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Certain complex objects, living or non-living can be represented in simple graphical forms. Such representations help us to understand one of the aspects of graphic design.
Icons and symbols are simplified graphic forms. They facilitate ease in communication as well as save space. The advantage of these simple graphic forms is that they are language independent and need not be translated. The process of simplification requires design inputs from a graphic designer who has acquired the skill of breaking (realistic) images into simplified two or three dimensional forms.
In case of designing a label for a honey bottle, attempts to display a realistic representation or a photograph of the honey bee would appear weird and ugly. On the other hand, a simplified graphic representation of the honey bee, would look semantically cute, and also enhance the product communication and persuasion.
The aim of this exercise is to work with drawing/ vector programs as well as be efficient/ creative in simplifying of a complex form. The challenge lies with the graphic designer as, how can he make a form interesting as well as keep it simple. Your task here will be to simplify your chosen picture and find solutions similar to figure a, b and c.