thingsithought.today is both poetry and an informational resource that aims to help those struggling with mental health to feel less alone while identifying the supports they need.
Writer, Designer, Developer: Lauren Holden Student RGD
Instructor: James March
thingsithought.today is both poetry and an informational resource that aims to help those struggling with mental health to feel less alone while identifying the supports they need. Lists of symptoms are often not enough to capture the isolation and anxiety many experience in any meaningful way. Lauren identified visual poetry as a way to record mental health that rings true and makes one feel less alone. Experimenting with poetry and graphics, she distilled her experiences to help others who are struggling to feel less alone. This website anthology consists of fully immersive poems that incorporate collage, bizarre gifs, hover interactions and animated typography. The result is a consuming poetic experience which uses interaction and motion as visual rhetorical devices.
Use of simple techniques, such as layering and pacing, are employed effectively to create a unique and nuanced experience. The contrast between analogue and digital techniques creates an engaging narrative, and core design principles, such as contrast, space and alignment, are effectively used to lead the viewer through the content carefully.
- Lauren Wickware RGD
The author’s interior voice is revealed through the design in a way that is highly creative and experientially satisfying. thingsithought.today succeeds in surfacing and challenging conceptions of mental health, and the end user’s journey through these web vignettes is captivating and memorable.
- Valerie Casey