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September 16, 2010 / ashithymia


There are many symbols for sound found in music notation, on our iPods, on telephones,televisions, etc.etc. However, their meanings are often quite different, from music notation which denotes how we should play a sound (e.g. legato, forte, accented, gradually becoming louder) to the call button on a telephone which allows us to hear sound.

A very common sound symbol is the ‘play’ symbol.

Found on iPods, alarm clocks, CD players and even on our computers, this symbol is widely recognised and is a symbol which denotes the way in which we may begin the happening of sound.

International Symbol of Access for Hearing Loss

This is a world recognised symbol for those with hearing impairment.  These signs are often included in a similar form inside halls and auditoriums, but with the addition of a capital ‘T’ in the lower right hand corner.  This symbol with the ‘T’ is used to communicate to those with hearing impediments that they can switch the mode of their hearing aid to the loop setting which will allow them to hear what is happening with more ease during such situations.

September 15, 2010 / ashithymia


This is the sound symbol which I have devised.  I found this exercise very difficult and ended up settling for this shape.

It represents an old fashioned horn which makes noise by squeezing the bulb.  I thought that it could also represent sound panning out from a source into a larger area.

September 10, 2010 / ashithymia


Symbols play an important part in philosophy, belief systems and religion.  One which is particularly a fond story of my grandfathers’ traditional Italian heritage is that of Romulus and Remus.

He has a small figurine version of the large statue of Romulus and Remus, the fabled founders of Rome, being suckled by a Capitoline wolf.  They are heroes by definition, their father being a God and their mother a human being, a royal named Rhea Silvia.  Rhea Silvia’s father leaves Romulus and Remus to die in the wild, but they are saved through being suckled by a mother wolf who cares for them.  Eventually, they are restored to their family and place as royalty.

They acquire followers through their place as royalty and decide to build a new city, but cannot agree upon where to built it.  They approach a priest who tells them that Romulus has more favourable signs and the will of the Gods is to built it where he wants to, on the Palatine Hill.  Remus misinterprets the wills of the auger to mean that the Gods are in his favour and a dispute rises between the brothers, leaving Remus dead.  Romulus names the new city Rome after himself and leads it, eventually being deified as the god Quirinus, the divine persona of the Roman people.

The legend of Romulus and Remus encapsulates Rome’s ideas of itself, its origins, moral values and purpose through the symbol of the two brothers being suckled by the wolf, and also through the story.  The myth is also very problematic and many historians have researched the dates of the deaths of the two brothers and seen that they do not coincide with the recorded dates of Rome’s foundation, and thus it still remains a traditional myth.

September 10, 2010 / ashithymia


For class, we were required to create a green lungs poster for our cause of A2 size.

As the original symbol my tribe developed featured the juxtaposition between the gloomy city and organic feel of greenspace, I wanted to include this in our poster.  It reflects our method of distribution and represents our cause, once again, in the literal way which we wanted to do with our symbol which ended up not being chosen.

The tagline probably needs some work, but it reflects our simple approach and idea that we are trying to represent through our cause, that greenspace is beneficial in many ways and just a small task such as adding a pot plant to an apartment balcony could make a difference.

September 5, 2010 / ashithymia


I found this exercise very challenging, some of my portraits worked better than others, but in the end I found that it was best to use lecturers who had really strong defining features.






August 24, 2010 / ashithymia


As symbols change their meaning over time, symbols which once had strong, revolutionary connotations now feature a significance which is completely different to where they began.  In class, examples such as Che Guevara where discussed, as well as the Hammer and Sickle.

Another symbol which was once one which represented revolution is the French Flag, or the French ‘tricolour’.

The tricolor flag is derived from the cockades used during the French Revolution by the Paris militia, cockades being circular shaped emblems which were attached to ones hat.  These cockades were then later adopted by the National Guard, the national police force that succeeded the militia.

Since, the French national flag has merely become a symbol for the country of France, still holding historical significance, but no longer used as a symbol of revolution.

August 24, 2010 / ashithymia


A rebus is a type of word puzzle which uses images, pictures and/or icons to represent words or parts of words.  It is the sound that the words make which is utilised to create the rebus.

We were required, in class, to create a rebus based on a phrase of three or more words.

Our rebus – ‘Back to Square One’

In hindsight, our lecturers said that our rebus worked, but not quite.  We may have made it more effective by adding two squares instead of the two fingers and probably something else instead of the one finger.