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Older People Icon

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by Dave L, Sep 15, 2015.

  1. Dave L

    Dave L Well-Known Member

    Any ideas on a positive icon to depict elderly people which doesn't make reference to failing mobility (or have any other negative connotations)?

    10 design points for the best idea!

  2. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    Fedora for the man and a bowler hat with flower for woman, perhaps longer skirt?
  3. Dave L

    Dave L Well-Known Member

    I've seen similar but I'm not really sold on the idea of old-fashioned-ness as a positive thing.
  4. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    Could you do the hair as gray/bald in middle/glasses/cardigan.

    It's hard to do an icon without being sterotypical of something
    Women's toilet - skirt
    Conductor - uniform
    Policeman - bobby hat/truncheon
    Business man - tie
    Business woman - skirt cravat
    Disabled - wheelchair (which I hate because you don't need to be in a wheelchair to be disabled)
    Sikh - Turban (I don't know if that's offensive, sorry if it is)
    Bellhop - hat
  5. Wardy

    Wardy Active Member

    Can you simply depict grey hair and a grey beard, with very simple or no facial features, maybe glasses?
  6. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    What's the context/it to be used for?

    I'd go for something that's a common denominator (you could call it a stereotype I suppose), something simple like glasses and a 'dated hairstyle' like below.

    It's clearly an elderly couple but I wouldn't say it's a negative portrayal of them. I'd just focus on the faces/hairstyles. Just a few faint lines beside the eyes could be enough to convey age (and wrinkles are something you can't really avoid).

  7. Dave L

    Dave L Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the replies. The context is a health sector infographic for a government department. I'm quite limited in what I can achieve as it's a replacement icon for part of a set comprising very basic/reduced figures so small details are problematic.
  8. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    It can't be as detailed as some of the above suggestions as it is for an icon.

    How about:

    Woman with handbag & hat with flower sticking out the back

    Man with hat and glasses.

    Colour grey.

    Walking stick would really help but I know you want to avoid that kind of stereotype.
  9. Dave L

    Dave L Well-Known Member

    Thanks again for the input, folks: the client conceded the point in the end and we went with the original idea (featuring a walking stick).
  10. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    Circle of life.

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