Digital Arts & Media student Vivian Nguyen explained infectious diseases, their causes, and preventative measures through her interactive infographic and animation, The Fight Against Infectious Diseases.
Please describe your project and how you came up with the idea.
Always knowing that I somehow wanted to combine science and art, I realized I wanted to create an interactive website and animation about infectious diseases. Often times, health and science information can be intimidating and dry, so I tried to make it visually interesting enough to attract somebody’s attention. Inspired by the fun, easy-going cartoon style of the 1950s, I took a lighthearted approach towards my project to inform about infectious diseases. Disease is an extremely unpleasant topic, but I didn’t want to use a fear-mongering method because nobody wants to read about that.
What was the most rewarding aspect of your Connecting Experience?
The most rewarding aspect was being able to use my creative skills! As a biochemistry major, a lot of the work that I do is about logical comprehension. However, there is a part of me that also loves designing, creating, and expressing. Through my Connecting Experience, I was allowed to be creative with a scientific subject. It has taught me that science and art naturally coexist with one another. Without art, presentation of science is nearly impossible. Without science, there would be nothing for me to visually communicate.
In what ways has this Connecting Experience shaped your plans for the future?
After graduation, I am going to pharmacy school, but I would really like to apply my new digital art knowledge in the health field. I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with it just yet, but it could mean creating informative pharmaceutical animations, infographics, web pages, posters, or similar things.