Damian Cugley's SEAHORSE cartoon
is a multilingual, interactive, growing knowledge tree
for people affected by HIV and AIDS.
I work for Oxford Computer Consultants Ltd,
the member of the SEAHORSE consortium.
OCC's role is the technical development of SEAHORSE.
As part of the process of
evolving the visual design for the completed web site
(something which the project only seriously tackled after all the
other development was finished) we (Jeremy and I)
were asked to spend a day or two trying to come up with ideas
for a title page graphic. It had often been described as
being some kind of `Internet café' picture,
so that is what we did.
The cartoon was roundly rejected by the other people on the
design committee. We were told it looked like something from
Viz (the English comic, not the American republished of
Japanese comics), which annoyed me because the art style is
intended to be in the style of European clear-line comics, not like
Viz at all...
As a result this cartoon will never be finished off properly,
despite a few obvious problems. The woman at the table is intended
to be taken as a doctor but needs a pocket with a stethescope
to make it more obvious. And if the man at the table is
supposed to be HIV+, why is his hair so long?