Independant Dorset Poster: Creating and Constructing

Mentioned from my last weeks blog, we wanted to print our idea onto acetate to create a 3D approach to our design for the poster. We finished the design and printed each layer onto a different acetate paper and had them over lay each other which then lead us to framing the pictures into one.

This was the result of how each layer was printed into different sections going from background – agriculture – hill & wyvern – text:


Once we had all the layers printed separately, we combined them altogether on top of each other to create a see-through montage of images just too see if they worked in which they did. Our biggest problem with this using acetate was the print of colour when it came to white, as the original font and text within our designing in photoshop we used white. But coming to the print process we realised that printers do not give off the colour white so we had to adapt with using the font as how it is by keeping it empty.

Having all the layers already attached to each other, we added a white cardboard frame while sticking multiple layers of masking tape to create a sense of shade and light for our poster design as we came across the problem with the whole visual imagery being too dark.



This gave us the idea of using LED lights to brighten up the whole poster in which we placed in-between the frame and the masking tape. This was to create a sun rising effect which would happen behind the mountains and wyvern to create the emotion through the use of colour on the poster. Here we started to play with the positioning of the lights, arranging different ways that the light could give off as the sun.



After testing the LED’s, it did not come out quite so successive as it gave off too much light which made it look like the poster was all made up and rushed.


As a team we managed to come to the decision that the lights had to go around the whole entire frame instead as it would give the whole poster more of an visual pleasure to the eye. Also this would let the person viewing the poster an easier way to interact with the piece. In the end the lights looked much better towards the poster however it made reading the text much harder, so we started to experiment and test where the lights worked best for the user. Additionally we added tracing paper behind the LEDs to give a even spread of brightness throughout the whole poster.


By having the lights concentrated around the parameter of the frame, enabled the poster to stand out much more in other areas when it came to dark areas of the poster, this made me come to a figment of imagination with ‘Death’ by looking at the wyvern on top of the hill which made me think of the character ‘Death’ from the film Harry Potter. This understanding made me realise that the connotation of the poster made it come across negative as well as not suitable for a Dorset independence poster but this is just from my visual interpretation of the poster.


– Poster with lights on and dark environment.


– Image of death from Harry Potter 6/7.

With the poster being finally developed from acetate to 3D, however from a front view point of the poster it comes across as a 2D flat design. This was due to the fact of the glass on the frame which covered all the layers of the acetate. Another approach for this poster to become more 3D could still use the method of bringing in layers of each image and using cardboard for the material while sticking it altogether in a box creating a ‘paper diorama’. By doing this it would ensure a 3D effect no matter what position you look at it as all the layers are visible, however with this process it would be very time consuming as the creating, attaching and accurate patients of skills needed to pull this off at our current level would be proven difficult, while on the other hand the box it self would be endangered through a public space as the box is more physical and takes up space which could easily be trampled on if the user was trying to interact with the piece., (2014). What is a diorama?. [online] Available at: [Accessed 16 Oct. 2014].