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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.


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: 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 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.