Travelling is easy, affordable, and convenient these days. People from all walks of life are moving around the world – breathing in the art, music, food, and architecture which other cultures have to offer. In this dynamic, fast-paced world, graphic designers must continually strive and search for better ideas and techniques to incorporate into their creative sphere. What better inspiration then, for them, than that of the traveler?
Some might argue that travelling is an unnecessary bother for graphic designers in this age of information. After all, everything you want to know about a certain place or people can be found with a few clicks online. However, nothing beats the first-hand exciting experience of roving through the diversity each new destination has in store – the outlandish cultural offerings which warp our senses with their peculiarities and flamboyance. Only up-close and personally can we unearth, and fully appreciate, the intricacies of detail and design, their significance and meaning.
A journey into central and northern Europe will reveal the two thousand years old Celtic symbolism and its meaning, and the influence it has on the artwork of that region and elsewhere in the world. Similarly, India will divulge the wide range of beautiful iconography that is characteristic of its culture and lifestyle. South American countries, with their long history, have their own runes and hieroglyphs that one may discover in ancient Incan or Peruvian civilizations.
Graphic designers use colors to give out specific messages. Black is universally identified with grief, death, and evil. Green represents new beginnings in India and China, but it signifies death in South America. As such, colors and the connotation attached to each one of them vary in different parts of the world.
The whole planet is full of eccentric, mysterious, and galvanizing ideas and concepts. New places offer new opportunities to learn, to make discoveries, and to augment our creativity. Here is why graphic designers should travel and explore the ancient and modern world.
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