Symbiosis is the interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both.
In choosing a natural phenomenon to visually communicate, I challenged myself and chose symbiosis. Symbiosis is a more complex natural phenomenon as opposed to the more literal tangible topics that have been chosen by students before.
Create a book that focuses on a natural phenomenon using the various design exercises as prompted. Restrictions: use only black, white, and another spot color throughout the book.
I wanted to challenge myself by portraying an abstract phenomenon that is an interaction, rather than something that is an object of nature.
RESEARCH: SYMBIOSIS INSPIRATION BOARD
DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
During the course of this project, students were asked to create 5-7 iterations of each project type inside the book. I was initially incredibly frustrated throughout this process because it felt like I was being indecisive and didn't have a clear bigger picture of what the project could produce.
However, after our midpoint check in, I realized that these rapid iterations that I was forced to create helped me find different patterns of success with how I chose to visually portray symbiosis. I found that each item that was favored by the class and instructors (during group critiques) consisted of animal silhouettes and were very bold, playful and abstract. I quickly learned that no iteration I made was a waste of time as it eventually helped me get to my final product.
This project really opened my eyes to the different ways I could use design to visually communicate an abstract concept. It helped me better understand the significance of symbolism/iconography, and how many ways you can approach one problem. It got extremely taxing when we were asked to produce 5 versions of each assignment. However, overtime it made me realize how important it was for me as a designer to be patient and iterate while responding to feedback.
Exploring design options through iteration
is an important tool in order to deliver effective