I got some more feedback today to further shape the direction I will be going in (critical incident). This was:

  • Suggested collateral: tickets, event programs, website banners, print ads, and posters.
  • How will the different styles maintain coherency? Is there something (like an object) that could feature in all of them?
  • Typography version: I could make it out of found objects (Australian nature) and photograph it. Could potentially incorporate patterning (like what I researched with Marian Bantjes before).
  • Imagery: Needs to reflect an Australian design style. Some examples of Australian designers are as follows:

Douglas Annand: Well-known for his covers for ‘Home’ magazine. Uses different styles such as pen and watercolour, found objects, collages, and photography.

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Reg Mombassa: Colourful, surreal artworks which often incorporate Australian imagery.

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Ken Done: An Australian painter who again does very colourful works. The surrealism comes from the style of the paintings more than the content itself.

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Sydney Noland: Most well-known for his Ned Kelly series of paintings, he often paints dry landscapes and uses earthy colours. His commercial design is very different from his painting style.

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Michael Fitzjames: does mostly black and white images, which is what I’m more comfortable with, in a cut-out vector style.

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Quentin Blake: An illustrator who makes very sketchy cartoon images. Some are in colour and some are in grey scale depending on the content and context.

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Common themes here are bright colours and often unrealistic imagery, which I believe will work very well with ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ due to the unrealistic nature of the plot.

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