The target population of the research is people with mental diseases. It aims to study the symptoms of their illnesses and to understand the pain they encounter from the perspective of these patients. Based on that, this research combines with strong visual design and creative layout, presents art posters with impact and influence. The purpose of the research is to give mental patients recognition, encouragement and care to a certain extent through the art form of posters. This series consists of five posters, each poster describes the five most common mental illnesses in the United States, which are anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. This series of posters was exhibited at Imagine RIT in 2019, and was supported and affirmed by many academic groups and social personnel who came to visit. The same series of videos were also exhibited along with the poster. The video provided explanations for the poster while attracting more audiences. In this exhibition, a local psychological counseling agency issued invitations for cooperation, hoping to present the posters out of their respective clinics to help more patients. Moreover, many visitors also expressed their appreciation after understanding the concept behind the posters, and intuitively shared their experiences and feelings when fighting against mental illness.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Mental illness--Posters--Design; Advertising, Public Service

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Student Type


Degree Name

Visual Communication Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CAD)


Mike Strobert

Advisor/Committee Member

Adam Smith


RIT – Main Campus

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