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Spring 2022
Grad Studio I
Secrets Are No Fun... 
Many Separate Parts
          Infinite Thoughts
          Feel What You Feel
Fragments of Life
The Ramp
          Holographic Music
Butterflies
Unlocking the Space Between
          Web of Grey’s Anatomy

Fall 2021
Senior Studio
Fluid Design 
Uncriticized
Direct Shot
Reflection
Out of Bounds
Motion Graphics
Stein’s Sprinkles 
1 Word: Explode
ASMR
Transient Light
Basketball

Spring 2021
Grad Studio I
Analog < 2020 < Digital
Liminality of the Elevator
Burn(ing)(ed)
Drop the Ball
Shawshank
Junior Type
Lollapalooza
Soft Serve
Strawberry Music Festival
i’m lovin’ it
Curtain

Fall 2020
Senior Studio 
27-1024
Design Nomads
GenZillennial
Protest: Impact & Empathy
A Typographical Metaphor
Motion Graphics
Dystopia
Home
A Piano
Tender Buttons
A Red Hat

Spring 2020
Grad Studio I
Sound of color
Re-Memory
Fenway Typography
COVID-19 Crisis
Limbo
Motion Graphics
Zoom
Breakslow
Layers: Tender Buttons
Neolithic Age
Poetry in LA

Fall 2019
Senior Studio
Brand Matrix
Brand New Worlds
Experimental Typography
The Persistence of Posters
Beasts of No Nation
Interactive Design
Time Will Heal
Sounds of Sunday
Water Waste
10-eye
See it All

Spring 2019
Senior Thesis
Evolution of Words
Dirty Water
The Body is The Bind
Nostalgia 
Primordial Soup

Fall 2018
Grad Studio I
Motion
Unmoved Mover
Rx Bag
Organic Color
Peer Biography

Spring 2018
Senior Thesis
The Waiting Room
The Proprium Method
Tragedy and Growth
Odalisque Now
Favors As Currency

Fall 2017
Grad Studio II
Humor
XB16
Index 17
Meanings
Layered Narratives


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Student Names: 
Valeria Alvarado & Nina Gozzi
Project Title:
Secrets Are No Fun... Unless You Tell Everyone! 
Project Description:
This collaborative project was inspired by the famous TV show “Gossip Girl.” We started breaking down the central theme of this teenage drama to understand what was interesting and how we could turn this inspiration into an installation. After the sketching process, we honed into our concept. For us, the most exciting thing was how the whole show is built around secrets, sometimes wrongfully shared by others. We then wanted to create a safe space where people could walk by and anonymously share a secret that might be weighing on them.
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Student Names: 
Annabella Pugliese
Project Title:
Infinite Thoughts
Project Description:
My first step in approaching this project was to further investigate the definition of liminality. Some key words that stood out to me were: ‘ambiguity’, ‘disorientation’, and ‘in between’. More specifically, I discovered that a ‘liminal space’ is defined as a place of transition between two locations; an intermediary space between origin and destination (i.e., a hallway, staircase, parking lot, or waiting room). I also noted in my research that a liminal space was often described as being empty or abandoned, thereby giving it an unsettling—‘frozen in time’—yet familiar feel. Again, there was this idea of ‘disorientation’ or ‘uncanniness’ associated with liminality.

After this initial research, I was particularly drawn to the idea of physically creating a liminal space as a response to this project. But how? Instinctually, I landed on infinity mirrors and the never-ending, perplexing, and even eerie liminal space created in the reflection of a reflection. I’ve always been fascinated by infinite reflections and am a huge fan of Yayoi Kusama’s mirror installation work, so this felt like a natural direction to take the project.
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Student Name: Hannah Diamond
Project Title: Process Book-Research Publication
Project Description:
Immediately, I knew I wanted to create a publication that contained many separate parts. This semester was nothing short of a struggle for me. I had just started a new job in December and was working full-time for the first time since beginning this graduate program. Finding myself occasionally overwhelmed with my workload, I had to enact a fairly strict schedule to make sure I maintained my mental health while also producing work I was proud of. With every new project, I took the time to break up my work and use this time to wrap my mind around my intentions before diving in — splitting this research publication into separate pieces felt very honest to the way I worked.
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Student Name: Jesse Finkelstein
Project Title: Feel What You Feel
Project Description:
To be completely honest, one of the hardest parts about design school is the open-endedness of the prompts. When we first started this project, I had absolutely no idea where I wanted to end up. I tried to take things one class at a time and figured I could worry about the rest as it came up, speaking with the faculty as necessary. I will say that while I may have been a bit confused about the process while going through it, I am thankful for all of the weeks we spent brainstorming because it helped me get my ideas flowing for this most recent stage.
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Student Name: Graham Atherton
Project Title: The Ramp
Project Description:
The Ramp, as it is colloquially known to CFA students, is one of the most peculiar and fascinating spots on campus. I think what makes it so interesting to me is that BU hasn’t figured out how to make money off it yet, so it just sits there. Once they realize some revenue potential, they’ll turn it into a slip-n-slide or something. For now, it just collects detritus from staff and students. It’s a fascinating collection of artifacts on the ramp ranging from abandoned fine art projects to boxes of ceiling tiles and air filters. It seems like this is the place people go to leave things they don’t need now but may want later.

I have spent hours and hours wandering the ramp now, and even though I’m usually the only person there, I do occasionally cross paths with other pilgrims: a COM student playing guitar, an a cappella group rehearsing, an undergrad assembling a sculpture, a custodian exiting her closet. Even when I see no one (which is more common than not) there is still evidence of activity. A new graffiti tag here, a smashed television there. I try to go every day so I can see what has changed overnight. I find myself imagining who might have left the bottle of Fiji water on the fifth floor or who repositioned the little oil painting on the third floor. It’s interesting how much I want there to be a narrative behind every weird little detail. I want the graffiti to have meaning, but I’m sure a lot of it doesn’t.

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Student Names: Aidan Ishii, Sherry Ma, Sissi Wu and Miranda Xu
Project Title: Fluid Design
Project Description:
What is design? Who defines, creates, and creates design?

As one of the groups to set up the “Design in Questions” installation, we were assigned to read “Designing Design,” “Graphic Design: Now in Production,” and “What does it mean to decolonize design?” and attempted to question our concerns towards design procedure. Each of us came up with 25 questions and a mind map towards the readings. 
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Student Names: Mei Asada, Cindy Chan, Tammie Kim, Fiona Wada-Gill
Project Title: Uncriticized
Project Description:
Throughout our experience in the design field, we have always been curious about what the next steps in graphic design might be. Establishing an identity within the workforce, traditional versus contemporary aspects to design, and how our background shapes us as designers are just a few of the considerations we had.

Uncriticized is a physical space to allow viewers to immerse themselves in a judgment-free zone. We ask questions about the future and the past of graphic design and used CMYK colors on the risograph printer to explore where the colors of print could take us.
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Student Names: Kylie Carrol, Davide Bianchi, Jonathan Pincher, Clay Allen
Project Title: Direct Shot
Project Description:
Direct Shot is an investigation of the process of design. Making as a process encapsulates both elements of rigid structure and unpredictable play. We highlight this disparity by inviting the audience to engage in the crafting of paper airplanes. Paper airplanes follow a fold pattern to complete a specific style of plane, this process parallels many traditional design environments where creators are expected to plan, implement, and fulfill a predetermined goal. On the other hand, paper airplanes are unpredictable in flight and emphasize the element of chance. The unforeseeable is a large influence in the design process, as designers must remain open to new ideas and remain resilient to any obstacles that accumulate along the way. To be a designer is to walk the line between the predetermined and the unknown. This harmony allows for the process itself to help shape the product, creating an end result that is maybe different but more effective than the original plan. We encourage you to engage with our exhibition and make your own paper airplane, aim for the target in the center and see where the experience takes you. 
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Student Names: Kara Chen, Geo Ferrari, Ashlie Dawkins, Katie So,
Jon Vogel
Project Title: Reflection
Project Description:
Reflection is an exploration of foundations and finding a relationship between design and fine art and exploring how design can be more human, similar to traditional art, and if design and design processes can be definable.

In the beginning steps of the project, our group was formed in the middle of creating the first 25 iterations. From seeing each other’s style during the 25 iterations critique, we realized how different our styles so we struggled with finding a cohesive visual language.
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Student Name: Arjun Kumar
Project Title: Stein’s Sprinkles
Project Description:
This was one of the most difficult pieces of literature that I had to read as it challenges the reader to re-examine perceptions of objects and grammatical and syntactical systems.

So, while skimming through the reading I landed on the poem Sugar and locked in on this particular part of the poem:

Put it in the stew, put it to shame.

A little slight shadow and a solid fine furnace.

The teasing is tender and trying and thoughtful.

The line which sets sprinkling to be a remedy is beside the best cold. 
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Student Name: Jordan Phillips
Project Title: 1 Word: Explode
Project Description:
This project took on several different lives for me, as far as the process of change that occurred between initial iteration, storyboarding, filming, and final editing (and re-filming/ re-editing). The initial word that I chose at random was “explode”, and I wanted to explore this word in the context of mycology, something I enjoy that I wanted to share about myself. I always begin every project by mind-mapping: exploring how the relationship between words and images can create and uncover new meanings and ideas. 

This layout differed from my usual mind map methodology because I wanted to move quickly towards the movement aspect, something I had never considered. Film has never been something I explored because I find it incredibly difficult to think in movement as is required for film and motion. I chose to consider how the words, themes and concepts I came up with could relate visually, and how I might go about recreating them for the context of the film.
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Student Name: Mei Asada
Project Title: ASMR
Project Description:
“Light blue and the same red with purple makes a change. It shows that there is no mistake. Any pink shows that and very likely it is reasonable. Very likely there should not be a finer fancy present.”

These are the lines that I chose for the Gertrude Stein poem. The poem A smaller section of the passage “A Cushion”

I originally thought I would like to interpret this poem though type animation with after effects. I felt uninspired though using after effects and felt lost in how I should represent these words though a video. That is when I decided to take a more analogue approach to this project and thought to make an ASMR video. 
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Student Name: Baoying Huang
Project Title: Transient Light
Project Description:
The phenomenal moments usually happen in places we don’t pay enough attention to. I chose my painting studio as the location to look for the movement, and used my phone camera to capture the moments. I started with gathering some oil painting medium and tried to pick out phrases from the product description on the bottle. What I found the most intriguing things to me are the words that indicate the idea of “time,” like “speeds”, “faster”, and “slowest”. READ FULL BLOG POST 


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Student Name: Max Huang-Debow
Project Title: Basketball
Project Description:
I love basketball. It’s beautiful, there’s so many pieces the game that feature incredible, phenomenal movement: shooting, dunking, defending, passing. By far the most compelling, beautiful, eye-catching part of basketball… is dribbling. Ball handling is something that is basically an art at the highest level. I wanted to capture that. 

When I first began this project I planned on asking other people what their favorite basketball moves were and if they could show me. I’d then proceed to replicate their move and theoretically “steal from their bag”. 
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Student Name: Jordan Phillips
Project Title: Analog 
Project Description:
2020 has been a unique time in most of our lives, as we find ourselves inhabiting a new normal, rethinking our methods of interaction and how we exist in spaces around others. Personally, 2020 holds significance for me as the year I decided to finalize my career transition, and go back to graduate school to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design. The catalyst for this project is considering the liminality of this year, and what liminality means to me. 
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Student Name: Chen Luo
Project Title: 
Liminality of the Elevator


Project Description:
We are currently in a liminal space where life in the covid situation is going back to normal. The term liminality has been used a lot in anthropology. I started to define the definition of liminality and what could liminality be. Creating a mindmap helped me navigate what my possible interests could be — born & die and elevator transists us everyday is a liminal space. 
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Student Name: Spencer Yan
Project Title:
Burn(ing)(ed)



Project Description:
Burn(ing)(ed) is a project generated from a collection of cigarette butts. This project records and displays the various details of the burning of the cigarette itself and the form of the smoke created by it. Through time-lapse photography, it shows the burning process of a cigarette and encourages viewers to enter this microscopic world along with it. As another part of this project, there is also an art book composed of pictures of 80 cigarette butts printed on translucent paper, allowing viewers to have closer contact with the data.  






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Student Name: Crystal Du
Project Title:
Drop the Ball 



Project Description:
This project is about liminality and transition, the catalyst originates from COVID and how we dealt with the transitioning period in the past year.

I started the project by reflecting on 2020, and what was meaningful to me during this year. I thought about my solo quarantine and how much I have enjoyed various activities during that time. Making designs, paintings, reading, and going on walks were things that I did to nourish my body and mind. Walking specifically, has helped me tremendously to stay active and keep my mind off things.
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Student Names: Chuck Gonzales, Treasa Benny
Project Title:
Shawshank



Project Description:
Treasa and I (Chuck) paired up for our second project for Studio: Structure & Morphology. We were to deconstruct and analyze a film or TV show and, from that, create a narrative of our own. Delivery and execution were open-ended, so we were determined to fully trust the process and see where our research would lead us. We decided on The Shawshank Redemption by Frank Darabont. 

After rewatching The Shawshank Redemption with a critical eye, we created mood boards and devised a mindmap. In doing so, we explored the film’s themes and characters and attempted to decode suggestive scenes and elements.

On its surface, the film seems to have a straightforward plotline that revolves around the prevailing aspects of hope, faith, and friendship. One could easily perceive it as a film reflective of conventional tropes where the main character (Andy Dufresne) starts with a predicament, discovers hope, and finds a solution.
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Student Name: Cindy Chan
Project Title: Lollapalooza
Project Description:
Lollapalooza — (Lolla) is an annual four-day music festival in Chicago, Illinois, at Grant Park, founded in 1991 and since expanded to other countries. Performances include but are not limited to alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop, and electronic music. Lollapalooza has also provided a platform for nonprofit and political groups and various visual artists. The word — sometimes alternatively spelled and pronounced as lollapalootza, lalapaloosa, lallapaloosa (P.G. Wodehouse, “Heart of a Goof”), dates from a late 19th-century/early 20th-century American idiomatic phrase meaning “an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance”. Its earliest known use was in 1896. In time, the term also came to refer to a large lollipop. 
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Student Name: Natalie Bolton
Project Title: Soft Serve
Project Description:
When I was young, I danced around my room in hot pink tutus and tiaras on a daily basis. Where does this energy go as we grow older? In my own experience, I felt shame towards the typical “girly-girl” aesthetic. There is a massive shift in traditional feminine themes in relevance to a girl’s life. As we grow older, the significance of pink, sequins and glitter become considered frivolous, and therefore unnecessary. I will be drawing back the curtain on the misogynistic view that hyper-feminine aesthetics in art, design and culture are lacking depth, seriousness or complexity of meaning. My goal is to carve out the feminine space in design within an increasingly masculine world. I want to look at graphic design as Sofia Coppola looks at film. 
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Student Name: Miranda (Duo) Xu 
Project Title: Strawberry Music Festival
Project Description:
“Strawberry Music Festival” is a music festival brand in China. It is founded by the domestic music label Modern Sky after the “Modern Sky Music Festival” in 2009. Compared with the “Modern Sky Music Festival,” the temperament of “Strawberry” is more diverse. “Strawberry Music Festival” also has the characteristics of spring, vitality, creativity, modern style, and playfulness, which makes it popular among young people. The festival starts in Beijing in Spring (Late April or Early May) and then goes around the country in places that include: Shanghai, Wuhan, and Hainan. 

As the founder mentioned, “Strawberry” is not only a kind of fruit but also means an attitude to life. It represents the full enjoyment of music and life, a spring festival for everyone, and a new definition of entertainment.
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Student Name: Sissi Wu 
Project Title: I’m lovin’ it
Project Description:
In the beginnin’, I was drawn to a cute type called “Avocado Creamy” for this project. Since the name is related to avocado, I wanted to deliver The idea of healthy eating. I decided to use McDonald’s tagline: i’m lovin’ it. This tagline is well known and immediately have people think about McDonald’s without actually saying the brand. I want to keep the idea of creating the message from food, but instead of using french fries, I decided to use fresh healthy food. 
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Student Name: Mei Asada
Project Title: Curtain
Project Description:
When tackling this project I decided to use the phrase “I have nothing to say”. I thought of this phrase because I thought it would be comical with the motion of opening and closing the curtain. I wanted to explore making a statement without verbalizing it, and recently I feel that sometimes I don't have anything to say in response to people talking to me. I thought this idea would be more along like fresh/ cheeky humor. Although this statement could be seen as a cop-out I feel that the message is in the physical action of a closing and opening curtain. Pulling out a curtain typically blocks a person from seeing the outside world, and also does not let the outside see what inside. An open curtain allows people to see outside and allows the outside to see the inside. 
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Student Name: Morgan Moscinski, Gregory Bond, Shannon Neff, Mariana Velasquez
Project Title: 27-1024
Project Description:
What is graphic design?

We don’t know. No one does. This question has been debated about for decades, both within and outside of the art/design world. In an attempt to define graphic design for ourselves, the senior graphic designers put on a show.

As one of the groups for the “Design In Question” installation, we were tasked with designing an installation space that tackled some aspect of the question “What is graphic design?” We began by reading two chapters from “The Graphic Design Reader,” edited by Teal Triggs and Leslie Amazon.  
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Student Name: Angela Lian, Eleanor Schiltz, Emily Bowen, Chinwe Oparaji, Jay Li
Project Title: Design Nomads
Project Description:
As a class, we were asked to read two chapters from the Graphic Design Reader, a set of essays from design history:
  1. What is this thing called graphic design criticism? Parts I & II by Rick Poynor and Michael Rock
  2. Education and professionalism, or what’s wrong with graphic design education by Katherine McCoy
After reading, our group (Angela Lian, Eleanor Schiltz, Emily Bowen, Chinwe Oparaji, Jay Li) each came ‘round the table to meet, with 25 questions from both articles. Our team was one of the only groups where all of us were taking classes in-person.
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Student Name: Gregory Bond, Kendall Gregory, 
Lena Johnson, Emerson Lawton
Project Title: GenZillennial
Project Description:
When James first gave our design group this assignment, we can honestly say that any of us knew what the Impact & Empathy project was, nor what our final product was going to look like in the slightest. Nonetheless, our group trusted the process, and started to dive headfirst into Hyperakt, a website James showed us to find inspiration for our projects. After a lot of sifting, we landed on two projects that resonated with us — the GOOD Wellness Project, and Spotify’s Encouraging Meaningful Impact. We largely enjoyed these two projects due to their use of vibrant colors, and we also liked that both projects utilized design to make people care about their respective subjects, nutrition and community engagement. Ultimately, we decided to lean towards the aesthetics of Spotify’s project, and began moodboarding away, picking things up from Pinterest, Instagram, past projects, and more.
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Morgan Recker, Love

Mariana Velasquez, Broken System 
Ivan Reyes, Save Me 


Student Name: Morgan Recker, Abby Fenn, Mariana Velasquez, Ivan Reyes
Project Title: Protest: Impact & Empathy
Project Description:
As a group, we struggled with discussing, questioning, and critiquing design, design critique, and design education. It felt pointless, especially at a time like this when the world feels so unstable. What was the point of trying to describe why design is meaningful and impactful through design that felt meaningless? In order to get past this overbearing feeling of pointlessness, we decided to turn the project into an exercise in experimentation and play. We took the pressure off design and just created things for the sake of creating them; each print became a response to the barriers of design we experience and wrestle with as design students.
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Student Name: Seong Jin (Steve) Kim, Fei Zhao, Angela Dong, Rachel Wui
Project Title: A Typographical Metaphor
Project Description:
In our first Senior Studio design project, Steve Kim, Rachel Wui, Fei Zhao, and I worked together to metaphorically express race and diversity through the use and study of typography.

Initially inspired by Hyperakt’s case study of its re-design of The Leonardo Museum. A museum dedicated to exploring the intersections of science, art, and technology. And by the current racial violence in the US and more specifically, the uprising of anti-Asian sentiment due to COVID-19. We wanted to find a way to combine all of our interests within the sciences and design into a unified project to speak on the issue of race that was directly affecting our community. 
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Student Name: Kari Everson
Project Title: Dystopia
Project Description:
“An imagined state or society in which there is great suffering or injustice, typically one that is totalitarian or post-apocalyptic.”

For this last motion project I chose to make 3 videos each a minute long based on the them of Dystopian worlds. To achieve this I selected 3 movies/books that I have seen, that depicted epic dystopian worlds and I felt that I could really have fun making. From here I created each video using type, shape animations, old screen effects, and ominous/haunting soundtracks to portray these movies/books. My final outcome are 3 videos representing:
  1. Dystopian Nation — The Purge
  2. Dystopian District — The Hunger Games
  3. Dystopian Society — 1984

Besides telling stories and messages I also just really wanted this project to be another learning experience for me personally. After Effects is still somewhat new to me and I wanted to try achieving more creations strictly being created in After Effects. 
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Student Name: Kateri Gemperlein-Schirm
Project Title: Home
Project Description:
Prompt: Develop a vignette or vignettes that feature a non-linear narrative and whose message is based on a vision of community. How you choose to interpret ‘community’ is up to you.

When I was first storyboarding for this project, the first things I thought of in regards to community was an aspect of self. I tried to think of what made me, me. Originally, I planned to create three separate videos, each with their own storyline and style. The first would be footage based, focusing on an aspect of my personality through clothing. The second was going to be animation, based on the idea of home, and the third would be stop motion based on online communities. 
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Student Name: Byori Hwang
Project Title: A Piano
Project Description:
A PIANO from Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein

“If the speed is open, if the color is careless, if the selection of a strong scent is not awkward, if the button holder is held by all the waving color and there is no color, not any color.”

For tender buttons project, I had to choose 30– 40 word length from Tender Buttons written by Gertrude Stein. Gertrude Stein is an American Author and poet. As you can see, her use of language is very abstract thus it allows readers to interpret it from different and wider perspectives.
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Student Name: Chrissy Casavant
Project Title: Tender Buttons
Project Description:
My main goal for this project was to explore the Procreate animation capability. I love the look of stop motion text, but don’t have the focus or dedication to doing that in an analog format. As an illustrator, I’m still getting to know how Procreate works as a drawing app, but I had heard lots of good things about the animation assist feature, and wanted to see if I could make it work for me.

The passage I chose was: “Light blue and the same red with purple makes a change. It shows that there is no mistake. Any pink shows that and very likely it is reasonable. Very likely there should not be a finer fancy present.” When I chose the passage I did, I felt that it could be communicated through colors and words, which translates well to Procreate.
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Student Name: Faith Huishi Li
Project Title: A Red Hat
Project Description:
Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein is considered one of the most innovative pieces of Modernist writing. Select a short passage from Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons from either Objects or Food. Develop a vignette that visually interprets the chosen passage. The works of Gertrude Stein is valued more of sounds and rhythms than the meanings themselves. So her works provide a good start point and enough flexibility for us to improvise.

The first thing we did is to read through her works and find a piece containing 30–40 words we might be interested in. I found a piece call A Red Hat really intriguing. READ FULL BLOG POST


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Student Name: Reem Alsanea, Byori Hwang
Project Title:
Sound of Color

Project Description:
Over the blackened moon...
Tears of joy...

What kind of emotions do these lyrics leave you feeling? Our collection project is about music and emotion. Byori and I paired up for this project. We love music. But the genres and styles were totally different. We were figuring out how to incorporate music into this project, and then we suddenly thought, how about we listen to the same songs and record our emotions throughout the duration of each song? To be able to record our emotions precisely, we first had to come up with a system. Our system was basically choosing 8 different emotions, and giving each of these emotions a color. 
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Student Name: Claire Bula, Michael Rosenberg,
and Jenna Benoit
Project Title: Re-Memory

Project Description:
After reviewing examples provided by our professor, James Grady, our group (Michael Rosenberg, Jenna Benoit, and Claire Bula) decided that we would cast our net for collection broadly. Prof. Grady provided three potential categories of collections we could explore — raw collection and a translation of that, documentation of an experience or event, or personal data collection. Our group had interests in all three, so we left it open for each of us to explore, over the course of a week, what caught our attention. In conversation, I mentioned that I don’t collect things anymore and I try to own as little as possible, whereas Jenna said she collected lots of mementos and trinkets. One idea that resulted from that conversation was to try and look around our homes and see what kinds of collections existed there, as opposed to gathering collections in the outside world. The resulting collections were of mostly everyday items, but tended to gravitate to objects that held a deeper meaning to us or a memory that was special. We also collected a little bit of data and drew some charts.
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Student Name: Kari Everson, Taiyo Hasegawa
Project Title:
Fenway Typography

Project Description:
Our project is all about typography found in the Fenway Neighborhood area. Both of us live in the Fenway neighborhood and so it seemed only fitting to find a collection in a place that we both have a connection with and share in common. In a brief overview our project is an exploration of different typography found in Fenway signage. The letters found came from all different types of signage; from mostly restaurants, to stores, to recreational centers, etc. Using the type we found and collected we created type specimens, a Frankenstein “like” typeface (i.e. letters pulled from signage), a Fenway reviews poster, and a video using our made typeface. From this project we learned what can be found and made from collections. 
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Student Name: Arjun Kumar
Project Title: COVID 19 Crisis


Project Description:
Our semester got disrupted and so did most of our projects. As for this project we had to have a print and digital component both, our project also had to change. Now, we had to make three digital posters with an AR component built into them with the help of Artivive. Before these changes were made, I had already begun working on a personal project about this COVID-19 crisis. I hated this situation of online classes we all had to adjust to. I loved working in our studio and just seeing everyone working passionately on their projects, I missed it so much. Hence, I started making kinetic typography videos on this situation we were in. That’s when I realized that we are in a liminal state. 
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Student Name: Yiwei Bo
Project Title: Limbo
Project Description:
The word “inspiration” as in my opinion is not appropriate in this project. I am not inspired by the current situation of Covid-19 especially I am in a turning point with absolute uncertainty of my life. Nearly everything is doomed. All the plannings I have for 2020 or even 2021 are just gone. For the concept of this project — liminality, I mainly explored the term “limbo”. Definition of in limbo. 1 : in a forgotten or ignored place, state, or situation orphaned children left in limbo in foster homes and institutions. 2 : in an uncertain or undecided state or condition After graduating from college, he was in limbo for a while, trying to decide what to do next. 
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Student Name: Yike Chen
Project Title: Zoom 
Project Description:
The word I chose for this project is zoom, and zoom has the meaning of zooming, rapid growth, and so on. So before I started filming, I set a theme for the video, about the current serious infectious disease coronavirus in China, because the current number of infected people is rising, and it also reflects the word zoom from a relatively metaphorical point of view. 
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Student Name: Angela Lian
Project Title: Breakslow
Project Description:
Upon first reading Gertrude Stein’s “Tender Buttons”, I was caught off guard by the interesting cadence and association of words with certain subjects. Therefore, I wanted to first choose two subjects that I was familiar with visually before diving into the complexity of the poetry. I chose Eggs and Milk because these are two subjects I’ve worked with visually in the past and have enjoyed photographing.
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Student Name: Gregory Bond
Project Title: Layers: Tender Buttons
Project Description:
Like most of my projects, I started Tender Buttons with a classic brainstorming session. First, I read through Gertrude Stein’s poem, and picked the passages that spoke to me most. I thought a lot about what I wanted to convey—emphasizing the fun, nonsensical language in Stein’s poetry. I also wrote down my initial goals for the project: getting better at Procreate on the iPad, and working on my animation skills. With these goals in mind, I storyboarded what I thought my Tender Buttons project would be, attempting to animate the subjects of Stein’s poem transforming into each other, or animating the key words from Stein’s poem in an expressive way. 
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Student Name: Yilin Zhang
Project Title: Neolithic Age
Project Description:
I remember when I was a child, there was an occasional power cut at home. Parents light candles, and whole families gather around to tell stories, play hand shadow by candlelight, or share their lives. The time away from social life is not so hard.

I want to tell a story about a neolithic family who had far less information about their day than modern people. In this video, I would imagine what the man as the father might do in a day, what the mother’s day would be like, and how the neolithic children would learn and play every day. 
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Student Name: Natalie Bolton
Project Title: Poetry in LA
Project Description:
Originally I was planning on following my friend around the North End of Boston for the day, and adding the text as a moving element behind her and following her through the senic parts Boston, resulting in her meeting up with a friend as a resolution. I still love this idea, but I need to get a team of people and a larger budget involved before I make any short films.

I ended up using the vinyl cutter to create black stickers in different shapes. The stickers spelled out the poem “a box” by Gertrude Stein. The process was pretty tedious, but satisfying at the same time.
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Student Name: Angela W, Angie Wijaya, Jiayi Ma, Sarah Perkins
Project Title: Brand Matrix
Project Description:
We were stuck together again. Angela and I (Angie). UGH. Just Kidding. We love working together. But now we were smushed with another duo, Sarah and Jiayi. Together with the power of four, we decided to tackle the essay, Brand Matrix by Armin Vit and Bryony Gomez-Palacio.

And so we embarked on a journey to explain this essay to our peers and what we wanted to do for our upcoming exhibition. Our main source of inspiration was Christopher Doyle’s Identity Guidelines. We were drawn to the absurdity of treating a person like a logo and creating a strict set of guidelines and wanted to apply this to ourselves in our own distinct way.
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Student Name: Alicja Wisniowska, Skye Tse, Andrew Kim, Raven
Project Title: Brand New Worlds
Project Description:
In this assignment, the book Graphic Design: Now in Production was used as a reference for which to base the design of an exhibition. Our group, consisting of Andrew, Raven, Skye, and I, got together to first decide on an article, and then to toss around ideas of how we were going to go about execute a number of deliverables in response to our reading. These deliverables include a printed A0 poster, wall plaque, video, and book.

Brand New Worlds by Andrew Blauvelt is a meaty article that talks about a lot of different concepts. It gave us the history of logos and corporate identity, offered a series of logo redesigns, and discussed heraldry among other topics. What excited us were logos. There are thousands of them out there, and yet they are constantly being redesigned or updated to fit in with different societal views or to align with changed company missions. We first looked at logo redesigns and tried to find a way to pull an interested concept out of changed designs over time. In the end we found that direction would have lead to a project that was more research based than we would have liked. We tried something else, and compiled a collection of local and global logos to match with the letters of the alphabet.
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Student Name: Ciaran Brandin, Hannah Kim, Kaylah Haye
Project Title: Experimental Typography, Whatever that Means: Conceptual Type
Project Description:
Hannah, Ciaran and I (Kaylah) were put in a group to come up with an exhibition in response to a design article of our choosing from the catalog Graphic Design: Now in Process. We chose the article “Experimental Typography, Whatever that Means” by Peter Bil’ak. The article argued for and against experiments in design and posed the question “are experiments in design even possible?” Bil’ak also touched on the difference between the scientific experiment and the artistic experiment; the artistic experiment is not seen as anything to be taken seriously, while the scientific experiment is something that is taken very seriously. There were many sides to this article to respond to, so we decided to create a sort of typography “lab” with experiments and have the viewer respond for themselves. The catch was, we only had three weeks to design, install, and de-install everything. Instead of trying to design every element of the exhibition together, we divided the tasks to fit our strengths and came together for and quick and efficient installation.
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Student Name: Wenjing Liu, Nicole, Congcong Wang
Project Title: The Persistence of Posters
Project Description:
In his article “The Persistence of Posters,” Andrew Blauvelt touched on the past and present of posters, and the irreplaceable cultural significance of them. Posters in the ancient time were used mainly by government as a tool of public announcement, later discovered by merchants for the use of advertising. Posters were used so much back in the days that they were once tightly constrained by legal decree. That time has passed but the culture of posting remains.

“The poster offers a convenient format ­the proverbial blank slate. It is graphic design’s equivalent to painting-a blank canvas.”
— Andrew Blauvelt

With the development of the modern printing technology and the revival of traditional printing technique, poster persists and thrives unto its own entity that holds aesthetic and symbolic value, instead of its traditional useful value of advertising.
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Student Name: Olivia Williams, Kabita Das
Project Title: Beasts of No Nation
Project Description:
We chose a film which neither of us had seen before, hoping that fresh eyes and lack of biases would help us interpret the film in a unique way. A war drama, Beasts of No Nation (2015) presents a perspective and experience far removed from our own. Set in an unspecified African country, the story follows Agu: a child whose life is ruined by civil war. The beginning scenes show the normalcy of Agu’s daily life in his village: bargaining with a local soldier, teasing his macho older brother, climbing trees, singing and dancing in church services, enjoying a meal with his family. Suddenly, the war devastates Agu’s life: his mother and younger sister are forced to flee the village and he witnesses the murder of his father, brother, and grandfather. Over the course of the film, Agu’s experience as a child soldier and his loss of innocence dominate the rest of the narrative.
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Student Name: Sophie Li
Project Title: Time Will Heal
Project Description:
‘Einstein’s Dreams’ has many chapters, each of which is sorted by time. The story of a miner attracted me. When he was a child, he urinated his pants in class, so this memory has always been in his mind, making him feel inferior. Slowly, as he grew up, with his mine, and with countless trousers, these memories gradually became blurred. The busy life made him forget the pain he had. Not only himself but the people around him never remembered what he did. Even if they remember, they don’t care. People are busy with their affairs, and miners also realized the remembrance is not only these troubles but also a lot of happy things. So don’t be afraid, time will make you heal. 
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Student Name: Anissa Martínez, Kelly Nolan, Krystyn Wypasek
Project Title: The Sounds and Sights of Sunday
Project Description:
Immerse yourself with our interactive installation by relaxing and exploring what a Sunday feels like. This project required a lot of physical effort but also patience, since experimenting with an Arduino board was pretty new to us, it also involved testing and seeing which conductive material worked best but also how to show it in the clearest way possible so the audience could get the opportunity of fully embracing the experience.

The goal of this installation was for the audience to play some sounds using the conductive paint, as a projection of macro photos was being looped. We wanted to give these photos a peaceful and relaxed aspect to go with the feeling of a sunday but also a contrast and mystery and beauty of what the sound looked like.




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Student Name: Farinaz Valamanesh, Winnie Chen
Project Title: Water Waste
Project Description:
We made this project in order to raise awareness about the amount of water that each person wastes in daily life. We used Arduino to add sound to our water installation and recorded the sound of 8 top categories of water waste: toilet, faucet, shower, clothes washer, dishwasher, and bath, to add to the board.





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Student Name: Sophie Li, Anissa Martínez
Project Title: 10-eye
Project Description:
We knew we wanted to do something involving projection and Arduino technology, but first we had to think about what we liked, what we were interested in, and so we started by making a list of things in common and found out that we loved projection, biology, light and magic. We then decided to narrow it down and relate it to science, recreating bacteria by using everyday objects. Personally we think that our skills and vision are perfectly complemented and while Sophie thinks one step ahead, I help her by refining that one step behind.




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Student Name: Ibrahim Alazza
Project Title: See it All
Project Description:
A lot of times we pass by places, things in our lives and they are the same! And by time, we look at these things as part of our lives or part the space they were in. Sometimes, we forgot to step back and look at things in a bigger vision or different view.
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Student Name: Taryn Rostovsky
Project Title: Languages and the Evolution of Words
Project Description:
Languages and the Evolution of Words explores the idea of linguistics and focuses on the origin of the English language. Graphic design is the art of presenting ideas, opinions, and experiences with visual content. Like graphic design, words are a form of communication and a way to express a concept from one thing to another. This thesis is a study of how new words become part of our daily dialect.

My body of work emphasizes the research behind these questions:What is the derivation of the dictionary and how is it decided what words are worthy enough of an addition? What were some of the first-known words? How did people learn to speak the same words and understand each other? Whatmakes a word complete? If writing began after language did, how do people know when language was first used? 
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Student Name: Yue Wu
Project Title: Dirty Water
Project Description:
When looking down from a parasail at a crystal-clear sea, it’s difficult to imagine that “marine debris is one of the most serious ecological threats we face today”. The slogan “save the ocean” has been omnipresent in media and culture for as long as I can remember. However, it’s easy for most of us to feel detached from the problem of water pollution because our daily lives are lived far away from whales with plastic inside and mounds of plastic bottles littering shorelines. Perhaps as a result of that detachment, our acknowledgment of marine debris is limited. We’ve all seen pictures of sea turtle stuck in plastic, and fish with bellies full of plastic. But do people really know where the marine debris comes from? Therefore, for my senior thesis, my goal is to make people relate more to marine debris and to learn more about this topic through a common object: the bath bomb.
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Student Name: Grace Colbert
Project Title: The Body is The Bind: How patriarchy interrupts the pursuit of the authentic self
Project Description:
The feminine construct is a set of ubiquitous and compulsory cultural ideals for performing womanhood in society. Though too numerous to be compiled here, the ideals set forth by the feminine construct demand of women bodily perfection in health, image, and comportment; sexual desirability; emotional tranquility; consumerist extravagance; and hyper-domesticity.

The feminine construct thus manifests itself as hyper-vigilant monitoring of the body and self (self-surveillance) in response to the pressure on women to regard femininity as a project in which one must constantly work towards unattainable perfection in every category. Self-surveillance behavior requires that women watch the self as an outside observer in an attempt to monitor the progress of the body and self and to manage impressions of the body and self.
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Student Name: Yuri Hong
Project Title: Nostalgia through the Lens of Scents
Project Description:
They say that the sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. The smell of cigarettes on a jacket or the smell of your mother’s Chanel perfume could bring strong emotions as a response to those memories or anything we associate with those scents. Because scent perception is a learned association, responses to odors are learned by the emotional context in which they are perceived directly. This also means that sometimes when we smell a familiar scent, we become reconnected to memories from our past, creating an experience known as nostalgia. Nostalgia is described as being ‘a sentimentality for the past’ consisting of the greek words ‘nóstos’, meaning “homecoming” and álgos, meaning “pain” or “ache”. True to its root words, nostalgia often brings upon the bittersweet feelings of being close to a memory but very far from its origination. However, research has shown that practicing nostalgia is a great way to connect our past to our present and feel optimistic about the future. Nostalgia can also encourage empathy, social connectedness, and is an integral part of how we form the human narrative. READ FULL BLOG POST




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Student Name: Tammy Qiu
Project Title: Primordial Soup
Project Description:
Primordial Soup is a project in two-fold: first an interactive game that asks users a series of questions about home, and second a physical data visualization in the form of an LED board. I wanted to probe people on their conception of home and then create a physical record of their answers.
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Student Name: Julian Parikh
Project Title: Motion
Project Description:
For our third and final studio assignment of the year, we were asked to interpret Aristotle’s philosophy on motion and represent the concept in both digital and print format.

While reading Aristotle, I began to think about motion in terms of the body. I was interested in how the often unconscious movements of our body can imply certain things to those around us. I realized that a lot can be implied by movement. People are constantly interpreting body language and it affects how we interact with others in the world. But I began to ask myself some questions about this type of motion — how many of our assumptions about body language are biased? How many of them are rooted in gendered stereotypes or generally held presumptions? And finally, are these thoughts holding us back from expressing ourselves freely
and keeping an open mind to others?
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Student Name: Kelly Nolan
Project Title: The Unmoved Mover
Project Description:
Two things were running through my mind after reading the assigned article on Aristotle’s philosophy on motion — 1) his concept of the unmoved mover and 2) the form of kaleidoscopes — reflected geometric patterns.

According to Aristotle, everything has a cause and effect, except for the unmoved mover, which is the first thing to set the universe in motion and is never moved. To Aristotle, that was god. Meanwhile, to explore my idea of a kaleidoscope, I experimented with a prism — a solid geometric object that refracts light. I shone different colored lights through the prism and photographed the refracted light through the prism. The results were photographs which I personally thought were incredibly interesting and something not from this earth— other-worldly. The scenes went well with my idea of god and the unmoved mover.
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Student Name: Lily Chen
Project Title: Rx Bag
Project Description:
This project includes four parts, a raw collection, an experience collection, a personal data collection and a project comes from former three projects. It is a challenging project since I have no experience on each of them, but also attractive that we can’t imagine what they would look like finally. 
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Student Name: Sophie Li
Project Title: Collection: Organic Color
Project Description:
When I was young, my grandmother constantly asked me to eat fruit in the morning, which led me to be a person who gets used to eating fruit every day. One day, when I was making my second project, Collection, I thought maybe I should do something with fruit.

Then, I realized even though we eat fruits every day, most of us just eat them without making fresh juice. What if I collect those colors, and try to find something interesting? So I went to the nearest market and bought over 25 kinds of fruit. I also ordered a juicer machine and Sterile Plastic Petri Dish (Thank you for your advice Mariana!) to save more juice.
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Student Name: Farinaz Valamanesh
Project Title: Peer Biography: Ibrahim Alazza
Project Description:
This biography project was a great way to start my first semester as a graduate graphic design student at Boston University. The class was divided into groups of two and we were supposed to create a biography inspired work based on our groupmate. It was a bit of a challenge to create an artwork about a person I’d just met but my pair, Ibrahim Alazza made it much easier for me.

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Student Name: Ivanna Lin
Project Title: The Waiting Room
Project Description:
We face numbers and data on a daily basis. Advertisement often uses them to tell consumers why they need a product. Non-profit organizations influence people to take action with statistics. Article headlines finish “did you know” with alarming facts to hook you into reading the rest of the article. It is no surprise that the media understands the power of data. But with the large quantity of statistical numbers exposed to the public, has it lost its impact?

For my thesis, I want to investigate new ways to display data points.

The goal of my thesis is to allow the audience to understand the data beyond solely numbers. We are used to seeing percentages, fractions, pie charts, and bar graphs as forms of data visualization. These visual formulas are identifiable but tedious to fully understand because of how universally applicable they are. I hope to curate an experience that can allow people to not only know information but also feel it.
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Student Name: Naomi Tenenini
Project Title: The Proprium Method
Project Description:
A thesis born from important humble beginnings.
What is something that’s important to you that scares you to think and/or talk about?

I presented this question as the the main thesis statement that would drive the entire project forward. So now you may be asking, “what’s the point of all of this anyway?” and to that I say, “TO SAVE THE WORLD” of course.

Well, not quite, but in a certain sense, yes.

The goal is to provide a method for people to use to overcome their personal struggles that they deem to be meaningful to themselves. It’s all about each person being able to do something worthwhile for themselves. By doing so, I believe that people become more confident, stable, and sane. They then project that outward to the other people in their lives, which builds better communities and lives for everyone involved.
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Student Name: Tabitha Michaelidis
Project Title: Tragedy and Growth
Project Description:
It was the first week in February, I was sitting on my bed thinking of a topic I could potentially dive into for thesis. I turned to my left to check on my candle, and there it was. A yellow sticky note on my dresser that said "Tragedy can be a form of education that provides moral insight, which fosters emotional growth". This quote was found in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics translated by Robert C. Bartlett and Susan D. Collins. This was the beginning of my process. 
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Student Name: Michelle Dugan
Project Title: Odalisque Now
Project Description:
Odalisque Now looks at the historical depiction of women in fine art, and searches for relevance today. Historically in Classical and Neoclassical works, women are depicted in either full or partial nude, shown as victims or idealized objects, and almost exclusively created from a man’s perspective. Women have had their backs against a wall, facing preexisting notions of how they should be visually represented. Odalisque Now also explores the question of how wardrobe relates to character portrayal; often times the female body is only draped in scraps of fabric. Fashion may be the most intimate form of art. It is physically closest to us and can be used as a tool to show ourselves to the world without a single word.
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Student Name: Abigail Wang
Project Title: Favors As Currency
Project Description:
What is currency? If you think about it, currency comes in many different forms. And themost interesting forms of currency do not come in paper bills. In every society, we use our relationships as a form of currency. We often hear “you owe me a favor” or “you owe this much to me” amongst friends or people we know.

For example, in the Chinese culture, the word“favor” is called “ren qing”. Directly translated, it’s put together by two words that means “human feelings”. It’s almost like a mental account book in your head of how much other people owe you or you owe other people.
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Student Name: Erdian Gao
Project Title: Humor
Project Description:
Attractiveness means a genuine personality. And when it comes to design, there’s one thing that helps us convey a personality—humor.

Humor—a comic, absurd, or incongruous quality causing amusement.

How can an incongruous quality create delight? Using graphic design as a lens to understand the mechanics of humor, I demonstrate this phenomenon of universal amusement. My method involves creating unexpected mixes and matches and visual puns as a vehicle for play.

Design is not only functional but also fun. Synthesizing unexpected elements in surprising ways adds one more layer of legibility and suspends us cognitively. On one hand, you hear the word humor a lot, yet philosophers have little to say, and what they have said is largely critical.
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Student Name: Harshetha Girish
Project Title: XB16 // Thesis
Project Description:
A story is how we communicate the visual potential of what can only be imagined. I have always wanted to tell stories through various mediums of art and design by working with the story, atmosphere, composition, character, conflicts, and resolution.

Being part of a global family and has let me indulge and grow my fictional fantasies. I have always been known for packing one too many books and sacrificing a few hours of sleep to watch the latest in-flight movies. Baz Luhrmann, the Australian director, writer and a contemporary example of an auteur has been one of my main inspirations.
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Student Name: Kristen Mallia
Project Title: Index 17
Project Description:
Using my collections of objects and ephemera as sources of inspiration, content and interpretation, I aim to generate graphic treatments that are layered, unique, engaging and visually rich. Though the objects are old, the designs should feel contemporary, graphic and fresh, while inspiring a deeper narrative that goes beyond the surface impact. The audience may view this work as something pretty, dynamic or intense, but they can see a more complex story within the compositions, as well, with which they can formulate their own meaning.

My audience is engaged, educated and design-conscious. They are looking
for functional, streamlined and usable design, but they also value originality and creativity of voice. It is important that things are well designed, but personality must also be present. Furthermore, while people embrace instruction, they also like to come to their own conclusions. Interpretation is important.

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Student Name: Molly Haig
Project Title: Meanings
Project Description:
Meanings — can design itself have meaning, or does meaning emerge only through content? How could you make a design that meant something without its content? What gives design meaning anyways? Is it words? Visual cultural references? Gut reactions like excitement, repulsion, shock? What is the least information a meaningful design can have? Could design make the same material mean different things?

“You don’t quite say what your goal is,” noted my professor. Aesthetically, this was true. I had no idea how this project would look, or how exactly I meant to carry it out, and this was meant to be a “practice” thesis, easily doable in a busy semester — so I revised. Instead of wildly digging for sources of meaning, I zoomed in. I focused on exploring my interest in the boundary between type and image by alternating between digital and physical mediums. 
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Student Name: Vaishnavi Kumar
Project Title: Layered Narratives + the Handcrafted Experience
Project Description:
In my studio practice, I find that creating pieces that explore deeply personal narratives to tell a story are most fulfilling to me. In terms of form-making, I’m strongly inclined towards incorporating hand-crafted elements (from cut-paper art to model-making). Inspired by the idea of participative art, I wish to create pieces that provide an interactive experience to the audience. My goal is to create a body of work that allows the audience to immerse themselves in and develop their own personal connections. Currently, I’m exploring socio-political themes and/or social advocacy, to see how I can translate them into a set of designed pieces.

Simultaneously, I’m working on a mini-thesis experiment to explore my interest in cut-paper art. I like to cut organic forms out of paper by hand. These forms tend to create large patterns which allow you to see through the paper, creating a dynamic piece. I’m trying to push the actual patterns in a more graphic direction. Further, I’d like to push the interactivity of these pieces in space. Through the addition of imagery, type, layering, light + shadow, how can I make my work more impactful? How can I make them a more engaging and interactive hand-crafted experience whether it’s a print or a motion project?  
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