Through this design, I want to say that during this covid19 crisis, it is time to continue our routine tasks, but with precautions. So be defensive rather than aggressive (like a batsman).

This is to be targeted for people who understand cricket.

Now confusion has occurred based on answers to my past questions. Does the direction the player is facing make a difference?

What I'm thinking is when the player (image 1) is playing towards backward on this photo, it means we want covid to end. But in 2nd case, it might be misleading as it is in forward direction and would give a message of encouraging covid19?

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  • Please ignore the flipped text. – Vikas Jun 9 '20 at 22:24

I agree that the second image could have undertones of helping the virus rather than fighting it. This has to do with my—Western culture's—association with directions. Disclaimer: I never understood something as complicated as cricket, so the 'defensive' association of the batter is completely lost on me.

In cultures that (mainly) read from left to right, this direction has become the norm for being 'forward'. 'Forward' has also become attached to 'future', 'growth', and 'getting ahead'. A person in an image who is looking to the right is looking forward, hopeful for the future and progressive. A (possibly suggested) line from roughyl bottom left to top right emulates a graph with an upwards line, suggesting growth and advancement.

Conversely, directions to the left of the page are 'going backwards', reminiscing, looking at the past. A line from top left to bottom right suggests deflation, decrease and recession.

Do note that design psychology tricks like these will not give viewers a conscious feeling of 'going forward' or 'promotion'. It is something that has subconsciously become attached to the way they look at things, and this is a cultural phenomenon. A good comparison would be colour psychology, which also attaches strong, more or less conscious responses and associations, but is also heavily culture-dependent.

None of this is hard science. People's impressions and the strength of the impression may differ, depending on their culture, background and other factors.

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    On the other hand, right-facing could also mean the person is going forward and just batting the virus away so that he can continue moving forward. No? – Luciano Jun 10 '20 at 11:32
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    @Luciano Yes, that is also a possibility. Psychological, culture-dependent tricks are hardly an exact science. – Vincent Jun 10 '20 at 11:35
  • I am leaning more towards @Luciano view on the second picture. In addition, the first picture would make more sense to me if the batter was shielding something from the virus trying to reach it. – Lapskaus Jun 10 '20 at 12:38
  • So do you mean both can be okay? – Vikas Jun 10 '20 at 13:00
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    @Vikas Unfortunately, yes. Graphic Design is seldom a hard science. – Vincent Jun 10 '20 at 13:16

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