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Tower Poetry Competition 2013 Concepts for poster design

This document contains three concepts for consideration. Bear in mind that the artwork is still at an early stage... the purpose here is to convey the concept and decide which route to develop further. Typefaces can also be refined once the concept has been selected.

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Concept 1a • Based on the use of web icons - a familiar graphic device for an audience of 16-18 year olds • The idea would be to use not just the obvious “news” icons ( RSS feed / email envelopes etc.), but to spark the imagination by suggesting other types of news - e.g. medical news (icons showing lungs / pills), climate news (recycling / radiation) etc. • If this concept is chosen then various treatments of the idea can be explored... “less” or “more”... e.g. - concept 1a: “less”; - concept 1b: “more”; - concept 1c: “minimal” • A set of icons would be purchased from shutterstock.com (cost: £29 to £58)


Concept 1a The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2014 Christ Church, University of Oxford

news

‘The Christopher Tower Poetry Prize is the equivalent of Young Musician of the Year’ Neil Bowen, Head of English, Wells Cathedral School, Somerset

Write a poem of no more than 48 lines on the theme of ‘NEWS’.

First Prize £3,000

Entry is free

Third Prize £500

Open to 16-18 year-olds in UK schools and colleges The closing date for entries is ??? 2014

Judges: Olivia McCannon, Kei Miller, Peter McDonald

Second Prize £1,500 Commended £250 Prizewinners’ schools receive £150 each

A4 envelopes require large letter stamps Late entries cannot be accepted To download entry forms go to: www.towerpoetry.org.uk/prize or telephone 01865 286591 or email info@towerpoetry.org.uk Tower Poetry, Christ Church, St Aldate’s ,Oxford OX1 1DP

’tower poetry’

@towerpoetry

xxxxxxxxxxxxx


Concept 1b • A treatment using a grid of “lozenges” as one finds on a mobile phone • Various compositions and arrangements can be explored • Each lozenge could be worked up using shadows, gradients etc. to make it look more like a mobile phone interface


Concept 1b The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2014 Christ Church, University of Oxford

news

‘The Christopher Tower Poetry Prize is the equivalent of Young Musician of the Year’ Neil Bowen, Head of English, Wells Cathedral School, Somerset

Write a poem of no more than 48 lines on the theme of ‘NEWS’.

First Prize £3,000

Entry is free

Third Prize £500

Open to 16-18 year-olds in UK schools and colleges The closing date for entries is ??? 2014

Judges: Olivia McCannon, Kei Miller, Peter McDonald

Second Prize £1,500 Commended £250 Prizewinners’ schools receive £150 each

A4 envelopes require large letter stamps Late entries cannot be accepted To download entry forms go to: www.towerpoetry.org.uk/prize or telephone 01865 286591 or email info@towerpoetry.org.uk Tower Poetry, Christ Church, St Aldate’s ,Oxford OX1 1DP

’tower poetry’

@towerpoetry

xxxxxxxxxxxxx


Concept 1c • Idea developed from the”cloud computing” visual below

• Use an iconic shape such as an exclamation mark, or a speech bubble, or the word “news” • Other colours can be explored for more impact (e.g. red) • Could explore the idea of cables and digital connectors - possibly as line drawings, e.g.


Concept 1c The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2014 Christ Church, University of Oxford

Write a poem of no more than 48 lines on the theme of ‘NEWS’.

First Prize £3,000

Entry is free

Third Prize £500

Open to 16-18 year-olds in UK schools and colleges The closing date for entries is ??? 2014

Judges: Olivia McCannon, Kei Miller, Peter McDonald

Second Prize £1,500 Commended £250 Prizewinners’ schools receive £150 each

A4 envelopes require large letter stamps Late entries cannot be accepted To download entry forms go to: www.towerpoetry.org.uk/prize or telephone 01865 286591 or email info@towerpoetry.org.uk Tower Poetry, Christ Church, St Aldate’s ,Oxford OX1 1DP

’tower poetry’

@towerpoetry

xxxxxxxxxxxxx


Concept 2 • Based on purchase of this emotive image from istockphoto.com (cost: £38.25) • Using sympathetic typography that accords with the lines and shapes in the image (other typefaces can be explored) • This would be the most cost-effective option, requiring minimal design time • Other strong images could be explored


Concept 2 The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2014 Christ Church, University of Oxford

news

‘The Christopher Tower Poetry Prize is the equivalent of Young Musician of the Year’ Neil Bowen, Head of English, Wells Cathedral School, Somerset

Write a poem of no more than 48 lines on the theme of ‘NEWS’.

First Prize £3,000

Entry is free

Third Prize £500

Open to 16-18 year-olds in UK schools and colleges The closing date for entries is ??? 2014

Judges: Olivia McCannon, Kei Miller, Peter McDonald

Second Prize £1,500 Commended £250 Prizewinners’ schools receive £150 each

A4 envelopes require large letter stamps Late entries cannot be accepted To download entry forms go to: www.towerpoetry.org.uk/prize or telephone 01865 286591 or email info@towerpoetry.org.uk Tower Poetry, Christ Church, St Aldate’s ,Oxford OX1 1DP

’tower poetry’

@towerpoetry

xxxxxxxxxxxxx


Concept 3 • Idea based on this image:

• A pile of words, each word an adjective describing how hearing some news might make one feel - e.g. happy / sad / shocked / tantalised • Careful selection of typography to match what each word describes - e.g. “happy”, “excited” • A play on the idea that poetry is built out of words


Concept 3 The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2014 Christ Church, University of Oxford

‘The Christopher Tower Poetry Prize is the equivalent of Young Musician of the Year’ Neil Bowen, Head of English, Wells Cathedral School, Somerset

Write a poem of no more than 48 lines on the theme of ‘NEWS’.

First Prize £3,000

Entry is free

Third Prize £500

Open to 16-18 year-olds in UK schools and colleges The closing date for entries is ??? 2014

Judges: Olivia McCannon, Kei Miller, Peter McDonald

Second Prize £1,500 Commended £250 Prizewinners’ schools receive £150 each

A4 envelopes require large letter stamps Late entries cannot be accepted To download entry forms go to: www.towerpoetry.org.uk/prize or telephone 01865 286591 or email info@towerpoetry.org.uk Tower Poetry, Christ Church, St Aldate’s ,Oxford OX1 1DP

’tower poetry’

@towerpoetry

xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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