“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself.”

  — Oscar Wilde,
The Picture of Dorian Gray



s’n’shakespeare festival

fall 2021





Brief

Design posters, programs, t-shirts, tickets, and social media graphics for Scotch’n’Soda Theatre’s Shakespeare scenefest.

Skills

Photo Manipulation
Typesetting & Layout
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator

Process

Since this project had eight different directors, I met with the Artistic Director of Scotch’n’Soda to discuss potential visions for publicity. She said that she didn’t have anything specific in mind, but that something showing a fresh take on something old would be good.
I decided to go with an upside-down portrait of Shakespeare, since he was the one thing all eight scenes had in common. I chose a portrait that I thought most people would be familiar with, but took it into Photoshop to modernize it a little.
I chose to use Neue Haas Grotesk for the entire project, since it’s generally familiar to most people (but a little bit different) and wouldn’t draw attention away from the Shakespeare graphic.

Reflections

It was a unique challenge to design one suite of publicity for eight different directorial visions, but certainly a valuable experience. I think it forced me to go a little simpler, so that the design felt more universal.