The first round of projects being due is upon us (aka me). Graphic Design was the first in the list. I always love the graphic projects because they are so methodical. I enjoy being creative but I also like knowing exactly what I'm supposed to be doing and when. You should see all the stuff I write in my planner!
Creating an icon for a branch of medicine began with picking a branch of medicine of course. I thought about nutrition, but I felt that Preventive Medicine was more all-encompassing. I think that though nutrition is great, overall health is so much more. It's important to take care of your body with exercise, flu shots, vaccines, hand washing, etc. and also your mental health. Preventive Medicine is about keeping balance in all aspects of health and trying to avoid sickness as much as possible but also healthfully dealing with the sicknesses that do happen. Also, it's "Preventive Medicine" not "Preventative Medicine" which is what I always said. http://grammarist.com/spelling/preventative-preventive/ An interesting factoid I learned in this project.
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I went with an apple motif to create three different icon ideas. I was really drawn to the center design. The calm color scheme and the square shape gave me a feeling of safety and stability. Though the back brown triangle is supposed to be a fence, it didn't read like a fence. I still loved the fence idea, keeping you safe in your home. The family was also too still. Taking out the fence slats and making the family more active fixed these issues, but it still kept the square shape and color scheme. I am happy with the end result and look forward to creating a logo for the Integrative Physiology Lab at UIC. We took a tour of the lab last Wednesday and I'm excited to start coming up with some unique ideas. It's a bit intimidating to come up with something that's not cheesy or trite.