Sunday, 7 June 2009
A Poster for Glenn Richards
Above: Graphic design is a branch of visual communication which tends to specialise in page layout, type and all manner of elements the viewer doesn't notice -- unless they fail to communicate. I am not a graphic designer, so when I am asked to do something which is about these elements, I freak out. Just ask David, who thought that I might enjoy doing a poster for Glenn Richards. "Don't worry about it, simple is fine" he said. Even within "simple" the possibilities for a designer are endless, and it seems that I prefer to make things hard for myself anyway. When I saw the photo that was to be included with the written information, I thought it was quite lovely and it made sense to let it be the focal point. And as I am not knowledgeable with type, I decided to create my own. Unfortunately, this took quite a long time: painting then scanning and cleaning up my little alphabet, then dragging the letters around in Photoshop. A simple job that went from lunchtime to bedtime and beyond. And don't bother asking whether I am happy with the result. REAL graphic designers get asked to do these jobs for good reason.