Out of The Blue

Lisa Sangeun Park

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Out of The Blue’ refers to:

  1. The sudden, oftentimes unexpected, onset (or realization) of depression an individual goes through at the beginning of their mental health journey
  2. The daring process of those slowly wading themselves out of depression

With focus on de-stigmatizing conversations around the topic/experiences of depression as well as elucidating the basis of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for individuals in need of digestible information/guidance to living well with depression (sourcing Feeling Good by Dr. Burns):

Out of The Blue (2024) is a collection of multidisciplinary designs that showcase my personal response to depression and Feeling Good; encompassing animation, publication, and card designs.

1. ANIMATION

Waves is one of the design components of Out of The Blue with a specific focus on creating conversation and awareness about mental health through the use of motion. 

Specifically in the hopes of assisting those trying to understand and support their loved ones living with depression, Waves provides one of many possible depictions of what living with depression feels like. Better understanding can lead to more empathy, compassion, and the furthering of ongoing conversations surrounding the topic of depression.

2. PUBLICATION

To combat the challenges of navigating through Dr. Burns’ dense and complicated text, which focused on providing in-depth scientific information on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, this publication conveys my re-interpretation of Feeling Good that focuses on catering to the real-life experiences of those living with depression.

This publication/re-interpretation was designed specifically with the fact that depressed individuals often don’t have the motivation to read through a dense book, despite their desperation towards recovery in mind; the ultimate goal was to provide a more straightforward & simple entryway to recovery. This was achieved through the cutting out of overly scientific segments, re-typesetting, as well as the addition of interjections that carry forward my personal voice to the readers.

At its current stage, the re-interpretation covers part 1 of Feeling Good (‘Theory and Research’), with chapters 1, 2, and 3; setting up the starting point for an individual’s recovery journey. 

Above is a slideshow of the final risograph printed and stitch-bound publication.

TYPOGRAPHY:

For the publication, I used two variations of Meno Display as the display type, Corundum Text Book as the body type, and an edited version of Club Lithographer as decorative/accent type. The mix of expressive type layout and use of breathable, spacious layout in the spreads of the publication allowed for a harmonious combination of these typefaces, that emphasized the approachable, caring, and friendly qualities/intentions of the re-design while maintaining a level of gravity.

Narly OT, the typeface used in the Waves animation was carried over to the Burns Depression Checklist re-design, and this typeface also serves as the typeface used for the cohesive identity of the entire project Out of The Blue as well.

3. CARD DESIGNS

The Cognitive Distortion Cards exist as a separate body of designs, supporting the information communicated through the Feeling Good re-interpretation publication.

The understanding of what cognitive distortions are serve as the basis/building block to starting a recovery journey with cognitive behavioural therapy, as most CBT recovery exercises focus on the depressed individual challenging/talking back to their cognitive distortions.

These cards were created with the daily lives of those living with depression in mind, as depression in many cases creates a variety of difficulties when trying to remember and apply these terms to one’s own thoughts throughout the ups and downs of their recovery journey. The decision to design cards for these terms also stemmed from wanting people to have a portable tool they could hold onto without having to carry around or locate the entire book every time; making the process of reminding oneself of the cognitive distortions, ever-present in the day to day lives of those with depression, much easier. The illustrations were also conceptualized and designed to visually represent/symbolize the definitions of each distortion; to aid further in the process of one’s learning + reminding of them.

These cards were risograph printed, to match the printed designs of the publication.


Acknowledgements:

This project could not have ended up where it has without the people in my life I hold dear to my heart;

I express immense gratitude to my instructor Jon Hannan for the patience, support, and guidance I received throughout the project’s development, as well as appreciation towards the COMD studio technician Kathleen Jacques for her help and suggestions. I am beyond grateful for the unwavering love and support I had from my sister, and can’t forget the encouragements kindly given to me by Brendan, Kate, Neha, Jasmine, and Helen throughout this project. I am thankful for the book Feeling Good as well, as it has helped me through my own share of dark times, which led to my aspiration to attempt in making it more accessible for others.

Thank you all so much.

Lisa Sangeun Park

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Hi, my name is Lisa. I am a graphic/motion designer, and illustrator.

As a designer, I strive to emulate trauma-informed design practices and create for mental health recognition/de-stigmatization whenever possible.​​​The main focus in my practice is design, but I also have a strong illustration background and thrive when combining both areas of creativity into my work.

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