The Big Draw – Living Lines

The Brief:

‘Big Draw events capture the joy of collective drawing. Their mission is to remove I can’t draw from our vocabulary and they state that Drawing Changes Lives.  This year the theme is living lines. Get your marks on this is design activism!

Use any materials to create your posters, document the development of your group process in your sketchbooks.

  • Look to current activist campaigns for inspiration.
  • Consider how designers in your chosen programme of study, would celebrate drawing.
  • What angle could you bring to the message: technological, social, political, economic
  • Consider the location of Slessor Gardens as a venue.

Part One:

In our group of four we came to the conclusion that pencils and pixels worked along side each other to produce finer work than what could be achieved with one or the other.

To this conclusion we decided to come up with a simple, ‘punchy’ slogan that would bring both pencils and pixels together. So we ended up with the slogan “Better Together”.


We then split into two sets of two in the group to do two hand drawn posters and two graphically made posters.

Myself and my partner were working on the graphically LED posters:


We worked on enhancing the three main peace symbols used in modern protests, the Ying Yang, Smiley face and peace symbol. We incorporated the images associated with pencils and pixels and then formatted them into the symbols together to show the peace between the two disciplines.

The symbols were then put into the posters, both using the slogan “Better Together” and by adapting famous quotes about equality between races. For example Micheal Jackson’s song lyrics from ‘Black Or White’ – “But, if you’re thinkin’ about my baby, It don’t matter if you’re black or white” was adapted to: “But, if you’re thinkin’ about my baby, It don’t matter if you’re pencils or pixels”


poster 2


The above posters were turned into sandwich boards and posters mounted onto wooden sticks.

Part Two:

Second Brief:

‘As our contribution to the Big Draw festival, your group is asked to engage in chalk drawings on the paths around Slessor gardens. The content of the drawings should reflect the changing nature of the waterfront of Dundee. Taking into consideration the V&A museums presence and the discovery walk plaques that are integrated in the walkways, celebrating significant figures from Dundee. N.B We will be working with Suzanne Scott, designer of the discovery walks.

The Walk to Slessor Gardens:

The class in small groups walked down to Slessor Gardens wearing our sandwich boards and holding our banners.


After walking down to the Slessor Gardens with our posters we used chalks to draw symbols onto the pavements around the gardens.

Slessor Gardens Chalk Drawings:

The three peace symbols that we had chosen as a group to use were to be chalked onto the pavements of Slessor Gardens.

The following map with dots on dictates where the chalk drawings were to be placed around the Gardens:

map placement.jpg

The following pictures show the drawings that we as a group created to visually represent our campaign:


To Conclude:

The idea of the Big Draw to my Group was to bring both students and the idea of pencils and pixels together, both to show that design tools, whether old or new can be used together to create better examples of work. The good points of the project for myself and the group were: It allowed us to use iconic imagery to push our point across to the public (the use of the Ying Yang and the other peace symbols). Negatively speaking, there were many different views to this project from different people, even those individuals that shared the views of pencils and pixels been better used together, still had different ideas of how they can be used together – this caused some disparity between the group.

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