I chose this magazine cover of Monitor on Psychology titled ‘Smog in your brain.’ It displays a smoke stack spewing smoke in a bright red and yellow color pallet.
The first thing I noticed were the colors. The intense saturated yellows and reds are so vibrant and signal some sort of danger. The bright yellow towards the bottom contrasts so much with the dark black. When I think of clouds, I think of nature, but the almost neon yellow reminds me of something toxic and the red makes me think that the sky is on fire. Over all the color of the sky is so unnatural. Then I see the pipe and automatically think of pollution. Next, I go to the title, ‘Smog in your brain’ with the sub title of “How air pollution affects our cognition and metal health.’ Overall I can definitely grasp that the message will be very negative and the effects of smog are incredibly dangerous.
The first thing I see is the word ‘Monitor,’ then on psychology. I’m confused what that means?
I see the parallel between talking about smog and mental health and I see how air pollution affects but thought it was a metaphor… Also I think it’s weird that they’re talking about “peace builders” and the “super rich” in the same breath. It looks negative, like it’s about to explode because it’s super red. I’m curious what it’s actually about. It’s super weird but attention grabbing. Is the font like green? It’s slightly off.
About my stranger
This is Rachel. I found her doing homework at Javas. She’s a 4th year Biomedical Engineering Major with a minor in Spanish and Computer Science. She also does photography and plays rugby.
I think it’s interesting that my stranger first noticed the words and tried to dissect what the title meant and what the article was about while I first looked at the image behind the title and tried to dissect the meaning of the colors and composition before ever looking at the words. She was more interested in the meaning of these words while I was fully emerged in the meaning of the image and I looked at the words for the explanation afterwards almost to see if I was correct. She also definitely tuned into fine details on the cover which I honestly neglected and didn’t even notice like fine words.