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Symbol 1: They're Lying

Secret Symbols

How do you say what can’t be said when it should be said while not saying it?


Secret Symbols is a surreptitious instructional photography book of stealthy communicative hand gestures. The hand gestures allow users of the system to communicate discretely while in public conversation. The Secret Symbols book’s design is inconspicuous and inclusive simultaneously.


The Secret Symbols photography book only employs the hand, chin, and eyes to create a story of how to use the system. The logic gates of circuitry inspire each symbol’s visual representation and meaning. The art direction of the photography further promotes Secret Symbols concept with it’s dark, grayscale, and close up aesthetic.


Each photo in the Secret System photography series is masterfully created with top of the line Nikon photography equipment and edited in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.  Each spread is laid out for clarity and text is omitted so Secret Symbols can keep its clandestineness.

Symbol 1: They're Lying

Symbol 1: They're Lying

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Symbol 2: We Have to Go!

Symbol 2: We Have to Go!

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Symbol 3: I'm Lying, but Keep It Going.

Symbol 3: I'm Lying, but Keep It Going.

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Symbol 4: Get Involved in the Conversation.

Symbol 4: Get Involved in the Conversation.

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Symbol 5: I Don't Want to but We Have To.

Symbol 5: I Don't Want to but We Have To.

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"Design Is an Opportunity to Continue Telling the Story, Not Just to Sum Everything Up."

"Design Is an Opportunity to Continue Telling the Story, Not Just to Sum Everything Up."