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visual communication practice

Don't be an ass, use your manners


Description of idea

Describe your idea and concept of your work in relation to the festival outlines:

My concept was to open up peoples views on manners.

What kind of communication approach do you use?

The communication approach I have used in my work is humorous, with a twist of irony. As manners doesn't deal with swear words or being confrontational, I have used irony in my illustration and text to make people laugh but also think about what is manners.

We all know being in a crowded public space to be frustrating and this makes it more frustrating when people are rude or don’t use their manners. We have all thought of those people as, insert insult here, and we get angry. My campaign draws that in saying to you and those rude people, “Hey don’t be an ass, it’s not that hard to say Thank you, excuse me or please.’ So just say it don’t be afraid of talking or using your manners.

What are in your opinion concrete benefits to the society because of your communication?

Hopefully this campaign brings awareness of people manners. Manners in society is a sign of respect, and they make you feel good to say it and to hear it, it acknowledges others and creates peace.

Using your manners makes you talk more and interact with others. Hopefully this will make people work together to help others in need.

What did you personally learn from creating your submitted work?

I became more aware of my manners more, and I also became frustrated as I saw the lack of other peoples manners.
I actually became more open with my communication and voiced my concern when an elderly man on the train couldn't get out of the train, as people were pushing to get on. Usually other people and myself would stand there quietly, but out of my frustration of the lack of manners people had, I voiced my manners and said ‘Excuse me, he is trying to get out of the train’, and a young man said sorry.

This work has me more aware of myself, and especially talking and voicing my manners in public.

Why is your work, GOOD communication WORK?

My work is good advertising design as it’s trying to bring back peoples awareness of their manners. It’s making them think about what are manners, and the manners they were taught as children. As it is still a useful and respectful part of our society today.

Where and how do you intent do implement your work?

This work would run as a campaign all over Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. Mainly in public transport areas, as there is a high level of people who can see the work. The works would be placed on posters and some billboards. People would find out more about the campaign and about manners on our Facebook site. Hopefully this will create a platform where people can voice their opinions on manners and its relevance today.

Did your intervention had an effect on other Media. If yes, describe the effect? (Has other media reported on it- how? Were you able to change other media with your work- how?)

Not to sure.


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Entry details


Don't be an ass, use your manners


Don't be an ass, use your manners

Concept author(s)

Adriana P

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Concept author(s) contribution

I created the poster.



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visual communication practice

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Swinburne University