Graphic Design Masters Theses

 

RISD’s graduate program in Graphic Design prepares students for professional practice by emphasizing the roles of social context, media and aesthetics in the production of visible language systems. As a reflection of the discipline itself, the program encourages a nimble and intelligent response to constant change and burgeoning technology, while building a strong foundation of formal, aesthetic and analytical knowledge.

Individual thesis investigation is central to the final year of MFA study and culminates in the comprehensive presentation of work representing an original voice for visual and verbal expression of design thinking. The thesis should be equal parts exploration, explanation, provocation and contribution. Guest critics participate throughout the year and in the year-end thesis review, which offers a forum for critical dialogue focused on each student’s contribution to the field of graphic design. All MFA candidates also submit a written thesis and as a group participate in the RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, a large-scale public show held annually.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Otra vez : hierarchy as designer, Jordyn Alvidrez

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Double takes : secular magic & empathic vision, Lake Buckley

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Playgrounds, Cem Eskinazi

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Content-aware : investigating tools, character & user behavior, Llewellyn Hensley

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When it won't fit : a book about containers, procedures, and transformations, Bo-Won Keum

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Space as a practiced place, Elizabeth Leeper

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Frame-work, Drew Litowitz

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Scripting allographs, June Shin

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Our measured world : a poetic translation, Minryung Son

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Identity production, Boyang Xia

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Design syncopations, Mary Yang

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Hyphen nation: a reconciliation, Lynn Amhaz

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Rapid response, James Chae

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Continuum of significance, Diane Lee

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Live edges: all possible adjacencies, Rebecca Leffell Koren

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Practice makes practice, Gabriel Melcher

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Dimensional flatland: Beamer, drone, flash drive, Scarlett Xin Meng

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Traversing languagescapes, Desmond Pang

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The operational interface, James Wheaton

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Multiple influences: from witnessing language to performing it, Viviane Jalil

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Speculative politics -fictionalized spectacle, Prin Limphongpand

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Not not real : exercises in styling, Sophie Mascatello

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Forming process : design through layered visual systems and multiple collection methods : a thesis, Jen Magathan