When I was a student, I always dreamed of finding my own way as a designer.
I looked up to my friends, envious of their brilliant ideas and working really hard to come up with something that would be truly mine. Something I could feel was my own way when thinking of posters.
The only thing I can say – looking back – is that there is no special formula. Everything you create as a designer comes from your very own backgrounds, whatever they are – cultural, psychological or historical. Even the fact that someone read you a book goodnight when you were little might matter. Maybe it made this particular book very special? And when the moment was right, pop! you've got it right.
What's the story behind the first of my shining letters posters?
Click to read after the fold!
Well, it wasn't that simple :)
When I got the idea, I was a student under professor Władysław Pluta (and assistants: Barbara Widłak and Szymon Kiwerski) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. I was working on a poster design for the upcoming Golden Bee Poster Biennial in Moscow. The main theme for the biennial was the 100th anniversary of futurism.
What really got me inspired was the book cover I found when surfing the Internet.
The book was by Fortunato Depero, an Italian futurist. You can read more about the history behind the book here.
After that, I started digging deeper into the structure and letter forms.
Then I began experimenting with paper structure and different lighting.
You can see the process of finding the right angle and composition below. It might take a while to load, so be patient :)
The main problem was choosing the right typeface that would allow cutouts, but would still maintain elegant, geometric forms. And communicate what futurism is!
If you'd like to learn more about futurism, go here.
Then came the process of polishing the design, retouching the photo and adding text.
You can see the final effect on top of this post. Well, you've seen it already if you're reading this.
The poster was exhibited during AGRAFA International Graphic Design Biennial 2009 in Rondo Sztuki, Katowice. It was also selected to take part in the exhibition during 22nd International Poster Biennial 2010 in Warsaw. The poster is in the permanent collection of Poster Museum in Wilanow.
You can see a couple of pictures I took at the exhibition below.
That's not all I have to show – I'm also working on other posters, exploring this way of thinking. But that's for another post :)
As always, if you'd like to share your thoughs, feel free to leave a comment here.
Thanks for reading and see you in the next post!