The National at Alexandra Palace, London | Skillshare Projects

Emily Scoggins

Marketing professional, London UK



The National at Alexandra Palace, London

I've admired all the gig posters I've seen at Flatstock or at various gigs for years and often thought I must try to do that one day and now here I am..except I have no real design experience (I'm a Client in my day job, not a creative) and no digital based skills so far, so I'll be learning slowly!

The National are a fabulous band and they are playing Alexandra Palace in London in a couple of weeks. Ally Pally, as it is affectionately known, is a north London institution. It was used to transmit the first BBC television broadcasts as it's conveniently on the top of a big hill. It's a gorgeous building and I'm thinking that I may use elements of it in my design. 

I think there are three key elements I'm going to look at. The first is the building itself as I say. It could be that I take one piece of it, such as the stained glass window at the front: 

or maybe the television mast. Secondly, the fact that it's a London gig is important. Firstly, because London is a graphic element in itself, with the river flowing through it almost like writing. Also, it's a special place for the band. It's here that they signed to their label, Beggars, and they have a song entitled 'London'. The third element is the band themselves. They are pretty graphic themselves and there are plenty of reference images available - often in black and white:

I'm going to have a play around with these elements and post my sketches next time. 



26 Oct 2013

I've been sketching some thumbnail ideas. Here they are:

1. This is showing the band name made up as a river - the Thames specifically! The river runs through the heart of the city and Alexandra Palace is north and central so I thought I could represent it there like a crest.

2. Because the band are from the US and they're performing in the UK I thought I could represent the venue covered in Stars and Stripes:

 3. I love the London skyline and had an idea to make the band's name out of London buildings: 


4. I like the stained glass window at the front of the building and thought that it could make a really striking image, just with the name of the band and the date and venue at the bottom. 

What do you think? I think I'm going to sketch out the river idea and the skyline but I'm not sure how to do the stained glass one. I think it could be great, but my digital skills are non existent so I might have to hand draw it out...


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