Bethany Downs

Graphic Design BDes (Hons)

My work this year focuses on a wide range of subjects, I chose topics that were close to my heart and I hope to inspire and educate others through my work.

About

My ISTD submission focuses on the colour purple in witchcraft - what it means and how it can be used to enhance psychic abilities through spell-work and meditation. I chose this topic because I felt that the importance of colour in Witchcraft is not highly documented and I wanted to be able to demonstrate how colours can be important in cultures for a multitude of reasons. 

My first personal project is titled "The World Through Neurodiverse Eyes". This project is all about living with Neurodiversity and aims to educate people on what it is like to live with various Neurodiversities such as dyslexia, ADHD and Autism. This project should make you feel awkward and uncomfortable when watching the motion graphic I created to allow viewers to go on an immersive journey experiencing a day in a life of a Neurodiverse mind. I also created a publication which educates the reader on various Neurodiversities with the hope of breaking the stigma attached to them. 

My second personal project is called "Don't Cry Over Sliced Eggs"  -  This project is a publication all about idioms found in various languages. This book is a fun project which teaches people about the meanings of different idioms and their origins. I wanted to create this book as growing up with Autism I often took things too literally, so when people spoke to me in metaphors and idioms I didn't understand what they meant. I hope to help other people who struggle with interpretation of idioms through this work.

ISTD Submission - Purple - A Witch's Guide

This video is a complete flip through of my ISTD Submission. This project is very close to my heart and I hope it provides an insight into the Wiccan community and the importance of the colour purple within it.

ISTD Submission - Purple - A Witch's Guide

This is a selection of spreads that I created for my ISTD submission.

Personal Project One - The World Through Neurodiverse Eyes

This video is a motion graphics piece I created which provides an immersive experience for the viewer demonstrating what it feels like to navigate the world with a neurodiverse mind. Please do not watch this video if you are sensitive to flashes or have sensory processing issues.

Personal Project One - The World Through Neurodiverse Eyes

I created a book which aims to educate the general public on various neurodiversities, this video shows the full book being flipped through for you to see how I have demonstrated each Neurodiversity - and the Mock ups show the book in a "still" Format.

A selection of pages and cover of the book Let's break the stigma

This image shows the mock ups I created for the booklet on neurodiversity that I made for this project.

Personal Project Two - Don't Cry Over Sliced Eggs

This video is a flip through of the book I created for this project. The book documents various Idioms and their origins - with the aim to inspire, educate and entertain the reader.

Personal Project Two - Don't Cry Over Sliced Eggs

These images are still spreads from the book I created for this personal project.

Personal Project Two - Don't Cry Over Sliced Eggs

Please feel free to e-mail me with any requests for design work - I am currently accepting commissions and have worked on everything from book publications to logo design to motion graphics for club events.

I would love for you to follow me on Instagram - and my instagram messages are always open for commissions.

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