Warum so panisch? Da ist doch gar nichts.
The graduation project is dealing with the uncomfortable and sensitive topic of panic attacks. Anxiety disorders are widespread, and it is of significant relevance to further address this topic to mitigate stigmatization. Since panic attacks can be an overwhelming and in general not very attractive topic, Max Bartram decided to approach it in a lighthearted way, mainly by using a vibrant illustration style and designing easy-to-understand spreads of images. The 86 pages containing primarily illustrations but are also accompanied by short pieces of text. The images were often arranged like comic panels, but every spread is also designed to be seen as a whole image making this a book you can flip through in a breeze.
5 Chapters are offering a diverse compilation of information. Trying to keep the reader interested by building up a well-rounded dramaturgy and maintaining a balance between intense, serious, but also humorous content. The main aim was to attract people to engage in the complex topic of panic attacks and anxiety disorders. The content is based on the principles of education, but also suggesting empathy as well as a change of perspective. On one side providing useful information to sufferers, but also giving the feeling of “not being alone” by showing different perspectives. On the other side giving people unfamiliar with the topic a general overview without being too technical and tedious in the way of communication – for example by weaving in small comments on society and humans. Of course, no therapeutical, medical, or professional advice can be given in this book since this was not the purpose.