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This is a handwritten letter from Misty Thomas-Trout to her Graphic Design I (VAD 411) students in March, sent the day before classes resumed following spring break. Initially, virtual education was a precaution, set to last for two weeks; however, it extended for the remainder of the term and the summer term. By the time the fall semester began in late August 2020, more than 5 million cases had been reported in the United States.

Following the handwritten letter is a typed version. The indents of the paragraphs reflect the way the letter appeared on paper.

The letter was the basis of a design exercise called "Silver Lining." Those projects appear under that title in this collection.

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Dayton, Ohio


Digital Humanities | Graphic Design | Illustration

Silver Lining: A Letter to Students from Misty Thomas-Trout



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