The Bandit’s been in the workshop cutting, sawing, and sanding down a new version of Hand It!. WordPress and Tumblr are cool platforms which have allowed a steady stream of posts to all kinds of readers, but I’m interested in getting a website going that is driven by user-content to truly make this the “Wikipedia of Hand Gestures.”
For those interested, here is a prototype of Hand It’s evolution. It’s currently hosted on my college’s servers, so it may be removed at a later date in order to free up space for new students. The homepage would feature one submitted gesture for a period of 2/3 days before moving to the archives. Submitting will be done by email and checking new content would be as simple as logging into the homepage. All submissions will be considered and curated by your beloved Bandit, in order to keep it as clean and fun as possible.
From a design standpoint, I wanted to highlight the content, so I opted for a minimal aesthetic. zenhabits.net was a big inspiration. The world and web are cluttered enough already, checking Hand It! should be as calmingly humorous as a monk tickling your belly.
Any and all feedback is more than appreciated, so please comment, message me, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with anything you have to say, spit, or yell.
Submitted By: Celer Tambre
“Today I have for you a piece of video that managed to spark my interest. It’s one of those lowbrow videos on humor sites wherein a black woman maces a white guy at a cash register for being rude. What’s significant about it is that the woman, unaware of what she’s doing, at 0:18 gives the guy the gesture for ‘do you wanna go ahead of me?’ and when he does, a conflict ensues. This illustrates the importance of hand gestures and intercultural communication. That is, speaking the same verbal language does not mean motioning the same body language…It is essentially a cautionary tale for what can happen when a simple gesture goes awry.”
Due to my busy schedule and all-consuming job search, Hand It! will be on hiatus for an indeterminate period of time.
I am also currently developing the next iteration of this project, which will not live on WordPress and will be centered around user-submissions to get this project closer to becoming a true “Wikipedia for hand gestures.”
In the meantime, feel free to email handitbandit[at]gmail.com with any ideas, submissions, questions or concerns.
Farewell and keep gesturing!
Being at a loss of words is like reaching into one’s pocket at a cash register only to feel deep, vacant cloth. It can blindside you. Shake you up from top to bottom until you start foaming over.
Oftentimes people will say they can’t properly “articulate” themselves in these moments. When you can’t articulate, you need to gesticulate. Let your hand gestures do what they do best by expressing the thoughts and feelings that your vocal chords cannot.
Guitarists let their fingers do the talking. Painters lash their hands in all directions. We all fill the wordless void with some form of expression, which often involves hand gestures.
This is frustration, disappointment, and hopelessness; tensed fingers try to squeeze these feelings out of the mind.
Hands and hand gestures form the basis of an effective logo. How so? Firstly, they are instantly recognizable. For example, this gym uses the culturally-accepted thumbs up in their logo because it’s widely seen as a positive gesture which is encouraging, motivating, and reiterates the company’s message that they are a “judgement free zone.” Their ability to form letters can spice up text, which assists the logo of one of TV’s most popular shows. The “L” also invokes the Loser gesture which riffs on the old stereotype of glee members being considered “losers.” Some companies take a more straightforward approach with the hand, but check out the following to see how a little imagination can take hand and hand gesture logos a long way:
Here’s a collection of 70 hand-inspired logos.
Want some more? Here are 60 more hand-based logos.
Still not satisfied? Well screw you, you hand logo addict. Just kidding, here’s a final list of 33 more logos.
For your next design project, use all of this inspiration to play around with the form of the hand.
“Hey Bandit, what’re you going to do with your life after graduation?“