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

EL LISSITZKY AND WERNER JEKER


The El Lissitzky and Werner Jeker project can be considered the most fulfilling in my postgraduate period. The design brief asked us to design two El Lissitzky articles while referencing a contemporary designer’s work to bolster the article’s argument. I chose Werner Jeker, a Swiss graphic designer.

In the twentieth century, Werner Jeker was a well-known graphic designer for the Swiss. He excelled at intelligently and sophisticatedly connecting words and images. His designs are layered with varying depths and rhythms. Compared to most of his work from the 1980s and 1990s, his designs are less experimental, focusing instead on the most fundamental text and image linkages, an approach that enabled him to create art-like designs.

The most challenging aspect of this work is combining the works of the two masters and reinterpreting them through my lens. I consider myself a translator, just as Michael Rock noted in his article Designer as Author, “In certain works, the designer remolds the raw material of given content, rendering it legible to a new audience. Like the poetic translator, the designer transforms not only the literal meaning of the elements but the spirit, too.”

Thus, to better portray the two designers’concepts, I abandoned the traditional manner of reading and designed this magazine to be opened from the middle, allowing readers to see four pages of content at the same time. Simultaneously, the layout of each paragraph is optimized for interaction with the images. This detail reflects the concepts expressed in El Lissitzky’s paper and Werner Jeker's earlier design ideas.