Inequality of Urban Space
This set of symbols represents a narrative from past to present in order to help shape a healthier future. Countless cities around the world are experiencing population growth at such an exponential rate that they are forced to expand their borders. This is known as urban sprawling. The issue is not in the expansion itself, but rather the means in which it is accomplished. New developments are concerned with one thing, proximity to the inner city. So much so that they irresponsibly overtake once thriving ecosystems, often supporting niche species of wildlife that are forced to vanish.
These symbols contain nine subsets, each representing a location in or around a fictional developing city. Rather than starting with a blank canvas for each symbol I chose to add on top of an existing symbol. These subsets are progressions of urban developments as the need for access, traffic flow, and residential and commercial space increases. This progression is shown through the enlarging of existing shapes and addition of new shapes.
Although these locations are fictional the issue is far from it. Understanding the severity of this situation is just the beginning.
Mathew is a graphic designer and is in his senior year at the University of Houston. He’s always looking for unique opportunities to utilize and enhance his skills as an effective designer by teaming with others in creative environments. In addition to graphics he also enjoy environmental photography, and landscape architecture.
Kimberly Gosling, Birgitta Le Roux,
Kaylynne Thompson and Zanele Mkhwanazi
Johannesburg Botanical Gardens
Hector Pieterson Memorial History
Newtown Cultural Precinct
South African Museum of Military History
Inequality of Urban Space
There ain’t no burger like a Joburger, and what is the best way to experience Johannesburg and the people who live in it? The answer to that is to explore this city and experience its rich cultures, its vibrant people and the history that surrounds it.
These icons are inspired by the areas and hot spots in Johannesburg where you can find all that this city has to offer. They are a celebration of what Johannesburg has to offer to everyone who visits the city, all one has to do is look at the map of Johannesburg and they will see all these great places that they can explore. These icons are the mapped representations of some of the top places for tourists and locals to visit in some of the most amazing up and coming areas in the city.
Kimberly Gosling, Birgitta Le Roux,
Kaylynne Thompson and Zanele Mkhwanazi
Kimberly Gosling, Birgitta Le Roux, Kaylynne Thompson and Zanele Mkhwanazi worked together as a group as they were all born and breed in Johannesburg. They decided to create the symbols to highlight areas in ‘Jozi’ that they love, especially as Johannesburg is often overlooked as a tourist destination.
Wireless is the Root of Life
Robots (Artificial Intelligence)
Charged Energy without Rest
Child Created by 3 Parents
Nano-bots Replace Neurons
Precise Location Services
Devices Speaking to One Another
Technology has rapidly advanced since the start of the 21st century and is quickly minimizing the efforts of tasks both big and small. It has changed our world for better and for worse, allowing us to communicate across devices around the world, yet also invade privacy and promote negligence in manual labor. Science and engineering have already made great leads towards technology in transplants, machinery, and devices, but have also made big predictions for future hi-tech gear. Many of these predictions made by creators and society have also showcased themselves in imaginary worlds designed by Hollywood. It leads one to wonder what the future of technology will actually look like and how society will function with these hi-tech gadgets and ideas.
Technological Growth illustrates the variety of scientific knowledge that we live with today and the direction it is heading in according to science and pop culture. Product description and purpose are translated into an arrangement of geometric and abstract shapes and lines, which invents 45 visual depictions and systems of present and future technological devices and services.
Candice Cantu is a senior at the University of Houston, School of Art. She’s a graphic design major, a musician, a poet, and a lover of challenges and fine craft.
Energy is an elemental component in our life. For years, we have been relying on limited natural resources to fulfill our needs for energy. Coal, natural gas and oil cover 80% of our current energy needs in the world and the demand is expected to grow almost half over the next twenty years. These natural resources are in limited supply because it takes hundreds of thousands of years to replenish the assets. With seven billion people living on our planet, how long are we going to be able to rely on these resources? We only have an average of 70 years left of nonrenewable resources. Over-consumption, over-population, poor infrastructure and a deficient distribution system are just some of the factors that brought on this crisis. Reality is that it is impossible to have such high demand on limited natural resources without ultimately running out.
For my 45 symbols I was inspired by the wistful situation in my country. Venezuela is a country that has its entire economy based on petroleum. I have witnessed the mass amounts of destruction that humans cause for the sake of our economy.
Formally, I was inspired by electric circuits diagrams. Every symbol defines an aspect of the crisis and the decay and devastation of our natural resources. The varied weight of the lines show the degradation of our planet and how it is being destroyed by humans. The circles serve as a foundation for the almost incomplete lines.
Vanessa is currently a senior Graphic design student at University of Houston. She was born in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to Houston almost eight years ago. One of her biggest passions is lettering and typography. She is very influenced by her culture and try to bring different aspects to her designs. Coming from another country opened her eyes as a designer and definitely shaped who she is as a creative person. She is inspired by everything that surrounds her and is always open to learn new things.
Danielle Rouillard, Marcel Sadowski,
Siane Power and Jessica Donner
In this ever changing world it is important that we stay present, that we do not get lost in the everyday happenings of our own lives and forget to look up, look around and then look within. In order to move forward, as individuals, as a society, as a world community, we have to be aware.
The message that we have chosen to embody in our 45 symbols is one of awareness. A state of awareness that we do not feel is realistically achieved by the majority of the world community. While it is common knowledge that there is global climate change in effect, a certain sense of denial amongst some and perhaps a removal of the self from the effects of such seem to prevail.
We have chosen to represent both the causes and effects of climate change on one sphere, many of which each person interacts with on a day-to-day basis. By doing so one is faced with accountability. The connections between individual actions and global events are exposed. It thus becomes evident that we are not merely isolated islands, but rather one body, living, breathing and acting together.
We aim to abolish this personal bubble and to connect individuals on a global scale, as one world community, facing the same challenge.
We worked as a group of four, as we were all born and breed in Johannesburg. The members of our group are: Danielle Rouillard, Marcel Sadowski, Siane Power and Jessica Donner.
Marcel Sadowski is a digital designer from Johannesburg, South Africa. He is currently studying Multimedia Design at Greenside Design Center and specializes in UX/UI design and front-end web design. Clean lines and beautiful type define his style and he always tries to find the most efficient way to complete any task.
Danielle Rouillard is a digital designer from Johannesburg, South Africa and is currently studying Multimedia Design at Greenside Design Center. She creates minimalistic designs with small intricacies and elegant typography. Writing is a great love of hers and so is designing for a cause in the hopes that her design will contribute more to the world.
Jessica Donner is a Multimedia Designer from Johannesburg, South Africa. She received her B.A from Greenside Design Center in 2015. Shortly after graduating, she accepted a job at a social branding agency, helping companies build up their brands and advertise online. In addition to designing, Jessica is a dedicated aquariast and herptologist, dedicating most of her time to raising awareness around environmental issues across the globe.
Siané Power is a young sprightly multimedia designer and currently studying her honours in Visual Communication at Greenside Design Center. What she enjoy the most about what she does is illustration and motion graphics, she thinks that they are the bee’s knees and super fun to create. But in general, she feels passionate about the idea of using design as a tool to change the world for the better and hopes one day to achieve amazing things.
The world is constantly changing, but not always in a positive way. With the increase in human population, there is an excessive amount of demands on natural resources. Removing trees and plants to increase areas of cultivation has become a custom to our society. But what one does not realize is that this process destroys the homes and habitats of many species.
It appears that the amount of endangered species grows and grows everyday. Many creatures are hunted down for sport while others are killed for their fur or ivory tusks. Not all endangered species are being hunted, but the amount of pollution and filth created by humans are harming these creatures and causing them to decrease in population.
There are many organizations that try to protect these species from being extinct, but that is still not enough. These 45 symbols depict species that are in critical danger, as they are being depleted from the face of this earth. With these forty five symbols, I hope to bring more awareness to this crisis, as together we can stop this problem.
My name is Jose C. Diaz. I am currently a Graphic Design student at the University of Houston. I was introduced to this subject matter via a professor, but it turned out to be one of my favorite projects this semester. As a young graphic artists I enjoy illustration quite a bit, therefore the “45 Symbols” concept quickly peaked my interest.
Speak, Listen, Be heard
Research suggests that the key to language development may directly relate to the environment in which it is spoken. Relationships may exist between average yearly temperature, rainfall and degree of tree cover and the sounds and syllables used. Previously, the concept of acoustic adaptation was applied to songbirds: the frequencies of their songs alter depending on the level of vegetation in their habitat.
Current political events portray the Middle East in a very negative light. As a consequence, discrimination against traditional conventions such as the way people dress, or speak is on the rise. Language is the primary method of human communication; if language is forbidden, open communication cannot occur and misconceptions are further cemented.
This set of symbols is established on the idea that an alphabet is a set of visual symbols with assigned meaning and sound. This fictitious alphabet consisting of 45 symbols combine Urdu, Persian, Arabic, and Latin characters based on their sound. Arabic, Persian and Urdu all have a more extensive set of characters as compared to English; many sounds that can be made in these languages cannot be made in English. The 45 symbols were made to promote the concept of a universal language encompassing every type of individual without bias or stigma. Each symbol is attached to a character from IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) instructing the reader of the sounds of oral language that it represents.
/ˈlo.kwiː/ (loqui) is the idea that as humans we are all entitled to our own form of unencumbered communication, without being judged for the way any language sounds.
A playlist of the creation of the 45 symbols that make up Loqui on youtube
Creation and naming
Historically, both Persian and Urdu were built using Arabic as a “base” and thus use the same characters for their alphabets. Yet, languages developed over time, and more characters were added as more sounds were needed. Thus, placing the languages on a time line, it is seen that Urdu has the most characters as it is the language that was developed last.
The symbols are created by combining Arabic, Persian and Urdu characters with the sounds that they make. The sounds are spelt out using Latin characters and each symbol is named using International Phonetic Alphabet.
Thus, each symbol is a merging of Middle- Eastern and Western characters and the name of each symbol is a visual representation of speech sound created.
Raafia Jessa is a student in the Graphic Design Program at the University of Houston, expected to graduate in May 2016. Before discovering graphic design, she spent almost three years as a math major with an English minor. Both these fields of study greatly impacted her and still influence her in the way she designs. Raafia has a fond relationship to proportion, simplicity and symmetry, principles on which her work is often based. Upon graduation she hopes to further develop as a designer and explore various avenues of design.
In the Western World, there exists a gender binary, a social dichotomy that society conforms to which meets the ideals of masculinity and femininity in all aspects of sex and gender. Through the category of Transforming Gender, I wanted to delve into the idea that the human identity is not just “black and white” as we tend to adhere to.
Through the use of the Identity Spectrum, we can rethink the idea of the gender symbols. The original Identity Spectrum was created by translategender.org and Ahuviya Harel, then later modified by Ian Night. The spectrum celebrates that the human identity is not just male and female. Other categories to take into account are gender identity, gender expression, sexual attraction, and romantic attraction. With these factors taken into account, a subjective experience of one’s own gender can be better understood.
The Identity Spectrum Survey
A survey was created and distributed among the LGBT community on Reddit.com. Once the survey was completed by
the participants, data was collected and translated into the 45 symbols. The symbol’s structure is based on the format of the Identity Spectrum. Each category has it’s own set of symbols. Like phases of the moon, the symbols change according to where you are on the spectrum. A structure reminiscent of a DNA strand forms to create unique gender symbols representing the participant’s identity.
Grace lives and works as a graphic designer in her hometown of Houston, Texas. She is a senior in the Graphic Design Program at the University of Houston. Her professor, Sibylle Hagmann, introduced her to the 45 Symbols project, which became a medium to explore her interest in the gender binary through the category of Transforming Gender.
As humans we are always striving to connect with other people, their ideas, the environment we live in, and the context that surrounds us. Through time, people have continued to progress alongside technology with the concept of ‘connectivity’ evolving simultaneously.
Similar to our presence in a physical space, we exist in a digital realm that is seemingly much vaster than our perceived environment. Technology has driven humans to create digital networks that keep us connected to everything and everyone around us. Technological advances allow us to connect effortlessly and instantly with people around the globe. Digital networks constitute their own invisible space and we experience it as an expansion of our physical environment, such as our home, workplace, or car.
Each of the 45 symbols illustrates a different scenario of a network’s functionality, and how these connections relate to human interactions within a physical space.
Helen Nerio is a senior majoring in Graphic Design at the University of Houston. She was born in El Salvador and grew up in Katy, Texas.
Helen has a passion for lettering and learning new things. She also enjoys utilizing her design to bring about awareness of social issues. In the same vein, her 45 symbols serve to call attention to how technology has become such an important part of our lives.
After graduation, Helen plans on continuing to practice design and use her skillset to become a social entrepreneur.