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Design an event poster for Cedar Springs or Big Scary Animals. A locally written and produced by Texas natives, Matt Lyle and Jeffery Schmidt. The story revolves around a couple living in Dallas' "gayborhood" of Oak Lawn while they entertain a straight couple that recently moved to the city from East Texas. It is a mini-roller coaster ride of how people of different backgrounds and experiences say the wrong things to each other while they learn about one another. Typical line inquiry of the first meeting of a gay couple, racial tensions, and other sprinkles of quickly resolved conflicts throughout the production being tackled with intelligence and humor.
After attending the production, the poster needed to reflect sense of racial tension, gay pride, and togetherness as shown throughout the play. Showing gay pride and racial tension as graphic part of the graphic was absolutely necessary. Instead of showing a gay pride flag, the bright color palette brings contrast in typography and elements in the graphic. By using a graphic of an interracial handshake shows a sense of coming together and community. In this handshake, it shows someone holding their fingers out to resemble a gun. This is a crucial part of the plot due to a gun being a source of tension on more than one occasion. Lastly, the hand drawn execution of this poster creates approachability. With so much conflict throughout the production, it was important to show that it was in fact a satire of how overly sensitive people can be.
This poster needed to show a sense of racial tension, gay pride, and togetherness. By carefully curating the color palette, this design was able to show gay pride without the need of a flag. Also with the hand executed graphics and typography, it gives the poster approachability. Lastly, the handshake shows community and coming together. While also showing racial tension between people of different race, and one of them giving a hand gesture of a gun.