Which move to make first? Story or Graphic Design

So I have come up with this idea of creating a workshop about the story writing. I really like the idea of creative collaboration throughout the whole process of creating the event. Since starting this blog its kind of given me an insight into the value of the process rather than the outcome (and how that process can also be product focused)

I haven’t heard back from Huma yet. To be honest with me going to Ireland and then Copenhagen time kind of flew by. Sometimes you actually have seize these opportunities with people when they are in the right place to offer support or then pass you by. Anyway it may still happen but in the meantime I really do need graphic designers. I am kind of torn at the moment as what I need first, graphic or story.

I always want to be further along than I am. Maybe this is the case with the graphic designer thing as I want to create the content for marketing but without the story behind it.

‘Surgery Slave’ is an idea on the medias manipulation in promoting surgery in society and its affects on young girls. So far I have gone through personal and public experiences and written on how this type of media effects young women/society. I went back through the writing and picked keys words and created ideas from them that would be either present at the event or in the campaign. I haven’t yet but I then usually just make a Pinterest board of the ideas. Very roughly not edgy of fashionable just how I see them in my head. That is always my process.

  • Free writing
  • Key Words
  • Ideas -> into a spreadsheet
  • Images -> Pinterest

Thinking about it I suppose the step before putting the story into graphic design content is the story itself ( would you believe!). This makes sense as I was telling someone about the idea the other day as it just fell a bit flat. Heres me ‘And then you walk into the room and there is an operating table in the centre, drag queen patients in each toilet and meat I the sinks!’ Dadadada! …Tumble weed…Saying it out loud all the thought and ideas didn’t shine through and something felt lacking.

So it brought me back to the main centre of it. The young girl and her story.

Some thoughts I had yesterday were

  • to align the email campaign and the event so that there is a story running through the lead up to the event (campaign) and at the event
  • This story can have lots of influences but centres around ‘the young girl’
  • Have the advertisement for surgeries, young girls dream of changing herself and initial consultation for surgery in the email campaign
  • Have the reality, the face to face consultation before surgery, the surgery and the aftermath at the event

I like it. It is more fluid and connected then before. Now to put this into a work shop.. Hmmm… Mam?

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Project Distractions and working to set timings

O my god it is so absurd how distracted I get. I am trying to start some work now before my working day starts. I am in two minds.

I am not sure of which to do first.. 1, get in touch with some creative writing groups to see if they want to have a brainstorm session around the story of the ‘Surgery Slave’ for the day or 2, start a graphic design group for collaborating around the ideas for the marketing campaign.

Obviously this indecisiveness has lead me to do neither of these things and instead to start to delete old playlists form my YouTube account. Jesus.

I am setting myself a task now. I have one hour.

I am going to start with the story telling as I think this part comes first as it can inspire further content with its ideas for the campaign.

Task

1, Look up existing story writing groups

2, Get in touch with the best to see if they would like to collaborate on the idea.

GO..

Distractions…

Email – from my Mam asking to change meeting me tomorrow to Friday and go to this

Facebook notifications – Its Ste’s birthday, Someone is looking for a model on the photography models & photographers in London group for a birthday themed shoot and a memory from 2010 of Stix finding the FM 104 ash cloud song, about the time when I could not fly back to Dublin because of a volcanic irruption ( how ridiculous).

Thoughts – Rambling ones about staking out the Park for the event venue for days in advance, watching for the patterns of the park guards, sitting in a trench coat with a large newspaper or hiding in the bushes with binoculars.

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So I have written the mail. I am already thinking of reasons why it is not right to send it.

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I am over an hour of course! But I think having that time pressure to do it in helps you cut the crap and focus on the bits that are important.

I’ve had a look on Facebook and Meet up and am going to send it to some groups and see what happens.