EDIT 3 (Thursday May 18, 7:42)
Hi all, apologies for the revision, but I'm realizing that as this will be a social media avatar, the character should not have a 'scene' i.e. a background, or other characters involved. I know I originally requested some symbolism, such as the character standing over a dead guy in a suit etc, but after seeing some sketches it is obvious there would be too much going on for a small profile pic. So please, don't worry about the background or anything else. Just focus on making a cute, small, female super-hero. Sorry for the confusion.
EDIT 2 (Wednesday May 17, 18:38)
Another note: In the original brief I suggested imagery of the character 'shedding a suit' as a way to express freeing oneself of corporate culture.
After having seen some designs I realise the symbolism should be separate from the character itself. So for example, the character would be a super hero standing on a 'dead guy in a suit'. Or maybe flying out of a corporate building or a cubicle. Or maybe standing on a briefcase with arms positioned in a triumphant stance. But the character itself should NOT be wearing a suit.
Also, keep in mind that this character will be used for profile pics of Facebook, Twitter, etc, so the dimensions should be appropriate.
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EDIT 1 (Wednesday May 17, 13:20)
To give you some helpful input, so far the characters that resonate with me are
• Female or gender-neutral (like a creature or critter)
• Have a superhero like stance
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Despite the 'business-like' nature of the book, I'd like the design to be light and playful. The title of the book, 'The MBA Is Dead' has a dark tone, so I'd like to counter that with some colorful imagery.
For example, I could imagine some sort of scene that evokes the idea of a new era of business that is fun and ludic. Like maybe a cute, feminine character standing over a cartoon image of a dead man in a suit. Done in the correct way, I think this could make the 'death' part of the title seem less negative. I’d like the symbolism to be empowering.
Another image that inspires me is the new statue of the girl standing against the bull on Wall Street. (I know this is controversial, so not looking to duplicate this exactly, but the theme is a good example of something that I'm going for).
Yet another example of the effect I'm looking for is that of the series 'bunny suicides’. It is maybe a touch too macabre, but I like how the cuteness turns death into something less serious.
Or maybe it is a character that is shedding a business suit, ripping off a tie and has arms stretched out into a glorious stance of victory.
I hope this helps. If you need more input, pleas do let me know. I’m also interested in hearing your angle on it.
In terms of dimensions, the character image should be appropriate for both a Facebook, Instagram, etc profile pic, but also look good on the cover of the book that is the size of your average paperback.