This project was based on reading promps for a printing class that taught me how to use a risograph.

Riso Animation

This animation project was inspired by Roland Barthes’s “Wrestling” essay from Mythologies. Students were asked to think of modern myths in their lives as Barthes describes them in his essay. When thinking of the prevalent social value systems in my life that have created modern myths, I immediately thought of my position in my academic/professional career. I made an incredibly difficult decision when I switched from a biology major with thoughts of medical school to a design major in the second semester of my junior year. This was a change I grappled with for a while because I thought I had invested too much time into biology, despite it having lost its allure to me. I had been pursuing a design minor at the same time, but I never considered a career in design because I thought it was too late for me. It was not until I had a handful of long talks with various mentors in my life that I understood I should not use my life doing what I think will be successful, rather what I enjoy. With that I decided I was going to become a design student and this experience made me reconsider how I had been viewing my progression as a person. I realized I was too progress oriented and was constantly focusing on the areas I might be lacking compared to my peers; this made me extremely unhappy as a student and would have likely lead to a very unfulfilling career. This personal discovery and shift of values I experienced during my major change became my modern myth.

Original Blender Animation

The goal of the animation would be to convey that, although at times one can feel they must constantly be getting an edge above their peers in order to find success, life does not inherently reward the quick; instead we should spend the limited time we have pursuing something that gives us satisfaction. I decided on the phrase “Go your own speed, life isn’t a race” to represent this sentiment. I chose the animation theme to be futuristic, utilizing chrome and reflective surfaces to represent that this myth speculates about the future. I used a human walking to represent the idea of personal, steady progress, while also employing varying speeds in the animation, namley, the camera track, walking pace and text animation. I wanted to communicate that slow and steady progress is still positive and people should not be dismayed if their life seems to advance differently than their peers.

Printed Animation

Risograph 1” x 1.5”