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CREATING A SAFETY SYMBOL

V. Ryan 2006 - 2008

 

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You are to create your own safety symbols by converting pictures into simpler versions. The basic rule is to simplify a picture/pictures, removing detail so that only an outline is left. The outline of the symbol should be smooth and flow. The symbol must be recognised at a glance. In example 1 two detailed pictures have been simplified to give a final safety symbol. This symbol has been designed to remind people to close fire doors. Complete questions 2 and 3. Remember to select your colours very carefully and limit yourself to two or three shades / colours.

 
   
     

 

     

The picture of the runner and the fire have been combined to produce a symbol aimed at reminding people to close fire doors. Do you think it is an effective / recognisable symbol? Explain your answer.

 
 
 
     

 

     
Do you think your symbol is easy to understand? Could it be improved in anyway?
 
 
 
     

Each year many people (especially young people) are killed whilst speeding on a motorbike. Look carefully at the picture of the motor bike and brick wall. Convert these detailed images into a symbol that could be used on posters and bill boards to remind young bike riders to slow down and to take care.

 
   

   

   

Do you think that your design is likely to be noticed by young motorbike riders? Will they understand its message?

 
 
 
 
     

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