Year of Astronomy is an integral part of my thesis — The Papercy Project (c. 2009-2010).
At its heart, The Papercy Project is about resonance. There will always be both quantifiable and abstract aspects of graphic design that we have to reconcile and contend with — the tangible and intangible. I sought to achieve this by making my outcomes as open-ended to interpretation as possible, letting them derive personal meaning to ones who would view or use them.
My choice of medium to express this is paper — a material increasingly sidelined in a digital world. Tapping on glass surfaces is certainly close to replicating the experience of handling paper, but it is not paper. The physicality of the material resonates most deeply because the feedback that we get from it is most natural and organic.
In Year of Astronomy, I augmented digital prints with handicraft methods (letterpress, silkscreen, varnish, die-cut, emboss, etc.) and different textures of paper with overlays (which can be switched around for different compositions). The calendar portion is also perforated and can be torn away for the designs to be kept as posters.