OPENNESS


A thesis presented by Qiwen Ju, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design in the Department of Graphic Design of the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. 


Abstract
Opening Apertures
Relevant Terms
Multiple Perspectives
︎︎︎ Stereotype
︎︎︎We
︎︎︎ Stop Asian Hate Poster
︎︎︎ On This Day
Interview with Yiyang Hei
Shifting Perspective
︎︎︎ Maze
︎︎︎ Alienation
︎︎︎ Moiré Typeface
Studying Perspective
︎︎︎ Reframing Story
My Perspective
︎︎︎ Escape From Reality
︎︎︎ El Lissitzky And Werner Jeker
︎︎︎ The Grid
︎︎︎ If You Could See What I Hear
Afterword


BACK

AFTERWORD


Looking back on these three years on campus, I consider myself lucky. I met a lot of like-minded friends and professors whose strong and optimistic personalities helped me get through difficult and lonely moments. We mutually encouraged and supported one another and they taught me that I was never truly alone.

I enjoyed observing and contemplating. Throughout my education, the opinions of each of my classmates and instructors consistently challenged me and expanded my perspective. When I encoun-tered works and concepts previously unimaginable, my excitement compelled me to learn more. Why do people believe this way, and what influences their thinking? As I continued to seek guidance and exchange ideas, the dimensions of my thinking expanded, and I developed a greater capacity for listening to others.

I am aware that my perceptions affect my design development and choices. I express what I see, think, and feel. While prejudice is my adversary, it is also a necessary bias to acknowledge and confront in my creative profession, pushing me to see the limitations of my view.

Although this document covers various themes related to diverse countries, cultures, and politics, I assume the role of witness as no one view contains the“truth.” Rather, I illustrate the disparities in perspectives and perceptions across situations. For you (the reader) and even me, Openness is never a textbook but merely an opportunity to help you realize that we view the world from multiple vantage points, and then we may make discoveries.