Rhyme-research & inspiration



This is the book I looked into when I was researching for inspiration for the project. It’s called “I don’t know where I’m going but I want to be there,the expanding field of graphic design 1900-2020”  Paperback – October 18, 2011, by Sophie Krier (Draft Writer), Marjolijn Ruyg (Draft Writer) Graphic Design Museum printed by Pfset Yapimevi, Turkey.

This book consists of so many great examples of graphic design and below are some photos taken from the book. Besides that, there are more thumbnail images that inspired me on the rhyme composition as well. In fact, if given more time, I would like to experience more with the images.

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  Besides, I also looked into  a book titled “Index A” by Charles Wilkin, published Die Gestalten Verlag (April 15, 2003) “Index A is in essence a catalogue of thoughts, images and instinct collected and reassembled by American Charles Wilkin of Automatic Art and Design. With clients ranging from Coca-Cola to Urban Outfitters, Wilkin combines multiple layering of images and type reminiscent of David Carson. In an era of multimedia full of visually aware consumers and highly targeted marketing, Index A acts as a reminder of the increasing influence of design on the human culture and the individual expression in a very commercial world.’“

  It has great examples that inspired me too but I didn’t scan or take photos of the pages inside.

There was another book I found interesting as well. Besides its the nice colors in each picture, there is a concept of masking layers. And the composition of the images were inspiring.


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Rhyme Concepts


There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.

She had so many children she didn’t know what to do.

She gave them some broth without any bread.

Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

So I will be posting all of my compositions except those selected for printing here.

Begin with the very first few attempts on this.

The egg was supposed to represent the children of the old woman.

The whirl/vortex images in the background indicated the emotions of her, which changes according to the sentence from the rhyme.

She had so many children she didn’t know what to do.


She gave them some broth without any bread.


Going for a creepy scene when she is actually feeding the eggs with an egg.

Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.


And a background that is much more distorted.

She had so many children she didn’t know what to do.

Variation for radial composition

Repetition & Contrast

and lots of eye contacts

The Funeral Wreath

The old woman could barely took the burden of so many children


There are so many of them…the place is all filled up

She tried to smile with a frown

It’s suffocating her


The old woman is in the center just like the sun,

giving our energy to her children


A similar composition as the second one

A sunflower-like shape


There are not only so many of the children

They are even in a chaos

disagreeing in the  direction they face


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Inspired by what you see when you flush the toilet…

or  unplug a bathtub filled with water(children)


Then one attempt for a linear composition

Some shadow to create a floor and distance in space

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There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.


Some play with the positive and negative space

Two halves of  one face of the old woman on the sides

a tiny small shoe that appears like a smile on a white person



She gave them some broth without any bread.

The old woman was feeding them with the liquor

It is almost empty

But there were so many of them waiting

It is kind of linked with the previous sentence of the rhyme

“She had so many children…”








Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

 collage with different texture to create a stage

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Project 2- image editing

Below are the edited images for the rhyme ‘Old woman lives in a shoe’. The original images were from different sources: woodcuts, old engravings and even real life photographs. I edited them to create the vintage feel required for this project.

Also, from what we learnt last week, different ways of editing result in variation in styles. As shown below, the same images give no similar impression after editing.

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