Parsons School of Design

BFA Communication Design

Thesis 2017–18

JD Stephenson Jr.
The Journey

“The Journey” shows the impact of motion graphics in telling stories. Having a disability can have both positive and negative consequences. Laws have been increased to protect the disabled from work, or interact with students, coworkers, or other family members. Those who have a disability are less likely to pursue a creative career because of stereotypes.

“The Journey” is a Claymation animation that centers around a disabled rat named Jimmy. Jimmy firmly believes he can pursue a career as a graphic designer even though he is missing his hand. It’s targeted for children, ages 10–18 who have a desire to pursue a goal or career that seems almost out of reach because of their disability. The entire set as well as characters were made by hand.

The use of Claymation and motion graphics tells a story to allow the disabled to dream. Claymation requires problem solving skills, hands-on creativity, and creative writing. “The Journey” is based on personal experience about overcoming life’s challenges even if your family or friends are not standing with you. It challenges stereotypes of being disabled—that you can succeed if you put your heart, mind, and soul into your dream. Even though you have a disability, the disability does not have to limit or define you.


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Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2017–18