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Often-chaotic communication clutters the clarity of our visual world; however, we can draw analogies between the elements of design and those of … Read More
Often-chaotic communication clutters the clarity of our visual world; however, we can draw analogies between the elements of design and those of superheroes in an attempt to create clarity, educate and inspire. These elements, primarily the use of symbol, color and typography, have the power to communicate with an audience far beyond the surface level. Relating these characteristics to those found within beloved superheroes lets us connect the qualities of each and draw similarities between the two. In doing so, we can champion our profession as leaders in organizing chaos and creating change in an informed world. Read Less
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A Designer's Origin Story
MFA Thesis Exhibition, December 2011
Every superhero has their origin story. Whether they are born with their powers, or it takes the bite of an arachnid to cause them, all superheroes have both their moment of discovering their powers and the process of learning best practices for their use. Designers also have their origin stories; their unique processes of self-discovery and form following function. While each designer, each superhero, pursues a distinct path, we all share collective experiences along our journey. This is that story.