Date of Award

Spring 6-2-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Graphic Design

First Advisor

Hammett Nurosi

Second Advisor

Cem Eskinazi

Third Advisor

Tim Maly

Abstract

In this book you will find a collection of projects that both reflect and simultaneously reinvent my personal way of seeing the world, which I consider to be a space that is complex, diverse, and in continuous transformation.

Graphic design is the lens through which I examine and understand this complexity, and it is also the medium through which I translate this huge realm into navigable systems of ideas, tales, forms, and experiences.

I have been inspired to produce my own systems in response to those I discover through actively observing my environment (territory), reflecting upon my personal background (origin), and witnessing constant growth and transformation (roots). Participating in this conversation through design allows me to expand this inquiry into the nature of systems and invites me to contribute my own voice to the larger dialogue.

Systems, however, do not necessarily imply linearity. Everything converges, overlaps, builds, and reveals. As a designer, I have to trust my process and intuition, aspects that are alive and always in flux. I have to observe, locate, define, relate, tell, make, wait, question, and decide.

These decisions become behavior, and in the end this is what gives rise to new systems. It is in this spirit that this book has been designed and asks to be experienced. In its pages, I illustrate my ways of seeing by collecting component parts that invite the reader to find connections among them. In this way, these pieces gradually, and almost magically, reveal themselves to be a whole.

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