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

Publication Date

Fall 10-13-2020


Graphic Design, Digital Collage, Worldwide Pandemics


Art and Design | Graphic Design


For my digital rendering of the 1918 vs. 2020 worldwide pandemics, I decided to start making with my hands and then transfer my handmade creation into Photoshop to rework, add, and finally create solutions to make sure my message was conveyed in the best and most effective way possible.

The goal of my project was to convey a happy message that together we can and will fight through a pandemic, as we did 100 years ago.

My positive digital composition was created in order to show how the world found the good during the time of the 1918 influenza pandemic and the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The images at the center are representative of people during 1918 and 2020. The virus particles circling the world represent the coronavirus as well as influenza in skin tones from all over the world, standing together in unity as a symbol of being "in this together." The lines through the center of the world are purposefully there to create a three-dimensional feeling to the piece, while attaching the different skin colors together to elaborate on the fact that we are all fighting the same battle and can do this together.

The words are quotes from around the world of how people found positives or the bright side during the two unprecedented pandemics.

I had a lot of fun creating my project and enjoyed taking a positive spin on two hard times in our world's history.

Olivia Marklay: 1918 & 2020 Pandemic Poster



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