Week 5 Update – First day of Spring

Week before spring break. Last week’s snow day was sort of a fluke—less snow than we had expected, but still pretty generous (in my opinion). Fortunately, class was still canceled. And I spent much of the week interviewing and preparing for the Design Portfolio Review.

Besides that, I had my first official volunteer meeting at Dorcas. Brandon gave me a tour of 220 Elmwood campus—where most of the patient interaction happens. It was really cool to see the space, Dorcas does so much. And there are so many people I met, it’s hard to keep track of names. I had to leave early this week, but there wasn’t much for me to do. Brandon gave me some reading from ACLU and other sources. This Thursday evening is the rescheduled ‘Know Your Rights’ workshop, and I am hoping to leave Type in Motion early to attend it. I imagine the presentation will be finalized this week, and Brandon will have more for me to look over with him. Meaning, I should finish the reading and research from last week. Snapped this cool inspiration picture while I was at the 220 Campus—gives me an idea to make a mood board for my DP.

DP inspiration at DIIRI

Mel was still missing this week, and I won’t be at NUA next Monday for an interview, but I hope to come in next Friday. Kah and I discussed kickstarting the NUA UNO project in April. She is working on the poster—I more or less finished the templates for today. It’s nice to have some time to draw the Reverse, Skip, etc. card templates.

I sent my third postcard to Ruth on Thursday, and am awaiting her response. Do Yun and I talked briefly about a potential collaboration—well, I more of badgered her to do one. Her DP is on mapping, and I think it’d be cool to do a project on mapping where people are from, or where they consider ‘home’ to be. I can use the data I collected from the survey! Come to think of it. We are set to discuss the collaboration further next week during Spring Break. Over Den Den fried chicken!

I went to the Discipleship class through Sanctuary on Wednesday, and am looking forward to the next class this week—with Augustine! I imagine this will be insightful for my directions posters. I am debating whether I want to show this to Pastor Andrew for his feedback or not. I suppose it couldn’t hurt. Made some progress on the directions poster series, and the accompanying pamphlet—Cyrus’ feedback to day was especially insightful.

Prepping for Unbound—extension of the survey. Hoping to prompt people to draw pictures of their ‘home’ (whatever that means to them, as opposed of their houses). In exchange of a sticker! Also, will be finalizing the artist book/houses I’ve lived in zine—Dwelling.

Stickers to be printed at MOO

Tomorrow is our last meeting before spring break—I have heard that Paul’s section will be having a midterm critique the week following. I didn’t do any postings since the ‘Home, ______Home.’ Tomorrow I will be presenting:

Dwelling artistbook/zine
–Sticker templates
–Initial survey results
–Directions posters/pamphlets
–Update on Ruth collaboration/Do Yun collaboration in the making
–Moodboard/inspiration board?
–Idea for next ‘posting’ after the break


Week 4 Update – Snow Day!

The only written response I’ve seen thus far: ‘Home, let me go home.’ 15 West

The response from the second posting was very sparse. Many people tore off the quotes tagged at the bottom, but not many people (except 1?) wrote filled in the blank. I am not sure what the third posting will be…the second wasn’t as ‘successful’ or insightful as the first. However, it prompted me to design a survey that would solicit more of a response from people directly.

Promotional social media I made and spread on facebook

If you have not already, please fill it out through this link: https://goo.gl/forms/riQnGxSRocFlVAMO2

I got over 100+ responses! I still need to figure out how to translate the answers and analyze the data collected. I think I might push this and the illustrations of the houses further for Unbound (RISD’s printed book fair in April).

Ruth and I started our collaboration! Back-and-forth memory prompted postcards. I just received her response to the first postcard I sent, today.

Ruth’s first response

I made some progress on the posters describing the various directions of the Christian journey–prompted by my ISP advisor, Cyrus, I split the posters into four, one for each direction. I worked on the distance read this week and still need to decide and design/compose with more smaller text, and consider the 2 other reads (half-way, and close-up read). I am also deciding between dark-grey text on light-grey background, or light-grey text on dark-grey background. My illustration friends prefer the top row, and my GD friends suggested the bottom.

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Thumbnails of the directions posters

Tomorrow (Tuesday) our usual DP meeting day, is a major snow storm day in Rhode Island. Our meeting was canceled. I have other small projects I am working on, including: progress on NUA UNO (hopefully launching next week with Mel and Kah), a mini illustrated zine on the houses I’ve lived in, second meeting with DIIRI this week (fortunately the Know Your Rights workshop tomorrow is reschedule, so hopefully I can make the new day/time), Sanctuary’s new Discipleship class meeting this Wednesday morning, I have some new forms and content to work with.

I had a nice conversation over lunch with Jenice about our time at RISD, RISD Homegroup, and our current projects. She left me with the followign bible verse as a word of prayer over her this week, I can resonate a lot with it too:

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
Matthew 7:7-8, ESV

Many Meetings Later – 2nd Posting

The second posting – Home, ___________ home.

This morning, I awoke thinking it was Saturday. (It’s Thursday). I got out of bed, fortunately early, and posted 42 new postings around campus. This second posting was designed, and is intended, to solicit more feedback from viewers, while also maintaining a take-away tear-off. The postings read “Home, _______ home.” prompting people to fill in the blank. At the bottom of the posting there is a quote about home and little tear offs. There are four different quotes, making for four different postings that were distributed across campus.

I tried to have more strategic locations for the postings this time around – taking into account areas that weren’t as successful from the first posting last week, and hitting areas that I didn’t get to in the first posting (i.e. 15 West). It is disheartening to see some have already been taken down (15+ hours later), and some that have disappeared or been blown away. Many have the tear-offs torn-off, but none (that I’ve seen at least) have any writing in the blanks. It may be because I didn’t attach a pen to the posting.

Besides that posting, I finalized a template and idea with Ruth for our postcard/memory/nonlinear narrative collaboration. I will be delivering the first card to the mailroom tomorrow morning. I wrote about the dried plums from Asian Star Market.

The rest of this week has been many, many meetings and talks, and emails and interview coordinations. We had our second and final homegroup connect meeting on Monday, Kah, Mel and I met during NUA to discuss NUA UNO on Monday, DP section on Tuesday, yesterday (Wednesday) I met with Brandon from Dorcas, and today (Thursday) I went to the AIGA KnowHer talk featuring Leta Sobierajski.

Leta Sobierajsk, KnowHer AIGA Rhode Island series – slide where Leta described her work experience/dislike of for her old jobs.

The homegroup connect meeting was good, it felt long. We had a good intensive reading of the word and a look at community.

In-depth studying of the word at Homegroup Connect this week.

Meeting with Brandon from Dorcas (DIIRI) went really well. He is very supportive of this experience being something we can both benefit from, and he will have me working on a Know Your Rights-based project starting next week: Thursdays 9am–12pm. The meeting lasted over an hour (not including sharing a 20minute bus ride back downtown together), and I got to meet with Susan, the director of communications and receive a tour of the building. I am excited for this project, they really appreciated the voting guide I designed and they believe something similar for the Know Your Rights campaign would be really helpful for their clients. There is a presentation on Know Your Rights on Tuesday, which I hope to attend after DP.

I feel like I have a lot to do, but also a lot in the works and a lot of material to work with. I know there will be plenty to get my hands dirty and busy with this weekend. Though my mind is already in weekend mode apparently.

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”
Psalm 32:8, ESV

Week 3 Feedback

*written 5 hours after DP Week 3 meeting in section*

notes from feedback in section

Recap of some feedback I received in section today – the presentation went well. I feel more confident in my direction and am excited about the work I am making. Tom and my peers had some great advice on making work that solicited a response and collected information from people, in addition to making work that is releasing information. Some statements I really found insightful from today’s feedback (roughly paraphrasing):

The more direct a message is, the less we [the audience/reader] feel like we can contribute. 

How can structures [established through layout, typography, etc.] and formal relationships establish meaning and push the visual language?

The dynamic sense of home/idea of overlapping homes

It is always exciting to see what my peers have been up to as well, and how their ideas are taking shape. I am hoping to be able to work with some of the people in my section – Ruth and I are thinking about doing a postcard series back and forth (her topic is untraditional narratives). Jane and Denise are both doing projects based on identity, which could overlap nicely with my topic as well.

One of the artists Jane referenced in her presentation, Do Ho Suh, is someone one of the graduate TA’s had shown me in DS2. His work is really interesting and I may research further into it for my ow DP.

Some additional notes from a conversation I had with Ruth during break:
Momentos from home – things you cary with you from home
Feelings and objects – memories and objects
Value of multiples vs. select few
How much of home do we carry with us?

That’s all for today. I just came up with a new posting design, prompting people to fill in the blank “Home, ________ home.” I hope it solicits a response from people, I am hesitant to attach a pen to the poster because of cost and graffiti issues. But there will be a tear off element. I hope to print and post them tomorrow.

Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.
1 Peter 3:18, NLT

Week 2 Reflection

written precisely two hours before Week 3 meeting

Slides for my week 3 presentation

I just finished writing out the notes for my presentation in section this week for my degree project–I am so amazed with how fast everything is going and how busy the semester already is. Juggling DP, job applications, sleep, and catching up with people (and sleep), has been a bit of a challenge.

However, I am enjoying my DP topic and the work I am making, even though the topic is still very broad.  Everything seems to be falling in to place–and it is exciting to have God lead and be so present in the work I am making. I am also enjoying working with many different types of people and sharing conversations and being inspired by other people’s experiences and insights. I have a lot to say–but also not.

Here’s a “brief” recap of where I am with my projects up-to-this-point:

Quick Exercises

*I’m not Amerian [sic], but I’m still home. This place isn’t just for Americans.

First posting was made last week–seemed to have a positive reception, of course some locations are more effective than others. There were some comments written on two of the postings about the connotations of ‘American’ and the song used–this is ‘Native’ land, not colonial land. It has made me think a lot about what it means to be American, and will feed a lot into my next posting.

Brainstorming on the term ‘American’

Made some quick origami explorations of language (Spanish and Japanese) through poetic form making.


First draft of poster – overcomplicated and will be simplified

Making progress on the posters about the Christian journey–finding home, creating family. Funny how interconnected everything–grace of God. Serena helped a lot with refining the design, and Cyrus had a great idea of simplifying the poster and making it a series of four, one for each direction: upward, inward, outward, and together. I like that idea and will get to work on that.

I have my first interview/meeting with Dorcas tomorrow!

Mel, Kah and I had our first group meeting about NUA UNO, and we divi’ed up the roles and are getting it started! I am excited to see it unfold.

I met briefly with Emily to discuss collaboration at church on Sunday–hoping to meet with her in person to see the work and discuss further our ideas.


A lot going on! But it’s all exciting. Hopefully the feedback from the presentation and critique in section will be good today. Here back from me soon.

but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.
1 Peter 3:15–17, ESV

NUA Mentor Meeting | Ash Wednesday

NUA Origami folded structure

Today is Ash Wednesday, meaning the beginning of lent – the 40 days leading up until Easter. Although I was unable to attend the Ash Wednesday service at Sanctuary, we had a mentor meeting at New Urban Arts, and it was great to see and catch up with all the artist mentors. Besides sharing a meal together and checking in, we discussed project ideas and strategies in small groups.

Notes from Mentor Meeting and discussion with Mel about the NUA UNO deck.

Mel and I discussed the idea of making a NUA UNO deck, an idea Kah and her had been entertaining. Together we were able to devise a game plan for kickstarting this project. First, I will be working on a template design and then we are going to meet with Kah and plot out the idea on Monday.

Before the meeting started, I was observing some of the table graffiti and found this quote:

“Houseless not homeless” – Jay

I took this as inspiration for some quick form making in the studio – I folded it into an origami shape that hides and reveals the quote. The texture of the table makes the house look like a shack, ironically, while the folded structure allows for a reveal of the quote. The structure itself being the shape of a home, adds to the poetic meaning.

I was happy and surprised to see some of the little tags taken down from some of the flyers I posted yesterday. Unfortunately due to rain (and other circumstances or people), some of the postings got ruined. But the gesture remains. If one person was encouraged (and clearly at least a dozen people took a little tab, meaning more than that many people must have paused to read it), the project is not a complete failure. Whether it is a success, is another story. That is another concept I am hoping to come to terms with (or at least explore) through this degree project: “How do you measure the success of a socially engaged art/design project?”

Bonus! Old collaborative NUA alphabet Emily showed us, some inspo for a future project at NUA? I love the idea of a participatory alphabet with the potential of it being digitized and used in applications…

‘By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.’
– Genesis 3:19, ESV

2nd Meeting – 1st Posting


1st Political Posting made and distributed across RISD and Brown. Small text reads: ‘No matter the color of your skin, your religion or creed, your sexual identity or preference, ‘where you are from’ or ‘who you are’… You are American. And you are home. This is our land.’

This week we met in pairs with Tom–May and I presented our first week’s work and discussed the progression of our ideas. Tom had some really insightful feedback describing the ‘Buddhic field’/’higher mind.’ It was a lot to process, but very interesting. I can see direct parallels between that and even what we discussed at Homegroup Connect last night with Sanctuary. The idea of stepping outside of one’s own mind and into the realm of the spiritual – trusting God, and being immersed in the process and God’s plan and not our own way of thinking (me extrapolating with a Christian perspective).

I presented my mind-map and new concept for my degree project, and I feel a lot more confident about project now. The idea of home and identity being in flux, and engaging in socially responsible design through the community in Providence. It satisfies my desire to be engaged with the community, and to really maximize my remaining time in this community. Tom also brought up the idea of designing for a greater community than just the client–which made me think about one of my early ideas of design as a civil service, or graphic designer as civil servant. After speaking with Albert from NEA and Grace, I really feel more confident in this direction. When else will I have the opportunity in my profession to so full-heartedly pursue design for social good, and activist/socially engaged design?

I am in email communication with Brandon from DIIRI, and sent a general email to Amos House. I am hoping to be connected with these new communities, while maintaining my work with NUA. Hoping to iron out that schedule as well. I hope I am not biting off more than I can chew.

1st Political Posting – at Brown University

I made my first political posting today, based off of the song This Land is Your Land, and inspired by the current political climate and the hate-crime that happened at RISD recently. Hoping to spread a word of encouragement and hope. Of course it is hard to truly gauge the “success” of such a project, but I think this quick making exercise will be fruitful for my process and help keep me making and thinking about my topic. I printed 50 posters, and they were posted across RISD and Brown’s campuses. May had the suggestion of having them available as a digital file too, so people can print and make them themselves. I think that is a great idea, and I’d love to have an archive of files I can share as a part of the ‘end product’ for my Degree Project.

I am excited for the direction I am taking, and God be willing, we will where see where this goes. The three directions I am taking my DP can be summarized as:

  1. political postings
  2. religious encouragement
  3. nonprofit activism

Of course they are not mutually exclusive, and they will all inform each other. I hope I can balance this with my other studio and ISP.

The posting had little tear-offs, which read: ‘You are loved.’, ‘You are accepted.’, and ‘You belong here.’

‘And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home.’ Luke 1:23, ESV