Adding character

Open your refrigerator or wander the aisles of your favourite supermarket chain, walk into any cool design studio from San Francisco to Solihull, channel-hop through numerous digital TV programmes or plug into your PSP - what do you see? From the Jolly Green Giant to Kaws or from Tony the Tiger to Sonic the Hedgehog, it's clear that the wonderful world of graphic design continues to use character designs in effective, proactive and increasingly creative ways. The art of character design is alive and well and living in! well, living just about anywhere and everywhere as platforms, markets and opportunities continue to open up.

Character history
Some history for starters: where exactly did it all begin? This is impossible to answer, but the finger points at our ancestors living in caves and dressed in fur. By painting directly onto cave walls or carving representational figures and animals out of wood or chipping them out of stone, these distant relatives, in their quest to visually comprehend their own place in the world, attempted to capture the essence and spirit of, for example, an animal that was to be hunted for food. These ancient drawings and personal sculptures were man's first character designs.

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