Illustration production

I am going to screen print all my pieces for this product on both wood and paper.

Paper prints

I ended up making paper prints solely because we were printing on paper for the screen printing workshop therefore decided since they worked out well I should work with them and Include them in my products to sell.

Acetate prints

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Paper prints

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I have put one design on the paper prints and the other on the wood prints, primarily because it was easier than repeatedly changing the screen.

Wood prints

These prints have drastically changed from the original design, originally the design was 3 strips of wood forming an A3 sized sheet, however to save buying more wood I changed that so they were A4 instead of A3. With the A3 I could make 1 print with the wood I had and with A4 I could make 3. But then I saw that the circular ‘mind games’ illustration fit better in a square shape and decided to cut back on the number of strips making 4 squares rather than 3 A4 sheets.

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In order to attach the two pieces of wood that I printed them on I drew some thumbnail drawings of what I could do to connect them.

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The top thumbnail is a permanent fix, both pieces would be glued together with two smaller thinner pieces of wood.

The middle thumbnail is an adjustable fix, there would be multiple pieces of wire connecting the two pieces allowing them to move, however this design would end up very fragile.

The bottom design is a mixture between the first two, a small thin piece of wood would be stuck to one of the main pieces (one on each) and a small hook on the opposite side making it so that the pieces can be split apart yet still staying sturdy.

In the end I decided to keep it simple with the first permanent fix since it is a print and doesn’t need to be a puzzle.

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I then tested a few varnishes and waxes I had at home on some offcuts to see if they were okay for my work as I didn’t want one that would make it too dark and there weren’t any clear ones at home, I found that one of the varnishes worked well with the stain colour which I thought look slightly better than the original wood colour.

Next I glued the wood together and weaved a scarf between each print to make sure the varnish doesn’t make them stick together, I was going to use paper to separate them but thought if the paper stuck I’d end up with ripped paper stuck to the prints when I pulled the paper off.

Here is the final product after being glued and varnished.

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The paper prints are being sold for £5 and the wooden prints for £10.

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Keyring Production

Having finished designing the keyring and deciding on using the first pattern design I am now moving onto making them.

Keyring measurements

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 Etching Pattern design

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Materials

Having looked for wood that I could use I have found that the thinest wood is double the thickness of what I need meaning it won’t work, therefore have decided to 3D print it instead even though it won’t give off the same feel and look that I was aiming for. Maybe good colour choice will make up for this.

3D print designs

Piece 1

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Piece 2

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Piece 3

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After a long stressful process of making a 3D model of my product I finally managed to make it in Google Sketchup.

In the end the sketchup files don’t work with the 3D printers in the Fab Lab so ‘I’ve’ had to remake them again to convert them into the correct file type.

I’m not sure of an exact number of keyrings I’ll produce, but it’ll be in the region of 5 – 10, all depending on how many can be made in the time thats left.

I have made 10 3D printed puzzle keyrings here is the final ones.

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The keyrings cost me about 55p each to make and I have been selling them for £3.

Target audience

The target audience of my products in terms of the colour scheme and the aesthetics is mostly aimed toward people between the ages of 17 and 40, which would probably be the average age range of most people going to the pop-up shop. The targeted audience should have an interest in the outdoors or like things which have a rustic feel, which is most men and probably quite a few women.

The target audience of the keyrings is someone who is like me in the fact that they don’t like sitting still doing nothing and like to keep their mind active even if it’s just playing around with a pen or whatever is in their hands at that point. Therefore the keyring could be a boredom killer by being a portable puzzle that the audience could use to keep their mind active.

Wooden poster development

This is an alternative for if my sketchbook ends up too expensive to produce.

I saw many of these in most housing decoration shops in north devon therefore thought they could work well for my cover designs and they seem to be very popular at the moment.

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After consideration I  have decided that this option will be the one I will progress with out of the sketchbook or this I will still do the key rings though. This option just turns out to be cheaper and easier to produce, I can probably get the wood from scraps some where making the cost almost nothing.

Improving cover designs

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starting design

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I then decided I didn’t like the ‘exist’ font so tried a few other fonts.

I chose the first font (birds of paradise) to use as I felt it worked best.

After showing many people this piece they thought it said ‘lies only exist in the mind’ instead of what it actually says ‘limits only exist in the mind’.

So I moved that word.

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I felt this looked a little thin and like there was something missing, so I started experimenting with shapes and changing the background colour.

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And decided I liked the circle behind it the best. I also tried putting a lock behind it, but it didn’t look like a lock when placed behind the image.

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Design 9 further developments

I found that I didn’t like the outcome of using the scribble shading and the brush pen effect almost tree like things on top so I chose to redevelop the minimal look of the piece as I also found font chosen didn’t quite work out either.

Which led to the creation of these.

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I feel these have come out much better.

Design 14

I don’t feel like this design really needs developing and I can’t see what needs adding to it anyway.

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Design 1

I feel this one looks to much like a logo than a illustration piece, so I wont be using that.

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Design 8

I don’t see this working on the product I have decided on, therefore again I won’t be using this one either.

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Gift bag/packaging development

Here are a few rough thumbnails of potential packaging designs, these designs would be for a large brown paper bag.

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The gift bag will be based off of a cardboard bag you’d put a wine bottle in that you had bought someone as a gift.

The materials I am thinking of using are a brown card and a red patterned card with string and a button.

On the sides of the bag, where the folds are, I will have the pattern that I use on puzzle.

And on the back and front I’ll have the logo I decide on using and some text and possibly some illustrations based around the illustrations I put on my sketchbooks.

Keyring packaging

After some discussion over my idea, I decided to design and create a small box to put the sold keyrings in.

Then at work one day I saw some small boxes used for chocolate cakes on the side and thought that the net for that box would work perfectly, but I would have to alter the scaling of each of the sides on the net because it’s just too big for a pound coin sized keyring.

In terms of design for the graphics side of the box I though of keeping the running theme of a matte brown, maybe even using delivery packaging and repurposing it to use for my box, then I would put my logo choice onto one face of the box and three of the other faces would each have a different pattern on. I could even line the inside of the box with some patterned coloured paper.

Keyring packaging net design:

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Prototype

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Needs some reworking in order to make it work with cardboard and it is a bit too flimsy in paper, the walls don’t stay up.

Redesign

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Prototype 2

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Sketchbook development

website using for making the sketchbook: http://danidraws.com/blog/2007/09/19/make-your-own-sketchbook/

Choosing quotes to use for the typography on the front of the sketch book

  • Limits only exist in the mind.
  • Head vs Heart.
  • Quiet people have the loudest minds.
  • Stop playing games.
  • My mind is a mess.
  • Mind. A beautiful servant. A dangerous master

 Style

Hardback

Using the link at the top of this post I would make a hardback sketchbook.
I would design an illustration to go onto the front of the book and on the back I could have a really small logo with some information underneath. I also thought about making my own paper to cover the book in a collage like look using magazine and newspaper cutouts, just an idea though.

Paperback

Using a similar production method to that of the hardback sketchbook but taking inspiration from a small sketchbook I saw in a design challenge by Lynda.com and Aaron Draplin on YouTube. (https://youtu.be/zOPA0NaeTBk)

This sketchbook would be smaller and more minimal with the intention of it being more portable so you could fit in into your pocket, so therefore being able to take it around to places that would otherwise be awkward to bring a sketchbook or just to carry around anyway so you have something to jot down on if you have a flash of inspiration when out and about.

Cover designs

Initial designs

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Design 1 Development/Experimentation

Initial design

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Progression of development and experimentation

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Personal favourites

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I decided I didn’t like the majority of the designs I made initial so I won’t go into more detail with the designs of all of them.

Design 5 development

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Design 8 development

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Spiked

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Rounded edges

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Chopped edges

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Different drop shadow

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Design 9 development

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Design 14 development

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Alternatives 

Because the cost to make a sketchbook is so much, I thought I could print the sketchbook cover design onto some wooden planks like the ones you can find in most rustic house decoration shops.

Keychain development

So taking the idea of making a 3d puzzle for ‘Mind Games’ I decided to make it so that it is more saleable and affordable by making it micro size and giving it an extra use by turning it into a key ring. Then I thought an angular puzzle is too common and thought I could give it a third use beyond being a keychain and being a mini puzzle and that was being a trolly coin, many supermarkets use them and giving it multiple uses gives people more reasons to buy it.

So after coming up with all this I did a quick sketch to decide how it’d go together to later experiment with.

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I then redrew the design in illustrator to make it easier to understand and see.

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Firstly both piece 3 and 2 will slot together on the ‘edge in’ sides (side with the biggest slot) then piece 1 will slot over the back of piece 2 (so that all pieces are at 60º from each other).

Pattern Designs

In order to be burned or etched onto the keychain, depending on what material I make it from, I have designed 4 patterns (6 if you count design 3 as 3 individual designs). Firstly I drew all of them on a sheet of A4 paper each, which I then scanned them onto the computer and went over them on illustrator.

  • Pattern design 1

Paper version:

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Illustrator version (original):

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Illustrator version (remade):

Tidied up and all corners are sharpened.

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  • Pattern design 2

Paper version:

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Illustrator Version (original):

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Illustrator version (edited):

This is an edited version made so that it can be repeated.

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  • Pattern design 3

Paper version:

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Illustrator version (original [stripes]):

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Illustrator version (remade [stripes]):

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Illustrator version (original [Japanese waves]):

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Illustrator version (remade [Japanese waves]):

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Illustrator version (original [circles]):

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Illustrator version (remade [circles]):

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  • Pattern design 4

Paper version:

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Illustrator version:

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Final Measurements

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Product ideas – continued 2

I want to have a really rustic look about all my pieces, partly because that is the sort of style like when buying small products and it is also quite popular in general now, especially when being used by typographers.

  • Keychain puzzle made of 3 pound coin size pieces, the three pound coin sized pieces are because of shopping trollies using them for use and there being three because two being slotted together doesn’t like much of a puzzle. I would also try to burn some sort pattern onto each piece.
  • Mug coaster slotted together in a similar way to the keychain to create some sort of plant or creature. Inspiration taken from the cactus mug coaster.

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  • Making homemade sketchbooks, they are relatively easy and cheap to make, the only real cost is the price of the paper, the better the paper the better the sketchbook. This would also be really easy to decorate and make it unique, though this means designing a illustration and lettering piece.
  • Making a gift bag, to either sell or to carry the purchased items in, which would be made of brown paper have a handle probably made from a shoelace and having a very rustic clearly printed look.