Viral responses

I’m happy to discover that plenty of people are meeting these “tests of severe circumstances” with humour.

Empty toilet paper rolls and a ‘closed’ sign: Emoji get redesigned for COVID-19Fast Company
“I believe what the world is going through right now is a big moment in history which will have a profound impact on the way people behave, communicate, and perceive their reality,” Lee says. “With this in mind, I thought we needed a new set of emojis which reflected our new reality.” The work is funny in some instances, though also quietly sad.

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Human figures removed from classic paintings by artist José Manuel BallesterColossal
Despite being a couple of years old, José Manuel Ballester’s artworks feel eerily familiar in the time of COVID-19. The Spanish artist recreates classic paintings like Goya’s “The Third of May 1808,” Vermeer’s “The Allegory of Painting,” and Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus,” except he leaves out one central aspect: humans.

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See famous logos get reimagined for the coronavirus ageFast Company
“I tried to find something in every brand that communicates perfectly in normal circumstances, but is wrong in these difficult times—mermaid without a mask, Nike telling us to simply do it, Mastercard circles overlapping,” Tovrljan explains over email. “If you turn it completely around, it becomes even more powerful.”

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Author: Terry Madeley

Works with student data and enjoys reading about art and design, data, education and technology.

2 thoughts on “Viral responses”

  1. Thanks for the link back to my post, I’m so glad you liked it. Yeah I’ve been trying to really ramp up the silliness all round lately, its a good way to stay sane 🙂

    I love these emojis, this whole new world is rich for creative meme-making really,

    And I love the idea of taking the people out of iconic paintings, the last supper, Night Hawks….really cool.

    Also the remixed logos – just brilliant! I have shared this with my design peeps I work with. Hope you are staying warm and staying safe, take care

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