PICK ME UP

Humans have a natural instinct to seek out nature and organic forms known as biophilia. Research has shown that spending time in nature can benefit health: mental health, well-being and creativity. Existing buildings need to adapt their surroundings in response to these findings, especially in areas where biophilic design could aid healing thus having a huge impact on well-being by helping to reduce stress and anxiety: such as hospitals and health centres.

This study looks at using biophilic design to improve these areas by providing a connection with nature, provoking the patient to find their own link with nature therefore having a positive effect and improving a patient’s experience.

My work took a tactical approach that created multiple outcomes at various stages of research:

1. A book highlighting the visual identity of dandelions using cyanotype to capture a dandelion’s life cycle and bring to view some of the numerous names a dandelion is otherwise known by.
2. A set of postcards depicting two extremes: a reality and an abstract way of connecting to nature using photography and graphics.
3. A set of worry stones using flowers pressed into clay and presented in a first aid style matchbox.
4. Using qualitative research, I identified how thoughts and feelings that people had with nature was what gave them a positive memory. Using sensory graphics to create a collection of postcards for each of the five senses. Combining oil essence with inks for screen printing and relief printing for the sense of smell. Touch, using an embossing and laser technique to create interactive elements. Sight and taste are communicated by visual design. Hearing incorporating a QR code so sound can be listened to. 

These images highlight the final outcomes, however you can read my project in full here

 

PICK ME UP


Sensory Postcard Collection

Inspired by experiences in nature and representing each of the five senses with respect to research and qualitative data. Initially appealing visually, once the card is picked up, other senses come into play using nature-inspired elements that we can see, hear, smell or feel.

 

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Sensory Postcard Collection – The Robin

The reverse of the postcards has the usual place for an address and stamp. Each postcard also has personalised data: a sentence or two to explain the postcard and the benefits it can bring, that reflects the image on the front. Each postcard is designed with a nature-inspired element that stimulates one or more of the five senses. There is also a call to action: each postcard includes contact details for ‘Mind’ – The Mental Health Charity.

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Sensory Postcard Collection

This image shows the sensory postcards displayed on the walls of a hospital waiting room. Some of the pieces also work as large format prints so they can be viewed from afar, provoking a patient to find their own connection to nature, creating a positive effect and improving a patient’s experience. 

 

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This image shows how some of the pieces also work as large format prints which can be positioned throughout empty hospital corridors. Whilst also keeping the sensory elements such as using the QR code to listen to bird song and sense of smell by using oil essence within the printing inks. These connections with nature provoke memories and emotions of nature, creating a positive effect and improving a patient’s experience.

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Sensory Postcard Collection

This image shows how the postcards can be placed in the hospital ward. In this space, a restricted area, a mobile is positioned to enable the patient to experience the sensory postcards whilst recuperating. Most hospital wards no longer allow flowers, therefore the lavender fragranced postcard is designed to hang on the hospital bed. Lavender is useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression and restlessness. 

 

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The ‘Pick Me Up’ project began through a desire to improve a patient’s experience. Research has shown that even just looking at nature can have a positive effect on health and well-being. This little video is a sneak preview to my ‘Pick Me Up’ presentation book explaining in detail the processes and methods used through this study. I welcome you to read it and hope the images are visually stimulating and the images of nature have a positive affect on how you feel.

To read it in full, please click on the link below:

https://issuu.com/julesnorris/docs/julia_norris_pick_me_up_issuu

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Julia Norris

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  • Degree show 2020
    • Master of Graphic Design