There is still beauty in our polluted city.

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T-shirt design for 蜂城 (literal translation: Bee City) — a play my friend is directing.
The plot revolves around an alternative future, in which the human race depends on the survival of the last bee colony left in the world. The protagonist wants to keep the colony safe by keeping the queen bee in a box, and accidentally kills all the bees out of his ignorance. The character is then blamed by everyone else, when they are in fact originally responsible for driving the rest of the bees into extinction in the first place.
When you have something with so many characteristics to draw from, it is very tempting to incorporate a visual pun or two into the design. Believe me, the bee stripes, honeycombs… I tried many patterns and other obvious visual references, but they just didn’t work for me.
In the end, the broken wing of a bee is imposed vertically on top of the title. It’s not meant to be very clear at a glance, because I like that it doesn’t scream “BEE”. At its core, the play is not about the insects. It’s a dark tale about human nature, so I want the design to have a sense of decay and corruption. I feel that the wing intertwining with the characters suits both the “bee city” that is falling apart, and the air of desperation that people have as they struggle to survive.
I promised to design this for my friend before my Apple logo went viral. It was really hard to sit down at home to focus on anything OTHER than Apple, when you were just done being bombarded with interviews and phone calls all day. I had no choice but to make this rather quickly. But I’m posting this here now, because I’m inexplicably pleased with it.
Thoughts?

T-shirt design for 蜂城 (literal translation: Bee City) — a play my friend is directing.

The plot revolves around an alternative future, in which the human race depends on the survival of the last bee colony left in the world. The protagonist wants to keep the colony safe by keeping the queen bee in a box, and accidentally kills all the bees out of his ignorance. The character is then blamed by everyone else, when they are in fact originally responsible for driving the rest of the bees into extinction in the first place.

When you have something with so many characteristics to draw from, it is very tempting to incorporate a visual pun or two into the design. Believe me, the bee stripes, honeycombs… I tried many patterns and other obvious visual references, but they just didn’t work for me.

In the end, the broken wing of a bee is imposed vertically on top of the title. It’s not meant to be very clear at a glance, because I like that it doesn’t scream “BEE”. At its core, the play is not about the insects. It’s a dark tale about human nature, so I want the design to have a sense of decay and corruption. I feel that the wing intertwining with the characters suits both the “bee city” that is falling apart, and the air of desperation that people have as they struggle to survive.

I promised to design this for my friend before my Apple logo went viral. It was really hard to sit down at home to focus on anything OTHER than Apple, when you were just done being bombarded with interviews and phone calls all day. I had no choice but to make this rather quickly. But I’m posting this here now, because I’m inexplicably pleased with it.

Thoughts?



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