Design a 24″x36″ poster that promotes a social or political cause. The poster should designed to post in public and timed before the election on November 6. The election may or may not be an important factor in your poster. Imagine your poster also being postable on Facebook or a crowd-sourced website like “Green Patriot Posters.”
Your final poster is due October 11 and will need to be trimmed at 24×36″. The version due Tuesday may fit on an 11×17″ sheet of paper but should be trimmed proportionally to the final (2×3 ratio).
Working from the provided box of green foam peanuts, make a photograph with a caption that acts as a poster for your social cause. Any point can be illustrated with the foam peanuts. This will force you to abandon the obvious and to construct meaning from a fairly meaningless image. Considering framing, point of view, location (background) and other formal concerns. Construct your photograph and upload your image to the website and assign it to the Assignment 3 category. Please use your caption in both the title and as text beneath the image.
Break up into three groups of about 4 people per group. Either pin up your 50 sheets of paper or lay them out on the floor or table. Everyone in the group other than the person pinning up should write words that they associate with the images directly on the paper. These can either be formal attributes: “dark, scary, empty, gross” or concepts: “honest, depressing, surreal”. It may also be helpful to describe the image as either objective, subjective or idiosyncratic (given your classmate’s cause).
The image notation session should lead into a discussion.Consider the following questions during the discussion.
The collector of the images should pick out a few images to discuss with the larger group — either because they were read differently than expected, or because there was a certain enthusiasm around it. Bring some aspect of your small group discussion forward.
Your fellow groupmates should pick 5-10 images apiece from which to design their own “poster” for next week.
The goal of this activity is to more finely tune the way we see and talk about images. Certain images may be powerful or provocative on their own, but do not lend themselves to a textual counterpart. And given the end deliverable, you should also learn to look for the unexpected and consider images outside of the standard content area.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org — the subject line will become the title and the content of the email will be the URL. The content of the email can only be the URL. Example: http://google.com
You must send the email from your risd email (your login email on this site).