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  • Mixed-media digital college
  • 18 inches wide, 24 inches high

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Pandemic, Graphic Design, Digital Collage, Analog Collage, Poster


Art and Design | Graphic Design


My digital collage was influenced by my experience with the use of technology during quarantine for the coronavirus in 2020. While researching the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, I found a parallel between the use of technology during the two pandemics. I came across an advertisement for the Bell Telephone Company suggesting that one is not alone during quarantine if they have a telephone.

In my experience, I felt a similar pressure to use my phone to stay connected to other people during a time of complete separation. In my design, I wanted to depict this desire for connection that cannot quite be reached through a device or screen and show the need for a glimpse of human interaction. Furthermore, I discovered that the Bell Telephone Company did not thrive during the pandemic due to the absence of humans, who were necessary for managing calls.

Although technology provides us with temporary satisfaction during this time of social isolation, and it will never fully replace the human connection we have become accustomed to pre-pandemic, and that is the disconnect I wanted to provoke in my design.

Mira Holifield: 1918 & 2020 Pandemic Poster



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