Visualizing Mental Disorders

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 17-04-2011 19:06 | Category: Design, Health

OCD (Obsessive-compulsive disorder)

A great idea from designer Graphic Patrick. It started with doing research about mental health and he came across a list of mental disorders. He took a few and started designing each in a minimal style.
It is like making a logo for a mental health help organization but without communicating the sender.
We post very often campaigns visualizing mental disorders, mostly in the storytelling format. Good to see an attempt which return it to the essential.

The designs Patrick made are very simplistic and he jailed himself into the poster format. But the idea is very interesting.
I’m very curious if something like this is done before. Know any? Let us know in the comments.

Above OCD (Obsessive-compulsive disorder). After the break Dissociative identity disorder.
See all Patrick attempts here.

Dissociative identity disorder



Comments about Visualizing Mental Disorders

I think it is probably not fair to judge this work as I would a campaign, since the designer is very clear that it was just the start of a project that never really eventuated. I think the posters could have been developed into something richer than this with perhaps the voices of people who have these disorders or with interactive messaging that helps us consider what it might be like to have these disorders. But I feel on their own they really simplify and even trivialise what can be very serious and even debilitating mental health disorders. But then, as i said, they were never designed for outreach in this format so I think it’s unfair to critique them so harshly. I would also love to know if there are any good campaigns that help us to better understand mental health disorders and also would love to see any mental health data visualisations that people know of.

Posted by Tanya | 17-04-2011 22:07

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