When I first read Betty’s challenge, I was excited. I have always loved the elegant simplicity of symbols, rich with meaning yet clear and concise. The challenge to create a symbol of my own was daunting but exhilarating.
I had several ideas of situations that needed symbols:
- Murphy’s Law (If anything can go wrong it will, and at the worst possible moment)
- The pain of the mundane (the endless stream of meaningless obligations)
- The odd experience when, after re-tying a shoe that has come untied, the other shoe suddenly feels too loose.
Unfortunately, my enthusiasm quickly gave way to panic: what in the world will I create? It’s one thing to conceive of situations, but how will I depict them? I got tripped up thinking my symbol had to be linear, like an Asian character, but then I started noticing logos and how figures and words are also used. I noticed that symbols aren’t necessarily completely unique, they are often just an innovative way of rendering existing shapes.
|Lost and Found|
Phew! That helps alleviate some of the pressure. I am not limited to line, I can use letters or figures or combinations of these to create something new.
Though I see a broader range of possibilities, I confess, I’m not making much progress.
I have, however, noticed my challenge experience follows a familiar path:
Looks like I’m right on target. Maybe I need to develop a symbol for that.