After being in the UW dance company for a year I understood the team and their competitors. I began by sketching out ideas and concepts. I think of our team as bold, audacious, and bursting out the seams with passion. These qualities call for bold and sharp text and shapes. With this, I wanted a high contrast from the black and white, along with our school colour yellow. I then digitized many of them in Illustrator. After narrowing it down, covering and expanding ideas. These 6 logo designs were presented to the rest of the executive team in hopes to decide on one final design. As a group we decided and went forward with a logo design, that allowed me to finish up the other branding materials.
Next step was promoting the team, creating posters and social media posts. The first project was gathering incoming students that have dance experience to audition for the team. I created promotions and added them to facebook groups of incoming students. I spent time scouting dancers through their introduction posts in these incoming student facebook groups and commented on their posts. I also put together a few punchy videos highlighting our tricks and talented dancers to grab the attention of our viewers throughout the year using Premiere Pro and Davinci Resolve. I designed programs for our showcase, weekly posters for our drop in sessions, a banner for our fundraiser table, and so much more!
Overall, my journey with the company this year has been terrific. I have learned a lot about myself as a person and a graphic artist. My skills have improved and gave me a foot in the door into seeing what works and what doesn’t. The company gave me the opportunity to actually create and publish for a cause and people that I truly care about.