On Friday 12th June Sarah Hooper, our Communication Assistant, travelled to Huddersfield University to support 22 year old student, Daniel Kelly.
Daniel, a final year graphic design student, has created an allergy magazine titled ‘May Contain’ which aims to increase awareness of severe allergy and bring it into the modern consciousness.
‘May Contain’, along with other students’ work, was presented to the public for the first time at Huddersfield University’s 2015 graduation showcase on Friday. The level of work was exceptional with many extraordinary, heart-felt and impacting works on display.
There was an overwhelming sense of emotion throughout the evening from the very nature of the showcase, as much of the work was inspired by personal experiences, including Daniel’s.
Daniel said, “I have lived with a severe nut allergy for over 17 years now, yet I still find that people do not understand how severe having a food allergy is. When I speak to friends about my allergy they are always curious and interested. This sparked the beginning of my project”.
However, he admitted the magazine had not been his first idea, having previously looked into redesigning adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs). However, ultimately Daniel resolved to create a magazine in order to disseminate information to both allergic and non-allergic individuals with the hope of increasing awareness around a condition thatis shrouded in misinformation and misunderstanding.
“My findings [from a study into AAIs] showed that a lot of students did not know what an Adrenaline Auto-Injector was and were unsure on how to use it. People initially thought you stabbed it into the neck. This is the wrong information that is perceived. My goal is hopefully making people aware of the correct way to use an AAI.”
Other stand-out projects included; Magnetic wallpaper, a heart-felt booklet on coping with bereavement (which included cleverly designed teapots expressing the frustration with being offered tea when grieving) and shoes coated with lead – representing the difficulties and turmoil faced by those with Parkinson’s.
You can view Daniel’s work online at www.daniel-ak.com