One Story, Four Icons (x 2)

Design Assignment 358: The assignment is to reduce a movie, story, or event into its basic elements, then take those visuals and reduce them further to simple icons, four of them. Write your blog post up but do not give away the answer, let people guess! The challenge is to find the icons that suggest the story, but do not make it so easy.


Story 1:


Story 2:

I think they are pretty easy.  Any guesses?  🙂


  1. Same writer for both
  2. Both were remade in the late 90’s
  3. There is blood
  4. They are both tragedies
  5. Revenge is a common theme

I thought and thought and thought about this assignment, but nothing special came to mind.  So I moved on to other assignments.  Then after my idea fizzled out on another assignment, I looked at this again.  And Bam!  I got not one, but TWO ideas!!  I searched the Noun Project site for icons, downloaded them, and put them together on Photoshop.  It was a pretty straightforward process, but in the process, I figured out how to draw the outline on Photoshop!   I’ll make a short tutorial for that and post it tomorrow.



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25 Responses to One Story, Four Icons (x 2)

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  2. Mandi says:

    Wow, I can’t believe how many Shakespeare movies were made in the 90’s…

  3. linda says:

    Michael guessed it! Titus! 🙂

  4. linda says:

    Ding ding ding ding!!!! Titus (1996) with Anthony Hopkins. Daughter gets raped and her hands cut off/tongue cut out by the two brothers . The father (Titus) kills the boys, bakes them in a pie, and feeds it to their mother. Very violent but great movie!

  5. Giulia says:

    hmmm….now I’m stumped!

  6. Giulia says:


    (out out out damn spot!, toil, toil, boil, & bubble)

    what’s the pie chart, though?

  7. You are a crafty one Linda! Great challenge.

  8. Cymbeline? Now we are getting into the plays that I have never read.

  9. linda says:

    More clues: Key words for the icons are Cut – Hand/tongue – Bake – Pie

  10. linda says:

    Another clue: It’s one word.

  11. Pound of flesh, Eh? Merchant of Venice?

  12. linda says:

    The first one is a little tough. Not Othello and not Hamlet. 🙂

  13. Mandi says:

    I’m between Othello and Hamlet on the first. But I was terrible at Shakespeare. Can’t remember the stories. 🙁

  14. Mandi says:

    Oops, I took too long to comment. You guys got it.

  15. linda says:

    LOL yes.

  16. Mandi says:

    Ooo ooo ooo. I think I know it. Say, did the actor in a movie version of story #2 also find himself in another tragedy, of the nautical kind?

  17. So let’s see if I can guess the first story. Othello?

  18. linda says:

    You GOT IT!!! Romeo + Juliet (1999) 🙂 🙂

  19. Well that would make the first one by Shakespeare too… I don’t know… must keep thinking!

  20. Number 2: Romeo & Juliet?

    That sounded much better in my head…

  21. linda says:

    LOL. I suck at these too.

    Another clue: Much, much older than Stephen King. MUCH. Old enough not to even speak the same way. 🙂 Oh no. Did I give away too much?

  22. I suck at these! They look great, and I hate how I always draw blanks. With the impaling instruments, I can only think of obvious horror writers. Stephen King?