Trash talk newspaper
My brief was to choose an artefact or routine that interests me. Research everything you can about it and establish something that I wanted to say about it. I then had to develop a narrative for the material and use this to create an appropriate design outcome.
The ‘Trash Talk’ newspaper was created as both a celebration of the beauty of seemingly worthless, discarded rubbish and as a subtle encouragement for people to properly dispose of their waste.
My chosen artefact was the litter from the streets of Nottingham. The theme for my project was ‘Trash is Treasure’ as I wanted to celebrate the beauty of rubbish; something that often goes overlooked and ignored. I felt this an appropriate choice due to my existing interest in collecting drinks cans.
Since the narrative I communicated with this brief aimed to be predominantly celebratory of any rubbish found as opposed to educational or informative, I chose to create a newspaper (as it is commonly seen as a throwaway item) that used the litter I found to create fun stories of what they could’ve been used for before being tossed aside. I wanted to imagine what kind of backstory and journey each peice of litter had been on before it had been haphazardly discarded.
I believe it is important to still acknowledge the negative impact of litter on the environment, even if that isn’t the key communicator for this project so I decided to include a not so subtle note on the final page of the newspaper that I felt stayed in-line with the tone of voice of the rest of the stories.