DEGREE PROJECT 2018
What is black design to me?
One thing that I believe has given me answers is that I am seeing my own practice evolve as a designer. That being said, making things that evolve and use multiple mediums of creation. I believe that black design has to contain these three important elements: Story, Form, Extraction.
The quilts: a formal element in communicating a story, an experience and a life. It is about the sharing of information in a different unpredictable format. One that is not traditionally viewed as a designed object. ( Developing something that is a unique takes time, and creating things that can be designed in different ways. Through photography, videography, posters all of which are solidified forms of design. What about other methods and forms. Its important to explore many methods.)
The videos: acts as an external element in this project. A visual that exposes process and takes more information and molds it into a form that is different from typical design methods like paper and ink. It is something that is ever evolving with moving imagery. The layers within the videos are meant to show that there’s a lot of content as well as portraiture. ( The story is something that needs to be shared. This provides diverse methods of design. This is a path in which an idea takes and something that becomes an experience or something physical to the public to interfere with.)
The interviews: something that provides the project with background and full context of which the quilts revolve within. The question of what they do in their practice and how it molds them as people and what they believe blackness provides for design. (This is extraction, I utilized these explained and portrayed experiences to share with viewers. How to channel something verbal into something physical. )
By Africa, a project that was meant to explore different methods of design while experiencing different textures, patterns, methods of creation while I visited Africa for the first time ever, and alone. I was fearlessly looking for a new way of creating and what It meant to explore those methods. The patterns, the materials, the homes, and every day activities were all a big sensation that I wanted to juxtapose onto my interactions between communities and activity back in the united states. What were the differences? What was missing? How could I build photography and collage into art direction? What would my process lend to my final pieces?
In about 4 weeks I learned how to use cinema 4D and I was interested in how to create interesting textile forms along with creating repetitive imagery or video. In this study I became interested in textures and worlds combine, so I created a video of motion and the elements that I most enjoyed.
The combination of 3 different essays in one setting. Calls for a celebration - Massimo Viginelli's Long Live Modernism, Katherine McCoy's Rethinking Modernism Reviving Functionalism and Mr. Keedy's Zombie Modernism Essay. These original publications had to be red by me, and redesigned by me - the essays also had to interact or coexist in some way.
So I created the Essay Party. What kind of party would Massimo, Keedy, and Katherine attend - and boy is it confusing as hell.
In creating this project we were required to go through archives to find imagery. I found many archival photos that i then produced gifs and videos from. From there I found different ways to execute my concept of projection - I designed booklets and created a website but I then decided to design a mass media form of communication. The traditional newspaper, the kind of newspaper that spoke to many forms of stigma's that I as an African American face every day.
How many things can you make in 2 days? 100? 200? 300? I wanted to explore the various ways 100 can take form, and also exploit the imagery or typical of intriguing societal interactions.
In this project, I made and developed the concept through an illustration class here at risd. I wanted to create and illustrate and design a city that was accessible to all sight impairments. So I created "tactile" the name of this city, or utopia that really challenges the confines of a normal or typical city.
In this project my overall goal was to present questions and use design to expand on and address those same questions. A lot of my questions revolved around why the production of food in the united states is so secluded and detached from our every day lives.
How does this affect adolescent people, are they valuing food? do they understand where it even all comes from? how can design address these issues specifically. Can design take on these tasks in a specific aesthetic of interest? Does it become a brand?
This was the end result of the project, a puzzle talking about a few pieces of fruit/ veggies and underneath is a pattern which eludes to where it comes from.
This is a project I worked on while living in Switzerland and traveling around to France, Germany and Italy. I think what I learned most was how to adapt to a new environment with my work and my livelihood. What I also learned was how to live in a German speaking country and find my way around new spaces whilst looking for large amounts of possible inspiration. Thus, I created a system that allowed me to freely design and experience new places and people and acurately depict them in these patterns.
This was a study I ran in the Rhode Island School of Design Library, and I focused on 10 aspects of the library, like temperature, population, and direction of movement throughout the library. I also focused on the furniture and tried to tie these features together to ask - does price matter?
In this original magazine, I wanted to explore the intersections of design, fine art, modern artists and designers. In designing this magazine, I wanted the reader to understand different elements within each artist and their practices and what practically makes their soul unique. This magazine is also fairly different because each issue has 3 contributing artists that draw inside the magazine before its sent to print - so that the artists interviewed can see exchanges between other artists that physically contribute to the making of the publication itself.
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