Chirming (Poster) by sook ko
2014 - 2015, Platinum A' Graphics and Visual Communication Design Award Winner
When I was young, I saw a little pretty bird on the mountain. The bird quickly flew away, leaving only sound behind. I looked up in the sky to find the bird, but all I could see was tree branches and forest. The bird kept on singing, but I had no idea where it was. I had no other choice than to mimic the sound of the bird and ask my dad the name of the bird. My dad used to tell me which bird it was. From very young, bird was the tree branches and big forest to me. This experience made me to visualize the sound of birds like forest.
This is a birds sound design. The sound of bird relaxes mind and body. This caught my attention, and I combined this with mandala, which visually represents healing and meditation. I have found the common image from the snowflake image of CYMASCOPE.[According to an article ‘The amazing images that let us 'see' music (and could even help us communicate with dolphins)’ from the Daily Mail, UK on Jan. 30. 2013, with the machine called ‘Cymascope,’ sound can be transformed into image and find out the sound of each scale. The image resembles snowflake.] Using this, I have made the center mandala, and for those with more than two scales, I have combined the mandala of each scale. With the mandala in the middle, the number of first branch represents the frequency of the bird crying. I have checked the scale range with Musebook tuner, and captured the sound once again with Cubase. I designed the image to have more and bigger branches and leaves as the range gets bigger.
Design Challenges
It was really difficult to me when I try to visualize birds sound. To solve this problem, I should research a lot of information about sixteen birds in Korea and also I should draw up a lot of draft designs. As a result, I combined two among the designs and I could decide final shapes.
Production Technology
I printed this posters on 2t thin white acrylics. At first, I tried to print on papers as usual but changed my mind and attempted to do something new. I used UV planographic press to print on 2t white acrylics and resulted in a good success.
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