Yasmin Khan CalArts– California Institute of the Arts Valencia USA – I Used to Be a Design Student

AMERICAN

Yasmin Khan

STUDENT YEARS

6

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

Not sure

YEAR OF PROJECT

2004

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.

COLLEGE

California Institute of the Arts, CalArts (USA)

TUTOR(S)

Lorraine Wild, Michael Worthington, Ed Fella, Jeff Keedy

TECHNOLOGY

Adobe CS3 + various imagemaking techniques including hand-drawing, photography, digital collage

TYPEFACE

OCR

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.

OUTCOMES

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.

FEEDBACK

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.