In this stage I put all the components together and adjusted them slightly so that they would all work together. I made the mistake of creating everything separately so some of the object didn’t look right together, but this was remedied after some organisation.
I’m quite happy with the way it turned out, the main issue I have with the poster is in relation to the poster and this is purely because of how well-travelled I thought I was. According to this I’ve only really explored north and central London, which is shame in reality and also there is not a huge amount of date to be shown. However, I think this works well with the whole minimal nature of the poster, it makes it look very clean and un-cluttered.
Some of the final decisions I made were changing the colours to make certain things stand and adding a title in the corner. I think there features made the poster really pop out even though it is quite subtle.
I started making the heat-map to show areas where I spent long periods of time, however the further I got with the design the more I felt it took away from the minimalist nature of the project. It simply cluttered the poster and did not fit well with the existing designs I have. I’m scrapping this design as I feel the markers provide this information better and more concise.
This has to be the longest part of the design so far, my god tracing these roads was a long process.
I didn’t want to poster to be overly saturated with the roads as that isn’t main focus, so therefore I made the creative decision to only include a limited number of roads so the location would appear clearly adjust the background. I also included the river thames in my design, it wasn’t entirely necessary however the map of London is iconic for the river that weaved in and out of the streets.
Now I have started to set some markers on where I have been, I designed a little pin that will show the location on the map. The pin was inspired by Massimo Vignelli’s ‘Stendig Calendar’ which was made in 1966. It’s incredibly fascinating how something which was made so long ago is still a relevant piece of art, the Stendig is hugely popular amongst designers with the 2015 edition selling out within hours of release. It is truly timeless. There’s something about the minimal nature of the calendar which draws me to it, the numbers are kerned very closely to optimise space however they can still be read with ease.
This is how I used this style in my work, just keeping the bare essentials of what I need. The numbers underneath the square represent the years in which I was at that location, however if I can’t remember that far back I just insert the most recent year.