Poster a fellow student and I designed for our graduating classes portfolio review last year. It was quiet the learning experience. Not only was it my first time working on something that large (24×36″), but the amount of revisions and team collaboration involved was something I hadn’t experienced either. It was a challenge fitting all that text into the design.
Here’s a close up of the large QR code image. It’s made up of all our graduating classes portfolio work. It was interesting placing all the images so that the colors complemented each other, while at the same time not repeating too much.
We initially planned to have people be able to scan the image itself (which would take them to the graduating classes Facebook page with more details about the event), but in order to accomplish it, we would’ve had to lose a great deal of detail in the images used to make it up. We eventually decided to just add an additional QR code at the bottom as a work around.
Eventually we decided against all the outside noise and choose to simplify the whole poster, containing all the text within the phone/tablet itself. At this point the QR code image was becoming pixelated when viewed at the full 24×36″ so I had to go back and re-create it using full sized/quality images. This was challenging because even with the powerful computers at school, creating a full sized poster, with hundreds of images all at full quality was making the computer chug. Saving sometimes took five or more minutes.
Some color variations.
When we made the decision to lose the phone/tablet idea that was creating the border, it gave me more room to fit all the text in with less difficulty and allowed the QR code image to be expanded, allowing people to see the individual images within it easier.
It was frustrating at the time to have to keep scrapping each version I created, but in the end the final product was better off for it. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” -Albert Einstein