Following the theme of identity, we were asked to design urban signage that was focussed on reclaiming public spaces through the encouragement of redefining acceptable public behaviour. This felt like it would be a difficult task but after having gone through the preceding stages of development in the Picture, Symbol, Icon module, I have learnt to loosen up my way of thinking by trying not to worry about whether I’m doing it right and instead focusing on trying to just get ideas on the page. We decided to brainstorm actions that people would generally think to be unusual if you did them on the street. We came up with some really good ideas and it was good to do something that was out of my comfort zone again.
I’m finding the simplicity of this module really interesting, how we have to just focus on the objects and the identity of the object, instead of how it’s going to be perceived. I’ve been struggling to not jump ahead and put meaning into these ideas, instead of just exploring the possibilities of the objects. This brief, though, required us to come up with the idea first and then design the sign next which is how I would normally go about a project. It was good to work in the way I’m used to again.