We kicked off the semester with the Self Poster project. These autobiographical collages crafted from cutting, pasting, and xeroxing grainy photo booth pictures of ourselves was certainly a creative way of introductions. Through sharing the process of conception to finished design, I feel that I’ve gotten to know the two other students in my tiny, but mighty, section well—something I feared I’d miss in an online course.
I started with the two images in the upper left, dubbed “serious Karen” and “happy shy Karen” by Professor Zaino. For typography, I photocopied letterforms that struck my eye while perusing magazines at the local Barnes and Nobles.
A little about me: I am sometimes reserved, other times adventurous and bold. I come from an analytical science background and am embarking on a new creative journey. I wanted my self poster to reflect the different veins of my personality, interests, and past, so came up with the solution of “weaving” my photos—my identity—together.
For my first pass, I centered my woven head on the page and tied in a fun looking ‘k’ and more austere ‘T.’ Some feedback I received: to reconsider the placement of the head (and the consequent negative space outlined by the silhouette), to better integrate the text, and to resolve the rawness of the loose black strands.
For my second attempt, I played with the idea of mirrored selves. Looking back, I must have been inadvertently influenced by my research on punk rock posters, with the addition of torn edges and grainier, high contrast photocopies. I like to see the world upside-down, so flirted with a composition of dismembered eyes and silhouetted handstands in my idea book. Professor Zaino encouraged me to push the idea further.
For my final pass, I built off the composition in my idea book, interlacing parts of my smile and eyes with typography and strands from the woven head. I hoped to create a sense of space, movement, and dynamism (but not chaos), and am happy with the process that brought me here!