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Surveillance Self-Defense Mass Surveillance and the Role of Visual Communication Design

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Fueled by fear in the post-9/11 United States, American intelligence agencies conduct dragnet data collection on global communication. Despite the intention of surveillance as preventative counter-terrorism action, the default search

Fueled by fear in the post-9/11 United States, American intelligence agencies conduct dragnet data collection on global communication. Despite the intention of surveillance as preventative counter-terrorism action, the default search and seizure of global communication poses a threat to our constitutional rights and individual autonomy. This is the case especially for people who may be thought of as in opposition to our current political climate, such as immigrants, people of color, women, people practicing non-western religions, people living outside of the United States, activists, persons engaging in political dissent, and people with intersecting identities. Throughout the Fall and Spring semesters, I have done research, conducted visual experiments and designed exploratory projects in order to more thoroughly identify the issue and explore the ways in which visual communication design can aid in the conversation surrounding global surveillance. It was the intention of my fourth year social issue projects to explore the role of visual communication design in the dialogue surrounding surveillance, principally focusing on the responsibility visual communication design has in spreading ideas about how to globally subvert surveillance until governments disclose information about their unconstitutional actions or until whistleblowers do it for them. My final project, the fourth year social issue exhibit, focuses on how improving our personal password habits can help us gain agency in digital spaces. Using the randomness of rolling a dice to generate entropy can help us generate stronger passwords in order to secure sensitive information online. Using design as a method of communication, my fourth year social issue exhibit shared information about how encrypted passwords can act as the first line of defense in protecting ourselves from invasive data collection and malicious internet activity.

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Censorship As a Tool of Suppression

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Censorship is used as a structure to limit the ability of minority social groups to share opinions and ideologies. This in turn constricts our view of reality. My creative project

Censorship is used as a structure to limit the ability of minority social groups to share opinions and ideologies. This in turn constricts our view of reality. My creative project educates the public about the different forms censorship takes. It also provides a space for people to speak uncensored in an effort to protect their right to be heard.

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  • 2015-05

The Effect of Screen Time on Child Development

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The overall purpose of this study is to address how graphic design can begin to solve the particular social issue of the effect of screen time on child development. In

The overall purpose of this study is to address how graphic design can begin to solve the particular social issue of the effect of screen time on child development. In order to reach that particular conclusion, the research begins with an exploration of theories of child development themselves, both physical and cognitive. After establishing their relevance and importance, the issue of the predominance of screens in this current culture is discussed. When it comes to the main point, that screen time affects how children develop, there are two polarized sides to the argument: pro-screens and anti-screens. After reviewing the valid points from each position, the discussion moves to the solution: graphic design. The specific solutions of the pixelPLAY campaign website, the Start Them Young promotional video, and the exhibit, Playing With Pixels: How Screens Can Affect Your Infant's Development, are described in detail as to how they can effectively communicate this social issue and spread awareness. Overall, the argument stands that screens are not going anywhere. It benefits this current generation of new parents to properly educate their child on the correct way to use this omnipresent digital medium in order for them to grow up as healthy, independent, socially responsible and capable individuals. The best chance for success emerges if the parents themselves become aware of the right and wrong ways to use screens, lead by example, and halt unhealthy habits before they even begin. Graphic design can be the match to the flame and set fire to getting this extremely relevant and important issue into the public eye.

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beyond the frame

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In a world where tweets, texts, posts, likes and favorites are a part of our daily lives, it's hard not to believe everything we see. Every little detail of one's

In a world where tweets, texts, posts, likes and favorites are a part of our daily lives, it's hard not to believe everything we see. Every little detail of one's personal life is easily shared with the world with the click of a button. And because of this, the beauty standards that society has created is jumping from the pages of magazines and TV shows to apps such as Instagram and Facebook. The majority of social media users are young teens and adults, but the popularity of these apps is rising among kids as young as five years old as well. These are some of the most impressionable years of one's life. So, by seeing these standards that qualify someone as "beautiful," individuals are likely to strive toward these standards. And while some may seem impossible to attain, individuals are willing to go to extreme lengths to get there. Qualities like the "thigh gap" are slowly becoming more popular, and are putting individuals at risk. In a country where the ideal woman is skinny, and most of the celebrities and models showcase these nearly impossible standards, it's hard not to fall into the trap. With the addition of editing software and filters to already existing social media applications, the ability to edit and enhance photos is in the hands of the user. Photos can be edited so dramatically different from the original that what we're seeing doesn't even exist. This project explores the false reality that social media is creating and the negative effects it has on young girls and women. It also offers a solution to the problem.

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  • 2016-05

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Androids, and Other Haphazard Metaphors: Exploration of Asexual Representation in a Year of Digital Interaction

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This creative project book details a year of research and design projects centering portrayals of asexuality in fiction, culminating in a virtual reality senior exhibition. It addresses how current popular

This creative project book details a year of research and design projects centering portrayals of asexuality in fiction, culminating in a virtual reality senior exhibition. It addresses how current popular media desexualizes and alienates asexual characters, and details ways that we can start to change this by crafting better media role models. Interspersed in this discussion is a reflection on my senior graphic design experience, putting on events in a virtual environment.

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  • 2021-05

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The Importance of Graphic Design Skills in Marketing

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This thesis examines the importance of graphic design in the marketing profession, with an emphasis on the necessity of specific graphic design skills in the acquisition of an entry-level marketing

This thesis examines the importance of graphic design in the marketing profession, with an emphasis on the necessity of specific graphic design skills in the acquisition of an entry-level marketing position or internship. The research begins with a thorough examination of various job posts requiring a marketing degree and a detailed analysis of how certain changes in the marketing landscape are causing graphic design skills such as the Adobe Creative Suite to be important in entry-level marketing. The thesis then discusses and critiques what actions are being taken by universities across the United States to address the issue of marketing undergraduates not feeling prepared to enter the workforce. Using these actions as a basis, the thesis then concludes with recommendations for universities in general, recommendations specific to Arizona State University, and recommendations for students given these new insights regarding graphic design. Some of these university recommendations, which also apply to ASU, include creating an interdiscplinary degree program, improving or changing current major or minor programs to integrate the two disciplines, implementing new courses, and encouraging students to use a variety of low-cost, online resources. The student recommendations include searching for degree programs with design-related major and minor offerings, pursuing a minor in a design-related area, utilizing online learning resources and approaching design students and faculty for individualized instruction.

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Prevalence of Anxiety Disorders in the Creative Industry

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Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety. This is part of being human. However, occasional stress and worry does not compare with today's rising epidemic of Anxiety Disorders, especially in the creative

Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety. This is part of being human. However, occasional stress and worry does not compare with today's rising epidemic of Anxiety Disorders, especially in the creative industry. A widespread stigma surrounding mental health, our high-stress culture, and rising medical costs leaves most of those suffering without treatment. Those that end up seeking treatment face the challenge of finding the right combination, to bring their overpowering anxiety down to a manageable level. The most common treatments include therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. Alternative treatments such as meditation, exercise, and self-care have a great impact on reducing anxiety when combined with traditional treatments. Despite the fact that anxiety has become a cultural condition, we can end this epidemic by speaking up and offering the right support, often off the beaten path.

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  • 2018-05

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Exploring the Digital World: Integrating Digital Literacy & Tools in Education

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This century has brought about incredible advancements in technology and academia, changing the workforce and the future leaders that will drive it: students. However, the integration of digital literacy and

This century has brought about incredible advancements in technology and academia, changing the workforce and the future leaders that will drive it: students. However, the integration of digital literacy and digital tools in many United States K\u201412 schools is often overlooked. Through "Exploring the Digital World," students, parents, and teachers can follow the creatures of this story-driven program as they learn the importance of digital literacy in the 21st century.

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  • 2015-05

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Psyche: Education Through Exploration

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The Psyche mission is based in a search for knowledge, to understand more about our Earth, our solar system, and the Universe. If scientists are right, we’ll be able to

The Psyche mission is based in a search for knowledge, to understand more about our Earth, our solar system, and the Universe. If scientists are right, we’ll be able to get a glimpse of the Earth’s inner workings unlike we’ve ever seen before. Educating ourselves and pursuing new knowledge is incredibly important - never stop exploring and never stop asking questions. Patagonia and Psyche share the same values. They care about people, the planet and both strive for a better world everyday. Be it through the advancement of knowledge or the efforts here on earth to better the lives of millions. Together we can excite the public about this mission, engender curiosity, and tie both stars above us to the earth below us.Our campaign is titled “Education through Exploration”, and we hope it engenders curiosity in everyone. This campaign includes a variety of different assets including huge banners for marketing ,a mini documentary about why we choose Patagonia, and a clothing line to excite the public about the Psyche mission. With the Patagonia + Psyche collaboration we wanted to release a Psyche inspired clothing line to help promote the mission. Some of Patagonia’s top selling items would be released in limited edition Psyche colors and a portion of the proceeds would help support STEM education. We hope that buying these products would help educate the importance of space and earth exploration and STEM education and research. Concern that results from outdoor recreation can lead to increased involvement in environmental issues.

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  • 2019-05

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Psyche and Design: A Visual Journey to a Metal World

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Psyche is both the name of an asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter — and the name of a NASA space mission to visit that asteroid, led by

Psyche is both the name of an asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter — and the name of a NASA space mission to visit that asteroid, led by Arizona State University. The mission was chosen by NASA on January 4, 2017 as one of two missions for the agency’s Discovery Program, a series of relatively low-cost missions to solar system targets. The Psyche spacecraft is targeted to launch in summer 2022 and travel to the asteroid using solar-electric (low-thrust) propulsion, arriving in 2026, following a Mars flyby and gravity-assist in 2023. After arrival, the mission plan calls for 21 months spent at the asteroid, mapping it and studying its properties. Once the spacecraft arrives at the asteroid in 2026, plans call for it to spend 21 months at the asteroid, performing science operations from four staging orbits, which become successively closer.

As a graphic design student, I have been tasked in developing an app for Psyche in efforts to inform the public, raise awareness, and keep eyes on the mission. I teamed up with ASU computer science majors to create a fully functioning app based on Psyche to provide a fun and interactive way to learn about the mission. To expand the range of ASU student competitions, we created five additional Psyche programs for various STEM majors to take part in. Each new competition will have their own branding, advertising, and social postings. A website has also been made to make it easy for students to get involved, keep track of dates, and sign up for the various competitions. To spread awareness of the new ASU Psyche competitions, a poster series was created with different designs for each major in efforts to advertise the various events. Other designs, such as T-shirts, stickers, and social media postings were implemented to keep awareness up and attract new competitors.

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