Since my last tutorial I have been considering both of my initial ideas and conducting further research in order to come to a decision. I have been in the middle of a real mental battle over what to choose – one idea feeling perhaps more ambitious in difficulty and the other being something I was dying to pursue, but I was unsure of whether this was because it was an actual good idea or whether I just wanted to pursue it because it featured something I have been raised to love. Obviously, the aim of this project is not only to create an amazing piece of portfolio work, but also to gain recognition from ISTD – I must remember this.
As the week went on it became increasingly clear which project idea I was leaning towards…and when I say leaning towards I mean completing grabbing with both hands. My anniversary will be 1977, the year David Bowie released the song ‘Heroes’. A song about the Berlin wall, the song, and Bowie’s work in Berlin over the next ten years contributed to it’s fall in 1989. I will contextualise this to modern day by comparing this to Trump’s plans to build a wall and note how history repeats itself – walls go up but they always come down. I am particularly drawn to Bowie because of the potential for adventurous colour and composition. I really want to push my work far out of my comfort zone and my skills to their absolute limit in this project to create something I am really proud of – the best thing I have ever designed. (No pressure, I know!)
The meeting today with David and my group was positive. I shared my journey to choosing my idea and what I had chosen and David second my decision, which was a great boost. I discussed my ideas so far though they are still a bit all over the place. I have considered using a timeline throughout stemming from 1961 (when the wall went up), through the 70s when Bowie lived in Berlin and wrote Heroes, to 1989 (when the wall came down). I need to decide how it will be structured – all the Bowie stuff and then all the Berlin wall stuff, or the two intertwined in some sort of undecided fashion. We decided it was best to leave some more detailed background on Bowie out and make the whole thing more about the wall, as there is such a strong link between Bowie and the wall. I want to include some personal accounts from my family and particularly my dad, as it was his influence which led me to love David Bowie. I am considering how to represent the wall in my work. I have considered actual paper technology pop ups, typographic representation, imagery etc, I need to consider how to do this or whether it is even necessary. David and I agree it is a good idea to still begin with my dad’s devastated text on 11th January 2016, and end with something personal too.
Next Friday, we will be expected to show three completed spreads and having fully decided the content for each page. David reminded us to constantly consider “what are people going to take away from this project?” and “what am I trying to say?” The must be purpose to our work!