Final Ideas – Dream Website and Book

These are my final designs:

I used the same black and grey colours within my website and book to reflect on darkness. While I also used the same font; Ostrich Sans Medium and Bold, I liked the long and narrow structure of the typography, in which I liked how it almost disappeared within the background, reflecting on the ideas of being hidden. More

Development – Narrative and Layout

The next stage of my idea process was to consider the narrative and layout of my website and book, and how they would interact with each other.

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Initial Ideas – Images

After looking through my research, I wanted to include certain elements in my designs: More

Book Design Research

I decided to look at some books in which I could gain ideas and inspiration for layout and design. I wanted to research ways in which the design and structure could relate to the subject of the book. More

Website Research

I decided to look at minimalist websites, as I wanted to explore the large expanse and depth of the mind, in which I thought large, empty spaces would communicate this effectively. Also I thought it would create an idea of darkness and feelings of loneliness, in which to display the disturbing nature of our minds (as seen by Freud).  More

Initial Ideas – Dreams

I decided to think about the type of areas which I could explore in my own work. I produced this brainstorm, in which I looked at how I could represent dreams. I was particularly interested in the structure and layout, in which I wanted to focus on the idea of how in our dreams our real desires are hidden from us, behind certain imagery, as they are too disturbing for us to confront (from Freud’s theory on dreams). I wanted to think about the ways I could show this idea in my own work: More

Surrealism Research – Stephen Kasner

After looking at a varied range of surrealist artists, I was particularly interested in Stephen Kasner’s work, in which I liked the dark and disturbing landscapes and images which he portrays in his work. I thought that these type of images would be particularly influential on my work as it shows the disturbing nature of the mind, in which his paintings are described as “essentially emotional and psychological landscapes” [link].

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