Thankyou for participating in the Bird Identification Survey

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Subject: Thankyou for participating in the Bird Identification Survey
From: Cherry Barlowe <>
Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2006 07:32:54 +0800
I would like to sincerely thank all of you who participated in my survey and
I would like to reinforce the importance of your contribution because
without your generosity this research could not exist.

Many people are curious as to how I came up with the idea to pursue a topic
that bridges aspects of Ornithology and graphic design. The idea emerged
from three passions of mine Illustration, Graphic Design and birds.

Ever since I can remember I have had a fascination for birds, they are such
perfectly designed creatures both aesthetically and functionally. My
fascination lead me to photographing and drawing birds for my own pleasure,
at the same time I pursued my career as a graphic designer, specifically
focussing on corporate design. The combination of detailed illustrator and
corporate designer lead me to developing the unique skill of taking a
detailed whole, such as a bird, and reducing the detail to represent the
form with minimal line and colour. The result of this metamorphosis is an
iconic or symbolic representation of the detailed whole.

The skill involved to create an iconic representation of a detailed whole,
takes many years to develop and is an ongoing strive to perfect the
combination of minimal line, aesthetic beauty and accurate representation. I
have been pursuing this line of graphic design for 26 years and developing
my illustration skills since I realised I could hold a pencil and make a
When it came time to determine a topic for a PhD., my three passions lead me
to the world of birds and Field Guides.  A Bird Field guide is a graphic
designers and illustrators delight, filled with illustrations, maps,
typography, layout, visual cues, balance and so on­ more or less, every
principle of graphic design can be identified in a field guide. In the end a
logical connection based on who I am and my interests.

The survey you participated in is designed to explore, from the perspective
of the individual, positive aspects of current field guides as well as
determining how an individual develops an interest in bird identification
and their unique approaches towards accurate identification.

I will post a mini report on the survey, when completed- this may take a
month or two.

If you have not yet participated in my Bird Identification Survey and would
like to do so, please email me directly at   and I
will send you a copy of the survey.

Best wishes, Cherry Barlowe

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