Growing up, I have always had a tendency to pay more attention to the natural world around me instead of the human-made world I exist in. So, for this submission, I decided to make an icon set within the “Changing World” category, specifically looking at how animals are being affected by climate change. Climate change consists of multiple confusing, complex elements that are roughly linked via the “cause/effect” model. Oftentimes though, it’s hard to classify which element is an “effect” and which one is a “cause”, because our world’s ecosystem is so incredibly interconnected and interdependent. Thus, when creating these icons initially, I based what I’d include on causes and effects of climate change, through our world’s animals’ eyes. I didn’t specify visually which of these icons are causes or effects to represent the greyness that these elements often exist in within the grand scheme of climate change; however, on close inspection, one would be able to guess where an icon belongs. Climate change doesn’t just affect human beings; it affects the animals that live with us and beside us on this gravity-propelled, living rock we call Earth.
Andrea Gilbert is a senior Graphic Design student at Appalachian State University, located in the mountains of the east coast United States. She’s always been keenly aware of relationships, physical, theoretical, and otherwise, and this spurred her to pursue a degree and career in graphic design. She likes working with symbolism and information, and is inspired by both the natural and human-made world around her.