Additional Photos

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Here are some photographs of myself in recent meetings where we constructed the piece.

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Notes for the presentation

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Here are some notes myself and Tom have prepared for our presentation tomorrow. As a group we decided that us two would take the speaking roles, and alternate between different aspects of the presentation.

Notes:

  1. We were tasked with creating a commemorative programme for the Dickens Museum 40th Anniversary. It had to include important information regarding dates, times and events. Our main focus was creating something that wasn’t only exciting and tactile, but also very original in its design.
  2. Our strongest Idea to explore was that of curiosity. This idea was further expanded upon when we visited the museum. As a group we were fascinated by the trinkets and items being exhibited.
  3. To create an impression of curiosity in our design we decided to stray away from a standard booklet approach in favour of a box. Shaped like a cabinet, our design is a culmination of smaller items unique to each day to convey the information. This creates an eclectic yet intriguing feel.
  4. Other curious aspects of our design include the slight variation of the individual pieces but most notably, the integration of the sections of Charles Dickens images on the back cover of each booklet. The construction of the booklets themselves is also quite interesting.
  5. The creation of the booklets is quite simple but also slightly intricate. All of the designs were able to be printed on A3 and the construction involves simple folding techniques. Not only does this reduce costs but this allowed us to experiment with stock.
  6. As stated, the production is quite low for the intricacy of the whole project. It values out at about £6 a unit. We recommend that, at full quality, these units could be sold for a profit, unit price standing at £10-12.
  7. Any Questions…

Presentation

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We met as a group the week before, and arranged to meet up this week to discuss the presentation. I unfortunately missed the Monday session due to having work late followed by a 5am start the next day, but as I live with Tom and Rachel it was easy to catch up and contribute from home. The next day we finalised the presentation and prepared notes for the speaking roles myself and Tom had been allocated.

Here is the presentation:

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Finished design

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Last week we met up as a group and began construction of the box and of the leaflets (folding, cutting, creasing etc.). This week we returned to finish the job.

I attended both of these sessions.

Here are some photographs of the finished product:

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Here are all of the booklets inside the box (above)
These are two of the booklets contained in the souvenir package (below)

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When you turn the booklets upside down, they piece together to make this image of Charles Dickens (below)

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Here you can see the box with the cut out windows and wrapped in a ruby red ribbon (ruby red to denote the 40th anniversary!).

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It’s all coming together!

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I would like to point out that my previous post (see: Stock Photography) is my input into the Easter break work we split between us. The work I am showing here is that of other group members, just so you can make more sense of our project and see visually where we are at.

Here is the net for the box: As a group, we all decided on what kind of shape/opening/rough dimensions we wanted for the box. We drew a rough picture, but Andreas has completed the actual net (below) we will print and use in the production of the box.

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Here are the finished designs (below – default format, not every page) for the leaflets. As you can see there is a cropped image of Charles Dickens on the back cover. Collectively the set of books will piece together like a puzzle, revealing an image of Charles Dickens.

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This is the design for the opening booklet (below – only one side)

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Stock Photography

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During the Easter holidays I was the only member of our agency left in Broadstairs.  Other members took work home to do, and as I was remaining in Thanet I decided to go and visit the Dickens Museum a second time to collect some stock photography for our project. Before I left I knew the main focus was on the trinkets inside the display cabinets, and other significant areas of the Museum such as the writing desk. I also wanted to make sure that I had photographed the main building so we could use that somewhere in the leaflets.

Over the course of around an hour, I took 117 photos. I’m not putting all of these on here as there are far too many, but I’ve uploaded a few.

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The images above are a couple of the items held in the main display case on the upper level of the Museum. The items in the cabinet were all numbered, so I took a picture of the document listing which items were what (below)

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There were other trinkets in the museum, including these traditional female wedding garments (below)

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This (below) is a picture of the bookcase cabinet containing many first edition Charles Dickens novels. The contents of which is worth many thousands of pounds.

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Before I left, I took photos of the front of the building (below). I wanted one of the building as a whole, and another of just the main entrance.

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Group meeting

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This week we had a group meeting to determine where our project was going. Sticking with the concept ‘curiosity’, we decided to alter our plans slightly to a less extravagant souvenir box – one that would replicate a sort of curiosity cabinet. We decided on using doors as the opening, with transparent windows (perhaps tracing paper) as something to look through to insight curiosity in the user. We want to stick with the idea of having a separate booklet for each day of events, just to give the user something commemorative for each day and we felt this would be one of the unique features of our design. We have rough plans for the box and the leaflet design, but I will include these in a blog post once we as a group have all of the contributing sections of our piece.

Over the Easter holidays (once my foot is healed!!!) I will go to the Museum and take photos and find out information relating to them for inclusion in the leaflets.

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