Contextual References for Major Project Definition.

During researching for unit 2.2 and 2.3, I came across the following work that I found to be successful, inspiring and good design practice.

1. Guide to Understanding the Introverted by Schroeder Jones. 

Jones made this comic as a way of explaining exactly why introverts behave the way they do. I feel this piece of design reaching the same target audience as I aim to reach.

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2. The Socially Awkward Penguin

An advice animal image macro series featuring a penguin lacking both social skills and self esteem. The text typically narrates uncomfortable life situations that highlight a clumsy or inelegant reaction.

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3. Reality VS How It Feels With Social Anxiety.

Shea Strauss is an illustrator and design and works for College Humour, a leading online entertainment company. She created a series of illustrations that visualise how socially anxious people perceive certain social situations. I think this piece is great as it is funny, honest and shows a great comparison which communicates the fear and anxiety these people experience in this situations.

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4. Party Guide for an Introvert by Wellcast.

Welts are a twice-a-week show who explore the physical, mental and emotional paths to wellness with an emphasis on education. This video was published on Youtube and is a 5 step guide for introverts on how to cope being at large parties. I think the topic is very similar to mine so it good to see what kind of existing work there is out there.

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5. Mindfulness Helps Reduce Social Anxiety by Kyle MacDonald

This infographic shows how mindfulness helps the anxious mind in order to bring more clarity and focus.

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6. A Guide to Becoming a Pirate by David Soames

I like these funny designs as they are sarcastic but highlight stereotypical key features of the subject (in this case the stereotypical physical aspects of a pirate). I think this could be good to use in my work as I can highlight the stereotypes of social anxiety and then visualise them to explain why SAD people act this way.

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7. Truth Facts

Truth Facts are a series of charts and infographics communicating funny issues and situations that happen in our modern lives. I love the simple design and colour pallettes and I especially like the examples which compare what people think to what people actually mean as this is an idea I will be experimenting during unit 2.2.

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I have talked about some of these examples in my Major Project Definition as they have definitely influenced my approach and design thinking towards my Major Project.

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