Britishness

“What exactly does it mean to be British”, was the question posed in the first Visual Expression project for Level 2 Graphic Design students.

This brief required students to offer a response to the notion of “Britishness” by producing a conceptually charged “Coat of Arms” styled image together with three posters. The idea was for all four components of the brief to be unified by a single concept or response. The first poster was required to depict a hybrid image – comprised of two or more symbols; the second, as a Typographic image based on a saying, idiom, or on copy written by the student; the third was required to be comprised of a word, or words, juxtaposed with an image, in a manner that would create a measure of ‘tension’ in the resultant image. All three posters were then prepared as exhibition posters for a fictitious display at the Tate Modern Gallery.

The above image is a “Coat of Arms” produced by Rachael Crook which explored the “unspoken social rules” on  public transport in Britain, by commenting on the avoidance of human interaction and eye contact between commuters.

Some of the “Coat of Arms” Images. From Left to Right (Top Row): Emily Goulding, Renata Gomes, Andrew Bruton. From Left to Right (Bottom Row): Konstantinos Gregoriou; Amy Burstow; and Will Couzens
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Some of the “Coat of Arms” Images. From Left to Right (Top Row): Roisin Treacy; Tom Flint, Rene Duarte From Left to Right (Bottom Row): Oliver Glanville; Mollie Wade; and Liz MacGreggor-White.
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Some of the “Coat of Arms” Images. From Left to Right, (Top Row): Kimberley Keys, Naomi White, Tobias Morgan. From Left to Right (Bottom Row): Louis Hodson; Calum Atkinson; and Paul Shillitto.

 

 FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: These "hybrid" posters were produced by Renata Gomes and Liz MacGreggor-White.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: These “hybrid” posters were produced by Renata Gomes and Liz MacGreggor-White.

 

Examples of the "Word and Image" Poster. From left to right, the work of: Mollie Wade,  and Olivia Jones
Examples of the “Word and Image” Poster. From left to right, the work of: Mollie Wade, Tom Garrad and Olivia Jones

 

From Left to Right: "Word and Image" poster by Oliver Glanville; "Hybrid image" by Oliver Glanville; Hybrid symbol by Sophia Poppa
From Left to Right: “Word and Image” poster by Oliver Glanville; “Hybrid image” by Oliver Glanville; Hybrid symbol by Sophia Poppa

 

These posters, a typographic response to Britishness, were (from left to right) produced by: Rachael Crook; Kimberley Keys
These posters, a typographic response to Britishness, were (from left to right) produced by: Rachael Crook; Emily Bradshaw and Daniel Gibson.

 

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