• Graphic Design vs. STDs

    On: April 1, 2015
    In: Design
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    I have always found the time during WWII to be an intirguing and inspiring time period—from women who were doing all they could on the home front to the soldiers who fought overseas.

    We’re all familiar with at least one famous poster from that time… I’m sure Rosie the Riveter rings a bell! What many of us have never seen though is the campaign launched by the U.S. Government to do none other than warn U.S. Soldiers of the dangers of “loose women” and STDs.

    Because sex was not often talked about publicly during that time, WWI saw a venereal disease epidemic where soldiers often contracted and died from STDs. In order to prevent that from happening in WWII, the U.S. Government teamed up with designers to create posters that were plastered all over military barracks.

    This campaign to fight STDs used everything from bold colors and striking Hitler images to softer, more emotional images and wording. It’s interesting to see what worked for advertisers back then… take a look compared to what is used in today’s world.

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    Kristen Oaxaca, Senior Graphic Designer

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  • Creative Spin on a Serious Topic

    On: March 26, 2015
    In: Uncategorized
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    At this time in the world, we have all been affected by war–whether we’ve fought in it ourselves or know someone who has. That being said, many of us know the very real and very serious effects it has on soldiers and their loved ones.

    A few of my cousins have been members of the U.S. Military, one of which has been deployed 7 times and is still on active duty in the U.S. Army. Each time he is deployed, it takes a toll on both him and his family. Although deployment has different effects on different people, many members of the military develop PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

    In a recent photo series, photographer Devin Mitchell captured the emotion and reality of soldiers with PTSD. It is amazing how, in a single photograph, Mitchell and his subjects have depicted such a serious topic. I love the use of mirrors to show the two sides of the story–the soldier life and the home life, what soldiers let people see and what they feel inside.

    To see more of Mitchell’s photos, expanding beyond PTSD, visit veteranvisionproject.com

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    Kristen Oaxaca, Senior Graphic Designer

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