For my conceptual design, I decided to go with the smart home story. For the illustration I first began trying to think about how I could incorporate a phone and house into the same illustration, as all the controls for a smart home are on a phone. I then though of the imagery of apps and how they could maybe look like little windows on a house, so I decided to sort of have the house be the outline of the phone screen and use iPhone imagery because it is pretty well-known. I also wanted to incorporate the title of the piece into the illustration so I made each letter be its own app icon. I think I succeeded in making my icons have that app look and in incorporating several aspects into the illustration without making it too busy.
I also wanted to include some sort of broken wireless symbol to indicate the fact that turning your house into a smart house isn’t really an easy task. I chose to do that with the half loaded Wi-Fi icon to the right of the page. I like the appearance of it, but looking back I’m not sure that this would easily convey to others what I’m trying to convey about the house being “broken.” I think I should’ve figured out a way to incorporate this better and I also think I could have used more color in my illustration. Then again, I kind of like the simple look of it because the app icons make it look a bit busy.