A PIECE OF SOUND ADVICE + A SINGLE WARNING TO A DESIGN STUDENT
Follow your ideas beyond what you know how to assess + Don’t rush to get out into the ‘real world’ – you’re already in it
FAVOURITE FOOD THEN
Anything that wasn’t dehydrated
YOUR MOST VALUED POSSESSION THEN
YEAR OF PROJECT
STUDENT PROJECT BRIEF
MFA thesis project – a study in speculative design: artefacts of national identity were designed for three imaginary nation-states (stamps, currency, flag and travel poster). The character of each nationstate was based on current social, economic and scientific trends.
California Institute of the Arts, CalArts (USA)
Lorraine Wild, Michael Worthington, Ed Fella, Jeff Keedy
Adobe CS3 + various imagemaking techniques including hand-drawing, photography, digital collage
WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS PROJECT?
I entered graduate school with an interest and background in typography and publication design. I didn’t have much skill or experience as an image-maker. This is because I have questionable taste, and at the time, I had no clue how to turn that into an asset.
WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE ABOUT IT?
I would make things stranger, less familiar, less polite.
A space to explore my interest in speculative design: what it looks like, what its role is, how it might live in a professional practice.
I was too exhausted to remember much about thesis presentation… Although I do remember someone said the work was beautiful…
PROJECT SIMILARITIES THEN AND NOW
There was a similar interest in representing imaginary worlds. The thesis project did it literally, and the Bulletin metaphorically through student portraits that depicted the student’s internal world. There’s also a similar interest in experimenting with materials and collage, and a consistent interest in and heavy use of bright colour.