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

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Pandemic, graphic design, poster, illustration, mixed media, COVID-19, Spanish flu, Art


Art and Design | Graphic Design


My digital poster represents social distancing. My project shows elements from both the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic and the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. I used these elements in the best way that I knew how to show them. I created an illustration piece that represented the new world and the old. I used newspaper clippings for the 1918 pandemic and tweets and "fake news" for the 2020 pandemic. It was a great struggle trying to make everything fit together and not look way too overcrowded.

My process was mostly just creating shapes and trying to make them look like people as much as possible. I also used many other tools such as the line tool to do some small details around the circle. I always have fun making the illustrations, and I was very proud of how it came out. I learned how to be patient when my computer would lag because I did this in three layers. I put a lot of time and effort into making this project show myself and the past and future. I wanted to create something simple yet emotional. I didn't want to just throw facts at people; I wanted a twist to it so it would leave people wondering what the real message is behind it.

Grace Hughes: 1918 & 2020 Pandemic Poster



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