Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Graphic Design

First Advisor

Paul Soulellis

Second Advisor

James Goggin

Third Advisor

Ryan Waller


FUTURE AS MEDIUM through critical examination develops a working premise for advancing designed visualizations of the future. In an effort to build new models of practice that consciously work towards the future, I undertake a set of delicate negotiations rooted in critical inquiry as well as creative production, all expressed across three temporal contingencies: yesterday, today and tomorrow.

I work the terrain of the past as an assembled archive of speculative worlds created by architects, designers, and artists, and problematize the mediation of futures through a close reading of their world-building tools. I use this archive to make sense of my overall visions and methodology, always looking to the future.

In the present, I measure these accounts against the ideological and systemic biases of designers and the complex world we inhabit, allowing opportunities for nuance, true plurality, and the incorporation of diversity for effective social engagement.

Tomorrow explores adaptive models for an alternative pedagogical framework and the invention of new visualization strategies. Behaving like an “ologist”, taking a somewhat scientific and ethnographic approach to understanding my subject matter and intended audience, I finally ask (and attempt to answer) these questions: Are there ways for us to build multiple yet collective futures? Can we use the future as medium?


View exhibition online: Georgie Nolan, Future as Medium



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