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Social Action Evaluation

  1. 1. Social Action Evaluation
  2. 2. Is your advertising campaign fit for purpose and why? I think that my campaign is fit for the purpose because each one is different in how it gives information and which specific information it gives. My products get my messages across to the reader simply and gets straight to the point. My products do this by highlighting certain parts of the text to make them stand out more, and by having different fonts for certain parts of the text. My colour scheme helps with a clear and easy to read copy, as the grey and green I have used for my text work well against the white background and it makes the text easier to read. Making sure that what I am trying to get across to the audience is clear is important as this is the obvious aim of the products I have created for the campaign. I have also made a set of 3 posters which each have the same information on, only with different pictures. All of my products follow the colour scheme of SASH and I managed to find fonts that linked in well to the fonts they are already using, including one font that is a slightly new style but still works with the campaign.
  3. 3. Does it communicate your message clearly and why? My campaign communicates my message well because on every product I have made there are basic things, like the SASH logo which gives an immediate answer to which charity the product is advertising. The majority of my products ask rhetorical questions, or questions which include the reader. This helps my message get across to the audience because it asks them personally if they would like to help a homeless teen. Asking questions like this makes the reader think and makes them feel obliged to help. In most of my products, especially my posters, I have used images of regular young people who other homeless people, as well as the general public, can relate to. Using these images can let young homeless people know that they are not alone and that there are others like them. It lets them know that they can get help if they need it. Seeing regular teenagers on my products will make the public realise that the typical stereotype of homeless people is not particularly true. Letting them know that the majority of homeless young people aren’t dirty or smelly will hopefully open their eyes so that they will know not to judge someone who may be homeless. Also, crucial information like the contact details for the charity are found on all of my products, giving the reader a way to get in touch with SASH as soon as they see the product which is perfect for young people who are in need of help urgently.
  4. 4. Is it appropriate for your target audience and why? My products are appropriate for my target audience because they are not childish but they also do not give the impression that they are very formal, which may put some people off. Without being formal, my products are informative which benefits young homeless people and the general public. The colour scheme I have used gives a calm and friendly appearance to my products. I have used the same light green as the SASH logo, meaning that not only is my colour scheme consistent, but the overall tone of the products are welcoming. A welcoming and friendly feel is a good way to draw people in, whether they be homeless or not. A young homeless person would be more likely to feel reassured and more comfortable and confident in seeking help with this colour scheme, rather than if I used more negative colours like red, black, and any other dark colours. The language I have used in my products is mature but does not use any complicated vocabulary. It simply gets the message across and gives enough information for the reader to understand the charity and contact them if needed. I have used images of young people so that homeless teens can relate to the people on my products. I have used examples of peoples stories that SASH have helped to show exactly what they can do and the ways in which they can improve young people’s lives. The content in my products ranges from just the contact details to a fully informative piece of text, telling the reader what SASH does and how they can help.
  5. 5. Compare and contrast your original intentions with the outcomes you arrived at.
  6. 6. TEXT AND SASH INFORMATION The first product I made was the poster on the left. I aimed to make this poster the closest I could to my final flat plan and I think it turned out better than I expected. I didn’t plan on the text which is over both of the images, but I thought it would make more sense and be more explanatory if I asked those questions, so that the reader could relate to one of the two people on the poster. Apart from that, the overall layout remained the same as the plan. I made a few changes to this poster before I was completely happy. When I began creating the poster, I realised that the green and blue borders around the images didn’t look appealing. The orange banner didn’t work either, as it clashed with the colour of the SASH logo and made it difficult to see. When I first ‘finished’ the poster the white banner was actually blue - the same blue as on my flat plan. I thought that this worked well and the logo was visible on the blue background. As I began creating my other posters I noticed that the colour scheme I had for them didn’t match the colour scheme I had for this one, so I decided to change the banner to white so that there was consistancy throughout my products, and it looked much better and more professional without the banner being blue.
  7. 7. TEXT CONTACT INFORMATION Once again I planned on having a border around this product, but when I came to produce it I changed everything about the flat plan, including the green border. I found the image using Google images and it happened to be in a similar shape to my bus sticker template and it was also of high quality so I knew it wouldn’t blur when I stretched it to cover the template, so I thought it would be great to use. The boy being sat to the right meant that I had to have the text on the left so that I didn’t go over him. I realise now that I could of flipped the image so that I could of kept a similar layout to that of my flat plan but I think it looks good the way it is. I moved the logo to the bottom left because it fitted between the edge of the sticker and the boys leg. As with my flat plan I have the general text in a big font size and I have the contact information in a smaller font size underneath. I wanted the text on the sticker to be big because if it is being displayed on a bus you would need the text to be readable, and I didn’t use lots of text either as people may not have enough time to read all of the information.
  8. 8. SASH Here is one of SASH’s bookmarks and my bookmark. I personally think that the two bookmarks are quite different, in terms of layout and information choice. I decided to go for minimal information on my bookmark as it made more sense to have the most important pieces of information on there, like the contact details, rather than having blocks of text. On SASH’s bookmark they have included information about what SASH does and also offers options as to how the public can help. My bookmark is more basic in the fact that it only has SASH’s logo, name and contact information. I decided to use a big block of colour to break up the layout and make it less bland, rather than having all of the background white. On SASH’s bookmark they have used the little logo as a way to explain what the charity does. On mine I have use the green space to display the name of the charity and the contact information. I chose to have the SASH logo at the top of the bookmark because I thought it’d be a good idea since the top of the bookmark will be the part which will be seen the most as it is sticking out of the top of the book. Doing this lets people know instantly what charity this bookmark is advertising. MINE
  9. 9. Here is SASH’s poster and one of my posters. Similar to SASH, I have used a different title font to the body font, as well as using a larger font size. This always works well as it is the first thing you notice on the poster. Their use of images are quite small while I have chosen a large image which kind of interacts with the rest of the poster, as I have placed the text on the piece of board the boy is holding. Also, SASH have used the same colour text throughout their poster. I decided to use both green and grey for my poster because I used the green text to help make certain parts stand out. I used this technique on the title and the contact details. I find it to be more appealing to the eye as there is more than one colour present, so it is more interesting to look at than if all of the text was green or grey. I think the layout on SASH’s poster isn’t well organised and you can sort of tell that they didn’t have this one made my professionals. On my poster I have almost moulded the content around the image, leaving no empty spaces, and I have included lots of text on there to make for a more interesting and informative poster.
  10. 10. Compare and contrast your original intentions with the outcomes you arrived at. All of my products have a consistent colour scheme. I have used the same shade of green as the SASH logo and I have also kept a simple white background for the majority, unless there is an image as the background. I have chosen this colour scheme because it is clean and calm, and the green is more appealing than some of the other colours I first chose as it is welcoming and friendly, which is exactly the kind of impression I want my products to be giving the audience. The fonts I have used are simple, sans serif fonts which have no flicks on the letters, making them equally as easy to read which is important as I am trying to get a message across. I used the fonts Appleberry and Compass for both the title fonts and body fonts. I thought it would be a good idea to mix them up a bit, instead of having one set for each piece of text. I also chose which font I was going to use by which I thought would look best on the product. Compass wasn’t originally on my list of fonts that I gathered, but I tried the rest of the fonts and found that I didn’t like how they looked, and Redring 1969 had too much of a gap between words and I didn’t think that was appropriate and it didn’t look good. Appleberry was the first font I added to the list and I like it because it almost looks like it has been written or drawn in chalk or felt tip pen. I like this effect because it appeals more to young people, as it reminds me of doodling and writing notes, etc., which is something that the majority of young people would be familiar with. The images I have used are of regular young people, giving other homeless teenagers someone they can relate to, as I am showing that they are not alone and other people their age are going through the same situation. Most of the images I have used show young people who either have an expressionless face or are smiling. Using these images will encourage more people to seek help with SASH, or will encourage more people to volunteer for the charity or help in any way they can, as the images on the products are friendly and inviting. I made sure that all of the images I have used are of high quality so that they are not blurry or pixilated. Most of my images were found through Flickr which enabled me to find a wider choice of images at a higher quality.
  11. 11. How effective are the techniques you have used and why? The techniques I have used work well. I haven’t used the same layout for every product, meaning that my products are different and more interesting than if I used the same layout, or something similar, throughout all of my products. I have used a technique with the text and colour scheme – I made some parts of the text grey and some parts of the text green. Doing this make certain parts of the text stand out above the other. I have used the green to highlight the text most often, and in some products I have made that part of the text a larger font size as well, to make it stand out even more. This technique is good for when you want to push the main bits forward and may save the reader time from scanning the text to find all the important parts. I have used images of young people to make my products more relatable to other homeless teenagers. Using these images could also encourage people to become volunteers as seeing friendly looking teenagers might make them want to help out, whether it be volunteering to host or fundraising. I have also used the technique of creating a set of posters. Three of my posters have the same content on them, but they all have different background images. I thought this would be interesting to do because they could be displayed around the same, or different areas. In the majority of my products I have used large images that take up most or all of the background. Doing this can draw more people in to look at the product closer because in all honesty, images are more interesting than text, and most of us are more likely to look at the image first and then the text. I have kept smaller images or minimal imagery for my leaflet and one of my more informative posters.
  12. 12. Is the content effective and why? I believe the content of my products are effective. I have included the essential contact details in every product, but the general content varies depending on the product. It is always important for the contact information to be on the product, which is what I have made sure I have done. Doing this allows anyone who is in urgent need of help to get in contact with SASH straight away. For the products with minimal space I have only included the contact details and sometimes a small piece of text asking a question or two, which will include the reader. On a few products I have said what SASH does and what SASH actually is, which is important because the results from my survey said that a large number of people have never heard of SASH, so educating the reader a little and including an outline of the charity is always good. My leaflet is the most informative product I have created. It includes information that can also be found on the website, which shows that details of the charity, as well as contact, can be accessed through different types of media. I have aimed to include as much useful information as possible in all of my products. The content of my posters are effective because it catches the audiences eye better than my other products, like my leaflet and bookmark, as they have large images. My poster content is also effective because they give brief yet important pieces of information, and even just including SASH’s contact details can be very useful to someone. Overall my products give all the information that is needed and I have made sure that the way I have shown the information is clear and to the point.
  13. 13. What impact do you think your advertising campaign will have on the public and why? I think my advertising campaign will make the public think. Whether they are homeless or not, my products will make them think about their views on homelessness and also about how they can help. The majority of the public think that homeless people are smelly and dirty, a typical stereotype. I am led to believe that people assume that homeless teenagers follow this stereotype as well, which is most often not the case at all. The majority of them just look like regular teenagers, and can sometimes be the people whom you would least expect to be homeless. By using images of normal and ‘regular’ teens/young people, I have taken away that stereotype of homelessness and that will hopefully make people realise that any teenager can be homeless and still look as average as you or me. Breaking this stereotype could encourage people to open up and want to help young homeless people by offering a room in their house, and signing up to become a host for SASH. The impact my products will have on other young homeless people will be that by seeing a young person just like them on my campaign will make them feel at ease as they won’t feel like they are alone. They will know that there is a welcoming place they can go to if they need help, and the images I have used give off that impression and also gives other homeless teenagers something to relate to in their situation. The information I have included in all of my products will be useful to both the public and young homeless people. Including stories of the people SASH have helped will give the public an insight into the work of SASH and will hopefully encourage them to help out in any way they can. Also, asking rhetorical questions and including words like ‘you’ include the reader and make it more personal, which makes them think about the question they are being ‘asked’.
  14. 14. What are the technical and aesthetic qualities of your work? I think I have used Photoshop well to create my work and put it together, and throughout my work I have used simple and more complex tools to complete my products. I have moved and placed images and pieces of text to create layouts that I am happy with and what I think look the best. I have also used the internet efficiently, with some of my images being taken from Google images and others being taken from Flickr. I changed the settings on Google so that I could search for higher quality images for my work. With the images I took from these websites, I then moved and distorted them to the size and placement I wanted. By doing this I was able to work around the images, or adjust them to fit in with the rest of the layout. In some of my work I have shaped the text/content around the images so that they come together. I found that doing this made my work look more professional, rather than just sticking an image onto the document. On one of my posters I had to put a drop shadow onto the text and use the burn tool on the background, as the image I had used made the text over the top hard to read. For the aesthetic quality of my work, I would say that some of my products are better than others. My first poster, in my opinion, doesn’t look as good as the second and third poster I produced. I think for my first poster the images don’t seem to look appropriate, or they don’t seem to work. Whereas with my second and third poster I found the images on Flickr, so I knew that they would be of higher quality. I picked images that I could work the rest of the content around so that the layout looked more professional, and I think by doing this the majority of my other posters have turned out well. On some of my posters I have used similar layouts, and on my last three I have made them into a set, as they have the same content but have different background images. For my leaflet I have made sure to include lots of information about the charity, making it more professional and accurate. For my bus stickers and my bookmark I have kept the layout simple. I didn’t want them to have too much going on and be extremely in your face because I wanted to keep the layout organised and clean. I think that the more products I worked on, the better they turned out when I had finished. Overall, I think that the majority of my products look professional and they fit the purpose of the advertising campaign.