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Although first impression is more of a psychology topic, I am fascinated with people and people watching. I sometimes sit at a coffee shop and try to put a story to thei appearance. By doing this project I could finally see if what I thought about someone was correct or not. Thinking outside the box I took the brief onboard and decided that interviews are just a series of questions, so I decided to conduct my interview with a number of people about the same topic.I posed the question "what do you think peoples first impressions are of you?", then jotted down their answers, the time and then photographed them.

Transcript of First Impressions

  • First Impressions

    Jamie Gomez

  • Everyone has first impressions.

    You had a first impression when you

    first glanced at this book.

    Consciously or not you tried to figure

    out the content by looking at the

    front cover.

    We as humans can use our first

    impressions of others as a defense

    mechanism. We can choose things

    that we dont feel are going to be of any use, a waste of time or a

    potentially dangerous situation in a

    matter of seconds simply from a

    negative first impression.

    If you look or talk to a stranger, it

    is easily possible to create a life

    story for them based on the way

    they are dressed, talk or behave.

    We deconstruct this information and

    create a first impression judged by

    out perceptions without gaining a

    full understanding. of the subject.

    Based on their personal first

    impression, most graphic designers

    try to gain meaning from everything

    visual around them, but by having a

    deeper knowledge and understanding

    of first impressions, the

    communication in your design will


    It is very important, when visually

    communicating, to try and break this

    barrier and think in different ways.

    Try and see the world through the

    eyes of the person you are trying to

    communicate with and understand

    what their first impressions are.

    What turns them on and off?

    To further understand how first

    impressions work I have tried to

    understand the first impressions of

    people and from that I will be able

    to transfer the skills to good graphic


    The idea is to ask people one

    question and hopefully from their

    answers I could gain a deeper

    understanding of first impressions.

    The interesting thing about this idea

    is that when you ask people this

    question, you already have a first

    impression imprinted into your mind.

    When the question is answered, you

    are often shocked and the way you

    deconstruct first impressions starts to


    Test yourself and see if your first

    impressions are correct.

    Dont Judge A Book By Its Cover. Its Easier Said Than Done.


  • What do you think peoples first impression is of you?


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    Yeah, I have got a friendly face, everyone loves my face.


  • I guess I am upbeat, enthusiastic,

    well I hope so. I never want to

    offend anyone, thats why I always

    try to appear approachable and

    treat everyone how I would want

    to be treated.



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    I reckon that my first impression is

    that I am approachable and friendly.

    I have to be, because if I was not,

    I should really not be a comedy

    club promoter.


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    I feel like people look at me and

    think I am dangerous. I get the

    feeling that people feel uncertain

    around me.


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    Yeah, like I said, Im busy

    Do you mind if I ask you a few questions?

    No, Im busy.

    Youre waiting for a bus

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    Vincent I would say I am good looking and

    relaxed, well thats the impression that

    I try to give off.

    I think that everyone has an ideal

    first impression, its whether they

    create it or not.

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    Were approachable, I hope that we come across that way, if we didnt

    then we are not really doing our

    job well.

    Lisa & Terry

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    Good looking. Arrogant.

    Fashionable. Enough said really...

    Andrew & Gabriel

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    I would say that I am easy to know,

    happy, smiley and approachable,

    although not alot of people do

    approach me.


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    You alright mate, do you mind if I

    ask you a few questions?

    Nah, Nah, I saw that you are

    giving out cds and I wanted to ask you what type of tunes you make.

    Sounds good man, can I get a copy?

    Here ya go, here is 3 quid.

    The Cd is blank

    Your not from the council are you?

    Oh yeah, ha, no worries man, yeah I

    make everything man, indie with hip

    hop over the top, yeah man, its new

    and its fresh.

    Yeah of course man, pay how ever

    much you think its worth.

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    In order to become more sensitive to body language we have to get feedback on how accurate our interpretations and impressions are.

    C. Kleinke (1975)

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    Nevid, J, S, Rathus (2007)

    It is important to make a positive first impression, especially because first impressions tend to become lasting impressions.

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    I am good looking, thats about it. Just one good looking guy.


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    I am a phycologist, I find it very

    interesting that you have asked me

    this question, because it is a very

    difficult question to answer. I would

    say that I am absent minded.


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    I do not know. People normally say

    I am straight talking, I do not know

    if that is the impression I give off.

    I do not go around giving opinions,

    if people ask me to give my opinion,

    I do.


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    I think that people look at me and

    think, mum because its what I am and I base my life around

    my children.


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    I would say the same thing, as

    margret, Im a grandma, I love my grand children, and when people

    normally look at an old person, they

    always think the same thing, old or



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    AndyA lot of people think I am a police

    man, because of the uniform.

    Out of my work clothes I would

    say I am quite arrogant, very loud

    and very chatty, I wont be quiet for

    more than five minutes.

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    I think people would think I am shy.Im quite loud, people normally look at me like, what a weirdo.

    I would rather not say

    Selena AlisonI recon people look at me think Im good looking, ha, oh my god that

    sounded so bad, but I am

    quite pretty.


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    My first impression would be, oh dont mess with him, he looks a

    bit tough guy, when infact I am the

    most harmless guy you will meet.

    I think its the hair or lack of, that

    gives the impression Im a hard nut. Im a pianist. would not have thought that would ya?


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    I would say I appear focused. I know what I want and I know how

    to get it. If I dont know how to get

    it, ill find out.


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    Look I dont have time for your

    questions and stuff, I cant stop and talk because I have lots of contracts

    with many important people. Im a busy man you know.

    Gold men

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    Anthony &

    People look at us and think were a happy couple because thats what

    we are.


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    Tim, Joe,

    What? Right now? People probably

    think we look like a bunch of idiots.

    What more would you expect on a

    stag do.

    Dan & Robin

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    I am a teacher, so it depends

    whether the person views me at

    work or not. at work, Im that teacher that no one messes with, and I have

    created that impression. Outside of

    work, I give off the impression of just

    a normal person, casual.


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    Im not doing any of your pschycology shit mate

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    Piss off and just let me get on with

    my work, alright?

    Bin Man

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    Approachable. I have to be. If I was

    not approachable, you wouldnt have

    picked to choose me to talk to. It

    is important for my job that I am

    approachable, otherwise I would not

    make any money and lose my job.


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    People think Im wild because of the hair, the piercings and my outer

    image. I think that puts people off

    getting to know me.

    Im down to earth, people just dont bother to get to know me because

    of my outer shell.


  • Well, Ive got a story to tell about that. To cut a long story short, or not,

    I was in the car, totally disorientated

    and saw a car coming towards me

    with a woman driving. There was

    a woman and a man in the car

    together and she had her hand over

    her mouth screaming, and thats when

    I realised that something had

    happened to me and it wasnt somebody else.

    Then, I thought oh my, I can feel wetness. I was drinking a can of orange at the time and I thought that

    it had just gone all over me and then

    I realised the car was full of smoke

    and I could smell petrol and I thought,

    If I dont get out of here Im going to be dead.I went into fight mode. and

    I thought I ve got to get out of the car.

    The car was totally buckled from

    behind and the two back doors were

    buckled inwards. I leaned across to

    the passenger side and I looked at

    the door and knew I wouldnt be able to open it. I noticed that the drivers

    side door next to the seat I was

    sitting in was the only way out