Wonder is an online, interactive experience that allows the player to immerse themselves in a relaxing environment. The player guides the character, Lyla, to interact with wildlife through the changing seasons. Lyla is a young girl who often finds herself outside, enjoying nature, and yearning to discover what the world has to offer.
Lyla represents the childlike wonder which we, as people, often aspire to reconnect with in our adult lives. With this project, I have created an outlet for users to release stress and take time to remember the simple beauty through art and ambient sound. Stress is a constant issue among every demographic, and it is important to incorporate stress relieving activities in everyday life. In order to create a relaxing experience, I focused on bringing a childlike nostalgia and detail into my art. The sound effects, as well as the scenes, are based in nature, as I find that people are generally more relaxed in a natural environment as opposed to man-made ones.
Cynthia Reinert is a web and graphic designer from Berlin, Connecticut. She will be graduating in May 2020 from the University of Connecticut with a BFA in Digital Media & Design concentrating in Web/Interactive Media Design. Cynthia discovered her love for drawing and decorating at a young age and has been challenging herself to build herself a career in the arts ever since. Though she is passionate about many types of design work including user experience, graphic design and motion graphics, she is especially inspired by the interactivity that is attainable in the web platform. The ability to freely customize her work and create something truly special comes across in her senior project, which will be showcased in spring 2020.