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Teachers are currently represented by uninspiring, childish visual imagery. Images like apples, chalkboards, and the ABCs neither revere the profession of teaching nor do justice to the intellectual and creative development teachers help guide in students of all ages. Studio 360 asked us to create a new visual vocabulary that reflects the multidimensional role of the teacher.
Education is the key to human progress; therefore, teaching is among the most important professions for humanity. A new visual vocabulary should capture the excitement and magic of activating the potential that is innate in every student. It should celebrate the process of developing ideas, reflect the collaborative nature of teaching, and pay homage to existing visual tools used in teaching. Visual maps, like teachers, help learners brainstorm ideas, reveal relationships, explain processes, tell stories, and much more. Our solution is all about connecting the dots, allowing us to create a boundless visual language that celebrates teaching and learning. We were inspired by Mark Van Doren’s quote, “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”