‘Commentable’ illustration should be conceptually strong and original in approach and can sometimes draw upon strategies such as subverting texts/images plus the use of visual metaphors.
‘Informing’, is to explain something, or define literally. Informative or explanatory illustration can be seen within diagrams and has a capacity to show places, activities or things that we are unable to see directly from one fixed viewpoint in the real world or display material of a factual nature.
‘Decorating’ can punctuate, alleviate or illuminate a text. It can take the form of an arrangement or composition, act as a frame or rule, break-up an area and provide ‘light relief’ to texts or typography.
Brief: Produce one completed visual proposal for each of the defined functions of illustration – commentable, informative and decorative – relating to a topical news item or issue of your choice.
Consideration should also be given to the ‘end user context’ for each of the visual proposals, which could range from a magazine, book, t-shirt, advertisement, newspaper article, web-site etc., with particular reference and appropriateness to a print or screen-based audience. Ultimately, your final outcomes must be seen within a context, i.e. a relevant newspaper spread, magazine article, website, T-shirt design etc.
Ultimately, your final three visual proposals need to clearly reflect your understanding of the various characteristics of each of the roles that illustration performs.
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