September 2007

More Melbourne Fringe 2007

Posters, banners, programs, postcards, more posters, web buttons, advertising, alot of cyan, crazy little guys, and design of course all in the name of the 2007 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

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Come to our show (part of Melbourne Fringe 2007)

Twenty dollars only at IMP
part of Melbourne Fringe 2007 Festival

An exhibition of affordable posters by Studio Pip and Co.
04 — 20 October
at IMP (above), Greville St Books
145 Greville St, Prahran

Opens
Wednesday, Thursday to Saturday, 12noon to 5pm

Opening night
Thursday 04 October, 6pm to 8pm

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Fringe Festival TVC

The Melbourne Fringe Festival in the lead up to, and during the event run a community based television ad campaign. Melbourne’s XYZ studio was appointed to develop a 15 second spot.

The TVC project was a chance to see how the “everyone is a designer“ theme translated to a different media form by another creative organisation. We supplied artwork components, had a couple of productive telephone briefings and then let time and XYZ do their thing.

XYZ embraced the project and resolved a work intensive, stop motion, animation fest. In typical fashion XYZ generated the most interesting and engaging expression of the whole campaign. We urge you to keep an eye out for the TVC on Network Ten in the coming weeks, or visit XYZ‘s website for a preview (we haven’t worked out how to embed moving image on this blog yet). Go XYZ, you good things.

See the TVC here

Visit XYZ Studio’s here

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The sweet stuff… (production stills from Fringe 2007 TVC)

The most exciting part of developing an idea or a communication concept is witnessing new people and organisations interpret and develop new expressions. XYZ Studio, the animation production company that developed Melbourne Fringe Festival’s 2007 television commercial has kindly provided a collection of images that document the production.

After the story boards were approved by Fringe there was four to five days of prop, character and component preparation. An additional eight hours was spent shooting the sequence. The colour grading, editing, client approvals took approximately another two weeks.

The materials featured in the sequence are not far removed the home art kit — coloured card, cellophane, photocopies, sticky tape, foam and tissue paper. The shooting took place in Studio XYZ‘s store room.

Tim from XYZ explained that they shot three versions of the complete animation using a digital still camera. The lighting is intentionally loose. The shadows are cast from flanking diffused tunsten flood lights purchased at Bunnings (an Australian mega store hardware chain).

Tim was excited about the process of making and shooting a stop motion animation sequence. He said it was an opportunity for the studio to get out from behind the computer and actually make something with pencils, rules and cutters. Stop motion offers a style animation that is a little crude and rich in quirks, a welcome change from seamless digital rendering.

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Finally, we can talk about Melbourne Fringe 2007

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In March 2007 the studio was appointed to develop the image identity and collateral for the 2007 Melbourne Fringe Festival. This project was an exciting departure from working on an industry based events such as the Fifth Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2007 and the Melbourne Design Festival. The 2007 Melbourne Fringe Festival allowed us to apply some of the learnings and insights of working on a specialised event to a project with a broad audience and a diversity of cultural expressions.

A cultural fringe festival is an exciting graphic design and communication brief. By the very nature of being the “fringe“ event on the cultural landscape, there is an expectation for exciting thinking and innovative outcomes.

Andrew (Ashton) had a strong hunch that this year‘s festival identity could be found within the do-it-your-self theme that informs many aspects of modern life. As individuals we are driven to self style, shape and customise our possessions, living spaces, and experiences. The proliferation of DIY content, reality televisions and abundance of choice allows one to enjoy, express and prosper in terms of self expression and self realisation.

Andrew’s hunches needed to be backed up, dismissed, evolved, and or, redirected. So we undertook an intensive research project investigating existing community events, cultural expressions and contemporary social themes. Cheri Uppal (the winner of the 2006 Saxton Scholars spent her week of work experience with the studio) kicked off the research. Shelley and Andrew developed the research and shaped a presentation that explored a theme developed by philosopher Carl Jung — that everyone is a designer.

We presented a mash of ideas that touched on avatars, adult cutie toys, MacPaint, DIY design kits, pixels, default design tools, designing like a non-designer, big dots, more toys, a comedy developed by British actor and comedian Steve Coogan, the colour cyan, a clunky futuristic event brand, a finely developed event typeface and the notion of beautiful ugly.

We wanted a festival image that a school kid, a wayward mum, or earnest businessman with a pair of scissors could produce. We wanted to develop a curious and cute (by true definition) image that offered the public an enguaging alternative to the raft of polite graphic solutions that seem to dominate cultural and public events — a campaign that would bring a smile to Melburnians and its cultural endeavours.

This project has been in the studio for months as it is customary for festival organisers to keep the event design under wraps until until it’s launch 3 to 4 weeks out from the festival. Today Andrew spotted this poster in a tram on the way to a meeting in the city. This tram poster is one of a vast suite of promotional materials produced by the studio including a comprehensive website programme, posters, flyers, apparel, banners, signs, and digital graphics to be rolled out across Melbourne in September and October.

Thank you again to Damien, Georgina, Kath, Gideon, Beau and the rest of the guys at Fringe for supporting this process. We often mention that our clients are our greatest collaborators. During that last six months and the final critical weeks of rolling out this work, (in the throws of moving studio, and long technology drop outs i.e. days of no telephone, computers, or internet) the guys at Fringe kept a level head, developed comprehensive briefs, made swift approvals and allowed us to push outcomes a little further.

Happy Fringe Melbourne.

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