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Hey, flist?

This question is for everyone, not just icon-makers.

If you were trying to find a way to express:

(1) "semi-dysfunctional and getting nowhere fast"
(2) "going around in circles til both parties go mad"

through icons, how would you do it? Munch's painting "The Scream" might work for the second one (it would be better, of course, if there were two figures in the painting, not just one), but are there other ways to do it? And what about (1)? I'm not sure whether to go looking for text icons, figurative art, abstract art, etc. I'd love to have some input here. *asks nicely*


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Feb. 14th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
I'd go for art, just because the icon is the only visual element in what is already a bunch of text, and art is generally more open for interpretation than a quote of some sort. What art, I'm not really sure, though Nighthawks might work for the first one.
Feb. 15th, 2006 08:33 am (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback!
Feb. 15th, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was gonna say, the second one's easy, really. The first one might be trickier but Edward Hopper might work.. something like "Freight Car at Truro" or "Rooms by the Sea" or that other one with all those people staring blankly while sitting in armchairs on a porch, etc. For the second one, you could do a google image search with the key word "frustration" for example. I usually proceed that way when I'm making icons: do a google image search with particular keywords.
Feb. 15th, 2006 08:34 am (UTC)
Suggestions duly noted. Thanks!
Feb. 15th, 2006 09:40 am (UTC)
(1) makes me think about Poderosa, the bike used in The Motorcycle Diaries...
Feb. 15th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
Feb. 19th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
No one took the bait and asked 'for what?', I see. Nice try, though! ;-) I like Jem's suggestion for whatever the painting with the people sitting in beach chairs with blank looks... For the latter, there's always Escher's Relativity...
Feb. 20th, 2006 12:07 pm (UTC)
Took the bait and asked? No. Rats! Of course, if anyone had, how could I possibly have explained? The three of us can't even explain the situation to ourselves, lol.

I like Escher, and that's a good one. :-)
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