Researching into Science and Religion I found very interesting because they are both such different topics and have such different views and opinions. Some articles online are saying that science is trying to prove religion wrong, others are saying that science is just a way to cause conflict between beliefs. However from my conclusion after researching I feel as though those that have practised a faith for long enough it is almost impossible to change their views or opinions on life as they are cemented in their brains that their way is right. As this is what I concluded with, I thought it would be a good idea to illustrate that there are two different pathways you can take in life, religion or science, this is because there is almost no chance for someone to agree with both science and religion.
Firstly as I said earlier I went on to a few different websites where people had spoken about their thoughts on science vs religion, whereby scientists had been interviewed and vice versa with someone practising a religion. I found these extremely eye-opening to see peoples different perceptions of each other, the reason being is because I am fairly neutral between the two and am always looking to see both sides of an argument.
I then went onto look into illustrations of science/ religion and thought the best way of doing this would be through tattoos, I have no idea why I thought of this however I found it extremely useful to brainstorm some ideas as tattoo’s are a way of being unique and a way of expressing your opinions which is what I am trying to subtly do in this brief. Here are some screenshots I took whilst I was researching on google images of some illustrations that I thought were interesting and meaningful.
I really liked the idea of ‘COEXIST’ with all the different religious/ scientific symbols as the word coexist means “to exist at the same time or in the same place” which is extremely fitting with science and religion as they both exist in the same place (the world) and both can cause upset. From looking at these images I then went onto sketch these out, making some variations and seeing what I could divergently think about. I will show you my sketches and process in another blog post.
In order to write my article in the magazine I used 3 different websites to get together all of my information and sources to ensure all my facts were correct, this is because being a socially conscious designer I didn’t want to be designing something that was false or incorrect. The 3 websites I used were:
These websites heavily influenced the writing of the article in my magazine for the New Scientist.
After researching about religion and science I needed to research into the ‘New Scientist’ magazine and ‘Nautilus Magazine’. The reason for this is because these are the two magazines that we are using as an influence for in our final design and also for measurements. I got my hands on a New Scientist copy of the magazines and was able to measure it using a 30cm ruler. As you can see below the measurements of the New Scientist magazine were 20.5cm x 26.5cm, these are the measurements I will use for my Adobe Illustrator file.
Not just researching into the magazine for the measurements I also needed to know about the magazines themselves, how often they are released, where they are based, what their generic style is throughout the magazine. The reason for this is because it will influence my editorial design heavily.
Firstly I used google images to find a variety of magazine articles that have been written by New Scientist magazine, the reason for this was to get an idea of the layout. What I realised is that both of these double page spreads have 1 primary image and then a section of text which has been sectioned off in a ‘text box’. In the brief it states that we need to have one primary image on one page as a portfolio piece and so this is definitely the route I will take when designing this double page spread.
The New Scientist magazine is a UK, London based international science magazine which is produced weekly ever since 1956 which was when it was founded. They produce both paper copy magazines and also online versions so people can subscribe to receive the magazines or read the articles online at their website.
The Nautilus Magazine however is based in USA, New York and is an online and print based magazine company however it is mainly online based releasing a chapter each week. But the printed copies are only released once every 2 months which I feel is a good thing in order to cut down on the amount of paper and cost of printing.
Although these are front covers for the Nautilus magazines I feel as though it gives me a strong understanding of what the magazine articles are like. There are very meaningful and a lot of through has gone in behind them. As you can see from the magazine cover on the right there is what looks like a bomber plane and the article is about war, however it uses chess pieces in order to represent bombs. I feel as though this is extremely clever as chess is known as a peaceful game so the contrast between war and peace is very nice. Potentially meaning that this article is about making peace instead of war? This artwork is very intelligent and I love this style.