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VCD Theory Context

Context.

Where will a visual communication be seen?

where visual communications are

Contexts for student visual communications

What contexts do these images show?

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How context influences design

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National Gallery Victoria advertising poster for a Sidney Nolan exhibition. 2009.

activity

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An energy ad, bottom left has been placed so its colour complements the pictures on the page. Herald Sun 11 November, 2009.

Surroundings

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Bus shelter poster, Templestowe, Victoria.

distance

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Road work promotion sign. Lorne, Victoria.

Physical environment

Model context analysis

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Sportsgirl window promotion. Melbourne Central, 2008.

Sample question

Sample answer

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Determining context.

Try it for yourself

The images below are the same as shown on the 'purpose for visual communications' page. Test yourself and see if you can describe the context for each of the visual communications shown.

Context examples

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1. Screen shot from Apple iPhone Maps app. 04 January 2019.
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2. Brandsmart store, 288 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading. 2019.
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3. Detail of page from Lego instruction booklet, Christmas 2018.
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4. Page from TAC website. (http://www.tac.vic.gov.au/ road-safety) 2019.
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5.Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre, 620 Victoria St, Richmond VIC 3121, 2019.
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6. Brandsmart store, 288 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading. 2019.
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7. Cover of Ikea instruction booklet number 20463, 2019.
 

tasks

Understand context
  1. Identify the context for each of the visual communications above. Give reasons for your answer referring to the images.
  2. Discuss how each visual communication has been designed to suit its context. Refer to the influencing factors above in your answer.
  3. Choose one image. Suggest an alternative context for a visual communication with the same content. Describe how it would need to be altered to suit that context. In your answer refer to design elements and design principles.