A fascination with words has led graphic design student Alice Keegan to create some brilliant brainteasers which could drive assessors of her final university project mad.
Alice has focused on one of the smallest words to create a website of puzzles – all based around the humble word ‘and’.
Each image depicts an ‘and’ made out of two objects commonly paired together, for example, ‘sticks and stones’ or ‘day and night’.
As pictured, some of the pictures are based on the word ‘and’ spelt out, whereas others use symbols such as the ampersand.
“The fun lies in trying to work out what phrase is being linked to in each image,” Alice, 23, a self-confessed “and-oholic” from Somerset, explained.
“The first one I created was salt and pepper, made out of salt crystals and peppercorns, which is quite easy to decipher – but others I’ve deliberately made much more challenging.”
They include pairing up small pieces of seaside rock with slices of Swiss roll to make rock and roll. Readers can try working out the puzzles by the Kingston University student on this very page.
Alice, who comes from Frome, warned that uncovering the meanings in her pictures, which can be seen on her website etandund.com could prove addictive. She said: “People will guess some of the phrases straightaway, others take a bit of time.”
The ‘and’ project sprang out of a conversation with a lecturer.
“I began experimenting with using images to convey words and phrases,” she said.
“Then one of my tutors asked whether I could use pictures or objects to spell a really non-descriptive word. That’s how I hit upon ‘and’.
“The idea that I could keep the same word and, by changing the materials involved, invoke hundreds of different meanings really excited me.”
Her website has collected other designers’ takes on the word and anything else ‘and’-related she can find - poems, film clips, photographs and even recipes.
She had planned to become an advertising copywriter and worked at two different agencies for six months but has decided she wants a career which was “a bit more hands-on”.
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