Date of Award

Spring 6-4-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Patricia Johnson

Second Advisor

Lothar Windels

Third Advisor

Nathaniel Smith


One may argue that we all observe. It is this finely tuned capacity that allows designers to read context and to identify patterns. Since I was a child, I’ve been a carefully tuned explorer of the world, observing the world around me. Yet as a designer, I take this observational impulse to another level by recording my observations and then translating these impressions into form. What is seen, felt, and gathered is then edited, nuanced, and reformed. This act of translation becomes a slow puzzle as I look for cues, acknowledge every facet, and conceive of forms in such a way that they will intrigue, charm, and bring joy to the user. Adjusting scale, color and gesture become fluent in the mechanics of their outcome.


View exhibition online: Tzyy Yi Young (Amy), Slow puzzle



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