Emily Scoggins

Marketing professional, London UK

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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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