We have gone through many rounds of developing these graphics, working with a variety of artists and colleagues to develop and critique the ideas. The aim was to create accessible graphics that clearly convey the principles of the RoundView. Each piece of the graphic image contains an important part of the story. The idea behind the graphics is to make it easier for many people to teach the RoundView, and for the graphics to help people to understand and remember the Guidelines and their underlying principles.
For example, the mushroom symbolises the role of decomposers, breaking down ‘waste’ materials back into the building blocks of life. The outer circle of the ecocycle is mimicked by the inner circle of the technical loop, in which technical materials are constantly reused. This begs the question – what serves the role of the decomposers in the technical cycle?