My third assignment this week, worth 3 stars, is this one, which was recommended for the design category. The assignment is described best as quoted from the assignment page:
The assignment is to reduce a movie, story, or event into its basic elements, then take those visuals and reduce them further to simple icons, four of them. Write your blog post up but do not give away the answer, let people guess! The challenge is to find the icons that suggest the story, but do not make it so easy.
This assignment was the most fun of all I’ve done so far this week. After thinking of a movie I enjoyed that was popular enough to be guessed by most people, the challenge of this assignment was to think of only four possible icons to use to describe the events of the whole movie. Often, I wished it were 5 or 6 icons, but I managed to reduce it down to 4, after deciding between several different options. When I was choosing these, I wanted to capture important scenes and defining moments of the movie, but at the same time I didn’t want to chose obvious ones, since I wanted it to take at least more than a quick glance for someone to guess the movie! I really enjoyed this assignment, because it shows the power of simplistic storytelling and simplistic design, that only four pictures can represent a story that can be recognized by someone else! It was appropriate for this simple design to use only black and white icons and blank space in my design. This guessing game is something that really captures the power of digital storytelling.
To complete this assignment, I downloaded all of my icons from the noun project, which was a really fun website to explore. You can easily create an account there and download lots of awesome icons, and I think I’d definitely use this site in future projects. To put them together, I used Microsoft Publisher, and with that, it was easy to import the icon pictures and display them on the page as I wanted. I chose to stagger the icons so they could be read from left to right on a square template (since squares are best for Instagram). Then, I easily uploaded that picture to Instagram and embedded it here!
So, can you guess which movie I’m representing here? Was it easy to guess or did it take you a moment? Leave a comment below!