A semester in review, with a peek at some thesis project ideas.
I’m almost done with Fall 2020 Senior Studio, cosigned with a fat dose of group projects. A disclaimer: for me, it was collaboration in all the best ways. As I look back at the projects I’ve completed in this class, I’m incredibly humbled having worked with a bunch of intelligent, passionate, and talented designers.
The negative was easily apparent. Taking Zoom class with the sparse in-person kids off our own PCs in the studio room was dissonant, a dizzying split half-second lag when they spoke. Critique, once in…
For this research project, I was inspired primarily by Leland Maschmeyer’s 2020 Insights Design lecture at the Walker Art Center, just before COVID-19 really hit the States.
I really appreciated the meta-conceptual approach on patterns in terms of culture and behavior as well as a personal absorption and adaptation of history, as these are themes that have intersections in what I’m interested in with design: language, storytelling, and community-building. It was doubly-added value since I’m super enamored with the Chobani rebrand case study, and I was always curious how they were successful with connecting with their audience.
A PizzaKucha. The word ‘data’, a whole lotta times. Authorship, impact, process, and delivery (not pizza). An honest peek into 7 weeks of designing, together ✺
Written collaboratively with Chinwe Oparaji.
The year is, well, this one. AirPods buzzing in ear, Jay Li sidesteps one-way traffic into what he always knew as 808.
Tucked away on floor four, the design studios were grounded with the same swank, with a few more pointers and annotations. As always, the view felt otherworldly to him. Seated at his new desk after Zoom class #2, Jay looked out on blue. Dawdled with birds, faced…
To provoke the complex scale of community, as a practice in criticism and celebration.
For the final project for James Grady’s Motion Graphics elective at Boston University, we had to create a vignette series of three video clips (30–45 seconds) exploring non-linear narratives based on a vision of community.
We had to one or all of these…
A process and final result for interpreting a vignette of Gertrude Stein’s ‘Tender Buttons’
The second project for James Grady’s Spring 2020 Motion Graphics elective is ‘Tender Buttons’.
From the project brief:
Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein is considered one of the most innovative pieces of Modernist writing. Published in 1914, this collection of experimental verses is celebrated for its abstract qualities — the sounds and rhythms of the words. Most of her descriptions of objects, food, and rooms have no relationship to the meanings of the words themselves. …
Explode expressed in 33 1/3 seconds, explained in 3 minutes
The first project for James Grady’s Spring 2020 Motion Graphics elective is ‘1 Word, 1000 Pictures’. A play off of ‘a picture worth a thousand words’, we were each assigned a simple word and tasked with conveying a narrative responding to the word as a noun/verb, without audio or typography.
The requirements were:
I think it’s important that, like good wine, a design has a lingering flavour.
— Karel Martens
TLDR: The lead-up to 6 minutes of unhinged Martha Stewart & Snoop energy.
7 o’clock orange shimmering a warning from the late March dawn, New England whispering a morning chill. I’ve set up shop in the colder grad studio classroom for over 7 hours, strategizing for impending danger.
“Another day, another way to make a fool of myself,” I grumbled as I stumbled along the script for the tightest six minutes of my design career. …
you came from a flower!
and how could you not know?
if you were once a nectarine pit
and grew into a full-fledged
smooth skinned stone fruit,
you should realize
you came from a flower!
unfurled petals of a bloomed tree,
you swooned me — a bumbling boy
embellished by black fuzz and yellow skin,
your name leaves my mind a-buzzing
with abundant blame for thinking about
you came from a flower! if you break down nectarine’s etymology (advanced apologies), you’d have a base word nectar and a root word -ine, of which your root means ‘of the nature…