Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Graphic Design

First Advisor

Bethany Johns

Second Advisor

Hammett Nurosi

Third Advisor

Paul Soulellis

Abstract

The operational interface is an examination of the effects exerted by interface environments predicated on a genealogical analysis of their form and structure as a mediating apparatus. Through leveraging the embedded logic of these spaces, I develop a self-reflexive inquiry into the various ways interfaces model the cognitive faculties of its users. This inquiry is divided into a tripartite program: the application of interface logic to aesthetic tool systems, it’s modes of representation in formal terms and the appropriation of these structures for novel (re)application.The Operational

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