Methods & Process | Signs | P.4 Final

  • Refining 

I’ve taken the signs that I made and converted them into digital illustrations in Illustrator, but also bearing in mind the materials I used, so for example the Sado Fabric I used for my Local sign I scanned it and masked it to the illustration. I’ve tried two shapes for the signs rounded cornered square and a cylinder with one sharp corner (i guess).

for Local / Global I made two versions where the ground would be the background of the sign.

  • Critique

The rounded square shape wins because the other one doesn’t really add to the sign anything, it’s just a random shape, also for the local one, professor suggested that I would show the sado prints more. for vernacular the square one had a small tree in the background, I didn’t pay attention to it when I was taking the picture. So removing it, or actually using the other shape but in a square because the tree doesn’t show.


  • Final Signs


When I printed the final signs I had issues with the colors, maybe because I printed on matte paper using inkjet, and also the paper type was not really something we use in the printer so Michael suggested to change the paper options to other. the colors were washed out so I had to re-print again with the laser jet using normal paper and then mount it to bristol similar to what we did for the first type project. The results were much better!

also after printing vernacular I thought why I am not using the small paper models I made for the material studies? So I tried it out with the vernacular and it looked better than the digital version. It was a last minute decision and it worked out!

  • Overal Experience

A very important lesson from this project is : SIGNS ARE NOT ONLY TRAFFIC SIGNS ⚠️

due to preconceived notions, we thought that signs are flat with no dimensions, illustrations, traffic signs.. but thats not really the case. At the very beginning we studied about signs and semiotics and the modes of communications: persuasive, pragmatic , and poetic. Sings are methods of communication, and through the different modes one would be the main and the rest would support it.

while choosing the audience and the action we articulate where is the poetic part, how it is pragmatic…etc we reflected on the intention of the signs er are designing. all of this was part of semiotics.

the use of binary oppositions as well was very helpful in this project, through that we got to define the categories we are making the signs for: local, global, concrete, and abstract.

without knowing I realize that I refer a lot to the other courses we are taking. It is merging as one course with different projects.

If I were to change something in my signs, I would’ve done more research about it, I feel that I could’ve had a better outcome than this one. but then it’s a learning experience, we are expected to make mistakes and learn from it.

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