Icon to represent Graphic Design

Primary tabs

28 posts / 0 new
Last post
Matthew's picture
Offline
Joined: 20 Jan 2008 - 5:24pm
Icon to represent Graphic Design
0

If you could use one icon to represent a graphic design department within a creative agency, what would it be?

For example -

Sound = Headphones/Speakers,
Video = Video Camera/Filmstrip,
Photography = Camera/Film Canister,
Graphic Design = ?

PS - Not a Mac!

Ben McElroy's picture
Offline
Joined: 12 May 2007 - 7:02pm
0

Pencil, pen, brush, knife and ruler/T-square, mug, laser printer perhaps? Or a pixelated mouse pointer...

Blank's picture
Offline
Joined: 25 Sep 2006 - 2:15pm
0

A white circle with soft edges to celebrate the ephemeral nature of brilliance.

davef85's picture
Offline
Joined: 11 Nov 2008 - 10:04am
0

Um...
Crop and registration marks would work as well

Scott Leyes's picture
Offline
Joined: 13 Mar 2007 - 2:24pm
0

Halftone Screen. Technical Pen. Tear-stained change order.

H F's picture
H F
Offline
Joined: 29 Mar 2007 - 3:37pm
0

A silhouette of Neville Brody's hair.

oprion's picture
Offline
Joined: 15 Nov 2007 - 12:15pm
0

A pica ruler :D
_____________________________________________
Personal Art and Design Portal of Ivan Gulkov
www.ivangdesign.com

Nina Stössinger's picture
Joined: 19 Jun 2006 - 3:01pm
0

A large coffee mug. (-:

Martin McCully's picture
Offline
Joined: 8 Dec 2005 - 5:21am
0

I second that, a large coffee mug.

Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm
0

Not really an icon: CMYK. Anyone but a designer wouldn't understand it, though.

Maxx-W's picture
Offline
Joined: 3 Nov 2008 - 3:41pm
0

Something like this except less thrown together and more polished.
And probably smaller.

Héctor Muñoz Huerta's picture
Joined: 21 Feb 2003 - 11:00am
0

An eye

Héctor

Nina Stössinger's picture
Joined: 19 Jun 2006 - 3:01pm
0

Something like this
Cool. A very basic, visual intelligence test. :-D

Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm
0

Or perhaps a distinct letterform.

Dan Greene's picture
Offline
Joined: 19 Jan 2006 - 6:40pm
0

Perhaps primary shapes? Triangle within circle within square?

oprion's picture
Offline
Joined: 15 Nov 2007 - 12:15pm
0

Another possible variation on the same idea.


_____________________________________________
Personal Art and Design Portal of Ivan Gulkov
www.ivangdesign.com

istariskoda's picture
Offline
Joined: 10 Nov 2008 - 9:04pm
0

Maxx-W, I was thinking along those same lines, but I think you have your 'Y' and your 'K' mixed up.

Chuck

istariskoda's picture
Offline
Joined: 10 Nov 2008 - 9:04pm
0

And, I know it was a stipulation, but I do still think a mac would be good:

Chuck

Simon Daniels's picture
Offline
Joined: 11 Apr 2002 - 6:37pm
0

Here's a good one for "graphic designer"

Might be okay for "graphic design"? ;-)

James Arboghast's picture
Offline
Joined: 20 Sep 2005 - 1:09pm
0

Except for Neville Brody's hair and Sii's Macca's worker, all of these ideas I've seen before as props for G.D, and not one has ever been used for such.

Only thing I can think of is a detail from a Dürer woodcut or engraving in a process color on white background, with coffee stains on it.

j a m e s

tim middleton's picture
Offline
Joined: 10 Nov 2007 - 11:44pm
0

I have had to solve this sort of thing in the past . . . you have to play off the similarities of the elements to make something greater than the sum of the individual units.

A Light Bulb for each of the four
but the bulb is somehow morphed into an object of the trade.

a paint brush for the designer
a tv for video
a camera lens for the photog
a microphone for audio

or

A Bird for all of them
and each is wearing/interacting with a device of the trade. . . .

BTW - originality is a thing of the past - just be unique in the implementation of your style...

Above all let us know how it turns out...

thanks - versonova

Petar Belic's picture
Offline
Joined: 16 Nov 2008 - 5:16pm
0

The CMYK thingie is no longer as relevant as it was 10 years ago. Graphic designer work both online and and in print now. Something more basic like an illustrating hand may be suitable. It's a jolly hard one, as the the times, they are a changing...!

Bites of Life's picture
Offline
Joined: 25 Apr 2008 - 6:11am
0

You need Typography and Image.
Why dont you create/play with an image conveyed with type reading Graphic Design? Creatively?
I dont think you'll be able to find a singular element to represent such as broad discipline.
Laura

Theunis de Jong's picture
Offline
Joined: 22 Apr 2008 - 5:06pm
0

(Part of) An iconic image:

Bites of Life's picture
Offline
Joined: 25 Apr 2008 - 6:11am
0

To me that means...drawing. Perhaps illustration.
Type needs to appear in a creative way to say Graphic design

Gary Austin's picture
Offline
Joined: 20 Nov 2008 - 9:29am
0

Maybe a symbol from the Adobe Creative Suite?

The colour palette or the pen tool perhaps. Although these could suggest anything from painter and decorator to journalist if people are not familiar with Illustrator/Photoshop etc.

No simple solution I'm afraid, You'll probably need to combine a few elements, as obviously GD is such a broad discipline.

Frode Bo Helland's picture
Joined: 26 Feb 2007 - 1:03pm
0

The pathfinder icon suggests arranging of objects, which in a brooooaaad sense is essentially what graphic design is.

klaus kremer's picture
Offline
Joined: 5 May 2008 - 5:21pm
0

Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man or the Reutersvärd triangle...