Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2024

Test It Before You Ingest It: A Friendly Toolkit to Harm Reduction and Safe Drug Use Practices
Aarya Kini

Test It Before You Ingest It is a primer on harm reduction for young recreational drug users.

While drugs have become deadlier in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the urge amongst the youth to experiment with them has remained, making the risk of drug-use related complications and overdose higher than ever. Consequently, foregrounding the value of harm reduction as a public health practice is critical, and through its various elements, this thesis seeks to do just that.

Three books present the fundamental principles of harm reduction through the voices of experts. Merchandise, like posters for your bedroom, stickers for your notebooks, and a lighter for when you’re out about town, serve as regular reminders of the importance of safe drug use. The resource zine directs you to places you can learn more about harm reduction, and the Narcan kit and test strips are at your disposal for when you feel ready to embrace the responsibility of being an empowered bystander.

Harm reduction relies on community, as does the spread of wisdom about it. This project was produced using cost-effective materials, and digital copies are hosted online to make redistribution as simple as possible for individuals and community organizations.

By designing engaging entry-points to learn about harm reduction, this thesis aims to empower young people to have informed conversations about staying safe and alive should they choose to experiment with drugs. Hopefully it will also foster a generation that believes in and advocates for the life-saving potential of this practice.

Sera Aksoy

Faye Arranz

Shravani Bagawde

Han Bao

Iryna Baran

Zein Bdeir

Victoria Beyrard

Anna Blyumenkrants

Tatiana Boccone

Megan Brill

Andrea Chang

Longcan (Hugo) Chao

Jolene Chen

Yu Tung Chen

Yuntong Chen

Loki Chow

Hong Jet Chua

Erin May Cochanco

Janet Delavan

Gayoung Do

Fang Dong

Julia Du

Manan Dua

Colin Elmer

Millie Faber

Siyao Fang

Noah Farjani

Hina Fernstrom

Leslie Fonseca

Sarahi Garcia

Amanda Guo

Charlotte Hailstone

Jieun Han

Mary Hatcher

Elliana Hau

William Hsu

Olivia Hu

Grace Huang

Jung Hwangbo

Krishika Jain

Yoo-Jin Jang

Janice Ji

Wenjie Ji

Eneya Joshua

Yung Ching (Aurora) Juang

Maya Kalinowski

Jasmine Kan

Nabeeha Khalid

Palakh Khetrapal

Jessie Kil

Hope Kim

Hye Yoon Kim

Jenny JaeMin Kim

Lindsay Kim

Aarya Kini

Claudia Kok

Vidhi Kontham

Themis Kung

Hoi Man Kwok

Katherine Lam

Camille Le Bars

Haylee Lee

Minjae Lee

Stacey Lee

Chenxiao Li

Vivian Liu

Sarah Ma

Rosie Mai

Kamryn McKenna

Haley Moore

Graeme Mounsey

Syrus Mow

Viviann Nguyen

Chloé Nini

Smitee Oberoi

Talita Ozkok

Surya Pande

Shruti Pathak

Kelly Peng

Aayushi Pitta

Zoey Poole

Kiara Putrilia

Anjali Raju

Rand Rivera

Virajini Sanghai

Sofia Santana Arrezola

Noor Selim

Anna Sham

Lakeisha Esthetique Sharonina

Carly Shelton

Mengqi Shen

Vanessa Shimon

Alex Vinicius Silva

Arjun Sivaprakasam Thamilarasan

Hajin Son

Yi Song

Alexander Soukakos

Aarya Srikumar

Hannah Suh

Yuka Tamura

Cynthia Huiwen Tan

Sidhya Tikku

Raquel Trevino

Sophie Tsang

Gianna Waldron

Haotian Wang

Yi Wang

Yichen Wang

Yingjie Wang

Victoria Winter

Sage Won

Sora Wong

Shiyao Wu

Tong Wu

Qian Xiang

Faith Xue

Tong Yu

Helen Zhang

Jinyi Zhang

Yixiao Zhao

Yufan Zhao

Haiyu Zhou

Yining Zhou

Feiya Zuo