Assessment 1 – Word and Meaning – Final Outcome

I’m pretty happy with my final outcome for this assessment! I ended up making the word out of white quinoa, which was fairly easy to work with after dampening it a little (dry quinoa has a mind of its own!). I used black poppy seeds to outline each letter, as black chia seeds ended up being more grey than black and just didn’t look right. I then made the starburst shape out of almonds and worked my way back in adding goji berries, kiwi fruit, blueberries, and sunflower seeds.









Assessment 1 – Word and Meaning – Inspirational Images

I’ve been browsing Google Images for inspirational images, and after needing to take a break to go and buy an apple, I have collated a selection of images that I love the look of.

The first ones are generic food art:

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And the second lot is words spelled out with food:


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And also this photo, which shows superfoods and their various colourings:

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Assessment 1 – Word and Meaning – More Thoughts

I have decided to go with my idea of creating the word SUPER out of superfoods, such as blueberries, nuts, seeds, etc, and to make it look like a word in a comic book drawing.

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Food provides so many different colours and textures, even within the superfood category there’s so much to choose from!

At this stage my main concerns are:

  • How do I make the food match the style of typeface that I want?
  • What foods will be easiest to work with? How do I prepare them so that they are still recognisable, yet are small enough to place into the final artwork?
  • How to keep the food in place while I’m laying everything out?
  • What size to make the final piece so that I can get the whole thing into one photo while keeping the word legible?

A quick play with fonts:


And here is a quick draft I put together using Illustrator, which uses a font called “Bangers” which I downloaded from a free font website.


Assessment 1 – What is a Superfood anyway?

So far I have two ideas for my final submission.

The first is to create the word “SUPER” out of blueberries. I really like the idea of using a superfood to spell the word super, and it’s food… see what I did there?! I’d lay the blueberries out on the bench and take the photo from above, or on a sheet of paper. I like the idea of using a green background with the dark blueberries, the colour contrast would work nicely. I could use directional light to create shadows to add some dimension.

The second idea is to get lots of junk food, like a mountain of French fries, and use them as my background. The photo would be edited to make the junk food sepia toned or just black and white, with the word “SUPER” spelled out in the foreground in healthy foods and still in colour. This could be done by taking two photos and editing them together (probably the easier option), or all in one. I wonder how much photo editing we are allowed to do.

Ooh, I just thought of a third idea… to re-create something like the POW image from my previous Assessment 1 post, all made out of food. Which brings me to the point of this post… what is a superfood anyway?

Wanjek (2015) writes that a superfood is a food, usually plant-based, which is nutritionally dense, but there is no set criteria for what makes a food super. Wanjek lists the following foods as being generally accepted superfoods – blueberries, kiwifruit, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, kale, sweet potato, squash, and fatty fish (salmon, sardines, and mackerel).

And now a picture! Because I need to go and have a snack now.

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Wanjek, C. (2015, May 11). What Are Superfoods? Retrieved July 18, 2017, from

Assessment 1 – Word and Meaning – Initial Thoughts

This week we were required to pick a word and a material from a set list, and only one person could pick each combination. Luckily I was the third person to pick my combo, and I ended up picking “super” for my word, and “food” for my material.

Google defines super as follows:


And the two words together – superfood – also have their own meaning:


I keep gravitating towards the idea of a superhero theme for the word, but I’m not sure how to execute that. I’d imagine that a superhero themed font would have large, cartoony letters, like this image which I think is from Batman:

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Another idea is to make letters out of superfoods, such as blueberries, kale, etc, or use negative space created by the foods, like this:

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