Loughborough Alumni


19 Jun 2019

Graduate designer presents dissertation findings at national health conference

Alumna Alex Harrington presented her research into the impact of the physical environment and culture on suicide rates in Seoul, South Korea, at the Design in Mental Health (DiMH) conference and exhibition in May.

The two-day event focused on the design of mental health facilities and attracted prominent industry professionals.

The alumna’s interest in the links between mental health and design was piqued after winning the University’s Ede & Ravenscroft prize, which funded a research trip to Seoul.

Having studied Korean culture and language, Alex used her funding to visit the country for the first time and became interested in the impact of the environment on suicide rates in the city. She decided to make her findings the focus of her third-year dissertation and subsequently produced the only known English-languge linkage between global urban and graphic design theories and the geographical location of Seoul.

She said:

“The idea of visually improving environments to aid public wellbeing and the high importance of understanding local and international cultures to achieve a successful urban redevelopment are so fascinating."

Alex was encouraged to submit her findings to the conference after attending the Leicester-based “Festival of Life and Death”, whose aims include suicide prevention and awareness, and promoting and enabling individual and societal wellness. She has also recently presented her dissertation to the Co-operative Group. 

Alex graduated in 2018 with a degree in Graphic Communication and Illustration.

Find out more about Alex’s work on her website.

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