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Two Minds is an informational zine with the intended purpose to raise awareness about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I chose to explore this topic as during my initial research I was shocked to come across the many complexities and depths that come with suffering from OCD. With further exploration, I came to learn how wrongly this mental health issue is being trivialized within mainstream media thus resulting in sufferers sharing how they feel ostracized and isolated.

After identifying the prevailing issue that OCD is being misconceived by society, I felt compelled to create a body of educational material to allow people to see the true depth and impacts that this illness can have on a person, so that sufferers can feel accepted and understood in the world that they live. It became clear to me that I wanted to create a piece of printed material in the form of a zine or supplement after reading about how these mediums have been used as a way to have frank conversations surrounding taboo topics, and also from reading the statement Doll Hospital Journal creator Bethany Lamont made that “print is the best medium for this kind of project as it is a quiet and safe space away from all the pressures and anxieties of online social media platforms”.

A zine is more than just a piece of printed work; it is an embodiment of passion and care from the creator. They are created out of a sense of urgency and need to tell the world about the importance of the topics held within their pages. I felt that a zine held the core values that I wanted my body of work to reflect; to educate, promote a cause and radiate passion and importance.

I also felt strongly that I wanted to create all of the imagery and design work myself, as I had a clear idea for the zines visual identity in my head from the get go. I always knew that I wanted it to be the polar opposite from common mental health awareness campaigns and feature bright attractive imagery with bold design elements, to entice the reader into flicking through the pages and being almost shocked to realise that they were reading a mental health awareness supplement. I wanted to use the imagery as a tool to evoke an emotional response from the reader, by making them feel slightly uncomfortable but not being quite sure why so as to emulate the feelings of an OCD sufferer.

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Two Minds is an informational zine with the intended purpose to raise awareness about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I chose to explore this topic as during my initial research I was shocked to come across the many complexities and depths that come with suffering from OCD. With further exploration, I came to learn how wrongly this mental health issue is being trivialized within mainstream media thus resulting in sufferers sharing how they feel ostracized and isolated.

After identifying the prevailing issue that OCD is being misconceived by society, I felt compelled to create a body of educational material to allow people to see the true depth and impacts that this illness can have on a person, so that sufferers can feel accepted and understood in the world that they live. It became clear to me that I wanted to create a piece of printed material in the form of a zine or supplement after reading about how these mediums have been used as a way to have frank conversations surrounding taboo topics, and also from reading the statement Doll Hospital Journal creator Bethany Lamont made that “print is the best medium for this kind of project as it is a quiet and safe space away from all the pressures and anxieties of online social media platforms”.

A zine is more than just a piece of printed work; it is an embodiment of passion and care from the creator. They are created out of a sense of urgency and need to tell the world about the importance of the topics held within their pages. I felt that a zine held the core values that I wanted my body of work to reflect; to educate, promote a cause and radiate passion and importance.

I also felt strongly that I wanted to create all of the imagery and design work myself, as I had a clear idea for the zines visual identity in my head from the get go. I always knew that I wanted it to be the polar opposite from common mental health awareness campaigns and feature bright attractive imagery with bold design elements, to entice the reader into flicking through the pages and being almost shocked to realise that they were reading a mental health awareness supplement. I wanted to use the imagery as a tool to evoke an emotional response from the reader, by making them feel slightly uncomfortable but not being quite sure why so as to emulate the feelings of an OCD sufferer.

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