What graphic/icon will look wrong when mirrored?
January 23, 2013 2:02 PM Subscribe
We need to identify the front
face of a transparent glass calibration target. If the target is held wrong-way to the camera, it won't work, so we need to make it obvious to the user when it's backwards. We can certainly just write "FRONT" on it, but it's going to a lot of different countries - is there a strictly graphical
way to indicate this? An icon or graphic that looks wrong when viewed from behind and therefore reversed left to right?
posted by ftm to Media & Arts (35 answers total)
The target is chrome deposited on glass except for a grid of transparent holes; we backlight it and image it so the holes are white and the rest black. There are some marker dots that make orientation important, and it's not obvious which side the chrome is on, so we need to indicate it. This needs to be done all in the clear vs. opaque design - we can't deposit anything on top of the glass on either side.
We probably will put FRONT on it but if there's something additional that would be a nice touch. The only thing I can think of so far is a stylized globe with continents, but we probably only have 1/2" or so, so that would be a bit small. A symbol (like "&") would be okay too if it was universal.