Zine stage 4: Proposal 145th – documenting my ‘failures’

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Yet again, this proposal was rejected! HAHAHA…kidding. It is probably the most interesting proposal that I have ever created out of the (non-existent) 143 proposals. Most interesting and enjoyable 2d project, I meant. ūüėÄ

The idea behind making this zine was inspired by my previous artist research. In this project, I decided to illustrate the design by drawing it traditionally again and then take a step further by editing it digitally and also include typography.

As I am going to be majoring in product design, I think that it would be interesting for me to create a zine about products, specifically products that are ridiculous and funny. Thinking about it, many existing  products were actually at some point of time considered to be an absurd and dangerous design. For example, high heels or roller skates?

By altering different components of different products to make it look absurd, it gives me a chance to think out of the box. ¬†Imagination is limitless! Here’s a just for laugh: http://www.buzzfeed.com/tenballlabs/40-most-ridiculous-products-youve-never-seen-640g

I actually had many initial ideas to work on, however, due to the limited amount of time we have, I decided to focus on drawing products that:

  • Have a mechanism in them – so that I can draw ¬†the details
  • Is related to excitement and travel – so that I have a theme to tie all the products together.

Besides having an overall blueprint layout of the 3 designs, I also decided to include the detailed enlarged version  to give more information about the products. After all, the printed piece is limited to A5 size.

Initially, I wanted to print the blueprint designs on blue paper, thinking that a printer will print the white illustration. However, I realised that a printer cannot print white ink. Hmm, new discovery~ The printing turned out to be a disaster though. ¬†ūüôĀ

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After that, I printed the blueprints on 2 different types of paper. A yellowish textured paper and a white textured one. Then I proceed to cut the papers and left a margin for the binding.

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To make it look like a clean and legit proposal:

  • I chose to print one-sided – so that the zine appears to be thicker
  • I chose the white and thicker version in the end
  • I included transparency at the front and back – reflective texture gives it a professional look
  • I bound the zine using the binding screws instead of stitching it.

Here’s the printed version of my final zine:

 

 

Zine stage 3: Drawing & Process

After researching and drafting, I then move on to draw out the products on an a3 size blue paper. To me, drawing big allows more space for details. Click on the images below for a more detailed view.

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Although the stapler is one of the first few designs I drew, I did not include it in the final art piece as the product itself does not fit the idea of transport device and excitement. Furthermore, the concept I wanted to bring across was not distinct enough in this product. I was really sad to give up on this drawing…. ūüôĀ

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After drawing and scanning in the drawings, I went on to edit the drawings digitally and add in the typography. I wanted the overall design to look like a clean and professional blueprint and hence  I chose to use 2 types of simple font: Myriad Pro and SquareFont. The SquareFont helps to give the blueprint a technical look.

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Fun fact! The names of the owners are all in latin!

Here’s a translation:

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Mepte means myself

After designing how the blueprint looks like, I went on to create the write-up for the 3 products. This, to me, is the most challenging but fun part, because I had to make it sound funny but at the same time, professional. I did some research as well, on how to write a professional product description and learnt that I should think about the client’s benefits as I write. Hence, with some help from google and my friends, I came up with these 3 write-ups. XD

Feel free to click on the images to have a clearer view!

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Zine stage 2: Z. Drafts & References

I started on this project by brainstorming and drawing out the draft some sample products on isometric papers before transferring them onto the blue paper:

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After deciding on what the overall idea of the zine will be, I went on to further research and develop on the blueprint designs. I downloaded more references and studied on the layout of a blueprint. Here are some references:

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Here are some discovery after my research:

  • The white-on-blue photographic print are commonly drawings used to design buildings and vehicles
  • A blueprint used to consist of white lines on a blue background. A more recent process uses blue lines on a white background.
  • The title block on a blueprint contains the drawing¬†number, the name of the part or assembly that the¬†blueprint represents, and all information required to¬†identify the part or assembly.
  • The title block also includes the name and address
  • of the organization preparing¬†the drawing, the scale, drafting record, authentication¬†and the date.

I referenced some of the title block that I ‘ve found and created my own ridiculous¬†title block:

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