Vampire Weekend @ London

Vampire Weekend @ London - student project

Vampire Weekend // 04.15.2013 // The Troxy // London

I have decided to focus my project on the band Vampire Weekend. I wanted to base my poster on a band I wasnt fimilar with and although I have heard of them (probably most of you have), I have never actually listened to them. After looking on their website and seeing that they actually have a gig coming up in April here in London, I decided to go for it and get researching. 


Since the show is in London, majority of my ideas was focused on the location. Here I started looking at images of both the modern and the old City of London

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I also started researching more into the band by reading interviews, their bio etc. I found out where their name came from. It was taken from the title of one of the band members short film. I started jotting down quotes from interviews, anything that related to the band, thelocation and just anything that came into my head really. I even had the queen as a vampire at one point! Excuse the very very crude sketches. I just basically spewed all my thoughts onto paper extremely quickly!

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Thumbnail sketches

Concept one  // London bus

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The illustration is the primary focus in this concept. Basing my idea off London, so decided to use an iconic old fashioned london bus. Type is minimal anad incorperated in the illustration.

Concept Two // Tube map

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Referencing the London tube map in this concept. The idea here,  is that the letters of "Vampire" would be spelled out and flow into one another using the lines seen on a tube map. 

Concept Three // London Bridge

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Using another iconic landmark of London in this concept. Pretty simple really, there is a sign hanging down from London bridge that would have Vampire Weekend written on it. Below is the River Thames and a boat with details of the show and venue at the bottom. Maybe it would be better to encorporate the veue and date on the sign hanging from London bridge? 

Concept Four // Buckingham Palace guards

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Here I'm using a guard you would typically see outside Buckingham Palace. I was thinking of maybe illustrating the venue where Vampire Weekend are playing and having the guard standing outside? Also this would ideally be set at night hense the bats. 

Concept Five // Clapboard

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Out of all the concepts, this is the odd one out. The others are based around London and the location but this one is based on where the band name originated. As I mentioned earlier, it came from the title of one of the band members short film so I used a clapboard to represent this. All the type, venue information etc would be written on this. 

So thats basically where I am so far. Sorry for the rough sketches, I'm not really good at them! Any thoughts on my poster ideas would be appreciated. I'm not sure if my concepts are too simple/obvious?