How can one describe social interactions? What if there was a code to notate non-verbal communication? How close people are from each other, orientation of their bodies, eye contact, loudness of their voices, etc. The Proxemic notation system can help one describe specific social behaviour to effectively communicate their observations. On the other hand, the system can be used to express the types of social interaction one feels comfortable to be involved in, or it could be used to regulate such behaviour in a public space with the help of graphic symbols. The system creation was inspired by Edward T. Hall's work on Proxemics-study about how people organise their space depending on cultural and social context.

Speculative poster device

Promotional poster featuring a speculative device demonstrating the main functions of the notation system in a concise form of an object functioning on its own highlighting the initial purpose of the symbols. I doubt the possibility of the existence of such a device nowadays, due to its ‘limiting’ nature in comparison with multifunctional communicating devices popular now. However, I believe that the system could help normalise the act of communicating of and about social interactions’ particular types/qualities/features, especially the non-verbal ones. Maybe then, such a device could be a common thing or even a necessity.
Process of creating 'Posture' category symbols

From the words describing actions like 'standing' and 'sitting' I came up with acronyms and then merged letters together to form symbols. In the process I discovered that the symbol resembles its meaning - 'standing' symbol looks like a person standing. The same way all the rest of the symbols were created.

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