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Creative Spin on a Serious Topic
March 26, 2015, 12:20 pm
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At this time in the world, we have all been affected by war–whether we’ve fought in it ourselves or know someone who has. That being said, many of us know the very real and very serious effects it has on soldiers and their loved ones.

A few of my cousins have been members of the U.S. Military, one of which has been deployed 7 times and is still on active duty in the U.S. Army. Each time he is deployed, it takes a toll on both him and his family. Although deployment has different effects on different people, many members of the military develop PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

In a recent photo series, photographer Devin Mitchell captured the emotion and reality of soldiers with PTSD. It is amazing how, in a single photograph, Mitchell and his subjects have depicted such a serious topic. I love the use of mirrors to show the two sides of the story–the soldier life and the home life, what soldiers let people see and what they feel inside.

To see more of Mitchell’s photos, expanding beyond PTSD, visit veteranvisionproject.com

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Kristen Oaxaca, Senior Graphic Designer

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A Childhood Discovery
March 19, 2015, 9:20 am
Filed under: Design | Tags: , , , , ,

I always get excited when I find out an interesting or little known fact about something I loved as a child. I get even MORE excited when that relates to my job as a graphic designer. A bit geeky, I know, but it makes me think about all of the time and effort someone put into making something that I loved growing up… then I wonder if I will have that same affect on another person who sees my work today.

So what is this interesting fact I found out? A book by Blake J. Harris reveals the Pantone guide to some of video games’ oldest and well known characters. Ever wonder what color blue Mario’s overalls are? Or the exact color green of Luigi’s hat? Well, now you know!

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Kristen Oaxaca, Senior Graphic Designer