In a handwritten letter to her students March 22, 2020, Misty Thomas-Trout, assistant professor of art and design, reflected on the global health crisis that brought about the decision to conduct the remainder of the spring semester virtually, with students and faculty sheltering in place as a the spread of a deadly novel coronavirus grew at an alarming rate.
In this gallery, you can read her letter and browse the works her students created: data visualizations on their encounters with the topic; the "silver linings" they discovered in their isolation; and posters they created to depict the pandemic.
The creator of each work owns copyright.
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.”