Our feedback from our draft poster was very positive, our seminar liked it because it was different yet simple although it was only just a drawn version and not digital like the other groups. The feedback was:
- Our slogan is strong
- It is humorous without swaying from the main subject
- It has clever elements of intertextuality
- Simple and gets the message across
From our feedback we went away and made the poster digital:
Although we did really like this idea, we thought it looked a bit crazy and out there, so we decided to make another poster a bit more ‘sane’ in case the audience did not engage with the first one was well as we had hoped.
We got our inspiration for this poster from the Independent Scotland campaigns, but we still wanted to incorporate the Cerne Abbas so we made that like a logo. The grass is to signify the vast countryside which makes it such a beautiful place.
Our next task is to chose where to put it in the foyer for optimum audience activity.
Processing is an open source programming language. It is widely used and can be the base software to create all kinds of things. Its language is very similar to that of Java so is very useful for the teaching of programming. There is so much information available about Processing on the internet including tutorials and open codes, it makes it a lot easier to gather information and learn.
In our first workshop we looked on the Processing.org exhibition at all the different examples of media that had been made using Processing. One of the first ones I recognised was the digital petting zoo, this was because it was one of the installations at the Digital Revolution exhibition (Barbican, London) which I had been to see in the summer.
I had not realised how much could be/had been made with Processing. So when we started to learn the code it got me excited at the possibilities of what I could make. In our first workshop we started out with the basics of Processing, looking at the ‘void setup’ and ‘void draw’ functions and what to put in each section.
This is the code we learnt on the first workshop, and it looks like this when you run it.
I will be continuing to play about with Processing and posting my creations.
In our first seminar we were given the task of creating a poster to promote ‘An Independent Dorset’. We were put in groups and started our research on Dorset…
The signs about Dorset that we got from putting our heads together were as above, we drew random sketches to go with our ideas just to simply put our ideas into visual signs. We thought about numerous things we associate with Dorset , such as the Cerne Abbas Giant, Pirates, Old Castles, UFO sightings and Lord of the Rings.(And of course Rainbows for the very indecisive weather!)
We then thought about which elements we could put together to create a poster which will entice an audience to engage with and also to get our point across about Dorset being better off independent.
Above is the poster idea we created. Our idea was for it to be eye catching and to suit our target audience of students, therefore using humour in our approach. The UFO is ‘beaming’ on the giant, urging the audience to open their minds to the views and beliefs of others. Our slogan of ‘Believe in an Independent Dorset’ is simply a play on words about believing in UFO’s and also believing in the community of Dorset and how it would work by being independent.
We will be getting feedback from our peers on our posters in the next seminar.