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The discernment, description, or attribution of distinguishing traits.
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Vox populi The delineation of a thing's features. See Activated characterization, Risk characterization, Secondary sex characterization.
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Patient discussion about characterization

Q. What kind of depression is characterized by waves? It's not a constant depression, like if you can be happy but then you feel the depression creeping up on you, like a wave, lasts for a few to several days/weeks? Is there even a name for it?

A. Depression doesn't have to be a constant 24/7 nightmare. You can smile and laugh all day but by the evening be miserable. Its still depression. There are however different labels with depression. There is acute depression (lasting less than two weeks) there is Major Depression (lasting more than two weeks) and there is chronic (lasting a LONG time). People all have different levels of severity and different expressions of it. Some people stop eating and can't leave their bed, others have a smile on there face and seem fine at work, all while they are being torn apart on the inside. As far as diagnosis and treatment goes: if depression is disturbing your life, if you have been experiencing symptoms including loss of interest everyday (not necessarily ALL day) for more than two weeks, you are depressed and deserve treatment.

(Bipolar is actually a very different thing and treated very differently than depression.)

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Tom Kearns, brand character design manager for Cadillac, says the new sedan is designed to be equally capable for chauffeur duty during the week and spirited driving on the weekend.
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"I fell in love with anime in Japan and studied sketching and character design for two years," he said.
Fans of the director's earlier work will recognise his thumbprints on the grotesque character design and the colourful sets, many of which are rendered digitally.
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The Toronto cartoonist added that work will be done on things like the story and character design for the next 12 to 18 months before a decision is made on whether to go into full production.
Covering everything from narrative structure and the techniques of visual storytelling cinematography, preproduction (including animatics), the sound track, character design, production (including character animation), and postproduction, Wellins considers a wide range of tools and methods, including stop motion, software manipulation, and scanner animation.
Among the topics are world building, understanding motivations for play, video games as event-driven experiences, character design, the engagement engine, and interface design and audio design.
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The imaginative character design is almost as dazzling as Danny Elfman's score.
Editor, Rie Matsubara; music, Yuki Kajiura; production designer, Moriyoshi Ohara; art director, Ken Naito; sound director (Dolby Digital), Yota Tsuruoka; character design, Takahiro Kishida, Junichiro Taniguchi; supervising animation directors, Junichiro Taniguchi, Hiroki Yamamura; effects animation director, Norifumi Hashimoto; visual effects, Motoi Sakai.