The Brief

To produce a poster (297mm x 420mm) that celebrates a colour of your choice. Choose a

Choose a colour that has a meaning that you want to explore and celebrate. Think about what the colour you have chosen means both to you and to other people and create something that celebrates that meaning, for example, you may choose a golden brown because you like real ale, a vivid green because of a particular landscape, green to celebrate Irish identity or the yellow sandstone of Bath’s architecture.Requirements Work only with your chosen


Work only with your chosen colour, its complementary colour and black and white. You can include text, collages, illustrations and photographs. Use black and white to help establish a range of tints and shades with your chosen colour. These limitations are to get you to work with colour thinking creatively about how to make a limited palette work for you.

This project is as much about visual dynamics and contrast as it is about creating something with meaning. Make full use of it to show off to your tutor all the skills and processes you have learnt so far.

You need to submit at least three variations of your poster as well as the finished artwork.



I like to wear jeans and vintage inspired clothing( think work wear). Especially with Jeans – the qualitative ones have a dark indigo dying. Indigo in itself is a color between blue and violet Applied on fabrics it transforms into a deep blue color.
A bit of Background (Thanks, wikipedia):
The color indigo is named after the indigo dye derived from the plant “Indigofera tinctoria.” The first known recorded use of indigo as a color name in English was in 1289. Species of Indigofera were cultivated in Peru, India, East Asia and Egypt.
Indigo was actually a plant that got its name because it came from the Indus Valley, discovered some 5,000 years ago, where it was called nila, meaning dark blue.
And by the 7th Century BC, people starting using the plant as a dye—the Mesopotamians were even carving out recipes for making indigo dye onto clay tablets for record-keeping.
By 1289, knowledge of the colour made its way to Europe—when the Venetian merchant Marco Polo reported on it. Today, Indigo is both made traditionally and through chemical alternatives.



The Colour

The classic Hex Color for Indigo is very violet. When i think about the color indigo, i see it applied on clothing or paper, which has a much richer deep blue tone. I assembled a Moodboard to find the exact tone and color i looked for.
Using the “color pipette”, I picked the color i wanted to use, from the examples in my mood board. HEX #013478 instead of HEX #2E2482, to be specific.
It’s complimentary color, to be used later, is a golden brown with HEX #AB6A00.
I played around, adding more black or white to my blue color. At the end, I’ve ended up with the color palette i wanted to use and some first sketches.


The Designs

As Indigo is usually applied by dying clothing and other materials, i wanted to show the chemical connections and reactions when dying fabrics. Something organic. Deep Blue on a textured surface.
Texture could be applied, similar to previous OCA Work Exercises, by using collage techniques, stacking various pattern above each other. It should look like a macro view on a dyed fabric.
I’ve found some textures and patterns online.
I’ve modified them on illustrator, zoomed in to interesting parts and stacked textures on top of each other. This helped me create a unique texture to be dyed (digitally) later on.
I’ve moved the textures from illustrator to photoshop and started adding colour.
The Font needed to be a classic, monospaced one to match the heritage look and feel of Indigo and jeans. Platelet OT.

The Results

I’ve ended up with 6 different Versions. Some with blocks of color and contrast, other purely type based. It is still hard for me to choose the one i go with.

Final Design




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