UNDERGRAD THESIS RESEARCH & PROJECTS
How do you Exhibit a Ghost Discipline?
For my thesis I've been exploring the question “how do you exhibit a ghost discipline?" I refer to graphic design as a ghost discipline, meaning it “only exists when other subjects exist first" (Stuart Bailey).
My year-long exploration consisted of several projects all exploring what an exhibition for ghostly content looks like. The first book showcases the entire research project and conclusion. The red/second book shows the first semester exploration.
An easy to watch video that’ll make all this make sense :) ︎︎
View the full process book here.
View the full process book here.
A MEDIUM PLATFORM
Honourable mention for the Pivot Award for Information Design as part of the RGD Student Awards 2020
Honourable mention for the Bell Media Award for Typography (Digital) as part of the RGD Student Awards 2020
Visit the exhibit catalog: a-medium-platform.org designed and coded by me, in collaboration with all who chose to contribute from OCAD’s graphic design 2020 graduates.
A medium platform was a fluid exhibition created to build community among a large group of designers in a shared space. The more that my peers contributed, the more life the exhibit had. As weeks went on, the exhibit evolved depending on who and what was being displayed on a given day, and existed as its own living, breathing entity.
A LIBRARY IS AN EXHIBIT IS...
A collaborative project with Rebecca Wilkinson.
Personal inscriptions, notes jotted in margins and makeshift bookmarks— all are evidence of readers that came before us. Yet each under-line, asterisk, and folded page corner is only a fragment of a thought, one part of a larger conversation in which the book itself acts as a prompt, a participant, and a record.
This exhibition, currently on pause due to covid-19, exists as a temporary library made up of borrowed library books, all which share a commonality. They contain traces of previous ownership. Whether it is marginalia, grocery lists written into books, or left behind receipts. The ghosts of those that have touched upon these books in the past remain attached to the books themselves.
Projects & Work
BANANA SKIN • CREDIT CARD • SCREEN
A collection of work created by Dutch performative design duo Tereza andVit Ruller, known as The Rodina. In their thesis, Action to Surface, they describe three understandings of surface: the first being a natural surface—banana skin; the second is a passive surface—credit card; the third being more active—screen.
This exhibition showcases the interpretation of these surfaces through printed materials as well as digital work. The exhibit was created in affiliation with Chris Hamamoto's Exhibition Design course. Designed and curated by: Alice Niu, Charles Victor, Deborah Khodanovich, Henry Rivera, and Kevin Lee.
Club am is a morning dance party pop up that allows any passerbys to join in on the groove before starting their day. Think of it like a replacement coffee! An energy boost! The fun & energetic brand was a project that doesn't just look fun, but was a blast to work on.
The goal of the project was to develop an entire visual identity, including logo& wordmark, promotional video, mockups and facade for a fictional pop up shop of our choice.
BEFORE I KNEW YOU
Erez Zobary is an incredibly talented Toronto singer / songwriter. Her song before i knew you is part of the album july clouds, and this project was designing the cover and promotional motion graphics for the single. The song involved working with the artist and producer to create a vision for the cover and implement it through the practice of embroidery.
Originally this project started within a typeface design class, and has outwardly progressed to being an ongoing personal project. The inspiration for the typeface was the love I had for curves of characters in italic weights of typefaces, but recognizing the problem of accessibility within using italics for entire body paragraphs.
Italic qualities (such as the descender on the lowercase f) are missing from the regular weight in many typefaces and so I decide to design a mix of the two. Livorno, named after a city just outside of Pisa, does exactly that.