It has been a jiff—spring break came and went. But weather-wise, spring seems to finally be here in Providence! Though this break wasn’t as productive as I would have liked, I feel well-rested, and as prepared as I can be for the final stretch. Can’t complain also that this Monday back has been such a blessing seeing familiar, warm faces. This may be a long post (due to my procrastination and lack of posting the last two weeks).
Quick recap of Week 5 Critique (March 21st) with Tom O. and Denise:
—Tom mentioned the difference between self-driving/interactive pieces vs. delineating/dictating to the audience
—emphasis on the discovery in the process of learning
—separate the Bible verse name from the text of the verse: more evocative and less direct
—critique the process: is this making and what I’ve done thus far leading or going somewhere conclusive? what does it mean? how does it relate?
—be critical of what receiving/making: the value it can add
—Denise suggested I travel to places I would potentially identify as home on a cultural/identity basis
—”And justice for all…” Jan Van Eyck/Ole Baumann (???)
—be open to the possibility and explore the process, but be critical. assessment
—pull it together: synthesize
—don’t limit with hierarchy: experiential for the reader/viewer
—take advantage of the experience
Following the critique that week, I attended the Design in Action panel discussion, volunteered at DIIRI and attended the KYR Workshop held at Dorcas, and then it was spring break! All these things fed into my DP subconsciously I imagine. During spring break, I had a couple of interviews: taking day trips to NYC and the greater Boston area. I also spent time with Joe and D.Rhee in Cambridge, and Rikio came to PVD for two nights. It was really great spending time with them and waxing poetic about the past and ambiguous future. Being around them and reminiscing on the past, reminds me of a home and a sense of belonging associated with where I grew up in California. Time with old friends definitely made me not going back to California this break much more bearable.
In terms of DP progress since last-last week (Week 5):
I missed NUA during spring break, but it was nice to come back earlier today. Kah made progress on the poster, and I spoke with Mel and we plan to launch the project next week. Today was especially quiet at NUA because of the beautiful spring weather (and it being Monday), and the studio is preparing for RISD’s Unbound sale later this week.
I will be selling some Spam prints, the collage postcards from my ISP, the Dwelling zine, and other printed goods. I picked up the postcards from Moo earlier today. Unfortunately, due to my laziness/procrastination, I couldn’t order the stickers in time for the sale (this Saturday). I am considering throwing out the idea of crowd-sourcing drawings of people’s homes from the sale, because I will not have the stickers as an incentive. I suppose I could do prints of the houses as a give-away in exchange? I am unsure. I already have a lot to prepare and a lot of money I need to make up for at the sale (God be willing, I pray).
I still need to analyze the results from the survey, I am hoping to receive more submissions but I can’t use that as an excuse forever. I need to sit down, process, and consider how to translate the results in some form. Currently 120+(?) responses.
I just received Ruth’s next response. She says she is enjoying the process too! I still need to respond to it. I had meant to grab dinner with Do Yun and discuss a collaboration during spring break, but I neglected to reach out (are you catching the theme about me during spring break yet? L A Z Y). I hope we can find time to discuss the possibility still. The collaboration with Emily doesn’t seem to be happening any more?
I got some feedback from Cyrus today on the posters, I feel good about them. But I don’t know how to pull the religious lens (Christian lens) further. More involvement with Sanctuary? I attended the Easter Service Rally, and have been meaning to wake up early enough and register for the Discipleship class. Enoch reached out to me and we are both considering confirmation; walking with Joanna has also been really encouraging as we prepare our hearts for May. I am considering studying another religion? Or more form making to translate Christianity and the context of home—Earth and Heaven (and Hell?)—in other forms.
The KYR workshop was really insightful and helped me generate better content for the handout I showed Brandon and Susan at DIIRI last week. They had some great feedback and showed me this powerpoint they had recently received advising people on how to give KYR presentations and what to say, etc. It was really insightful to read through. It’s challenging and exciting to be working on a project that is really needed, but also really vaguely defined. Brandon and Susan talk about it as if we are still formulating what it really is and the extent of what information needs to be present on it. But having the first draft to show them last week was really helpful to get the ball rolling. I am working on a second draft to show them next week and a really crude spanish version.
Reading this material on KYR (Know Your Rights) is surreal. Part of me cannot believe that this is real and needed, and the other part of me is stunned with how basic/sad these rights really are, and the fact that a product like this is genuinely needed and people are unaware of their rights. It’s all pretty scary. But really empowering to be a part of this and to help out as I can. That in itself is what I sought to find through this degree project—using graphic design to make social impact and promote social good.
Tomorrow is our mid-term presentation/critique in front of the whole section, Tom (our advisor), and a guest critique. We have to make an 8-minute digital presentation, supplemented with printed materials. I have the presentation mostly laid out, I need to write in what I want to say and print out some final materials. I feel confident in my topic and the work I’ve done—my only concerns are the fact that I don’t have much tangible/visual progress from before spring break, but I am progressing. I hope to receive some insight and direction in terms of suggestions on where to pursue further and things to look into/consider.
I am grateful for this lack of worry, but pray to be humble and open to criticism (both harsh and negative), and to present to the best of my ability and articulate my project, in its complexity and ‘richness’, in a way that is concise and accessible. Those are my goals for my presentation and for the synthesis. That this degree project would tie itself conclusively in a way that I can articulate it efficiently and effectively, without using unnecessarily fancy language or taking up an exorbitant amount of time.
God be with me tomorrow, be with me always.
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.
—Luke 18:14, ESV