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Digital Portfolio - Mental health project #4 - design progress

While thinking about the potential outcome, the 'Wreck this journal' came to my mind straight away. It was a bestseller book designed and written by Keri Smith published back in 2013. Below, I used the official description from the publisher's website:

Through a series of creatively and quirkily illustrated prompts, acclaimed artist Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in "destructive" acts - poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting with coffee, colouring outside the lines, and more - in order to experience the true creative process. With Keri Smith's unique sensibility, readers are introduced to a new way of art and journal making, discovering novel ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the creative process.

This book came to my mind as I know a lot of kids and young adults were using it to reduce anxiety levels and 'run away from reality'. It was their way of coping with mental health problems or simply using their creativity in more interesting way. I really like how this journal gave people the possibility to be actually created all over again. I wanted to implement this freedom in my final outcome, but at the same time I didn't want to make my final piece too long (if it would be a book or a zine) as I think it could be considered as an overwhelming thing.

Because the goal of the project is to combine general mental health statistics with personal experiences, I thought that a folded poster or a brochure would be a great idea. It would allow me to split the design into two separate parts as I initially wanted, having one side of the print covered in visuals and the other one only (or mostly) with text.

My other idea was to basically take the same format as for the previous medium, but fold it only in half. It'd be inspired by newspaper's format and it would look very similar to it as well. I'd probably stick to a article-similar theme.