Based on other public health campaigns, I began to develop ideas for gun safety promotions. Some ideas I explored were:
-Making a gun/shape out of different things (hospital bracelets, hundred dollar bills, etc.)
-Comparing gun statistics to other events (this many die a year…as opposed to 9/11, war, etc,)
-Comparing guns with seat-belts and other things that we use to keep us safe)
-High-quality ads for guns as “accident starters”, etc. (see beer goggles ad)
-Replace guns in pictures with something else (what else could soldiers be holding); replace everyday objects with guns (what if a baby held a gun instead of a bottle)
These early ideas were visualized and expanded upon in the sketches below. As I worked, I began to understand the challenges that I am facing in doing this project…
-How to portray controversial ideas in a way that makes people curious rather than offended?
-Maintain pro gun safety rather than anti-gun, or expose these subtle differences through the work
-Avoid playing into stereotypes (or use them to my advantage)
-How controversial/gruesome/shocking is appropriate? What are the limitations?