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Evaluation and Reflection

1) Visual Communication:

In what ways does the visual communication/message of the piece meet the needs of the brief?

Cover – I made am image of a boot using all my own props and my own camera. I used a small amount of wording to lead into the article. I  chose to use Minion Pro Bold Condensed for this wording because I think it fits in with the style of Creative Review.

Double spread – I used two found images. I put the address of the website on my final piece. They were very high quality images.

In what ways does the visual communication/message of the piece fail to meet the needs of the brief?

I don’t think that the visual communication that I used fails to meet the brief in any major way.

What are the strengths of the visual communication? Why?

Cover – Everyone can identify a boot. I hope that the bright pink leggings and fish nets will grab people’s attention.

Double spread – I used bright striking colours to catch attention. It is not very often that anyone gets to see a cyber Goth so I decided to use a picture of one which featured her amazing hair.

What are the weaknesses of the visual communication? Why?

Cover – I don’t think the plain back ground used is eye-catching but I had to follow the style of Creative Review and they rarely use a bright back ground. A bright back ground may have been overwhelming.

Double spread – I don’t know if everyone will recognise a glow stick, especially as I’ve enlarged the picture.

In what ways could the piece be mis-read or mis-understood by the audience? Be specific about who the audience is.

Broadly speaking the audience is graphic designers, people involved with advertising, teachers possibly, people interested in art and design and students such as myself.

Cover – A lot of people won’t know what a cyber Goth is so although they’ll understand seeing a boot I’m not sure that anything further would be understood.

Double spread – People may think that all cyber Goths wear purple, are female and use glow sticks which isn’t true. They may mistake the glow sticks for light sabers and think that cyber Goths use them as an accessory when they don’t.

In what practical ways could the piece be developed or improved?

I’ve thought about this quite a lot. I think that the leg and boot idea could be reworked by posing the boots in a dance move as cyber Goths have their own way of dancing. Or another picture could be taken of hands posing in a dance move. I would have had to pay for some props to do this though or perhaps I could have made a vector of dancing hands.

2) Reflection of own working practices:

Be very honest with yourself in this section. Please feel free to approach a member of staff for help finding ways to develop skills.

How was my time keeping?

My time keeping was much better than in the last project so I’m happy about that.

How was my analysis of the brief?

I think my analysis of the brief was quite good. The brief was quite specific so this helped to keep me on track. I hope that I have covered everything.

How was my research?

The research was difficult as there were no books in the college library about cyber Goths. I bought a book from Amazon. To research cyber Goths the only option you have really is to look where they came from, so look to see what happened just before they arrived and actually look and listen for yourself to their images and their music. This is what I did.

How did I draw conclusions from my research?

Cyber Goth – I looked to see what cyber Goths have in common. What they think is good and what they think is bad.

Layouts – I looked to see what Creative Review’s layouts had in common. I looked to see what style of layout other magazines use. I looked to see what type of design Creative Review use for their covers.

How did I use research to generate and develop ideas?

The images I found on the internet were the most useful thing to give me inspiration. For example I found Tish’s and Rehula’s websites while looking at images using Google image search and this gave me ideas for a few possible cover designs. Looking at Creative Review was very useful too as I needed to follow that layout style.

How did I use evaluations to help with my ideas generation and development?

Whenever I came up with an idea I asked the tutor for feedback and this shaped the final outcome. An example of this would be when the tutor said that the rock was too bright and was distracting from the boot. I then went away and developed my idea to fix the problem.

How did I use experimentation during the project? How can I make this more effective?

I made an idea for the front cover using photographs I took in London. It could be made more effective if the pictures were more obviously related to cyber Goths. The idea was very abstract and I don’t think people would be able to understand any meaning.

In what ways did I show that I had achieved the Learning Outcomes? How can I improve this next time?

I talked about the ideology of cyber Goths and included images as we were advised to do.

What parts of the project did I enjoy most? Why was this the case?

I enjoyed being able to use my own props for the front cover and being able to use bright colours in the double page spread.

What parts of the project did I enjoy least? Why was this the case?

Doing the research was really difficult because the college doesn’t have any books that mention cyber Goths so this made me feel very stressed.

At what times did I work best? Why might this be the case? How can I ensure that I work well at al times?

I worked best when there were no distractions. I could turn my mobile on to silent.

What areas inspired me? Why was this the case? How could I follow these up?

The artistic nature and the bright colours of the cyber Goth culture inspire me. I really liked the typeface used in Vogue magazine.

What areas were challenging or difficult?  Why was this the case?

Not being able to use found images for the cover made it more difficult. If I didn’t already own a pair of New Rock boots I’m not sure what I would have been able to do.

How can I go about developing and improving  the parts I found difficult?

I think I need to learn how to illustrate so I can make my own images. I don’t know how to do this so I will need to ask the tutor. For the next project I will pick a subject that does have books in the library.

Do I need to develop certain skills? Do I need these now? Or later?

I think I need to learn how to illustrate.

Any other points?

I want to find the name of the font that I like from Vogue magazine.

Front cover idea – Photos taken in London

I took these pictures in London. I was hoping to use them as a back ground for me double page spread but I’ve decided to make a front cover out of them instead.

Photo of a grate.

Photo of a circuit board taken in a gift shop.

This photo is actually from a child’s rain mac.

A green light.

Photo of the underground sign.

I thought I would put them together like a collage and see what it looks like. Here is what I came up with.

I think this idea is eye-catching. The sign underground is meant to mean that the Cyber goth subculture is an underground culture. I don’t think I’ll be using this idea as I think it is too abstract and I don’t think people would be able to know that it is about Cyber goths. The shiney PVC material is in a drab colour as well and I doubt a Cyber goth would wear a colour like this.

I am glad I had a chance to experiment though.

Glow sticks for double page spread

I wanted to use this picture as it shows the cyber hair style really well. I cut out the figure in Photoshop.

I thought these glow sticks would be really colourful and eye-catching.

Here I am trying to get the title to be seen on the page with the glow sticks. The colours mean the type can be difficult to see so you have to get it in the right place.

I have placed the title along the glow stick. I think this idea works well and the different elements have space to breath.

I think using two pictures looks more attractive than just having a large amount of body text. I checked with the tutor that I had enough body text here and I do. I will most likely be using this idea as my final idea.

Boot idea for front cover

I came up with this idea because I happen to own a pair of New Rock boots which are the type that a Cyber goth may choose to wear. Here are the black fish net tights I wore.

Here are the pink neon leggings I wore for the photos.

Here are my New Rock Boots.

I went out in the evening to a non-residential area to take pictures. I took about 50 pictures all together. Here is an example of the pictures I took. At the time I thought the back ground of the picture would be important so this is why I went outside to find a convincing back drop.

I thought I would try to use this photo in a design as it shows the details of the boot well.

Here is what the idea looked like.

I asked for feedback from the tutor and he said that the rock is quite bright so perhaps this should be darkened. I agreed with that. The rock isn’t the important part of the picture. I really liked the vague lights in the back ground.

Instead of darkening the rock I decided to cut out the boot so that nothing could distract from it.

I think this idea looks ok but it looks a bit awkward and I had problems making the boot fit in the space provided. I thought I better try another variation.

I thought I would try using this photo as I thought it would fit better in the space given.

Here is how the idea turned out.

It was easier to fit this image on the page because it had more leg to work with. I asked for feedback and the tutor suggested rotating the boot to give the idea more realism. I put a background colour on it too. So then it looked like this.

I liked the idea at this point but I decided to photograph the boot in that position as opposed to just rotating. I thought it would look more realistic just to shoot the boot already in that position.

I took 18 photos over all. Here is the picture I decided to use:

I cut it out in Photoshop and put a back ground on it. It looks more realistic now like the Cyber goth is walking to a rave or a gig.

I put some type on too. I asked for feedback from the tutor about the type. He said that the type can be kept simple like this. I will probably be using this idea for my final idea.

I think this idea has turned out well and it looks how I wanted it to look. I hope the details on the boot and leg look interesting and that it would catch people’s eye. I think the bright pink colour used would stand out.

Double page spread – Cyber goth styled in purple – adding in a pull quote

I decided to try another idea using the Cyber goth styled in purple as the first try wasn’t perfect. This is what I came up with. I cut off part of the photo and just used her face and hair on one page. On the other page I put in a pull quote.

I like this idea but it is quite simple and nothing particularly interesting is happening. It seems quite formulaic. I’m going to try another idea.

Idea for Front Cover using wires

Last week the boiler in my house broke and our plumber came to fix it. These wires were removed. I kept them as Cyber goths often use wires or parts from computers in their hair or add them to their clothes. Here is a picture of the wires.

I took fourteen photos all together. Here is another one of them.

I decided to use this one as it shows the wires well.

Here is the fishnet glove and nail varnish I used to imitate the Cyber goth style.

Here is how the final idea looks. I think it looks good but it also looks a bit strange and abstract I suppose. It reminds me of the top of a lighter and a flame. My hand looks slightly pixellated. I don’t know why this has happened as my camera takes ten mega pixel photos. I need to find out if there is a way to make my photos into a higher resolution. I don’t think I’ll be using this as my final idea.

I got some feedback from the tutor about this idea. He advised that this idea would need some more work and improvements. He suggested that the colour from the wires could go up and touch the title head and colour in the type. I though that was a really good idea. I will have to keep learning how to develop and improve my ideas.

It would have been good if I had some computer circuit boards as well as I could have used them as a back ground. I wonder what that would have looked like.

Double page spread idea – using two images featuring Cyber goths

Here is the picture I thought I would include as it’s really bright and eye-catching.

Here is the second picture I thought I’d include as it shows off their outfits well.

Here is what I came up with. I think it has turned out well apart from the pull quote. I had major problems trying to create it.  The boxes around the green quotes stopped the outer box being made smaller. As you can see this makes a massive white space around the quote. I will have to try to work out how to fix this or I will ask the tutor.

I won’t be using this for my final idea because I think it looks a bit unsophisticated.

Double page spread idea using full photo – Cyber goth styled in purple

Here is my first double page spread idea. Here is the picture I thought I would try using.

Here is what I came up with. It was more difficult than I thought to make it look well-ordered and balanced. The columns of text don’t look very comfortable on the page so I’ll have to try a new idea.

The sell and body text were taken from these websites:

Set of ideas for Front Cover – In game photo shoot

I got this idea when I was doing my research, using Google’s image search, looking for pictures of cyber goths. I came across Rehula’s website. She is a Digital Cybergoth Designer. She makes and sells cyber goth style clothes for an online game called Second Life. Second Life is an online game where people pay real money to log in and create a life online. Here is Rehula’s website.

Picture above from

I don’t have Second Life but I do have a game called The Sims. So I used this game to produce the following image. I built four Cyber goth sims. I took a picture of my monitor with my camera. Inside the game I am able to move my view around and I paused my view here and took a photo. I wanted to zoom in on the goggles and the eyes. I downloaded the goggles and the hair from this site.

Image above from this website

All the clothes, goggles, hair and make up, I downloaded from this website.

I came up with this idea because I do not know any Cyber goths in real life so the only way I could hold my own photo shoot was to organise a virtual photo shoot.

Here are the four Cyber goth sims I made. As you can see the quality of the picture is very low.

Using the controls of the game I zoomed in on the top of the girl’s head and took a photo of her eyes and her goggles.

Here is what the front cover would look like. I think this front cover has turned out really well. I think it’s really striking and eye-catching. I don’t think I can use this as my final piece though as it may not have a high enough resolution. I asked the tutor for feedback on this idea and he said that the idea could be used to make a vector.

Here is the next photo I took. It is of a simple portrait of one of the Cyber goths. I took it because it shows off her ‘cyberfalls’ (hair).

Here is how it would look on the front cover. Perhaps this kind of thing would look better on the front of a fashion magazine. Making a portrait is an obvious idea.

Here is the next photo I took. It is of these amazing boots. I took this picture because the colours and the design are so bright and striking.

I decided to cut the boots out using Photoshop. I then put them into InDesign. I think it looks very eye-catching. Unfortunately the quality of the graphic is absolutely dreadful! I won’t be using this as my final idea.

It has been good to try out using a computer game like this. I think it would only be useful for sketching on paper or making vectors.