I'm working on a graphic for academic publication. In that graphic I would like to refer to the concept of social media, ideally with the logos of (for example) facebook or twitter. According to their guidelines (Facebook, Twitter) it is perfectly fine to use their brand identity in form of a non-altered logo. However, this does not fit the graphic style I'm working with.
Can it be considered artistic freedom to modify these logos to relate to my style? Or - rather -, can I create objects that may be very different but clearly refer to these social media platforms? The reader of the graphic should not necessarily think, "Oh, this is facebook!", just get an idea that I refer to the concept of social media or different formats of media in general.
Here is a doodle of what I'm talking about.
Clearly, the bird in combination with a tv-set, a picture and a print publication (and possibly a caption stating "media") refers to Twitter. But on the other hand it is just a bird, sandwiched between a newspaper and a television.
The final publication may or may not be freely accessible (open access), and therefore may or may not be considered a commercial product (if that matters).