Michelle Hammer wants to draw attention to the 3.5 million Americans living with schizophrenia.
Although schizophrenia affects roughly 1.1 percent of the world’s population, it’s rarely talked about openly. Fortunately, graphic designer Michelle Hammer is hoping to change that.
Hammer, who’s the founder of Schizophrenic NYC, wants to draw attention to the 3.5 million Americans living with this disorder. She plans on doing that through visually unique and beautiful merchandise inspired by several facets of schizophrenia.
For instance, one of her designs is based on a Rorschach test. This common inkblot test is often given to people during psychological testing. People who are schizophrenic tend to view this test from a very different perspective than the average person. (It’s important to note that though the test has long been used to diagnose schizophrenia, some experts today question the accuracy of the test.) Using vibrant colors and unique patterns, Michelle’s designs mimic these patterns, encouraging people who don’t have Schizophrenia to view these inkblots from the perspective of someone who does have schizophrenia.