Tuesday 15th November 2016

Today I got briefed on 2 new projects with the overarching theme of composition and communication. The first brief and project which I will be working on is titled ‘Compositional Awareness’. Its objective: ‘To develop and enhance the use of visual elements and the space they inhabit to explore the link between composition and communication.’ My first task of the project is to create a series of pictograms from the headings ‘animal’, ‘vegetable’ and ‘mineral’. The pictograms are meant to work as a visual dictionary, simple images which communicate their subject obviously.

Google definition:

noun: pictogram
  1. a pictorial symbol for a word or phrase. Pictographs were used as the earliest known form of writing, examples having been discovered in Egypt and Mesopotamia from before 3000 BC.
    • a pictorial representation of statistics on a chart, graph, or computer screen.

For example, these are common pictograms:

From the 3 given headings, I am to create 10 pictograms each, with the end result of 30 pictograms. I then have to use them to create 20 various compositions to print on A3. The images have to all be black and white.

I have decided that Ibats will be creating pictograms of bats first, as they are my favourite animal and I feel I could create a range of different images due to the 100’s of species which exist. I also have a Natural History Museum book titled ‘BATS’ by Phil Richardson which is filled with photographs and diagrams which is perfect as a source material.

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