OCAD Thesis Project
All I ever really want to know is how other people are making it through life—where do they put their body, hour by hour, and how do they cope inside of it.”
- Miranda July
How can I use graphic design to connect others, encourage
vulnerability and share courageous stories?
Connection is truly why were here. It’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives. It is what binds us together. What we know is that connection, and the ability to feel connected - neurobiologically is how we’re wired. For the past year, I felt extremely disconnected. I knew I had to find my way back to human connection again.
I began making a list of people I wanted to speak to and I honestly wasn’t entirely sure what would come out of it, but the results really surprised me.
My final products are four books. Each book represents a different person and conversation. There are many layers to these books, the same way that there are many layers to these people, and our conversations.
What did I find in common with the people that I interviewed? They all had courage. The original definition of courage when it first came into the English language is from the Latin word cor, meaning heart - and the original definition was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart. These people who I interviewed had the courage to be imperfect, to confess to me their flaws and most importantly, they embraced vulnerability.
If I have learned anything throughout this year it is this, let your story be heard, be vulnerable and connect with one another. You never now who is out there that will say the two most important words. The words that brought me back to human connection again.