First Advisor

Meredith James

Date of Award

Spring 5-31-2022

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Graphic Design and University Honors

Department

Art + Design

Language

English

Abstract

Inspired by personal experiences as a graphic design student and those of my peers, this qualitative creative thesis discusses the prevalence of insecurity, imposter syndrome, and similar mental health struggles in creatives, and the ways in which these experiences or tendencies can inhibit us and stifle our creativity. Through my research, I learned that there are many ways in which graphic design as a field is uniquely affected by these issues, and that there exists a glaring need for conversation, particularly in academic spaces. This prompted the development of my personal interactive workbook titled "For Art's Sake" in which I addressed these topics, gave voice to students' perspectives, and offered a space for the reader to reflect on their own experiences. The creative execution of this book allowed me to practice designing in a less limited way, as well as encourage conversations about imposter syndrome and insecurity in creative spaces.

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Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/37859

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