I came across a website that documented the construction of a poster and overall theme for a music festival called XX Merge, which is a 4 day long music festival hosted by the label Merge Records. The label showcased the process of their campaign, which featured elements of three dimensional design in not only the advertisement for the festival, but the stage design and the merchandise design as well. This process is a near perfect example of what I am trying to showcase for my capstone project, how three dimensional and tangible elements in design can enhance the message communicated with the audience, and add additional elements to the designs that make them a bit more substantial than simply relying on graphic techniques.
The design process begins with the poster, then elements from the poster are incorporated with the stage design were the bands in the festival preformed, and then the designs are found again in the merchandise that was being sold at the festival (t-shirts, posters, canvas bags) The art director at Merge Records, Maggie Frost describes the process behind the three dimensional elements that were incorporated in the festivals poster:
“It’s a model of the Cat’s Cradle, a legendary rock club in Carrboro, North Carolina where much Merge history has taken place and where the whole festival took place. I went to the club in the middle of the day and took photos of the stage so that my model would be representative. It worked! It was very gratifying that when fans saw the poster, they immediately knew it was the Cradle. I added the trees to give it a sense of fantasy and to suggest North Carolina in the summer. The model is literally made of poster board and scotch tape.
The trees ended up being realized life-size for the stage by Dave Doernberg, who made them out of foam board in New York and shipped them down, spray painting them glossy red outside the club hours before the first band took the stage.”