"Play. Reflect. Repeat."
Nibana is a small extravagant festival based on exploration without intoxication. A place where pretty much everything is possible and you can experiment with different sides of yourself.
Initiator of Nibana: Sander Koppelaar
Co-conspirator: Bart-Jan Dokter
Web designer: Marieke Schoutsen
Designer, illustrator: Francesca Barchiesi
Logo designer: Vlad Cristea
Website research: Justyna Krakowiak
Programming team: Marlies IJsvelt
Photos: Sacha Post
For this extremely fun and creative project, my mission was to design intriguing visuals to suggest the feeling and atmosphere of the festival. I created illustrations that run across website and prints.
The challenge was to represent the essence of the festival in its dual aspect of introspection and extrospection, represent and promote sexuality in a friendly way, evoke happiness and playfulness avoiding the connotation of a children illustration.
Overall use elements and details without being too specific and leave enough room for imagination and personal interpretation.
Nibana stands for a free state of mind, it has to do with desire and it stands for freedom, happiness, dancing, sexuality, individual expression, diversity, experimenting, inner peace, community, safety and consciousness.
An ideal world where people can take some of this experience home to positively influence their life and the lives of the people they interact with.
Nibana is an intimate zero-intoxication festival that focuses on individual expression, community and exploring different sides of yourself in a safe space.
The main deliverable was the banner image for the website.
I created a composition that wants to trigger curiosity, express diversity and emotions, encourage freedom and sexual exploration, convey a sense of safety and security, raise a sense of community and give room to inner space and meditation.
A central character extends its hand inviting you to enter the world of Nibana, hands in hands with a string of dancing creatures that fades away into the horizon...
The illustration style is polished but warm. Starting from a hand drawing I used Photoshop to digitalise shapes and colours. Ultimately I created vectors and added texture for a warmer and refined touch.
To evoke the feeling of a cheerful atmosphere in a daytime outdoor sunny environment, I chose shades of different earth colours with hints of bring reds, yellows and blues.
Nibana take place on a beautiful green terrain in the French countryside. It's small enough to be cozy, yet big enough to wander off. The various playgrounds on the terrain each cater to a different mood.
In line with the style, I made a map of the terrain and created a series of smaller illustration representing the different areas and activities.
live and eat
Garden of eden
Where full nudity is safely contained
Where so much