So I’m coming out of the closet about something … I’m still *technically* in grad school. I’m still an MFA canidate and not an MFA graduate. Details .. details! As much I’ve tired to pack away the last two years and transition into the “real world,” I still have one last push to finish before I can earn that magical piece of paper from Pratt. I’ve spoken in length about my thesis process over the last year (click on the “thesis” or “Pratt MFA” tabs on the right) and there will be new developments in the coming weeks. I’ve recently begun to panic at the realization that it’s already the middle of September and I still haven’t completed my final project .. so this weekend will be a turning point. Time to take this thesis bun out out of the oven once and for all.
I spent the morning reading 10 new letters I received as part of the Joy Project. My goal this weekend it design my visual responses for this new set of letters. This set is special in that each letter I designed was given to a friend of a friend that already participated in the project. Before I left for Copenhagen, I sent new 18 letters to 9 people. From that group of letters I received 10 back, so that means a 55% response rate. Some of the letters I really love and remind me why I started this project in the first place. For those unfamiliar with the project, I send letters asking participants to list as much moments, experiences and things that personally bring them a sense of joy, delight or happiness. It can be anything, no wrong answers! Each person lists these responses on paper and mail them back to me. I then take these letters and create a visual resposnse. The first 60 of these responses can be found on the project website, thisbringsmejoy.com – Some of my favorite new responses include the following:
I love reading these statements because they make me feel so happy and full of (you guessed it) joy. This serves as the motivation for the creation of my final project. I’ve been intrigued by the medium of newsprint recently and think a newsprint poster or booklet would be a great medium for the message (look – MFA speak!) My idea is to print a fold-out poster as we did for the Pratt MFA show, or a booklet like RISD designed for their 2011 MFA Show. The similarities between our two 2011 MFA shows is pretty interesting to note: we both printed on newsprint, both in Linco, B&W with one spot color (blue Pratt, red RISD), and we both used boxes or an outline as a graphic element. I guess both schools were onto something.
Above & below: The identity promo we created for Pratt’s first Design MFA show this past April.
Above: RIDS’s stacks of newsprint books
Look familiar? I’m not alleging copying – but since our show was first in April, I’m going to say we did it first! 🙂
The design of their book is really beautiful, especially this fold-out poster.
These pictures give a nice glimpse into the form I’d like to use to create my final project. The decision between book or poster will ultimately come down to cost .. as it would cost over $1,500 to print the same size and number of pages as RISD and I can’t spend that much one last project. I’d like to create a typographic piece on newsprint with one color and leave 1,000 of these posters/booklets all over NYC. My hope is that when found, people will go to the website and contribute new joy responses digitally (on the tumblr site or twitter). These responses will then be added to my collection of over 800 ways to experience joy. So that’s where I am today and stay tuned for new developments!
I’ll leave you with one last letter. Enjoy.