Mistakes Are Proof That You Are Trying

Mistakes Are Proof That You Are Trying - student project

I loved this phrase for how it captures both imperfection and optimism at the same time (especially as I'm a recovering perfectionist). Here's the word list I built for it:

Mistakes Are Proof That You Are Trying - image 1 - student project

 

INSPIRATION IMAGES:

Here's the 9 images I collected that captured the mood/styling I was envisioning:

Mistakes Are Proof That You Are Trying - image 2 - student project

After seeing them all together, I've noticed that many of them have a retro 1950s vibe, so I think that's the direction I'm going to take with my poster design.

 

THUMBNAILS:

The last layout is definitely my favorite because it has the least static layout of the bunch. But I also think I'll incorporate a few other elements from the other thumbnails (like the script in the bottom left, which I think is more retro looking).

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REFINED SKETCH:

After some trial and error with my refined sketch, this is the finished layout I'm moving forward with (I'll need to tweak the alignment a bit once it's in Procreate):

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ADDING COLOR:

The color phase took me quite a bit of time – I picked colors directly from my inspiration images and played with them until I was happy with them. In the end, I chose these 4 colors:

Mistakes Are Proof That You Are Trying - image 5 - student project

 

FINAL DESIGN:

Mistakes Are Proof That You Are Trying - image 6 - student project

 

I could tweak a design for eternity (and still see some minor changes I could make), but I'm incredibly happy with the way this piece turned out!

Shannon McNab
Surface Designer & Illustrator
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