Ms. Nuvia had scheduled a critique session from professionals on Thursday the 13th. My group and I wanted our critique session to be focused on Vanessa and my t-shirt design. The question my group and I came up with were, what is your first impression when seeing this? And how can we add more meaning to our design.
My group’s first critiquer was Ms. Nuvia; and we received some really interesting probing questions. A question that stood out the most to my group was, why would someone with depression or past depression want to wear our t-shirt? We were stuck onto that question and couldn’t think of a straight away answer. So it made us visualize all the different perspectives about the shirt.
After our session with Ms. Nuvia was finished, we had a graphic designer, David Varela, come to our table to critique our t-shirt design. Since I already knew how the process of the session would plan out, my group and I felt more comfortable with David. Going back to our focus question about the first impression of the design, I asked David what did he thought the message was. He responded by saying it looks like someone is trying to overcome a hard time, maybe like stress or a diet.
Then, I told him our group’s topic was based on teen depression. David then gave us amazing feedback such as, making the bandages have symbols. How do you cure depression? With love, social support, communication, hobbies, and much more detail in the book, The Depression Cure. We would add symbols directly onto the bandage to represent how to cure depression. There are many different ways of curing depression according to the book my group and I are reading, The Depression Cure. Some activities listed are: sunlight exposure, social support, sleep, etc.; for example, humans were made to become a community, social support. As stated in the book, The Depression Cure, "Hunting, cooking, eating, playing, foraging, sleeping, grooming- they're all carried out in the company of close friends and loved ones. Loneliness and social isolation are virtually unknown." That is why the designs in the bandage would have symbols representing those activities. Our last piece of critique was to make the brain sad or tired, some sort of way to associate the brain has gone through a hard time.
Overall, the critique session was a success. We got a lot of amazing feedback on our t-shirt design. We are going to implement our feedback right away.