Fact vs. Fiction
14 October 2019
For my senior thesis, I started by exploring Fact vs Fiction. In addition I have been looking into the meaning of the phrase “Believe it or not.” The truth sometimes scares and confuses people, and that's what I want to investigate for the creation of this project. I want to explore the question, is it easier to believe in a lie than believing in the truth? For this idea I want to put more of a psychology aspect on it. I am pulling quotes from the tv series Criminal Minds. For example, “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” I am seeing what I can learn from pulling them from their original contexts, and putting them in new ones. Part of this idea involves putting a fact v. fiction spin on the design. The interest in this topic comes from the idea of mixing images, graphic design, words, and typography.
To properly convey my thesis, I want to explore making images out of type, but also using actual imagery. I am studying typography and the alteration of typography. Also, drawing by hand vs drawing on the computer. I've been doing experiments with digitizing my sketchbook drawings.
I would like to know where the strengths and weaknesses are in this concept and body of work. I have worked on independent projects before, and found that it was hard for me to focus on just one subject. That's why for this project, I want to keep my possibilities open. I believe starting out thinking about fact vs fiction, “believe it or not” and truth vs lies leaves me with a wide range of ideas.
My senior thesis will be exploring fact vs fiction and the phrase “believe it or not.” I am exploring a psychology point of view, using content from the tv series Criminal Minds.
For my senior thesis, I want to explore Fact vs Fiction and conspiracy theories. I want to focus primarily on separating fact from fiction. I want to explore children’s shows and historical events. Conspiracy theories scare and confuse people, and that’s why I want to go deeper in when doing research and creating this project.
One example of a children’s show to explore further is Winne the Pooh. There is a conspiracy theory that each character represents a different mental disorder: Pooh, Impulsivity; Piglet, Anxiety; Roo, Autism; Tiger, ADHD; Eeyore, Depression; Rabbit, OCD; Kanga, Social Anxiety; Owl, Dyslexia. For an example from the media, 9/11 has a lot of conspiracy theories. Some people believe that 9/11 was an inside job, and George Bush is the one who’s actually responsible for it.
To properly convey the idea of fact vs fiction, I want to explore making images out of type, but also using some type of actual imagery. Within this concept, the words would be the fiction, and the fact would be the image. My goal would be to make it seem like the words are the thoughts of my subjects, and the images are the actual facts of the situation. I have the illustration skills and the computer skills to complete this idea.
I have worked on independent projects before, and found that it was hard for me to focus on just one subject. That’s why for this project, I want to keep my possibilities open and at a wide range. I believe starting out thinking about fact vs fiction and conspiracy theories is good because there’s a lot of research I could do throughout the year, and many different paths my ideas could go down.
I plan to display this idea in posters, made digitally and printed to hang. However, I also want to explore collage materials. I want to combine the two and see how far I could take it. I also want to explore drawing this by hand vs drawing it on the computer, which would also tie into the message as well.
For artists, I’ve been looking at Christian Goldmann and Blair Davidson. Their work is images based out of words. Davidson is the one who inspired me to not focus on just type, but to add in some imagery as well. I thinking doing a lot of research and putting in a lot of time I can complete my goal with this project.