment what I have envisioned, even though it may not work out. Project 2 had made me take even more notice of the principles of design, and not to stick with the typical cliche imageries. To incorporate what I have learnt from project 1 and applying it on this project. I have enjoyed making these compositions and has expanded my design and composition skills.