People are shaped by their life experiences and what they learn from them. Our personal lives are constantly affected by large-scale disasters, catastrophes and controversies that cause conflict and sometimes even death. It is extremely important that the world know how important these social issues are and a good and eye-opening way to inform is through facts. The public loves statistics and fortunately, these events, ideas, debates..etc, are usually drowning in them . Everyone is affected by the issues in the world today in a different way so it is sometimes difficult to visually portray an idea that can be widely understood by the masses. Two areas that I am or have been personally affected by, are heroin abuse and …I am personally affected by these because I have been exposed to their effects in my lifetime and consequently have strong feelings about them.
Although passion about a project isn’t completely necessary for success, it is almost guaranteed that the project solution will be a thousand times more successful if the artist is passionate about it. As I mentioned, the topics I am discussing are near and dear to me for different reasons. Since before I was born, my dad struggled with a heroin addiction causing so many hardships for himself and everyone around him. I am very passionate about this topic because it has seriously affected me and caused me to have a different mindset on certain things. Although my father has overcome his addiction to heroin, to this day, our family is still affected by it. It is something that I would never wish on anyone because it is heartbreaking. I will aim to inform people about what heroin is, its accessibility, and short and long term effects of using the drugs.
Another topic that I was considering which is a bit on the lighter side, is college and the economics of it. There is lots of controversy about whether or not college is worth the money you spend on it and so I would focus on the mathematics of the issue to get a general idea if and how it Is or is not worth it. Obviously, I am affected by this directly because I am a college student who worries about getting a job and paying off my loans after graduation. People have made me even more worried because of the career path that I am on. Many are convinced that it is impossible to enjoy your job, so when they learn of my career path I usually get remarks like “oh, good for you…” and “wow that’s a risk I wouldn’t be able to take”. I get these remarks constantly and therefore am concerned about finding a well paying job after graduation. Researching and documenting the facts will, I’m sure, be an eye-opening experience that would hopefully give me a bit of peace of mind.
These two topics are important to me and affect me in very, very different ways. I am very interested in both topics making it difficult to choose between the two. With an audience composed almost entirely of college students, choosing the latter would be far more interesting for them. But if I settle on one for that reason alone, I feel my design will not be successful. While I am affected by college economics, it is not something that I am extremely interested and concerned in. I’m positive that this mindset will change once I graduate and need to start paying off my loans, but for right now, I am definitely lacking passion in that area.
Now, I have certainly been negatively affected by opiate abuse but certain aspects of my dad’s addiction have made me who I am. At a very young age, I was exposed to and knew things that I probably shouldn’t have. So with this project, I do not want to just spit out facts that anyone can find through a google search but try to incorporate my experiences and how it has made me a different person than I would’ve been without it. It is a horrible addiction, obviously, but it may have affected me in a positive way because of what it caused. I’m having a hard time getting that idea out into words, so hopefully my design will do a better job.
On the other hand, as you would guess, I am very passionate about heroin abuse awareness and will be focusing on that topic for the Graphic Advocacy project. I feel that my passion and emotion will come out and aid in creating a successful piece. Keeping in mind that this is a data-driven design, I will be sure to focus on the facts, not letting my personal feelings show TOO much. As far as statistics and data goes, there is a vast amount of information to incorporate into my design. So many statistics involving the causes and effects of heroin use, the ease of obtaining the substances, trends of the addicts, and ways to treat the addiction can be found giving me much to work with. I am eager to begin this project because it is something near and dear to me that I wish to inform others about so they know the severity of the addiction.