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Epilepsy: What is epilepsy?

What causes epilepsy?

Epilepsy is currently defined as a tendency to have recurrent seizures (sometimes called fits).

Sometimes the reason epilepsy develops is clear. It could be because of brain damage caused by a difficult birth; a severe blow to the head; a stroke; or an infection of the brain such as meningitis. Very occasionally the cause is a brain tumour. Epilepsy with a known cause is called ‘symptomatic’ epilepsy. For most people – six out of ten, in fact – there is no known cause and this is called ‘idiopathic’ epilepsy.

A seizure is caused by a sudden burst of excess electrical activity in the brain, causing a temporary disruption in the normal message passing between brain cells. This disruption results in the brain’s messages becoming halted or mixed up. The brain is responsible for all the functions of your body, so what you experience during a seizure will depend on where in your brain the epileptic activity begins and how widely and rapidly it spreads. For this reason, there are many different types of seizure and each person will experience epilepsy in a way that is unique to them.

Photosensitive epilepsy Photosensitive epilepsy (PSE) is a form of epilepsy in which seizures are triggered by visual stimuli that form patterns in time or space, such as flashing lights, bold, regular patterns, or regular moving patterns.


A Problem Within Design

2012 Olympics Logo On the left is the 2012 Olympic’s Logo, the logo was designed by Wolff Ollins, and was revealed in 2007. The design cost a total amount of £400000. branding_film_causes_epileptic_seizures/

The screenshot above and to the right are screenshots from the 2012 olympic video. The screenshots show the video and how it uses bold colours, and the impact of this was epileptic seizures. The video overall was a good piece of work, but was not

A small segment of the animated footage promoting the 2012 Olympics has been removed from the organisers’ website after fears it could trigger epileptic seizures.

Ryan Jordan: Enter Wesbite

By looking at Ryan Jordan, i have looked msainly at his website and its entrance page. I was unable to get images or screenshots becasue the image was flashing to fast. this was a good example of bad design within epilepsy. The Image above belongs to ryan jordan. The reason for looking at this image is because it represents a sense of drug use, and the way people see, the effect of this may be similar within an epileptic fit.

Problems Within Music Videos Problems within design also include the music industry. The music industry and film industry have been unaware of the problems with their video designs and ideas. An example which i have looked at is Kayne West’s Video ft Rihanna All of the Lights. This video was a big hit. The design idea for this video had come from Gasper Noe’s 2009 Film ‘Enter The void’.

With the original video, there was no sign or warning for people who have epilepsy, as the creators of this video were not aware of the problems within the design.


The idea which i had for for my video was to create it in the same way as All Of The Lights was made. The difference between the video created by the artists and mine will be that my video will have a questions about epilepsy within design. Whilst the questions are going throught then i will also have edited images or small pieces of footage.

FINAL VIDEO When i first started to create my final video, i had the idea of recreating the video which was produced by kayne west, but this would not have shown anything, it owuld have simply been flashing text, I therefor decided to add personal footage of an epileptic fit, which was acted out from a first point of view by camera. I believe that this gave the video a personal front, and it also made the video more believable.


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