The Problem: A Japanese friend of mine had a problem regarding her father's smoking. She explains that he refuses to listen to whatever it is they try to tell him, and gladly continues to smoke. This has been a problem not only for her or the family, but to families everywhere.
The Limitation: People do not listen. This is a limitation encountered by various kinds of graphic design, but what makes it hard is that the human person is what is mainly central to design.
The Solution: I decided to use the no smoking symbol as a source of inspiration because it serves as a graphic which is commonly followed and obeyed by people. Also, compared to most no smoking graphics, the no smoking symbol is the easiest to identify and communicates its message very effectively. Through the use of a graphic, the order/request/message is transmitted much more quickly and subversively, which is why people tend to "listen" to them quite quickly.
The twist I decided to add was to modify the red borders of the symbol into the shape of a leaf, and changing red to green.
Why? The main reason for doing so was to change the message communicated in order to bring up another reason by which people should stop smoking: it is bad for the environment (air, land, water, living things). Another reason is to initiate a new experience to the audience by providing a new source of why they shouldn't smoke.
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