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Our first year HND Art and Design (Graphic Design) students had the fantastic opportunity to collaborate on a live project with POW! Thanet and created posters for the festival, exploring a range of issues and concepts.
My inspiration behind the design was a mixture of hearing other women's stories about their time dealing with domestic abuse, but I also took inspiration from my own past. The message I wanted to convey was that every woman has a voice they can share and that they are strong enough to survive, and by standing up they were helping stop abuse become a trend.
During this project I learned more about interacting with a client. By ensuring I focused on the client I was able to produce something that was more based on their needs, rather than what I liked.
Whilst researching for this unit I was moved by a particular woman's story that shocked me. I was inspired by her strength and I knew I wanted to design a poster on this theme. I wanted to take the opportunity to empower women to take the first step to breaking free from domestic abuse. I wanted to convey the strength of women and show that we can no longer be afraid of our abusers.
During the project I learned new typography skills whilst developing the poster. It was also my first time working with a client and it was a wonderful experience and opportunity that we were given by POW! that I am grateful for.
My poster is based around body equality between men and women of all body types. I was inspired by a lot of female body campaigns such as Dove and the Be Real Campaign - I also found out there were very few body positive campaigns for men.
During this project I took part in my first ever professional pitch, which was an interesting and important skill to develop for the future. As well as this, I was able to improve my digital drawing skills, photoshop skills and I used Adobe Illustrator for the first time.
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