Graphic and Media DesignDegree Show 2019

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Kathleen Berthus

kathleen.berthus@gmail.com
Hi, I’m Kathleen! I’m a multidisciplinary designer with a passion for telling stories through various mediums such as materials, illustration and editorial design. I believe that design should be for making a positive impact so my projects generally focus on the theme of “Design for Change”.
During my time at LCC, I developed a curiosity and enthusiasm for constantly learning new things, which has allowed me to improve and be more critical. I also spent a year doing internships at various companies and design studios such as Condé Nast in London and AMEN Gestaltung in Munich, where I experienced designing in a professional environment.

Dear,

Dear, is an homage to paper as a ubiquitous material that has become seemingly mundane and under appreciated, leading to thoughtless and wasteful habits in our contemporary society. The publication is separated into several chapters which presents various aspects of the material that in fact make it a material unlike any other, such as it’s shapeshifting abilities. In between the chapters are hand-made papers made from various used scraps of paper, such as printing paper to show that paper that was once deemed to have reached to end of it’s value and use, can in fact be be given new purpose if we just shift our mindset. The style of the publication is inspired by the themes of ‘Wabi-sabi’ and ‘mistake-ism’, which represent an opposition to these habits of throwing away paper thoughtlessly once their value according to our needs is gone.

What's Happening to Me?

A campaign aimed at changing stigma around mental health for university students. The campaign specifically targets students who are at the beginning stages of their mental health issues and are confused as to what might be happening to them. A poster was created to be placed in quiet places such as bathroom stalls, for the students to not feel judged by looking at it. By scanning the QR code the students are lead to the Instagram page. The Instagram page was created to form a community with students who are at the early stages of their mental health problems, as well as a way of informing them the ways they can get help. Finally, a podcast is launched so that students and professionals can start a conversation about the changes that happen and what can be done to cope in these difficult times.