HIV/AIDS

How is HIV/AIDS visualized?
As I dive into exploring and researching the visualization of HIV/AIDS, I felt it would be necessary to document the progression of my research. Through creating a visual narrative of my findings, I hope to of capture the depth and broadness of this heavy topic.

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3 years ago with 4 notes

Tagged: HIV AIDS communication symbol

Here is the final rendition of my symbol.

Here is the final rendition of my symbol.

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3 years ago with 7 notes

Tagged: HIV AIDS symbols

Here is another rendition of my logo, I decided that connecting the circular form of the helped create a more fluid transition in reading and references a blood cell, as well as the unifying aspirations I have through this symbol. 

Here is another rendition of my logo, I decided that connecting the circular form of the helped create a more fluid transition in reading and references a blood cell, as well as the unifying aspirations I have through this symbol. 

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3 years ago with 1 note

Tagged: HIV AIDS brainstorming sketches

Here is the first round of sketches and brainstorming for the narrative covering of this semester.

Here is the first round of sketches and brainstorming for the narrative covering of this semester.

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3 years ago with 1 note

Tagged: HIV AIDS sketches brainstorming

Here is the last portion of experimentation in Illustrator. 

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3 years ago with 1 note

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After making hundreds of sketches, I continued my exploration through Illustrator. In using a different medium I was able to approach the symbol with a new emphasis and breadth of experimenting with form, counter form, and color to name a few.  

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3 years ago with 4 notes

Tagged: HIV AIDS sketches symbols color brainstorming

This is the further development taken from my previous sketches of making a symbol based on the way the word ‘AIDS’ is formed. I wanted to see the power not only of the large level but to explore if the smaller version held the same impact. Then I did a color study based off the literal interpretation of HIV/AIDS as well as organic, baroque and industrial interpretations (topics pulled out of a hat). 

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3 years ago with 5 notes

Tagged: AIDS HIV sketches brainstorming language

After studying the symbols I found in Afrikan Alphabets, I chose to approach designing a symbol for AIDS that was based on the way it sounds. While in Starbucks I repeatedly sounded out AIDS for a couple of hours, and based on the way my mouth and tongue opened, closed and moved was what I based each line off. At the top right of the page is where I began my study, developing further in trials down the page. 

After studying the symbols I found in Afrikan Alphabets, I chose to approach designing a symbol for AIDS that was based on the way it sounds. While in Starbucks I repeatedly sounded out AIDS for a couple of hours, and based on the way my mouth and tongue opened, closed and moved was what I based each line off. At the top right of the page is where I began my study, developing further in trials down the page. 

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3 years ago with 7 notes

Tagged: HIV AIDS Bantu Africa language symbols brainstorming

While researching pictorial languages, I came across the book Afrikan alphabets : The Story of Writing in Afrika by Saki Mafundikwa. I am captivated by the powerful forms whose meaning transcends such wildly different cultures (such as my own and the Bantu people). The way these simple symbols communicate despite cultural differences is intoxicating, informing my understanding of the purpose of a symbol. 

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3 years ago with 2 notes

Tagged: HIV AIDS symbols design

expanding avenues

During brainstorming I found myself repeating the same concepts and struggling to approach the problem with fresh eyes and an open mind. The geometric forms I was choosing were based in the roots of my research. I pulled from the iconic Gran Fury pink triangle and focused on how other international symbols were effective, which were generally simple while concrete in form (such as the Red Cross symbol). But I wasn’t completely satisfied, as I believed there were other routes I should explore before finalizing the symbol. Wanting to expand on the beautiful geometry I was so attracted to, I decided to research pictorial languages.  

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3 years ago with 1 note

Tagged: HIV AIDS sketches brainstorming

Here are some sketches while brainstorming from a few weeks ago, around the middle of my search after the second round of critiques.