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design education and visual communication
authored by chris m hughes

Burns Interpretations

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Ae Fond Kiss - Anita Wroblewska

2009 is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland’s greatest poet and an iconic figure in popular literature. In support of the Scottish Government’s ‘Homecoming Scotland’ celebrations, the event has been celebrated in many ways across the world during the year. This seemed like an ideal subject for a project for the NC Graphic Design students at Edinburgh’s Telford College.

The brief was to create artwork that would visually render Burn's work ina contemporary light, thus bringing the Bard's poetry to a younger audience. Each piece is a double-page spread which interprets one of Burns’ poems or songs. The imagery is often photographic, sometimes illustrative, and necessarily typographic, but tries to avoid clichĂ©d Scottish images such as thistles, tartan and the traditional portrait of Burns.

On A Suicide - Robert Downie.

The overall quality here lacks consistency, but the visual styles, and the attempts to communicate thematic ideas are surprisngly strong for such a formative group. And for some of them this was a first introduction to the genius of Burns.

Check out the book in pdf format. The title is due for publication in 2010.