Author: thisisitahy

Communications Design major at PrattMWP.


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In 2015 Americans made up about 99.7% of all the hydrocodone intake in the world. Individuals who fall into opioid addictions build tolerance and subsequently use augmented doses as time progresses. The American Society of Addiction Medicine  states that four in five heroin users started by misusing prescription painkillers. The opioid crisis is a devastating epidemic that is taking the lives of tens of thousands annually. This  issue is not only a reflection of our society, it is a direct repercussion of the decisions made in our healthcare system and our judiciary system.


Itahy silva is an aspiring designer born and raised in the Catskill Mountains. She is currently enrolled at Pratt Institute in Utica, majoring in communications design with a concentration in graphic design. She also has a passion for sculpture and installations. A vast majority of her projects are influenced and driven by concern due to social, economical, and political issues worldwide in the 21st Century. Her goal is to communicate the conflicts of individuals who are voiceless through her work. Being home in the Catskills, surrounded by nature and adventure fuels her best work.

Death, Disease, and Drugs


The number of people injecting drugs in the United States has augmented, as a result of the opioid epidemic that has swept the nation. An estimated 52,000 lives will be taken by opiods by the end of 2018 and approximately half a million more in the next ten years. My infographic focuses on the the correlation of substance abuse and the spread of Viral infections like HIV, Tuberculosis, and Hepatitis. It Addresses the historical backdrop that played a role in the prevalence of drug use, the effects on the body, and the death toll in conjunction to the spread of disease. These are two prominent problems in the United states that go hand in hand, by eliminated one, we can drastically affect the outcome of the other.

Week 13

I have Interviewed three immigrants two of them are daca recipients. I decided to open up my project to all immigrants for the sake of diversity and after interviewing two people I really believe hearing the stories of all immigrants helps tremendously to understand experiences that are not my own and will help create more authentic designs that are true to their experiences.

Week 12

This week I did research on sanctuary cities, what they are and their purpose. I found that Sanctuary cities are cities in which the officials will not provide information to federal immigrant authorities. Homeland security requests authorities to hold suspects for up to 48 hours in order for immigration agents to arrive, but it is arguably a violation to the rights and due process of these individuals. Ultimately with the new Presidency Sanctuary cities are being reprimanded and may be cut of federal funding for police departments for not working with Homeland Security.

Week 11

What are Passion killers? This week a wonderful message at church answered one of my biggest questions. Unbalanced work schedules, being overworked or underworked, bible study without ministry. I took the points that the pastor shared and I reflected on the aspects of my daily routine that could be killing my passion.

Week 10

This week I took a look at the list of questions I still needed to address I took on the question “What sparks empathy?”

I found several techniques to evoke empathy in a viewer. I walked away accepting the fact that not every iIndividual will walk away with the same idea or receive a visual the same way as last person.  I learned that I shouldn’t try to jam all techniques into one piece but to use one consideration in an overall design framework. Lastly empathy helps create an experience and memory which will resonate which is what I need.

Week 8

This week I focused on the work of the positive competition which are mainly activist  like Avram Finklestein, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, the Guerilla Girls and Seth Toboeman. I identified what makes their work positive, I highlighted them to refer to and make sure I execute the same aspects in my own work. I used the Vignelli Canon to decipher good design from bad design.

Week 7

As I created my creative brief I identified my goals, but I was still unclear of how to get there this week I identified questions to answer and topics to research to create meaningful designs. Many important questions came up like “What sparks action in an individual?” I also related that question to “What spark empathy?” and “What are passion killers?” “How do I create posters that are universally understood?” and How to create refreshing and eye opening point of views on topics that have been talked about for over a decade.

Week 6

This week I revisited my competitor analysis I identified two groups of competitors separating them into negative and positive. The negative mainly consists of anti immigrant hate groups and the positive is made up of artist who use their art to talk about issues like sexually transmitted diseases, racism, wage differences, etc.


IMG_0563.PNGI’ve been in further investigating anti immigration groups to better understanding their views and reasoning. Overall I was looking out for false information and narratives they’re communicating that may instill fear into Americans. I have been analyzing their web design and posters to see what they’re doing effectively or ineffectively so that I don’t make their mistakes.