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  • 1. Unit 42 – Design for Advertising (Evaluation) Please note that some of the requirements that have been outlined by the criteria are featured in other tasks. Copy Evaluation: For each design, I chose different pieces of copy that I deemed suitable for the posters, which included original puns that would fit in with the theme of ‘Irn-Bru’, where comical elements are featured in order to catch the attention the primary target audience (teenagers) who respond to this informal piece of language. I was going to utilise the phrase ‘Why have an English brew, when you can have a Scottish Bru’? However, I found that this term may be viewed as offensive, which is why I decided not to include it any of my designs as it could cause some form of controversy to be evoked, which is the opposite of what I wanted to obtain from my three poster designs.I also wanted to include the slogan ‘I’ve always been a fan of outsider art’, which played upon an image of a child’s drawing of the English flag, that was going to be coloured in with the traditional colours of ‘Irn-Bru’. I wanted to parody the term ‘outsider art’, giving it a double meaning, being that a child has drawn the image in conjunction with anyone who resides outside of Scotland. I initially thought that this would be a good idea; however, I chose not to use it due to the fact that it could be deemed as rather offensive. Although, I only meant it in a light-hearted manner and not in the intention of offending anyone, as I really wanted to champion the theme of ‘Irn-Bru’, which contains humour that is rather ‘off-colour’, which is why I produced that piece of material. On the contrary, I featured a pun-based term that would not be seen as offensive, which was ‘Irn-Bru, its ness-essary’, referring to the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, something that is rather iconic of Scotland and a pun that the audience will be able to relate to because of its mainstream status. I also chose to include ‘under Loch and key’ in my second print advertisement, which fits in with the humorous theme that ‘Irn-Bru’ promote throughout most of their products, which is the primary reason why I decided to initiate another pun in another one of my print advertisements. I think that by using this, the primary target audience of ‘IrnBru’ (teenagers) will relate to this, as it is rather informal and comical, which suits this particular age group specifically, as they generally do not inhabit a serious attitude regarding material such as this, so they will be more obliged to view the content in full, and therefore, the products in which I have created will live up to their purpose of being materials that have solely been created in order to promote and raise awareness of the specific drink ‘Irn-Bru 32,’ as well as the company as a whole. Can Design: What areas worked well? I think that the overall design works rather well, as it almost looks as though it could be a real design, as the separate elements such as the lettering as well as the logo, blend in with the can. I think that by changing the opacity of the logo, it has made it appear as though it is part of the can and therefore more realistic. I also think that the use of a bold, outlined font is effective, as it will attract the attention of the audience, due to the brightness of the colour used for the ‘Irn-Bru 32’ piece of text.
  • 2. What areas could have done with more work? I believe that the colour used for the main body of the can could be altered, as it is a rather bland blue colour and in order for the attention of the audience to be grabbed, I would have to change this tone, as it does not stand out enough and spoils the design as a whole. Also, the two silhouette figures that I have featured upon my design could be changed slightly, as my main target audience (teenagers) respond to a heavy visual aspect, as opposed to text, therefore, I would have to emphasise these images significantly in order for the primary consumer to focus on this specific design. What effect did you think your development stages had on the final product? When I initiated the development stages (that led inevitably up to my final design) it enabled me to experiment with different possible outcomes that my design could have. It helped me to choose the right elements for my final product, including imagery, which I was not going to include originally, however, by creating drafts, I was able to place the images on my can design to see whether it looked right or not. I think that by instigating a series of drafts, it allows you to progress with your product and evaluate the changes that you have made in order to achieve your final design. Web Banner: What areas worked well? I think that the use of a bold, outlined typeface worked well, as it stands out from the background and initially catches the eye of the primary audience, due to the blatancy of the colour and the font in which I sourced from Dafont, making it differ from a regular font style. I would also say that the use of the pun ‘It’s Ness-essary’ is rather effective as it plays upon the traditional ‘Irn-Bru’ theme of being light-hearted and humorous, therefore, it fits in with the previous pieces of marketing material that have been produced by ‘Irn-Bru’ itself. I think that the use of the clone stamp tool worked well, as I utilised it to blend the can in with the orange lake, which makes the can appear as though it is floating in the lake, which adds a sense of realism into the design, which is rather ironic considering that it is centred around a mythical creature. What areas could have done with more work? I think that the logo, in which I placed in the top-left hand corner of the product looks out of place and is rather large in size, so I would edit this and make it blend in with the design so that it did not look unrealistic. I would also change the opacity of the logo, so that it looks as though it is part of the design and so that it will not be as blatant as it is now. I think that the
  • 3. blue sky background could have been edited slightly more, as it looks too dull and should have been brightened more so that it would fit in with the ‘vibrant’, eye-catching theme that is posed by the product. What effect did you think your development stages had on the final product? I think that my development stages had a significant effect upon my final product, as I was not going to add any font upon my web banner, but then by experimenting with my different drafts, I realised that this would be vital to include, which is why is why I chose to add it into my final design. However, if I did not develop my design, I would not have realised that I needed this element and would have continued without text. I think that by developing my design, it has enabled me to choose the right pieces to put into my final design, which I am grateful for. Advertisement Poster: What areas worked well? I think that the use of the warped ‘Barr’ logo is effective in conjunction with the fact that the opacity has been changed, which makes it blend in the product and therefore, look more realistic, as though it is an acutal part of the poster, as opposed to it looking two-dimensional in stature. I also think that the use of the orange tone to the main image as well as the blue face paint being highlighted is effective, as it links to the traditional colour scheme of ‘Irn-Bru’ (beig orange and blue) and is appropriate for use, as the primary conusmer (teenagers) will immediately notice that this advertisment for an ‘Irn-Bru’ product, due to the use of the iconic colour scheme. What areas could have done with more work? I think that the text could have done with more work, due to the fact that it appears rather generic and not very bold, which makes it less appealing towards the primary target market, who require something that will immediately catch their attention and I am not certain that this would. I also think that I should not have altered the opacity of the speech bubble, as you can see the background coming through it, which makes it stand out less. The quote itself is an important part of my design, so in the future, if I decided to edit it, I would change this back to a solid colour and put a drop shadow on it so that it would look three-dimensional and therefore more realistic on the design.
  • 4. What effect did you think your development stages had on the final product? I think that the development stages had a significant effect upon my final product due to the fact that it allowed me to try out several different techniques, before deciding on my final ones, which I believe to be useful, as then I know what will look the most professional out of all of the effects that I use and I can plan another idea if the previous one does not work out, as it will be a part of my development and I can always change the outcome of it and see which one is best suited for the final product. Compare and Contrast (My chosen final designs and other existing ones): 1) 2) This is my chosen, final can design which is going to be compared with a ‘Red Bull’ can, which is another existing energy drink. The colour scheme for my can is rather plain and inhabits a chrome appearance, which compares with can two slightly, due to the fact that it also has a chrome edge to it, although, the colours used are more bright, which makes it highly eye-catching and ‘energetic’ looking, which links in with the theme posed by the actual beverage itself. Can two has more text to it in comparison to can one, which has no slogan to it, just the name of the drink, which may make it less effective in catching the attention of the consumer, as they may want to view a slogan in order to gain more information on the product and therefore, they will be more convinced to purchase the product. Can one lacks this element, which means that it may not be as effective as a marketing tool. I think that the font on can two is not as outstanding as the font that has been used on can one, which has been featured in capital letters and is therefore more blatant than that of the typeface used on can one, where the use of the colour blue is more prominent than the colour red. The visual aspect posed by both of these can designs differ, as can one features silhouette men running, which is appropriate, as it is centred around an energy drink targeted at athletic adolescents, whilst can two displays two images of charging bulls, which is relevant, due to the name of the drink in conjunction with the ingredients posed by the drink. However, can
  • 5. one contains the use of a human, whilst can two utilises an animal, which is the main difference, although both images connote energy, which is a significant comparison. 1) 2) These images display my final, chosen web banner, which I have selected to be compared with a ‘Monster Energy’ product. Banner two is rather plain in colour in comparison to my design, which inhabits the traditional colour scheme of ‘Irn-Bru’, but is bright and vibrant, whilst banner two does also use the house style that has been outlined by ‘monster’, however, I do not think that the green piece of text stands out and that the brightness of it should be altered, which will enable audience to respond to it more. Both of these web banners are aimed at an adolescent audience, which means that they require a high image:text ratio in order for the attention of the audience to be grabbed. Banner one displays several amounts of imagery, whilst banner two only features one type of imagery (the ‘Monster’ logo). This shows that banner one has a large amount of visual means included in contrast with banner two, however, the ‘Monster’ logo that is featured upon the second design is rather eye-catching and because the product as a whole is minimalistic, it is still effective in catching the eye of the teenager audience, who will become weary of extended amounts of text, which is why banner two is a good example of balancing out written content with imagery.
  • 6. 1) 2) I have chosen to compare my final advertisement poster with that of a print advertisement that has been issued by another energy drink giant, ‘Lucozade’. Both advertisements are similar in the fact that they display their company logo in the top-left hand corner of the page, which is effective, as it displays the ‘brand’ to the consumer. On the contrary, poster one has certain features that lack from poster two, which include a main, focal image in the form of the iconic Scottish fictional ‘Braveheart’ character, which is effective, as a theme has been established, however, on poster two, no real theme has been initiated, it just displays the image of the product, which may make it less appealing to the primary target audience (teenagers). Both are similar in the fact that they inhabit an orange-toned colour scheme, which is appropriate for use, as it connotes energy and is also very bold and vibrant, which will initially catch the attention of the viewer.

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