Sunday, November 16, 2008

In Reference to the Reading... (Vis Com)

The readings both had the same basic principles about visual language and how images are much broader in meaning and how each individual will view something and think something different. I thought it interesting that after that part of the reading it went on to say that you don't have to be literate in order to understand what the picture is trying to portray, yet some education of the public might be required to broaden the sense of understanding.

In our last project, our images could definitely be understood by our classmates, possibly even to upper class men. Then I started to think about my own work, would my images be understood up at Sunfresh? What about in St. Charles? Iowa? Florida? Ireland? Where would understanding stop? How much would I have to say in order for people to understand if I didn't include the lines of the Haiku? The further you push into abstraction the less likely someone would be able to get it. This is something that I as a designer, and that all of us as designers, have to keep in mind no matter what we're working on. Yeah, that's a picture of a cigarette, what of it?