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In this project, students were asked to produce 10-by-16-inch digital posters responding to the challenge and stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. After reading Professor Misty Thomas-Trout’s handwritten letter, the students used the design tools Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to highlight positive messages coming from the present circumstances.

“You have one meta-objective with this project: Focus on the positive messages only. If negativity is weaved in or comes across your thoughts, jot this down somewhere. Be aware of that thought, but continue to block it out with positivity.”

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Digital Humanities | Graphic Design | Illustration


Artist statement: With this assignment, Professor Thomas-Trout shared very honest thoughts and memories. I wanted to honor these thoughts and memories and explore the silver linings inside them. I represented these positive aspects of her letter with purple watercolor painting, bringing back her handwriting on top. I also pulled out positive words or phrases and constructed new positive messages, further exploring the silver lining.

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Silver Lining: Madeline Spicer



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