Monday, 06 February 2023

The Miracle on Ice: A Visual Interpretation

To be involved in the "Miracle at Placid" project from my internship in New Jersey was an opportunity I could not pass up. I wanted to be a part of this project. I took on the role of creating the pieces to showcase the events, speakers, and guests. Over the last few weeks, I worked closely with Dr. Mussari and my supervisor to create the programs and posters for the project.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

For weeks, I constantly looked at hundreds of images. My goal was to create individual pieces for the "Miracle at Placid" project that do a number of things. First, I wanted each piece to reflect a sense of what it was like to be at the events in 1980. At the same time, I wanted each to represent what is going on during specific events of Senior Weekend. In order to do this, I modified photos that represented past events so that they could serve the purpose of representing present events. For instance, I chose photos of ticket stubs from the Olympic games because when viewed by many that remember the 1980 games, seeing the tickets might spark a memory of those events. My hope was that they might do the same thing again, only this time in a different setting. Of course, the tickets look like those from 1980 but now have information regarding events that will take place in May 2005.

Only Natural

When I went into Mass Communication as a major, I wanted my focus to be graphic design. For over two and a half years, I have taken as many classes as possible to get a better understanding of the industry and my own skills. Now, I have the opportunity to show what I learned these last few years as well as what I feel. Graphic design, for me, is a way of expressing how and what I feel. Hopefully, the message that I am sending through my work will be looked at and understood. That is the goal of every good storyteller. Only, my book is a canvas of images.

Timeless Lessons and Their Impact Today

Taking on this project has really shed light on many things. The fact that I am graduating this year means that it's really time to grow up. It's time to put aside selfish motives and be a team player. We were all taught this at King's, most notably in the last year. By celebrating Herb Brooks and the 1980 Olympic Hockey Team, we all get to see how selflessness and team work pay off in a setting besides the class. I look at what Coach Brooks was trying to teach his team and I see the same in what Dr. Mussari is doing with our Senior class. I know that both were and always will be great teachers of hard work, discipline, and perseverance. My goal is to try and live my life by these values because if I do, I can keep moving forward.

So where do we go from here? What is next in our lives? I don't completely know the answer to those questions. Hopefully wherever I and the rest of the Senior Class go, it will be somewhere that challenges us the way we were challenged in the last year. To keep in mind the values taught and learned so that they can be applied to a different situation but end in similar results.