Images are telling a story. Story captured in a single moment. Photographers are the masters of the technique. They play with reality and capture beauty, passion, love, anger and a lot of emotion which will create a story through the objects included in the frame, and the speech of the body. But how far can non artists get used of these images without crossing the border of copyrights? And how far can we as Graphic Designers get used of that imagery to create something like a meme?
Speaking of copyrights and the borders how do we know where exactly are they. How do we know that we went over them. This is the main topic of movie we watched called Good Copy Bad Copy –“A documentary about the current state of copyright and culture”created in 2007 documentary film about copyright and culture in the context of Internet, peer-to-peer file sharing and other technological advances, directed by Andreas Johnsen, Ralf Christensen, and Henrik Moltke. It features interviews with many people with various perspectives on copyright, including copyright lawyers, producers, artists and file sharing service providers.
One big user of internet data is being overcrowded the past few years and that sours is using information of other peoples work to create a whale new meaning.
Like genes memes are meant to acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme. Considered as a living structures by N. K. Humphrey they originate with Richard Dawkins’ 1976 book The Selfish Gene.
A really good explanation on Wikipedia of the lifestyle of memes describing them as living creatures as the study memetics in 1990s starts looking at them as.
Proponents theorize that memes are a viral phenomenon that may evolve by natural selection in a manner analogous to that of biological evolution. Memes do this through the processes of variation, mutation, competition, and inheritance, each of which influences a meme’s reproductive success. Memes spread through the behavior that they generate in their hosts. Memes that propagate less prolifically may become extinct, while others may survive, spread, and (for better or for worse) mutate. Memes that replicate most effectively enjoy more success, and some may replicate effectively even when they prove to be detrimental to the welfare of their hosts.
The font memes usually use, called Impact, was chosen on purpose as with its thickness and boldness it has the most impact of whatever you use it for. The font is realist sans-serif typeface designed by Geoffrey Lee in 1965. Its thick strokes, compressed letter spacing, and minimal interior counter form are specifically aimed, as its name suggests, to “impact”.
My memes were inspired by a variety of topics like politics a just normal life events. I did not have a specific purpose when I created them except to get used of the genre. I have been interest in memes for a long time and spend a long time in one of the biggest meme centers 9GAG, but have never created one. So those were my first memes.
I have to say, it was fun and interesting. I will definitely continue doing memes as they are a big engine of the modern world.