Cora McKenzie

Cora McKenzie is a Seattle-based graphic designer and researcher working at the intersection of communication design and science. She holds an MFA in graphic design from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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Cora McKenzie
raphic Design + Research

Alter Ego
Stop Motion, Projection Mapping, Interactive Design

Utilizing the slower-paced, meditative mediums of stop motion and vinyl records, this Sensory Healer melds music, sound, and form to create immersive healing environments that alleviate ailments such as chronic pain, dementia, and insomnia.

︎ Featured in MICA Graphic Design MFA Also Known As, Fall 2018


This project allowed me to develop a fictitious persona—a sensory healer—which amplified my loves of music and science, as well as allowed me to build skills like music editing, stop-motion animation, and projection mapping.

First, I lasercut the letters used to create three stop-motion videos — one for each ailment. Next, I selected music and projected the videos on several surfaces in which the patients interacted. The words release, recall, and relax serve as visual cues to kickstart healing for chronic pain, dementia, and insomnia (respectively).


In order to lull patients to sleep, this treatment uses gentle instrumental melodies that, like the word relax, wash over the patient like a wave. 

Chronic Pain

An uplifting instrumental tune prods the word release to break free from its balled-up state, easing outward away from pain and tension.


A nostalgic brass band tune boosts mood and invites dementia patients to waken memories as the word recall transforms into its clear, correct form.


Music (all via Audio Network): Insomnia: Wild Blue Yonder by Matt Hill; Dementia: Garden Party 3 by Andrew Cottee; Chronic Pain: Public Demand by Bob Bradley, Matt Sanchez, and Steve Dymond.