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Typographic Migraines

 

People have a tendency to consider migraines just a bad headache, but in reality, they are extremely painful and debilitating. Typographic Migraines uses experimental design and type treatments, colors, and Weingart design techniques to visually capture the feeling and intensity of migraines. 

I am a migraine sufferer myself and I often find that people who do not experience them do not fully

**VIEWER WARNING**
 

The final designs created for this project are extremely bright and may cause eye strain due to the color palette and type treatment. I suggest you slightly dim your screen brightness before viewing and adjust as needed.

 

If you do suffer from migraines, I suggest that you look briefly or click the bottom to the right to bring you to the black and white version of the designs!

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Process

Each design was created separately with a slightly different design process
and multiple iterations, but with the same intention to visually recreate the feeling of migraines.

In the end, the designs are able to work individually or as a set, and goes from rigid to abstract design. Below, you can see previous iterations and see design elements that eventually made it to the final designs. I selected specific designs out of the 100s of iterations that were created to showcase a more fluid path of my thought-process to get to the finalized designs.

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Final Designs

After creating 100s of iterations through my design process, these final four designs were picked intuitively based on the feeling they captured, self-critique, and peer-critique.

I purposely chose to use clashing colors alter the typography and layer in a way that makes it seem blurred and difficult to look at. When I experience migraines they make it difficult for me to look at screens or bright lights, and often affect my vision temporarily.

**VIEWER WARNING**

As mentioned above, the designs below will be very bright and may cause eye strain
or a headache. I recommend adjusting screen brightness prior to viewing.

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Grid View

While these designs were not necessarily intended to be showcased together as they were designed separately. I wanted to showcase them together to show the difference in viewing them separately like above, and as a group.

To the viewers, do you experience the pieces differently when they are in a group?

 

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Grid View - Black & White

 

These versions are a bit easier on the eyes, as well as an option for people who may be prone to migraines or headaches to still view the typography treatment. 

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