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January 2022 - April 2022

Procreate, Illustrator, ESRI Story maps

This research-creation project explores how the healthcare system in Canada developed an environment of doubt and how civic engagement deteriorates with mistrust. 

 

Mistrust and Healthcare

Timeline of the Project

January 2022

February - March 2022

April 2022

  • Created an annotated bibliography

  • Outlined Story map

  • Wrote Research Essay

  • Drafted rough timeline 

  • Sketched rough graphics outlines and video storyboards

  • Researched healthcare in Canada

  • Continued working on Story map outline

  • Found information to display geographically with ESRI

  • Created most of the illustrations

  • Designed infographics

  • Finished animation

  • Took photos for Story Map

  • Edited the research and compiled it on ESRI

  • Finished illustrations

  • Made sure everything looked visually cohesive

The Subject of my Story Map

Within my Story Map, I explore different sources of mistrust in Canada's healthcare system, Medicare. After breaking down how these issues affect Canadians, I look at what is being done by politicians and organizations and encourage civic engagement from readers.

 

My approach in this assignment is to confront painful realities and look at how civic engagement can still help us pave forward.

 

Angered by a family friend struggling through a difficult diagnosis and treatment process this past year, I created this Story Map for those who haven't experienced medical care in Canada, especially during this pandemic. 30% of adults said they did not reach out to medical care due to the pandemic. (Smith et al.) I wanted to illustrate issues within our healthcare and how the pandemic affected it but remain unbiased. Though I am harsh on Canada's healthcare, I acknowledge its strengths and highlight them.

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Principles and Elements of Design and Accessibility

Inspired by the colours of hospital logos and medical clinics, I created most of my graphics with aquamarines, light yellows, and reds. I made sure that the aquamarine and red tones varied from each other enough in value that colour blindness did not affect them.

 

If I didn't do that, I made sure the colour did not encode any information. In creating my graphics, I paid extra attention to my reds, ensuring that I never used bright red and white together if I was presenting a significant piece of information.

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Process

In creating the graphics for my Story Map, I wanted to evoke a storybook feel. Many of my illustrations have intentionally messy outlines and blocky colours to keep a consistent tone. Throughout most of my works, I use thick and uneven lines. With this repetition, I ensure unity within my visuals and infographics.

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Final Graphics

In creating the graphics for my Story Map, I wanted to evoke a storybook feel. Many of my illustrations have intentionally messy outlines and blocky colours to keep a consistent tone. Throughout most of my works, I use thick and uneven lines. With this repetition, I ensure unity within my visuals and infographics.

Throughout most of my works, I use thick and uneven lines. With this repetition, I ensure unity within my visuals and infographics. 

Additionally, I use watercolour-inspired colouring throughout my infographics and comics. The washy nature of watercolour balances the heaviness of thick linework and creates graphics that are easier on the eyes.

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