Credits for the examples to:
- John Holcroft
- M. Ramos
- Ferdi Rizkiyanto
- Several authors unknown
Opposite a child ‘lifts up’ the ocean, like a carpet, to see all the litter, that has been swept underneath.
For my own metaphor I chose the phrase ‘reaching retirement’ to illustrate and little did I know how tricky it would be! I started with a mindmap – separating the phrase into 2 words and working on them individually. I combined word mapping with quick sketches to cover as many angles as possible. For example ‘reaching’ meant stretching, possibly use of a grabber hand or reaching a goal. ‘Retirement’ brought to mind images of rest, gifts of clocks, nest eggs and relaxation.
I came up with a few ideas as rough sketches, the first of which was a man in a business suite using a grabber hand to reach for his retirment gift of a clock. When I showed this to family they weren’t clear about the clock. Feedback I got from the hourglass idea was that it had negative connotations of time running out. Although many people might agree with this, many others see retirement as a positive thing. I don’t have a particularly negative view of retirement so this idea was ditched. I mocked up some images of hands stretching up with a hammock stretched between them but this seemed to literal an interpretation.
For my final image I went back to the idea of a business man with a grabber, ‘reaching’ his retirement ‘nest egg’.