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

THE GRID


The Grid is a series of experimental posters. It was inspired by Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedell, two of my most admired designers and mentors. I was initially captivated by their process of using collage as a beginning point for their designs. First, they build subjective arrangements through collage, then create grids based on various shapes from these arrangements, integrating them with digital material to produce posters. Because I’ve never experienced this kind of design thinking before, I’d like to use this occasion to develop my own visual language via the lens of collage and grid.

For this project, I’ve selected many sculptures placed across Providence, either abstract irregular shapes or figures with solid contours. These random structures significantly challenged me in terms of creating new grids.

I photographed and studied the sculptures from various angles and took one, traced their contours, and a new grid was born. Finally, I inserted text and images into the grid to create an abstract collage poster. These posters do not have much meaning on their own but rather serve to evolve a new methodology and vision in design. Focusing on those details we frequently ignore, I hope to add more unexpected impact to my visual language. Tom stated when he evaluated my poster: “The seemingly disorganized image conceals a clear design logic. As long as the design rationale is straightforward, your language has enormous potential.”