Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

The Color Scale

Class

Article

College

Caine College of the Arts

Faculty Mentor

Mike Daines

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

Graphic design is a powerful visual language that can be appreciated and used by nearly everyone in the entire world. I believe that design can become more engaging when those who aren't graphic designers have the chance to contribute to a work. Upon observing the fact that everyone, often daily, experiences individual pain, discomfort, and isolation and that we often do not have a comfortable place to express how we feel (and even endure long periods of isolation because of this), I have a desire to provide a small pedestal of expression to show that we aren't alone in our pain. My hope is to provide a small platform to anyone who wants to visually express themselves and contribute to a greater work of expression. With a window of two months, I will open up a survey to those who struggle with anxiety, depression, insomnia, loss, and loneliness. Within these five categories, I will ask the contributors to anonymously "rate your pain" in a nontraditional way: I will request a color via color picker hex code to express the 'color' of the pain from their anxiety, depression, loneliness, etc. There will also be an optional space for a short comment explaining why they chose that particular color. With 16,777,216 color combinations possible, I look forward to seeing both variety and patterns in how those who choose to participate decide to translate their feelings into color within the five categories. My research plan is to pair the gathered data with research on color theory, psychology, and the history of artists who struggled with mental illness and how those struggles influenced their work, and then parallel my findings. The end product will be a six panel accordion fold zine that will be available to the public in both print and digital form.

Location

The South Atrium

Start Date

4-12-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

4-12-2018 10:15 AM

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The Color Scale

The South Atrium

Graphic design is a powerful visual language that can be appreciated and used by nearly everyone in the entire world. I believe that design can become more engaging when those who aren't graphic designers have the chance to contribute to a work. Upon observing the fact that everyone, often daily, experiences individual pain, discomfort, and isolation and that we often do not have a comfortable place to express how we feel (and even endure long periods of isolation because of this), I have a desire to provide a small pedestal of expression to show that we aren't alone in our pain. My hope is to provide a small platform to anyone who wants to visually express themselves and contribute to a greater work of expression. With a window of two months, I will open up a survey to those who struggle with anxiety, depression, insomnia, loss, and loneliness. Within these five categories, I will ask the contributors to anonymously "rate your pain" in a nontraditional way: I will request a color via color picker hex code to express the 'color' of the pain from their anxiety, depression, loneliness, etc. There will also be an optional space for a short comment explaining why they chose that particular color. With 16,777,216 color combinations possible, I look forward to seeing both variety and patterns in how those who choose to participate decide to translate their feelings into color within the five categories. My research plan is to pair the gathered data with research on color theory, psychology, and the history of artists who struggled with mental illness and how those struggles influenced their work, and then parallel my findings. The end product will be a six panel accordion fold zine that will be available to the public in both print and digital form.