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HND Visual Communication at Edinburgh College

INSPIRE - S2/S3 One Week Project

This project is called ‘Inspire’.  It is all about your imagination and what inspires you. You do not have to be good at drawing or painting to do this project. We are far more interested in how you think.  At the end of the project you'll have designed an original CD cover.

Design Process

This project is organised into five stages, which together are called the 'design process', and it looks a bit like this -

During each of these 5 stages, we'll post up tips, instructions, examples and research links for you to use. They'll all appear on this page in the sections below.


The first thing to do is download the brief (pdf) >>

Stage 1 / Mindmaps & Research 

For this stage you can
- read the brief and put it in your sketchbook
- research CD covers and music or images that inspire you
- draw a mindmap in your sketchbook
- complete at least 3 pages in your sketchbook

The week's learning materials / resources -
Helena's 'guide to starting the project'  (download as a pdf)

A3 or A4 sketchbook, pencils/pens, highlighter pen, glue stick, scissors, magazines, newspapers, pictures.

Niamh's Top Tip 

Holly's Mindmap Example 

How to put together a nice sketchbook - a great video from Ross Turnbull, who came from school onto our NC course in 2011 and then graduated with his HND in 2014.

Stage 2 / Moodboards and Sketches

For this stage you can
- assemble a moodboard based around your research
- start writing notes in your sketchbook about your ideas
- draw thumbnails, doodles or diagrams of possible cover ideas
- complete at least 3 pages in your sketchbook

Niamh's Top Tip:

Sample NC Graphics moodboards from our archive:
Both of these examples  are collages from magazines, newspapers, and sketches, assembled and glued onto A2 mounting board.

Holly & Niamh's Inspired Words of Wisdom


Helena's walkthrough message:
Click on the image below and view this video as Helena talks you through the sketchbook process -

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