1.3 Major Project Proposal Research

As part of my Major Project Proposal I discussed existing material that characterises mental illnesses to in order to make them easier to relate to.

I discuss the video below called ‘The Black Dog of Depression’ by World Health Organisation and how the use of the dog to represent depression is successful as everyone has experience owning a pet.

In collaboration with WHO to mark World Mental Health Day, writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone tells the story of overcoming the “black dog of depression”.

Please refer to this post when reading 1.3 Major Project Proposal.

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1.2 Research Methods.

The aim of my major protect is to create an informational animation on the complex topic of social anxiety. I aim to use narrative within my animation and characterise social anxiety in order to make it easier to understand.

This essay briefly looks at the advantages of using animated infographics and the use of narrative and characters to ease the understanding of complex topics. This essay also includes a review of 2 examples of where narrative and characters are used in short animations about physical and mental health.

The first animation I will be looking at is Fallin’ Floyd by Anikey:

The second animation will ‘The Tokkels: Preventing STI’s’ be from the NHS Choice animated series ‘The Tokkles’ by The Brothers McLeod:

I will be talking about how a metaphor is used to make the subject matter more relatable.


Other animations in that series that also use clever metaphors to represent health issues:

The Tokkels: Feeling Low


The Tokkels: Trouble Passing Water


Please refer to this blog post when reading my 1.2 Research Methods essay.

Thank you.