Following our look at the toilet sign ideograms in this week’s Lecture, we set about creating our own. We began by using graph paper to plan out our designs, which forced us to think about our work within the constraints of a grid (just as designers before us were constrained by the tools of the time). When sketching out the male / female symbols for my sign, I aimed for it to be a relatively abstract sign suitable for western culture; I also aimed to use similar shapes and styles across the two ‘people’ as a means of matching them as a set. I had to try out a few different styles before I found one that conveyed seemed to work well.
Cue 2nd Year; Semester 1, and this time round my blog entries are going to be of a more visual nature for the DES2104 unit on Vector Illustrations. These entries are set to focus on the content of the lectures (handy things to remember), relevant readings and/or practise, and any inspiration/ideas/work on assignments.
The first lecture started with the basics, providing a distinction between images and pictures, and explaining how images can be considered to sit on a realism continuum.
“Pictures are to Image what Types is to Words”
It was explained that ‘pictures’ can be considered as that which we view naturally, be it what we see in the visible world or what we see in our imagination and dreams. By comparison, an ‘image’ is an attempt to capture a picture; an representation of what we see in the world or in our minds eye.