Other Notable Symbols - 2015

Other Notable Symbols from 2015, chosen by Symbolic Systems Program affiliates:

the "Peace for Paris" symbol

Original artwork for the Peace for Paris symbol, by Jean Julien, from https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/32/Peace_for_Paris_fairuse_99px.jpg

In November of 2015, following terrorist attacks in Paris, French graphic designer Jean Jullien fashioned the Eiffel Tower into a variation of the peace symbol. The "Peace for Paris" emblem went viral, symbolizing solidarity with France and a desire for peace worldwide. - Nominated by Brian Salomaki (Class of 2006)

"Je suis Charlie"

The "Je suis Charlie" logo from the Charlie Hebdo websie, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Je_suis_Charlie#/media/File:Je_suis_Charlie.svg

French art director Joachim Roncin created the slogan and logo "Je suis Charlie" (French for "I am Charlie") in January following a massacre at the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo. In the weeks after the killings, it became of symbol of free speech and of solidarity with writers and satirists. - Nominated by Jordy Mont-Reynaud (Class of 2004)

the death of Alan Kurdi

Photo of Alan Kurdi's lifeless body on a beach, by Nilüfer Demir from DHA Agency (Turkey), from https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/70/Alan_Kurdi_lifeless_body.jpg

Alan Kurdi was a 3 year old Syrian refugee of Kurdish ethnic background who drowned on September 2nd in the Mediterranean. Photographs of his lifeless body taken by Turkish journalist Nilüfer Demir symbolized the moral dimension of the refugee crisis, sparking a surge in donations and, at least temporarily, greater willingness to accept migrants.  - Nominated by Davyde Wachell (Class of 2003)

the removal of the Confederate flag

Bree Newsome removing the Confederate flag next to the South Carolina State House and being arrested, from https://www.flickr.com/photos/kurtz433/19368301078, license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

Despite her immediate arrest, Bree Newsome's removal of the Confederate flag at the South Carolina State House on June 27 was followed by an official vote to remove the flag on July 9. Her action occurred after a massacre of black churchgoers focused attention on the flag and its meanings. For many, its removal symbolized a repudiation of racism.  - Nominated by Todd Davies (Associate Director and Lectuer)

the flag of ISIS (the "Islamic State")

the flag of ISIS, from
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_the_Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_the_Levant2.svg -

This flag was chosen by affiliates for the second year in a row as a Notable Symbol, based the power of ISIS, or the "Islamic State," to attract adherents. The flag now evokes fear all over the world. ISIS attacks spread far beyond Iraq and Syria in 2015, and followers were implicated in political violence in France and the United States.  Nominated by Harshitha Ramesh (Class of 2015)

boats full of Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees fleeing in a fishing boat, from http://theodysseyonline.com/saint-michaels/understanding-syrian-refugee-crisis/188116

The Syrian conflict and Syrian refugees were major news topics for most of 2015. The overcrowded and dangerous boats that carried refugees across the Aegean were symbols of the refugees' desperation as well as the growing sense of crisis in Europe attached to their migration. - Nominated by Brian Salomaki (Class of 2006)

the immigration sign

AIGA Immigration symbol, from http://www.symbols.com/symbol/339

The immigration sign was one of 50 symbol signs produced in the 1970s through a collaboration between the professional design association AIGA and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Seen at points of entry in many countries, for refugees and other migrants the symbol represents the barriers of border control and immigration policies. - Nominated by Clay Kunz (Class of 1995)


Some popular emoji characters, from http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/entertainment/a25973/apple-introduce-culturally-diverse-emoji/

From the Face with Tears of Joy 😂 -- chosen by Oxford Dictionaries as its 2015 Word of the Year -- to whimsical pictograms like the Pile of Poo 💩, emoji characters grew substantially in popularity in 2015 as native support for them became available on more users' platforms. - Nominated by Parke Bostrom (Class of 1997) and Todd Davies (Associate Director and Lecturer)

the swipe

Animated gif of a thumb swiping on an app called "Timber", from http://starecat.com/timber-app-swipe-animation-tinder/

Swiping became an important control gesture in apps such as Tinder, and grew in popularity in 2015. App swiping builds directional associations in our minds: e.g., right for like, left for dislike, and has made tasks such as meeting people feel more like a game. - Nominated by Todd Davies (Associate Director and Lecturer)

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