In my graphic design class one of my first assignments was to take a word that I felt described me and stylize it in some aesthetically pleasing way. Most of the other students quickly sat down, typed a word, tried different fonts, and then used some of the fancy tools in Adobe Illustrator to mess with the outline of the word and add drop shadows and such. I went home to think.
I really don't believe that I can be described in only one word. On top of that, most people see me one way based on my outward appearance but I think I am actually quite different and more nuanced than they usually think. Sure, most everyone thinks they are unique. But I am a pretty unassuming guy and I tend to get pigeon-holed quite a lot. And, if you have read any of the other posts on this blog, you will see that I am not your average Joe either. So I decided that people usually think I am predictable while I feel that I am actually pretty indecipherable. So I set out to design a graphic that made that point. Here is what I came up with:
(You can click on the picture for a full sized view.)
At first glance it looks as if the word is "Predictable." But, if you look closely, you can find the word "Indecipherable."
In critique, my teacher said that, although the design was simple, it was the only one that was actually "Designed" and that was what the class was really about. I thought that was pretty cool
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