In my time studying at Cardiff Metropolitan University I have explored so many interesting opportunities. In second year, I looked at Psychogeography and what my hometown has taught me. These attitudes and principles have informed the rest of my practice as I have progressed from second into third year. I now use these psychogeographical influences and theories to tell stories about my hometown, and myself.
The last three years I’ve focused on print-based outcomes more than anything else, but I do love a challenge, so recently I started to explore digital and UI design. I’ve tried to keep my practice flexible to welcome new challenges.
Final Major Project
Social media is amazing for building communities, staying connected, and sharing positivity; however, it can also be a hub for negativity to grow and spread like wildfire. Too many news reports have shown that social media is having a negative impact on the mental health of the general public, particularly young people. Heed is the social media app that puts your mental health and wellbeing before the numbers.
‘Heed’ is an in-app social media service that is proactive in helping the user maintain a positive state of mental health and wellbeing.
‘Heed.’ provides the user with pop-up notifications that question whether too much negativity has been consumed across social media platforms based on an algorithm that detects triggers the user would enter in the app ‘trigger log’. If the user has consumed too much negativity in such a short period of time the app will suggest they move to a safe online space. ‘Heed’s’ social platform, which collates all of the positive posts from the user’s social media platforms, allows the user to stay connected to the things that make them happy, whilst protecting themselves from consuming too much negativity.
Take care. Take caution.
Heed is the social media app that
puts your mental health and
wellbeing before the numbers.
The Dark Artery is a story that’s
briefly touched upon in the film
Pride. The tale talks about how
three mining communities are
connected by one rich coal seam.
The Dark Artery
This project was submitted to the International Society of Typographic Designers under the ‘Migration’ brief.
‘The Dark Artery’ is a story that’s briefly touched upon in the film ‘Pride’. The tale talks about how three mining communities are connected by one rich coal seam. The idea that you could take a Welsh, Basque or Pennsylvanian miner and put them in another community where the seam was, they would recognise the coal the minute they saw it.
The theme of migration was strengthened when I realised that South Wales was used as a steppingstone for Irish miners to get to Pennsylvania in the search for a better life both in and out of the pit. I have Irish heritage which, as a family, we’ve never really explored. it turns out that my ancestors were miners too. They came to South Wales, and I couldn’t help but wonder if they ever would’ve gone to Pennsylvania. I used this brief to explore that link.
The black foil on black paper was a key part of the design as it celebrates the rich black coal of the story. Much like coal mines, the theme of migration in this design has many layers. It touches on global, historical, social and cultural migration.