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visual communication practice

Obligation or Corruption


Description of idea

Describe your idea and concept of your work in relation to the festival outlines:

The debt booklet looks at the morality of repaying back a debt. It explores what makes us feel the need to repay and how this is used against us. This main idea forms the title “Obligation and Corruption” for the booklet. Meaning how we feel an obligation to repay debts and how this has been corrupted by greed.

The diamond on the front of the slipcase is used to illustrate the main idea. This idea that the morality side of repaying back what you owe is pure, as a diamond, yet is also corrupted by the greed of others, as shown by the flaws in the diamond. The suit of diamonds in playing cards relates to its symbols of physical wealth and prosperity. Bringing the theme together within the illustration.

The booklet takes on the appearance of a bundle of cash. The patterns of the pages imitate those used on Australian currency, while the green colours throughout the design are used to represent wealth and money.

Overall the booklet aims to raise awareness of this morality of debt. It is seen as a good idea to repay someone, but questions whether it is moral to demand repayment from someone in debt to you. It questions how this moral obligation is used against us for others benefits and gain.

What kind of communication approach do you use?

A publication.

What are in your opinion concrete benefits to the society because of your communication?

To raise awareness of the issues surrounding debt. And to change how others will see and think of it in the future.

What did you personally learn from creating your submitted work?

In my research of debt I’ve learned much about how debt is viewed as being morally right, but it often leads on to stress, worry, and even violence.

Why is your work, GOOD communication WORK?

Reaching out the general public through the proliferation of the booklet.

Where and how do you intent do implement your work?

No it has not had any other effect.

Did your intervention had an effect on other Media. If yes, describe the effect? (Has other media reported on it- how? Were you able to change other media with your work- how?)

No it has not had any other effect.


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Entry details


Obligation or Corruption


Obligation or Corruption Booklet

Concept author(s)

Daniel Howard

Concept author year(s) of birth


Concept author(s) contribution

Concept and design



Competition category

visual communication practice

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Competition subfield


Subfield description

The University of Ballarat Bachelor of Visual Arts (Graphic Design/ Multimedia)