This design system, inspired by ancient symbolism, is for my ongoing ‘Elementum' project.
The main symbol represents the classical elements; Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. There are four symbolic mystical ‘entities’ contained within the symbol, each depict a character / creature.
When viewed individually, each sub-symbol reveals two abstract visual cues; a semantic symbol, and the character’s general form. For example, Earth: symbol = flora, character = Tree Giant. You can infer similar for the other three!
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Vector design in Illustrator, manually distressed. Textures + final comping in Photoshop. Motion design in After Effects.