Date of Award

Spring 4-9-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Elizabeth Throop

Second Advisor

Dr. Ritu Aneja

Third Advisor

Jeff Boortz

Abstract

This thesis explores the possibility that graphic design can have a positive impact on the morale of a male undergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer. The paper explains the concept of “morale,” why it is vital for patients at a cancer infusion center, and subsequently how graphic design can boost morale. The supporting research fostered a socially-responsible design solution—a mobile application that intertwines design, health, and technology. The application is geared to the patient experience. As such, it can reduce anxiety by providing a distraction in the form of entertainment (as well as providing tools and an anonymous connection for the individual patient to a similar patient population). Furthermore, the application is also designed for research purposes by establishing a framework for collecting measurable data. In turn, this data can be used to enhance the chemotherapy experience—thus contributing to a positive impact on the morale of the cancer patient.

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