While I was looking for images that I can use on Pinterest, I came across an article that was pinned that talked about “Gen Z Yellow”. I opened it and discovered that this new generation’s color is Yellow, which gave my topic a bigger context – since it’s a trend that is happening at a larger scale than just someone’s favorite color is Yellow.
After collecting all the yellow images I realized that I actually prefer when yellow is used as a pop of color more often than when it’s in an abundance. So I changed my direction a bit and started to look for images that I can either add yellow to, or already had yellow as a pop of color. So I tweaked my idea to be zines that explore how yellow can look good with every color. Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/hindalsaad/yellow-zine-photos/
I was overwhelmed by the number of possibilities that I could use for the zine and the amount that I had to cover with how yellow looks with all the colors, that I felt stuck on what to do. So I decided to add limitations to myself to help.
The first thing I tried was limiting it to flowers, so I got multiple colors of flowers and started scanning them. Some of the experiments looked great, but when I printed them out the colors weren’t as good, and I couldn’t find a way to create a whole zine with them. These were the experimental flower scans:
So I decided to go back to my inspiration and add more limitations so the zine felt well thought out and cohesive. I decided that exploring yellow with all the colors was too much content for one zine – so I thought that would be the whole idea, but for this issue, it would be an intro to yellow. And I decided I wanted to focus on making simple forms so people notice the color and not just the content of the photos – so lines, abstract forms, textures and occasionally line drawings.
When I started experimenting, I tried making my zine on yellow pages, to see if it would still feel too much, which it kind of did feel that way – especially if that approach was for the whole zine. So I tested using yellow in a controlled amount on white paper which worked much better.
These are the experiments: