Taylor Su is a Taiwan-based motion designer, visual designer, and illustrator. As a visual thinker with various skills, Taylor is able to craft mesmerizing visual experiences. In 2018, during her studies, she began as a freelance designer, receiving numerous recognitions including the Golden Pin Design Award, Red Dot Awards, and Vision Get Wild Award. She is now working in Taipei & New York
COPE aims to help people with PTSD to live with their mental condition and to raise people's awareness of PTSD. The form of this project includes an animation and a toolkit. The animation provides a future scenario where the audience can feel safe and thrive. The toolkit is a one-day diary for a person with PTSD that invites them to interact, knowing that they are not alone, and they can get better.
The animation was inspired by the future imagination research by Adam Brown, who teaches psychology at The New School. Throughout the design process, I was able to get insights from him and the Trauma and Global Mental Health Lab.
“Future imagination” refers to our predictions about the things that lay ahead. The study found that people with PTSD are more trauma-focused when imagining their future. The reason is that many people think that PTSD is caused by bad memories, which is mostly true. However, it is also caused by the expectation that these bad things are going to happen again and again.
What if we can show them a safe future and give them an experience of living in a future scenario where they feel confident and safe? This might be enough to help them recover from PTSD without even dealing with the traumatic memories.
This pop-up book is a PTSD patient’s one-day diary that asks them to share their thoughts and feelings throughout the day. Attached to the back of the toolkit, there is a piece of bubble wrap and a trauma kit, which the reader can use when needed.
“Control”, “Transparency”, “Prediction”, are the three key elements that can help people with PTSD to feel safe. Control means letting the patients know that they always have the control to pause or leave the current situation. Transparency means the operations and decisions are conducted with transparency to build and maintain trust. And prediction means to make things as predictable as possible, to make the patient feel safe.
Everything can be a trigger to someone. It is okay to feel not okay. And it is okay to ask for help. So if you feel triggered, uncomfortable, or need any support: