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#PMCreativeChallenge Week 7: Peace Symbols

July 8, 20209:54 amSeptember 28, 2023 9:59 am

This week we are looking at one of the most widely know symbols in the world – the CND symbol. 

The symbol was designed in 1958 by Gerald Holtom, in Britain it is recognised as standing for nuclear disarmament – and in particular as the logo of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). One of the most widely known symbols in the world, it is more broadly known as the ‘peace symbol’ and features on many objects in The Peace Museum collection.

This week was the 75th anniversary of the first atomic explosion and Yorkshire CND planned a unique socially distant demonstration – a giant human peace symbol formed by 75 local campaigners.

Bradford CND form giant peace sign – 75 years is enough!

For today’s challenge we are going to have a go at designing our own symbol for peace.

Firstly write a list of things or objects with symbolise peace to you, they could be well known or new ones made up from your head. Some of them we have already looked at in previous challenges.

Once you’ve written your list you can choose which ideas you would like to turn into your new symbol for peace. It’s up to you if you would like to choose just one idea to turn into a symbol or a combination of a few ideas from your list.

Sketch out as many designs as you like. Choose your material but for the moment stick to back and white.

A good symbol is distinctive and simple whilst quickly conveying the message intended. Take a look at your designs and choose a favourite.

Now sketch out a couple of alternative designs of your chosen favourite, changing the whole image or a small detail each time.

Which one do you think is the most striking? Maybe ask a friend or someone in your house. 

When you have chosen the design you think is the most successful, think about adding some colour. What would it bring to your design? Or does it work best in black and white? Now display your symbol far and wide and spread your message of peace!

Written by Ezra Kingston