Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation World Oceans Day illustration
Having worked with us on numerous projects – LEAF . Don't Let Them Disappear . Elephants . Sharks . QRFN – the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation appointed design studio Superfried once again to create a promotional t-shirt to raise awareness via a two week flash sale for World Oceans Day.
During the research stage the client had supplied ocean based imagery, one of which was a rotating shoal of fish. I was immediately drawn to the calming, organic yet geometric, circular shape being formed.
To ensure the focus remained solely on the oceans rather than the plight of an individual species, the fish that formed the basis of the illustration was deliberately generic. A quick mock-up based on duplication of one fish sketch was approved, but now it had to feel more organic.
Each fish in turn was tweaked and adapted to ensure it was unique in some way, as would be the case in the wild. This immediately transformed the feel of the illustration despite the minimal, silhouette style employed. The final piece was signed-off and sent to Represent for production for the flash sale.
The t-shirt sale was a great success. It was personally rewarding to see it worn by practitioners and experts within the field including Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and Mr Leonardo DiCaprio himself.
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Tee worn by Leonardo DiCaprio, Enric Sala – National Geographic, and scientists at Global Fishing Watch – photo by Oceana/ Patrick Mustain.