|Friday, April 20th|
Keri Rousey, Winthrop University
Faculty Mentor: Jason Tselentis, M.F.A.; Darren Ritzer, Ph.D.; Matthew Stern, Ph.D.; G. David Brown, M.A.; and Matej Latin
In print and digital communications, color plays an important role in how a message is received, even if it happens subconsciously. Through my own research about color and communication, I will learn how color blindness and color theory impact the way people create design and how their audiences interpret those designs. Through the use of scientific data, research, and help from advisors in fields related to this topic, my goal is to make design more accessible and enjoyable for people with disadvantages such as colorblindness. Through research I will delve into the science of regular vision, as well as color vision. In order to make it both entertaining but serious and educational, I plan to create charts and data visualizations that will make the information more enjoyable. The use of charts will help the reader understand and visualize what the information is saying, as well as understand how other people may see and interpret colors and objects.
KayAnna Mahon, Winthrop University
Faculty Mentor: Jason Tselentis, M.F.A., and G. David Brown, M.A.
Uncharted Maps is a series of posters of four different cities untraveled or unexplored by me. These posters will combine both iconic/touristy elements and the local treasures to create a sense of wanderlust for those like myself who have also not traveled to these cities. The posters will also create a sense of nostalgia for those from these cities who are no longer living there. I will screen print four four-color posters and make a postcard for each one. In addition, I will create an overall brand that will be carried through the packaging and collateral for the brand. It will be important for these to have a cohesive look and feel, most of which comes from general layout and map design. I have developed the street maps for each of the four cities, all with a consistent amount of information that reinforces the idea of a series. The traditional function of maps is to communicate; whether that is communicating clear directions, or an indication of the city's look and feel. The street map element will resonate more with those from these specific cities; but for people like myself who haven’t traveled there, it adds a visual element and secondary information. It is important that each poster stays true to each individual city, but also resonates and makes a connection with different users.
Susanna McCray, Winthrop University
Faculty Mentor: Jason Tselentis, M.F.A.; Gerry Derksen, M.Des.; and Jesse Weser, M.A.
Conversations about the perception of beauty are evolving. Are standards changing? Is society adjusting? What impact do attitudes have on the culture? For my senior design thesis, I intend to push the conversation in myriad directions. I want to spark a conversation about societal and individual beauty experiences. Secondly, I want to show people that diversity should be a staple, not a training exercise or a one-time special topic of conversation. Lastly, I want to encourage women everywhere to be supportive and uplifting toward each other. This is the real world and it's all beautiful. True diversity in the “beauty industry” has such a twisted position and, while tides are rising and changing ferociously, I feel continual conversation will add more momentum to the effort of molding lasting societal influence. This social campaign titled The Beauty Standard redefines society's standards of beauty by encouraging women to view themselves, differences and all, as the standard. This project involves an extensive social media campaign equipped with bold statements and visuals that provoke conversation and spark spontaneous encouragement among women. Taking cues from podcasts, blogs, and forums, one of the main avenues I chose was that of storytelling and active conversation. The physical attributes of this project include creating a website and blog that feature the various interview conversations and insights along with the campaign collateral I have created. The various aspects of this project, including the social media campaign, website design, photography, advertisements, and other campaign touchpoints, are all areas that I have interest and expertise in as a graphic designer and creative. I believe this conversation about beauty standards and their impact is important to have if we intend to foster a better environment that promotes self-love and encouragement among women, and I am excited to see the impact of this project.
Fallon Oswald, Winthrop University
Faculty Mentor: Jason Tselentis, M.F.A., and G. David Brown, M.A.
Whether it’s a videogame, a fantastical movie, or a series of novels, the creation and exploration of the world is crucial to establishing the believability of a story. If the world makes sense on its own, the story is more apt to be believed. I will create a collection of images of landscapes, beings, and creatures and combine them into a book to explain a world of my own creation. The book will explore the fantasy world of Srotale about 50 years after it collides with the demon realm, Zedaale. It will explore the conflicting landscapes of Srotale and Zedaale as they’ve merged, as well as a small collection of the beings who exist there, including the 7 princes of Zedaale, the man responsible for the collision of the planes of Zedaale and Srotale, and additional buildings and items that connect to the lore of the world.
Savannah Ray, Winthrop University
Faculty Mentor: Jason Tselentis, M.F.A.; Jesse Weser, M.A.; and Karen Derksen, M.A.
I will create a coffee table book called, Random: A Collection of Facts, that features a randomized collection of facts each paired with an illustration in the flat-art style. This book will explore a wide range of topics such as animal life, historical events, culture, human behavior, and even facts about the solar system and its planets. For readers, this book serves to inform, intrigue, and entertain, as well as create an attractive and functional art piece for the home. Random will be a square hardcover book with a bold yet neutral cover to match a wider range of home decor. Inside, an exploration of color and shapes within the full page illustrations will take readers on a journey they can interact with. The facts will be pulled from multiple sources and categories and then sorted throughout the book so no two categories are close together, and I will construct the imagery from the beginning phase of sketching all the way until the end. On top of the facts and illustrations, I will include an introduction, dedication, and source pages. Overall, Random will serve as a possible draft and jumping off point for future books in a series, as well as an entrance into the publishing community.
Brittany Kelly, Winthrop University
Faculty Mentor: Jason Tselentis, M.F.A.; G. David Brown, M.A.; and Janet Gray, M.F.A.
For my thesis project, I will create an Instagram account about the life and experiences of a character I have invented. Some of the posts will feature other characters, and all of them will be digitally illustrated at least two to three times a day. With this project, I hope to explore narrative in illustration, and how illustration and art can exist and create dialogue in a social media environment. I hope that this project will help me develop skill in drawing faster; even after this thesis project and class, I intend to keep creating the Instagram art and illustration in order to refine my illustration abilities.
Rachel Ogg, Winthrop University
Faculty Mentor: Jason Tselentis, M.F.A.; Jesse Weser, M.A.; Jane Thomas, Ph.D.; Shannon Pratt, B.F.A.; and Haley Ellis, B.F.A.
My thesis is centered around the packaging design for a line of alcoholic ice creams. Entitled Specati, the brand is intended for a young audience. In addition to a creating a beautiful and cohesive product line, my project will also include an ice cream cart, menu design, advertisements and product photography, and the actual creation of the ice cream itself. I intend to do this through design itself as well as through the flavors I create. Each component of this project will have a similar look and feel to it, a design that is illustrative and fun, while also evoking the feeling of a luxurious product.
Kristin Streetman, Winthrop University
The issue of global poverty has dominated international discourse and is the focus of countless charity and public awareness campaigns. However, few have tried to address this threat to human life through the arts. In my thesis, I seek to use design to aid in global poverty relief. With this project, I am not aiming to solve global poverty, rather I seek to empower and aid communities currently affected by extreme poverty. To accomplish this goal, I will create a company that sells t-shirts and other screen-printed materials; a portion of the proceeds made will be directly given to grassroots organizations that work in and with communities impacted by poverty. For the purpose of my thesis, I will focus on the poorest parts of Latin America: the rural and indigenous communities of Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru. I will design three printed materials per region, three printed materials which represent the company, a website, and a packaging proposal for the products. The additional questions I am asking with this thesis are, how can I create socially and environmentally conscious designs which represent cultures I am not apart of, and how can I instill trust in my audience that my cause is worthwhile and helpful? The goal is to create a creative business model that promotes investment in communities and empowers individuals to be able to break the cycle of poverty within their populations.
DIGS 220 Session I, 12:45-2:21 p.m.