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Task 12

  1. 1. Social Action and Community Media Task 12: Evaluation Is your advertising campaign fit for purpose and why? SASH works to prevent the homelessness in young people aged 16-25 In York, North Yorkshire and East Riding. They help young people get the support they need to so that a time of crisis does not lead to a vicious cycle of homelessness and unemployment. In the brief set by them, they asked me to design a new set of marketing materials to ensure that they can get their message out to their demographic and ensure that they can help as many people as possible. When comparing my final product with this brief, I believe that I have fully completed the brief to the charity’s standards, and therefore also believe that my product is fit for purpose. I have designed a series of posters which would be placed around York and the North Yorkshire area in places viewable to everyone, mainly youth hostels where young people potentially in need of help will be able to see them. The poster’s layout, text to image ratio and language have all been designed to ensure that they will appeal and stand out to the audience of 16-24 which is SASH’s target audience. I included the correct contact information and web links to the official SASH website making sure that the viewer can easily get in touch with the charity and portraying that the charity as a whole is very approachable, ensuring that young people in need of help will not feel intimidated or scared to get in touch with the charity. I do think that the product I have created fits the brief well, however I do think that there are some things that I could have added to my product to make sure it fulfilled the brief and its purpose. The address of where SASH is based would have been a good piece of contact information to add to my poster as some of the audience may be homeless and therefore may not have access to a telephone or the internet, this would have ensured that the poster was reaching as many people as possible, whatever situation they are in. I also could have made the SASH logo larger and more of a main feature within the poster, however I do not think that this would have fitted in with the stylized theme of the product.
  2. 2. Does it communicate your message clearly and why? The specific message that I decided to put across to the general public was that you cannot generally specify what a homeless person looks like despite their stereotypes. Usually people think that a homeless person will look un-clean, scruffy and un-well, I wanted to make people think about the reality of the situation - that many young people are homeless for many different reasons. I thought it would be effective if the poster also gave the message to its audience that they can help with the subject of homelessness and that they are there to talk to about the issue. I think that the product which I created portrays this message very well. The colour scheme (monochrome) that I decided to use connote the seriousness of the subject, and along with the bright green of the SASH logo makes it immediately stand out even though the logo is small and has been placed in the bottom corner of both posters. The imagery that I have used is the main component to how well the message is communicated. The image to text ratio of my product is large, so this ultimately means that the image should be striking and full of information, this is why I decided to create an unusual image, firstly to attract the audience, and secondly I believe that the text in which the image has been anchored with is very important in order to put across the main message that you cannot tell who a homeless person is just by their appearance, hence why two different people’s faces were used in the photograph of my first poster. Within both posters I have included the relevant contact information for SASH. This puts across the message that SASH are easy to get in contact with and want you to be able to talk to them if you need to very simply. I made sure that the contact information was clear and would not be over-looked, even though the text had been sized small and put at he bottom of the poster, I put a central alignment on it which draws the eye down and makes the message clearer. The second poster in my campaign is the one which holds the most information and advertising for SASH. I have included a short punchy piece of copy regarding how someone would be able to help with homelessness through the charity and also the charity‘s own method of tackling the issue of homelessness. The placement, text and length of the copy all contribute to the effectiveness of communicating my message, putting the copy towards the bottom of the poster and not overlapping any of the main features of the image and the colour of the text make it stand out from the poster. Making sure that the copy was to the point and short makes sure that it will be attractive to my audience as well as keeping their attention, as having too much text to read could be off-putting to a viewer. Although the style of my poster was intended to be simple and stylised, I think that I could have possibly included some more information about the charity instead of being inconspicuous, however I do think that this works well to make the viewer curious and find out for themselves.
  3. 3. Is it appropriate for your target audience and why? The charity SASH work with young people ages 16-24, however the volunteers that they work with can be of any age as long as they have a spare room in their home, so when I was designing the product which is was going to create for SASH I has to take both of these points into consideration and create something that would be attractive both to young people and volunteers who could potentially be of any age. My final product is both appealing and appropriate to both young people and an open age range, first of all I think that the imagery will stand out to people of a young age between 16 and 24, this is because I used two subjects who are both 17 years old, in other words I used a photograph of people who are part of my target audience which will immediately appeal to people for hat age as they will feel like they can relate to the people in the campaign, this will make them feel more at ease and more likely to get in touch with the charity if they are in need of assistance. On the other hand using these images will also appeal to my second target audience as people who would volunteer to be a part of this charity will be people who care about the well-being of young people, so if a person like this were to see a poster of a young person being associated with homelessness this will make them more likely to want to do something to help the issue. I have made sure that all of the language that I have used within my copy is simple and the sentences are short in order to make sure that it will appeal to a younger audience who may not have the same educational background or academic ability of an older person. Keeping this in mind I have also tried to make sure that the language is not too immature in order to ensure that the poster I have created will be attractive and keep the focus of the second target audience of my products who are potentially an older generation. Keeping the colour scheme of these posters black and white also means that I will be targeting a wider variety of people, where as if I were to create a product which is bold and colourful, I could potentially be targeting a younger audience. Having black and white as my foundation means that I am not restricting my target audience to one specific group of people. I am also both expressing the seriousness of the subject and also being expressive in my approach to the stylised theme of my product, which will be attracting a more expressive and artistic audience. For all of these reasons, I believe that these products which I have created are appropriate for my target audience.
  4. 4. Compare and contrast your original intentions with the outcomes you arrived at When I started to develop my initial ideas I had three main concepts for posters that I could create (See mood boards and appropriate flat plans). Firstly I had the idea of creating a positive campaign which would promote the actions of the charity and what they have done or will do to help homeless young people in York and the surrounding areas. This concept would have included bold and bright colours with a general positive feel, the images would have been of healthy happy looking people and the tag line would have been a short sentence describing the situation of the person/people anchoring the image with the charity. There would have been more amount of text compared to the images on the poster, the text would have been describing the charity, how to donate, how to volunteer and how to contact the charity if you were in a situation where you needed help with housing and were between 16 and 24. Another idea which I created mood boards and flat plans for was more of a negative concept. I had the idea of creating a poster with a large, striking, black and white negative image of a typical homeless person on the street looking un-kept and sad. The tag line was going to be a short, punchy sentence, something similar to ‘would you walk past’. I wanted to make the viewer think about the situation of the person in the image, and also give an example of someone who would benefit from the help of SASH. I would have made the poster more visually interesting by picking out the same green from the SASH logo and subtly adding it to the black and white image of the homeless person, linking the two together and promoting SASH more. The text to image ratio would have been small, the only information given would have been the contact details for SASH and the logo. My third and final idea was the one that I decided to use for my final product. I drew different concepts from each of my prior ideas and mixed them together, instead of having either a positive or negative theme I decided to focus mainly on making the audience think about who could be homeless and giving the answer of anyone could be homeless. I took the large, striking, black and white image and combined it with my first idea by adding slightly more text in order to make sure that I was promoting SASH properly and attracting the correct target audience. I took the green from the SASH logo and added it to the QR code which should usually be white, this helps promote SASH and also balances out the poster with having green at both corners. I think that this idea is much more effective than the other two ideas that I had, mainly because it is a much more stylised and expressive approach to promoting the charity, making it different to other posters and therefore standing out from the crowd.
  5. 5. How effective are the techniques you have used and why? With regards to the way in which I have produced my product I used many different techniques within the Photoshop programme. First of all I had to create my first image which involved me taking a photograph of my two models separately with light shining only on one side of their face – opposite sides for each so I could place their faces together later on in Photoshop. Then I had to edit each individual photograph in the Photoshop programme which was a very lengthy process. I decided that I wanted the people within my image to look extremely clean-cut and well-kept, so I learnt how to use Photoshop to airbrush images and used this effect on both of them which made the skin of my subjects look smooth, blemish-free, and gave the clean effect I desired. After this I then had to add the monochrome effect to each image, turn down the contrast slightly along with the exposure whilst making sure that each image had the same amount of effects applied so that the illusion of them being the same photograph would work. When I was happy with the appearance of each image I then had to merge them together, this meant I had to delete the background along with the unwanted side of each face and then place the remaining sides of the face together into a new document . I aligned the photographs up so that their separate features began to look like they were part of one face, this worked very well however there was still a harsh line down the middle of the new face, I resolved this by applying a black background to the whole image and used the eraser tool with a soft brush and around 60% opacity to give a shadowed effect. I also used this tool with an opacity of 20% and a larger size to use around the edges of the image to make the outlines of the face look softer and not so cut-out. This proved to be very effective in creating the exact illusion that I intended to, however if I had more time or an extended deadline I would have tried to find two different subjects who did not look as similar as the two here, as from my feedback I have found that around 45% of people think they are the same person at first glance. The photograph for the second image was the same process without having to use one side of the face to add to another, I used the same technique for editing the photograph, however when taking the image I did not have to use light on one side of the face, I made sure that the lighting was high key for this image. The advertising techniques that I have used are very stylised, I decided to focus on an audiences curiosity and what would have a certain effect on a viewer that would make them want to find out what the campaign is about. The fact that I have used two different posters is a very good example of this, the first poster would be released , being an eye-catching, unusual picture and giving a question for the audience to think about without providing an answer, would stimulate the viewers curiosity, then providing the relevant contact information would mean that they could find out for themselves. Then the second poster would be released, having the same theme as the first one would let the viewer know that they are part of the same campaign, and providing the answer would make the audience engage with the poster pushing them to want to read the rest of the information which is provided on the second poster. I thought about all of this while producing my ideas for my final plan and am very happy with the effect it has.
  6. 6. Is the content effective and why? I believe that the content of the two posters I have created for my advertising campaign are very effective, the main contributor being the colour scheme that I chose to base my product on. The fact that I have decided to use a monochrome photograph on a black background is in itself a very unusual way to go about advertising something, because the connotation with advertising is that the advert will need to be bright and bold in order to be as eye-catching as possible and draw the audience in. The poster that I have created is bold and eye catching and will draw the audience in due to the fact that it looks so different to the usual type of posters that are around at the moment. Along with this, the tag line is also one of the most important aspects to my poster, it both anchors the image and is large enough for it to be one of the first things that the viewer will see upon first glance of this poster. I was very careful when picking out the font that I would use, I wanted to use something that would be very structured and square, but not too simple that it wouldn’t draw focus to it. I came across a set of fonts that had a digital effect and thought most of them were too bold and didn’t suit the look of the posters that I visualised in my head, I wanted a slimmer, sleek looking font that would fit in with the stylised theme that I wanted. I think that I chose final font very well and was lucky to find one that was exactly what I wanted. It works very well in standing out as it is not the type of font that you would usually see on a poster, as it is actually usually associated with alarm clocks. The fact that I used a black and white colour theme means that the lime green colour of the SASH logo stands out extremely well. I decided to have the logo small and placed in the bottom corner of the poster for multiple reasons, firstly because I wanted my image to be the main focus of the campaign as it is the main aspect which communicates the message to the viewer. Secondly because after researching other charity’s posters and campaigns I noticed that the charities that were very well known had a small logo placed at the bottom, so I thought that doing this with my posters would portray the charity as being very well known and therefore would not need their logo to be splashed across an advertising campaign. The fact that the logo itself is not also in black and white makes it stand out so much that in my opinion it does not need to be any bigger. The copy within my poster is probably the most week aspect, mostly within the second poster as this is the one which was supposed to have the most information about the charity. I think that I could have used a more powerful statement in order to promote the charity more and ensure that the viewer will read what it says. However over all I believe that all of the content within my advertising campaign is very effective and would work well when released.
  7. 7. What effect do you think your advertising campaign will have on the public and why? I think that in general my campaign looks very striking, so I think that initially my posters will have an impact on the audience which will make them need to take a ‘second take’, this applies mainly to the first poster in my campaign. The reason for this is because of the fact that both the images and colour scheme, and general style of the posters are very different to what is usually seen within the advertising industry. After taking a ‘second-take’ I think that the next reaction to the first poster would be intrigue and curiosity, after the viewer has seen the fact that the main image is actually two different faces, and when they then connect the image with the tag line it will make them want to know exactly what the advert is about. Because all of the information and the answer to the question featured within the tag line is not provided this may lead the viewer to want to find out for themselves what the campaign is about, at which point their eyes will be drawn down to the contact details given at the bottom of the poster for SASH. Within the first poster there is not much information about the charity, so some people may not feel inspired to get into contact with them after seeing just this first poster, this is why I decided to create a second poster. I feel that these two posters work well together because the first poster will cause curiosity in the audience, and the second poster is the one which is more likely to get the results that we want – for people to get in touch with the charity, either to ask for help, or to volunteer. There are the same elements of this second poster which are similar to the first in the sense that it is thought provoking, however the fact that, with the tag line, the poster is in essence an answer to the first poster means that it will cause a viewer who has seen the first poster to be happy that they do not need to be curious anymore as they now have been told the answer – this makes the first poster a kind of cliff hanger. After this initial reaction I then think that the audience will see the clear image of the clean well-kept subject and be shocked that this person has been declared as homeless, this would then urge them more to get in touch with the charity when their eyes are drawn to the same contact details that are provided at the bottom of the poster. After they have seen the image, they will then see the copy which is a statement from the charity explaining what you could do to help young people like the subject within the poster, this will give them more of a reason and inspiration to donate to the charity or get in touch with them. The over all effect that I hope my campaign will have on the public is that they will want to go through the charity SASH to try and help homelessness and the people effected by it. Also I think that this poster will make them think properly about hopelessness and make them think twice when they see a homeless person in the street for example.
  8. 8. What are the technical aesthetic qualities of your work? Aesthetically I think that the two posters I have created are both very appealing and will attract the correct target audience. When I was designing my posters, the main thing that I was concentrating on was how to make my products look attractive. First of all I needed to know generally what style my products were going to be in, I decided to make my posters look stylised and different to other posters that were on the market at that time, which also meant that they would effectively stand out more because they would not be in the conventional style of a promotional item, that is why I believe that tat was the best theme for my posters to be in. The next thing in decided to think about was the imagery that I was going to use, with regards to my models, I knew that I would have to chose two people who would attract a wide variety of people within my audience, therefore I chose two people who were attractive knowing that they would look good on the front of a poster. When I had started to think about what my posters were physically going to look like I started to product some mood boards and flat plans where I could test out what fonts looked best and how I could make my images look as good as possible. When choosing my fonts I made sure that they fitted in with the stylised there and monochrome colour scheme of the products. I tried out taking the same lime green colour from the SASH logo and adding it to the tag line and copy within the second poster however this did not work well and gave the posters an unbalanced look. Aesthetically the poster looked much better and I got much more positive feed back when the text was a white colour. Later on I had to add a thin black stroke around the copy within the posters as there were points at which the text lay over the image and was difficult to read, having a black outline resolved this issue immediately without being too obvious and looking less professional. Towards the very end of my production when I had finished my work I noticed that my product looked slightly unbalanced. After collecting some feed back I observed that towards the bottom of the image opposite where I had placed with green SASH logo I had a white QR code, this completely unbalanced the bottom half of my product. Someone from my feedback had suggested changing the white background of the code to the same green in the SASH logo, after I had tested this theory out I noticed that it immediately resolved my problem and the product looked much more professional and technically made sense. Overall I think that my product is extremely aesthetically pleasing and I am personally very pleased with the outcome of my project.