Behind Every Great Man There’s A Greater Woman

Behind Every Great Man There’s A Greater Woman

Sobnom Mimi
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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  • Video
We are conditioned from a young age to overlook female contributions and to celebrate superheroes like Spiderman or Superman without caring too much for their female partners. The problem with popular media is not the lack of representation, but of misrepresentation that makes women a target for violence, and stereotyping, which boxes them into categories less superior to men. Let's take a closer look at these famous heroes that we grew up consuming and how their female partners' contribution has been overshadowed by the media. Let's illustrate these overlooked and stereotyped women as strong, independent and full human beings. Let's retell their stories not as an object or as a damsel in distress, but as a strong, independent being who is self-reliant and capable of achieving greatness all by herself. Behind Every Great Man, There's a Greater Woman......
Missing Home

Missing Home

Nestor Menjivar
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
  • Video
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As an immigrant, I've always struggled to find a place to call home. Since my mother and I moved to the United States, we never had a permanent place to call home, and El Salvador, the place I used to call home, was becoming a memory. Turning 18 and starting college, I struggled with my identity. Now, at 22, I have reconnected with what brings me closer to home — language, food, and music. "Missing Home" is about the struggles immigrants face remembering their past and finding a new home. There are five video stories, including my own: my parents, starting from different circumstances with different perspectives; my grandparents, who have been here for as long as I can remember; my cousin, who moved here when she was four; and a family friend who is here by himself. I focused on my family, but the themes of this project are universal.
Tapped, An Exploration of the Unconscious Mind

Tapped, An Exploration of the Unconscious Mind

Erin McGowan
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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The idea of the unconscious mind was made popular by Sigmund Freud and was later visually explored in depth by the Surrealist art movement. Having researched the unconscious mind for my thesis and always having had a great interest in Surrealist art, I thought it would be fitting to work with the two for this project. This zine, "Tapped," explores the unconscious mind of a creative (me) through the creation of handmade visuals using the Surrealist technique of automatism. Automatism encourages the artist to express themself freely, without conscious thought. During the creation of this zine I used paint, tape, paper, ink, and found objects. I then digitally manipulated the visuals which are accompanied by Andre Breton's 1924 Surrealist Manifesto.
The Greater Issue That is Undermined, Procrastination

The Greater Issue That is Undermined, Procrastination

Jose Martinez
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
  • Video
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I have dealt with procrastination for as long as I can remember. I tried my best in school, but I never explored why I had this behavior since everyone was going through the same thing. Procrastination has become such a social norm that it seems normal. High schools and colleges fail to emphasize the issue by not properly educating students with ways to deal with it. After conducting my senior thesis, "The Issue That Is Undermined, Procrastination," I have found the root causes of procrastination and how to overcome it. My goal for this project was to create an engaging platform elaborately defining procrastination and providing verifiable ways to deal with it. I focused on the visuals to guide the viewer by entering a 3D space that continues as they go through the website. This interactive form of learning keeps the viewer captivated, a fun way to absorb information.
VESSEL

VESSEL

Cristian Martinez
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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  • Video
"Nuevx Futuro" ("New Future") is a digital zine that envisions possibilities for the future of Central America in a way that is inclusive and contemporary. Through decolonized perspectives and a focus on diasporic cultures, this investigation aims at becoming an instrument for reflection and identification as part of the artistic production from Central America, which often has no representation or is diluted by Eurocentric standards. After researching Mesoamerican design and (re)contextualizing artifacts in relation to indigenous traditions, this project ignores the construct of time while blurring the realms of real and synthetic. "Nuevx Futuro" lives on a microsite– encapsulated in the form of a "vessel" comprised of a MacBook, which has been modified in the tradition of Salvadoran buses. Using crystals, clay, and found electrical materials, I transform my Mac into a personalized expression of my aesthetic, disregarding the rules of modernity and Western influence.
Nuevx Futuro

Nuevx Futuro

Cristian Martinez
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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"Nuevx Futuro" ("New Future") is a digital zine that envisions possibilities for the future of Central America in a way that is inclusive and contemporary. Through decolonized perspectives and a focus on diasporic cultures, this investigation aims at becoming an instrument for reflection and identification as part of the artistic production from Central America, which often has no representation or is diluted by Eurocentric standards. After researching Mesoamerican design and (re)contextualizing artifacts in relation to indigenous traditions, this project ignores the construct of time while blurring the realms of real and synthetic. "Nuevx Futuro" lives on a microsite– encapsulated in the form of a "vessel" comprised of a MacBook, which has been modified in the tradition of Salvadoran buses. Using crystals, clay, and found electrical materials, I transform my Mac into a personalized expression of my aesthetic, disregarding the rules of modernity and Western influence.
Blossoms on the East Land

Blossoms on the East Land

Monica Lee
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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"Blossoms on the East Land" is a virtual exhibition and online publication. This project contains curation and regeneration of artworks from, and with, Asian female photographers and body activists who are mostly from China and Taiwan. It aims to subvert the classic Chinese femininity stereotypes and to reclaim their bodies and appearance against sexual objectification. The goal is to amplify the voices of Asian women in our new generation and evoke conversations about our individual and collective experiences. This comes from the perspective of being a female growing up in Taiwan and how the media perpetuated stereotypes of Asian women as either hyper-sexualized temptresses or sexually submissive. The media's narrative has successfully created a contradictory social phenomenon among women from different generations. "Blossoms on the East Land," a rebellious celebration of diverse Asian femininity, is an homage to women's strength in Asian culture, empowering their raw and unapologetic selves.
Reminiscing

Reminiscing

Alexis Kellner
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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Each day, without anyone realizing, dementia patients can be made to feel aggravated or confused based on questions or statements they encounter. Interacting may not always be easy, but my goal is to help. "Reminiscing" focuses on providing information on how to talk to people with dementia in a way that will cause the least amount of confusion. I do this through a card game that has prompts for conversation starters and activities that can be played by patients and caretakers. The cards are color-coordinated; red — Conversation Starters: Level 1, yellow — Conversation Starters: Level 2, green — Senses, and blue — Music. Through my research I have tried to find the best way to word these cards, so that they are the least confusing for patients. Although dementia cannot be cured, we need to have constructive conversations that help dementia patients keep their minds active and stay connected with others.
Two Things True

Two Things True

Sydnie Jaime
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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As individuals, we may go through similar experiences but learn differently from them. These differences develop our perspective and also our identity. "Two Things True" is a collection of embroidery pieces and a publication based on a questionnaire created as a way to virtually connect with people. Through this, I've been able to experience pieces of other people's stories without ever meeting them or seeing what they look like. Embroidery as a medium is a great way to connect life and the process of making art. There were many mistakes and mess-ups, but I continued. Some of the mistakes I didn't correct, and as a viewer, you won't be able to realize it, and that's important to recognize. "Two Things True" isn't a space to reach one common truth, but a conversation with the goal to gain perspective and connect the process of making art, mistakes included, with the development of identity.
The Two

The Two

Tori Huang
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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In this short video, "The Two," I explore the relationship between my mother and me by analyzing who she was before giving birth to me, and digesting how generational and culture gaps created the distance between us. The video explores our rocky relationship, and how necessary it was to understand her past in order to understand her current perspective. I interviewed my mother during a recent trip to Columbus, Georgia. I focused on her experience growing up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, on her being an entrepreneur, on her physical disability, and on her being a single mother of two during the one-child-only policy. I used audio, old family photos, and painting collages mixed with motion graphics to present the emotional and psychological experience. "Seeing the full picture requires willingness to see the other side first."
Svetha Weds Mark

Svetha Weds Mark

Marisa Hetzler
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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As the product of a mixed marriage, I find that media portrayals of interracial relationships are inconsistent with my real-life experiences. After questioning which reality to believe, I decided to use my thesis project to uncover the true nature of multiracial households. "Svetha Weds Mark" is a three-part multimedia podcast centered around my parents' wedding. Through family interviews, historical context, and vivid imagery, this podcast tells a linear narrative which describes the reality of interracial relationships. A love story at its core, "Svetha Weds Mark" ties the union of two families to the broader context of racial politics, tradition, and identity in the United States. Listen to the full podcast online at svethawedsmark.cargo.site.
501 Hours of 501s

501 Hours of 501s

Brittney Henriquez
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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This experiment, "501 Hours of 501s - Workwear versus Fashion," serves as a visual testament to one of the most iconic items of the modern era: the blue jean. Equally personal and universal, a pair of jeans can be as expressive as it can be utilitarian. Over the course of 30 days, I spent about 501 waking hours wearing my Levi's 501s. Each day a piece of the jean was cut and documented. The disintegration of the object not only created its own style, but it also showcased the craftsmanship of its construction. Even if the jeans were being ripped apart, they always still served their initial function. Their lasting material also brings up an important insight: as they decayed...did they evolve as a fashion symbol? As this workwear object develops personality, and becomes an object of style and culture, does this raise socio-economic concerns regarding privilege and class?
Kit of Parts

Kit of Parts

Melissa Guillen
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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We ask questions to get to know each other better but sometimes we end up saying things unintentionally. When asking the question, "Where are you from?", is there some sort of microaggression and stereotyping that can affect the person? This project, Kit of Parts, reflects on how we can ask the question while being aware of where people originate from. The idea of creating a Kit of Parts is where you can take different items and "create" a person. When choosing the items it creates a "convulsion." This is an homage to the surrealist exquisite corpse. My project aims to start a conversation on how we ask these types of questions and what exactly makes a person who they are.
Simplisit

Simplisit

Diana G. Bahena
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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After a year with a blurred line between work and home and inevitable burnout, I found myself blowing my neat freak levels out of proportion and looking for any excuse to step away from the screen. So why not create a business out of it? As designers, we are expected to create identities but not build and run a business when, in reality, they are not too far apart. "simplisit" was born with the intention to balance the outside chaos with aesthetically functional spaces by establishing systems under a "teach a man to fish" approach. After a deep dive into the factors that shaped the flying '40s and how they mirror our current '20s, the core of "simplisit" is inspired by the essence of both times. Above all, this project was a reminder to do whatever you do best and accept that time will change that — and that's ok!
It's Been a Year

It's Been a Year

Kelly Fung
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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In March 2020, our lives took an unexpected turn. Suddenly, instead of waking up early, getting ready, commuting, and rushing to class while finishing my breakfast, I was waking up ten minutes before my class, washing my face, and sitting in front of my computer wearing my pajamas for (at least) the next three hours. After a year living in a pandemic with health regulations, social distance rules, and spending ninety percent of our days at home, I found myself needing to look into how we, as a collective, perceived this whole experience. By interviewing and asking participants to track their daily routine and emotions, "It's been a Year" is a project that investigates the lives of twenty-one college students and how the pandemic has changed them, encouraging the participants and audience to reflect, reminding them that we are not alone, and of the need to put things into perspective.
Gaining A Little Perspective

Gaining A Little Perspective

Lisbeth Flores
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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Living in a world where there is so much controversy, it is difficult for us to understand one another. While interviewing people who belong to the trans community I've learned how it can be difficult for some to live life when not everyone understands what they're going through. There are many people who would consider being transgender a sin. These are the same people who claim that God loves everybody. My goal is not to change people's opinions, but to help by "Gaining a Little Perspective" through the eyes of the trans community. I want to help amplify voices of people from this community by sharing their stories of what they have gone through. The Bible says "Love thy neighbor," but is the way some of us treat our trans brothers and sisters an accurate representation of what the Bible says?
Doing Better Website

Doing Better Website

Emma Domnisch
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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What are we really doing right today? When it comes to immigration, a lot of change has been made but it is still nowhere close to being where it should be. "Doing Better" is a look into what United States immigration looks like today and different ways to help those immigrating. It is a website that is unlike other immigration websites; it encompasses all aspects of immigration. The Latest page is a collage of the latest information from the different pages of the website in addition to stories that were told on the Leave A Mark page. The Resources and Policies and Reform pages help people know the latest about the process. The Statistics page explores the different numbers of the current immigration climate. Rounding out the website is Leave a Mark, where people can leave their immigration stories or resources to help others going through the process.
Control & Comfort

Control & Comfort

Riley Dean
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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  • Video
"Control & Comfort:" when one has control over their surroundings, they tend to feel a sense of comfort. However, it is impossible to have control at all times, so does that mean it's impossible to find comfort at all times? Is it possible to find comfort in the acceptance of not being able to control everything? In order to determine how most individuals would respond to these questions, they will interact with a double-sided book. One side, (Act of Domination), will allow the viewer to arrange the context in any way they desire, while the other side, (Relief of Affliction), will be pre-arranged. Ultimately, an answer will arise as the audience decides if the side they had to control themselves was more comforting to read through, rather than the side that was already arranged in the correct order.
Space Exhibit

Space Exhibit

Kaliel De Silva
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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Working in so many different styles is no easy task, and one of the most challenging things can be trying to replicate the universe in the appearance of its abstraction. An artist's work is never done, as is the comparison of our space realm, which is persistently expanding. With unlimited ideology there is plenty of room for perspective, mediums, and vehicles that can be applied from our own imaginations, while the very thought of space is extremely complex, alike solidifying design methods. What better way than to allow this free flow energy to be looked upon than an exhibit? Everything is a work of art; from space in the universe to the distances between how space reacts with itself. While working, one thing will always lead to another, with or without space...
Monster? Hardly Know Her!

Monster? Hardly Know Her!

Christopher Coughlin
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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"Monster? I Hardly Know Her!" is a collection of wearable installations focused on the abysmal depiction of queer people in horror cinema, which is way too apparent and upsetting to a queer horror enthusiast like myself. Although we're often framed to be monsters, I know behind that tacky veneer there are still recognizable and relatable human beings, even if we look a bit different sometimes. These three pieces combine cues from the historically queer-driven club scene of NYC, classic horror-story visuals, a smorgasbord of mediums and a frightening amount of rubber cement in order to drive home the simple message: No matter how scary you're told something is, the unknown only stays unknown until you look a bit deeper.
Growing Ripe

Growing Ripe

Elizabeth Costanzo
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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"Growing Ripe" is a micro-site dedicated to stimulating conversation surrounding the gender imbalance of sexual pleasure. For my thesis, I conducted research on the female orgasm, and how the practice and portrayal of feminine climax affect mutual pleasure. "Growing Ripe" consists of four parts, the first of which is my essay, "Why He's Not Making You Cum," the foundation to "Growing Ripe." The second is "HEAD," a zine comprised of interviews I conducted with sex workers; my personal essay; nude, macro-still-life, and candid-portrait photography; as well as illustrations and an array of typographic layouts. The third is a claymation film, which explores mutual pleasure in relationships, titled "Experiments 1, 2, 3." The fourth and final part of "Growing Ripe" is a documentation process film, showing how I created most of the pieces included in my thesis. View the site here at: growingripe.cargo.site.
In Plain Sight Editorial

In Plain Sight Editorial

Natalia Corletto
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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Did you know that Latin America is home to the largest population of African descendants outside of Africa? I wouldn't blame you if you didn't, as Latinidad have done a near flawless job of systematically erasing Black people from every aspect of Latin American history, society, and culture. Thanks to this legacy of elitism and erasure, Afro-Latines only exist at the margins of the regional establishment, and are not center, left, or near any stage when most people think of "Latino" people or culture. "In Plain Sight" is a magazine dedicated to celebrating the beauty, the resilience, and the experiences of Afro-Latinos, as well as our contributions to Latin American culture. This publication also puts a spotlight on the lack of representation in mainstream media and the prevalence of anti-Blackness in Latin American societies. We're done with living in the shadows, being disregarded, and ignored.
Is Common Sense Really That Common?

Is Common Sense Really That Common?

Lily Conaty
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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The Law of Attraction, as theorized by scholars and philosophers, is the belief that the existence of positive or negative thoughts brings positive or negative experiences into a person's life. Based on human experience, the Law of Attraction cancels things happening randomly by proving that if a person appeals strongly to others, they will be able to attract them and influence their behavior. This concept can be communicated through vision, demonstration, repetition and iteration, imagination, reason, and poetry. This project aims to project voices of those who believe in the ability to share it amongst those who limit themselves from transforming their beliefs into desires. Through storytelling of life experiences, I am able to capture the power behind wishes and intentions, and to receive, and ultimately allow, for my audience to come up with their own answer to the question: Is common sense really all that common?
That's Life

That's Life

Jinshil Choi
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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People often say the expression "that's life" in many situations. In Korea, there are slang phrases that are commonly used, such as "What's life? It's just for eating," or "All people live the same way," which means that the lives of many people who seem to be different are the same if you look closely. Due to the 21st-century marketing industry, the word "lifestyle" is more and more specialized, differentiated, and gentrified. This magazine goes back to the initial meaning of the word lifestyle, when it was used more socially and culturally and gave the message that lifestyle is really just a story of people's lives. Instead of talking about famous celebrities or influencers, the magazine tells the stories of people around us, like friends, family, or the lady next door, what they consume culturally and economically, how they spend, and what they live for. That's life!
Latin-X-perience

Latin-X-perience

Andres Chiu
  • 2021
  • Graphic Design
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When I look at myself, I feel lost because of my lack of understanding of who I am; the constant questioning of what it means to be enough within my community. I wonder whether or not my experiences align with what is expected of someone of Latin descent. This perspective changed when I spoke with a close friend of mine whose experience differed from mine as well as what I thought to be the norm. With that, I became curious about what others experienced as members of the Latinx community. Listening to multiple testimonies of different people led me to create "Latin-X-perience." This is an online archive of one-on-one interviews of different members of the Latinx community speaking about their lives and thoughts on what it is like to be Latinx through their lens. Let it enlighten you, like it did me.