Sarah Rodgers

I emphasize truly focusing on the process, and finding new ways to look at the world using design.

About

I have a passion for book design, copy writing, and creating designs covering topics including healthcare, psychology and the environment. If I’m not hunched over my computer in the design labs, odds are you can probably find me looking up my monthly horoscope or watching live concert videos from the 1970s pretending I’m Stevie Nicks.

How would you describe your design style?

Experimental, playful and passionate

What is the most useful piece of design advice that you have received?

To stop searching for perfection, let go and don’t be afraid to try new things and experiment.

Other than design, what creative fields interest you most?

I’ve always loved fashion and style. I love seeing people who aren’t afraid to express themselves through the clothing they choose and its a way to reflect who you are on an everyday basis.

If you could learn any new skill or talent, what would it be?

I’ve always wanted to learn a new language.

Design Interests

Editorial and Book Design
Data Visualization
Information Design

Find me

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Break the Stigma

Mental illness within teens has become an extremely prevalent issue over the last few years, however it is something which is often pushed aside and never fully disclosed in the way it truly should. Far too often teens have to suffer in silence with their own disorders and live in fear of subjecting themselves to the stigma which surrounds this topic. It is imperative to have the support of loved ones and to receive help when this struggles present themselves. However, when having a loved one suffer from mental illness its hard to contextualize what they are going through and how to help them. Break the Stigma is an information design pamphlet which addresses neurodiversity within adolescents, and answers questions for not only those who are struggling but for their loved ones to understand the disorders and how they can help and offer support.

Creating a pamphlet allows an easily accessible source for all of the basic questions without the overwhelming information which is searching for answers through the internet. After each fold of the pamphlet the information becomes more in depth and in some ways more sophisticated. The first two panels address the more basic questions including what the stigma is, along with other topics including why its important to care about mental illness and what mental illness actually is to name a few. The four panel section discusses the many different types of treatment (in this case the types of therapy) and the many different disorders which have been proven to work with those forms of therapy. This is specifically for the parents of the teens who may not be sure what would work for their child. This makes it much easier for the parent to narrow down and make decision for their child about what could potentially work for them. After the final fold there is a poster addressing personality disorders. This poster addresses the most serious forms of mental illness and allows the reader to have the proper education from the first two folds to fully understand the personality disorders. One of the most important aspects of this pamphlet was to create a colour palette which exudes a sense of relaxation and calmness. Mental illness alone can be incredibly overwhelming, so choosing a calming colour scheme allows the information to be understood with a sense of ease. However the use of the typical pale blues can often times feel quite lethargic so instead, incorporating a mainly white background with accents of magenta, turquoise and chartreuse allows the information to not only maintain its sense of calm, but for the information to be taken seriously and give off a more lively and positive feel.

See more of my work at the graduate showcase