For my FMP (Final Major Project) at the University of the Creative Arts Epsom, I tried to come up with a concept that could bridge the gap between two diverse subject matters. I had always been a dreamer and loved to try and interpret them so I devised a brief that could merge both info-graphics and dreams. I began by surveying around my college and online to find out what people had been dreaming about. Then I took a survey to a class of year 7 boys from Glyn Technology School and asked them to draw their most recent dream, this turned out to be rather hilarious and gave me a broad collective of dreams to begin working with. The first half of my project I created mock scenes of some of the dreams I had collected with miniature figures no taller than a couple of centimeters. Using an SLR camera and macro lens I began shooting and collated a booklet together depicting the specific dreams as I believe they had been told. Along side the booklet I created a Dream Kit with all the figures within so that people could recollect their own dreams and act them out on a smaller scale. For the second half of the project I wanted to create something slightly more intelligent and began looking into information graphics and ways I could push the boundaries of dreams and what they meant. It didn't take long before I realized I needed to base my research in an orderly fashion, and nothing suited this better than a Periodic Table. So now that I knew how I was going to portray my dreams and their interpretations into this table, I had to go about collecting more dreams. I used Google insights to search what dreams people were searching for and how many had done so. That's how I managed to rank them in order of common, uncommon and rare. Once I had found the dreams I used a number of web sources to work out what the positive and negative connotations were to such dreams. To add categories I worked out whether the dreams would be Shocking or Kinetic, a Sensation or an Encounter, and blended a few.
Final A0 Table printed on 175gsm G.F Smith off white stock.
A series of macro shots of miniatures reenacting dream scenarios I had collected through various means.
A collage of some of the dream drawings I collected through my surveys with year 7s.