How to visualise a bleak concept?

In my first tutorial I discussed with David the differing ways of visualising the concepts I had chosen to go with.

We discussed how it was important to balance the tone as the content of my diss is quite bleak and that creating equally as bleak visuals would make it just depressing and less accessible.

We also discussed the craft aspect as I am limited on resources/equipment due to cover-19.


I considered using the aspect of satire – the use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

Paul Blow – an artist mainly creating satirical illustrations for editorial content.

Love the style and simple use of colour.

Matt – satire artist for the Telegraph

My dad reads the times newspaper so I was able to use the political cartoons in them for reference.

Optical Illusions?

Optical Illusions can use color, light and patterns to create images that can be deceptive or misleading to our brains. The information gathered by the eye is processed by the brain, creating a perception that in reality, does not match the true image.

I thought this might be a good way of visualising the deceit of psychographic as targeting, a more abstract way of doing so and visually interesting.


Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect.

Instead of explicitly showing the concept maybe a better take on it would be that of abstraction so instead hints to the concept rather than it being in your face as that could hinder the balance in tone I’d like to have.


“An Internet meme, more commonly known simply as a meme, is a type of meme that is spread via the Internet, often through social media platforms. Traditionally, a prominent form of such memes consisted of image macros paired with a concept or catchphrase.”

Most of the surveillance comes from a user movements on the internet. Thinking on internet culture and internet language I thought that memes might be a interesting route to experiment with.

I am going to experiment with all these styles to see where that takes me.

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