I am afraid of flying. The zine conveys an emotion of fear with imagery, graphics, and stories.
My research included interviews of those who are and are not afraid of flying, as well as flight attendants, pilots, and psychologists. I also created surveys, read psychological articles, blogs, and social media comments, and watched documentaries and videos about the topic. I figured out there is a lot of misunderstanding between those who have fears and those who do not.
For those who have aviophobia, this zine is a chance to see and understand that there are many people who have the same fears—it should make them be more open to talk about the problem and get treatment. For those who are not afraid of flying, this is an opportunity to feel and experience emotions and thoughts that some people have during and before flights.
All stories in the zine are real. All images are typographical or made with real photos of planes, engines, etc.
Valerie Shur is an Interaction and Visual Designer (DePaul University, Chicago,’18). She recently completed a Design Internship at VSA Partners, Chicago. Born in Russia, her dual background has made her a passionate observer of culture. Shur’s work primarily integrates research, art, design, and technology.