Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Art and Design
Dr. Ritu Aneja
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.
Brown, Carrie W., "Graphic Design and Morale: Helpful Widgets and Worthwhile Distractions for the Masculine Chemo Crowd." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2015.