Sunday, 1 May 2016

Researching Products for Children

The following post was written in early 2016, having sat as a draft on my blog awaiting the introduction of images for quite some time I finally got around to finishing it. Rather than deleting the post, I thought it would make a good edition to my PDP Journal as evidence of my reflections throughout the year. 

With BAIL301 Experimentation and BAIL304 Contexts of Practice (Dissertation) handed in it's time to focus on BAIL302 Professional Practice and BAIL303 - which is currently a mystery!

In a pastoral tutorial with Phil I discussed my heavy focus on children's picture books in BAIL301 - looking at book design, cover design and character design -  and a desire to explore editorial work and illustrating for products for children later in the year.

When I say I'm interested in products for children, I think that'd be exclusive to applying illustrations to products for children, rather than producing 3D vinyl/plastic products myself.  Although I think producing some items might not be beyond my capabilities - like 3D elements of a rucksack or a plush or paper toy, for example. Though I believe I would prefer and be more comfortable with just conceptualising the product or just designing the packaging. 

Applying illustrations to products:

The most likely avenue to allow me to do this independently would be print on demand websites like society6 and red bubble. Something to look in to once I have a solid portfolio of work I think. 

Socierty6 Page of Louis Roskosch. ( 
Uploading pieces of artwork and selecting their application for various products ranging from iphone cases to tees, mugs and stationary as well as art prints has proved successful for him as he has gained over 4000 followers. 

Creating products from illustrations:

Although I've not really explored these avenues before, I could see myself applying illustration to 3D designs, like those below:


Craft/sewing kits by Kaselotti (
She produces brooch and cushion sewing kits using simple printed designs. As well as producing pre-made coin purses.


Plush and paper toys by Jennifer Springett. ( (

I've handled fabrics before whilst producing some cosplays, but I don't think I'd quite be confident enough to produce plush toys professionally - seeing my designs produced by someone else could be a possibility though. Paper toys are probably more reasonable as they just require printing and folding, like greetings cards. Paper craft toys are a popular alternative to vinyl toys too.

Product Illustration:

Hilmers Studios ( specialises in technical, patent and product illustration. Although I'm not interested in the stylistic value of their work, or the context of technical or patent illustration - I did product design at GCSE which strongly affirmed this for me - their product illustration is something I may consider producing, but in a much more stylised fashion more native to my practice. 

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