Design Assignment 365: Pick your favorite quote OR make up your own phrase which describes a philosophy that you try to live by. It can be about love, friendship, family, education, culture, health, charity, etc. Design a minimalist poster depicting the concept. Extra challenge: Try to include a unique element that makes it YOU. Don’t forget to explain your thought process. 🙂
SAPERE AUDE (Dare to think)
The three dots representing ellipses… linda3dots is my handle that I often use online. It signifies thoughts in progress. Again, what could have been a very simple project turned into hours of laboring over the size, color, placement, adding shapes, subtracting shapes, etc. etc. etc. I finally ended up with this final version.
The Concept and Thought Process:
The dark and gray portion on the left represents a box and the absence of thought, then the dots emerge out of the box and get gradually get brighter as they move to the right. The shadows behind the dots connect each dot to the next, suggesting the idea that each new thought is connected to the previous thought. I wanted to communicate that the process of thinking is sequential, and the dots are gradually transformed rather than popping up on their own by accident.
I thought about just having the circles touch each other or overlap each other slightly, but neither design looked interesting enough. So I thought of adding the drop shadows that would connect the dots. Then I also wanted to add the idea of thinking outside the box. I played around with many different shapes and positions but finally decided to just divide the background into two sections and have the dots emerging out of one section into the other.
I used Photoshop CS4 and used only the basic ellipse tool and the rectangle tool. The drop shadows were added to each layer by selecting “fx” option at the bottom of the layers window. I would be happy to share anything else you many have questions about, so just leave me a comment below. 🙂