Juror’s Student Award Winner
Spanish Fork, UT
Student, Utah Valley University
Of Monsters and Men: Fever Dream Event Posters
Faculty advisor - Gareth Fry
This project was to design two or more unifying event posters. The designer chose to create a set of souvenir posters for Of Monsters and Men's Fever Dream tour. Previous albums by the band have had a lot of light to dark themes, however this particular album explores the ideas of surrealism and dreams. Listening to the album, Haws realized that each song has an individual rhythm, movement and underlying emotion, while also having a collection of mystery in it’s lyrics and abstract sounds. The designer wanted each image to display the abstract and organic feeling this album includes. Haws played with integration of waved lines to portray the feeling of musical sound waves flowing through and around you. Using unique patterns and textiles, images were overlaid to give a collaged print while also a readable image. The addition of overlayed images was inspired by the idea of different musical instruments coming together, all individual, yet complementing and completing each song. Just like each song is individual, each poster represents a track on the album. Each image placed as well as color choices are inspired by their appropriate song and the feelings the designer received while listening.
For this project, Haws created a kinetic typography using dialogue from one of the designer’s favorite scenes from the movie, “Dumb and Dumber.” This includes a conversation between the two main characters, Lloyd and Harry. Haws was challenged to portray their personalities and argument through text, while keeping the video easily readable, yet eccentric. Inspired by their unique tuxedo colors, the designer used blue and orange to illustrate the different characters, as well as a “handmade” looking type, adding to the ruggedness of each person. Finally, the designer drafted an illustrated version of their Mutt Cutts van in a similar style to the typography to finish off the video.
Vulnerability exchange website
One of the designer’s biggest insecurities is being open with other people, due to past experiences and rejections. For this project, the designer wanted to create a website where people could submit hidden secrets, hopes, and fears anonymously online, in order to be more vulnerable while still feeling secure. Haws began with sharing a submission form online with family and friends, instructing them to answer five questions. All answers would be anonymous. After a few days, the designer began looking over submissions to plan the website design. Upon doing so Haws learned that the fears, hopes, and secrets are shared among others. Some answers were surprising, and an overwhelming sense of over-protectiveness came over Haws. While these answers may have been anonymous, the designer still cared for those who answered them. In fact, the love for them grew. One question asked was, "Why is it so hard to be vulnerable with each other?" Many people responded that they did not want not be rejected, a fear of Haws’ as well. However, the designer felt she learned that we grow more love for each other when we are vulnerable.