Let my introduce you to project number 8, a social good, or social issues awareness poster. Immediately, once I was given this assignment, I grew very excited. Ever since grade 4 I've been volunteering, and as long as I can remember unfair situations and issues have bothered me and made me want to make a difference, to do my part. I am very passionate about standing up against things that aren't as they ought to be, to be the voice for those who don't have any under their circumstances.
Anyways, this passion of mine sort of made me go crazy on research. I watched many many documentaries and looked up lots of websites and articles on different issues. I can say that I was angry and aggravated for at least a solid week or two during this assignment. I think my anger towards the injustice of different things is the reason why I leaned more towards impactful or powerful (maybe even negative?) approaches to my poster designs instead of positive ones, but hey, I can't be a happy person all the time.
Initially, the image of the Canadian flag dripping oil on a child with the statement "Sorry" (play on words for the fact that we say sorry so much) kept going over and over and over in my mind, but I pushed myself to go past my first idea and see what I could do. I ended up not pursuing this, as the image was a little to "hit you over the head with it", and I knew that the oil dripping flag had already been done for the Alberta tar sands. It was difficult then to figure out a symbolic meaning of representing Canada and it's oil sands, while still keeping that sorry in there, because I felt like that statement, that phrase was kinda clever.
Nevertheless, I went on to see what else I could come up with based on the issues that I had researched and which bothered me. Water scarcity was one of them, as well as the completely ridiculous conditions and inhumane treatment towards factory workers for clothes companies, especially "fast fashion" incorporations.
I would include the .pdf file of my research and initial sketches, but it's 32 pages long, and - unfortunately - too big to put on here.
So as I was narrowing down my ideas, I settled on Water Scarcity and something a little more obscure. When I was talking to my 2D Design teacher about how overwhelming and aggravating it was, knowing all this injustice that's happening, he suggested I try out something along those lines; something about the idea that the more you know, the more responsibility you feel, or something like the opposite of "ignorance is bliss".
Digitally, I tried out these two (although I sketched out many of the other ideas).