We printed 100 (English) versions of the KYR packet! After revision upon revision, the centered version was the one that Brandon and Susan both agreed upon, the others they denoted felt less like a cover page (which Tom had mentioned also). I believe PinPoint is currently working on translating the English copy, and Brandon and Susan are hopeful to have at least the Spanish translation finished and complete for the Sanctuary Cities panel discussion on Tuesday (which Brandon looped me into volunteering for). At least the 100 English KYR pamphlets will be there, first opportunity for user testing!
RIP to the small logo I carved out. I think it will still come in handy as I further develop the brand identity in the following weeks. I want to have some final deliverables to give to Brandon and Susan in case they want to use it for future events and workshops pertaining to the Know Your Rights campaign.
Ruth and I also met on Wednesday (after having a mini-DP section outing on the West side), and discussed the final output of our postcard project. I think we came up with a rather interesting end-form. We are going to map the postcards out and draw connections with string between different topics and ideas. We are meeting on Sunday to make progress on it, but in the meantime we are gathering materials and reprinting the postcards. We figured we will have the visual mapping and also the actual postcards for people to handle and interact with. Here’s an image of me plotting the postcards, the documentation came in handy! However, the whites are not pure whites. I need to improve upon my lightroom editing skills…
I had dinner with Hazel last night and we talked about school and future plans. I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount of work that has to come to fruition in the coming weeks, and the uncertainty with post-graduation plans. My body is being worn thin and I was sick yesterday. After I presented my work in Type in Motion, I went home and slept.
I am concerned that I don’t have enough output for DP, even though I know I have been putting out work every week. I suppose it’s just a matter of presenting it well. I think I will be doing a pecha kucha style presentation the day of the crit, putting parameters on my work will help me be efficient and help streamline the process. I am working on the 1 minute video, and have rewritten my abstract from last week (Tom mentioned it was too long, which I have a tendency for doing).
The ISP presentation is two weeks from now also, everything is culminating at once! It will be helpful not having work study and type in motion, however.
I still need to bug Do Yun for those documentation photos, and follow up with Anina about meeting next week. Things are happening fast!
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with you body.
—1 Corinthians 6:19-20
^ a very pertinent and timely verse I received this morning. My sin and idolatry have led me to disrespect my body and not take care of myself, consequently a disservice to God and a selfish sin. I apologize. And I need to be better about taking care of myself, Jesus bore it all on the cross and I owe it to Him. Speaking with Cathy this morning was really a time of healing and mutual (I at least hope) stress-relief.
Time is going by so fast! There are so many things to do, and so little time.
This past week, I made some edits to KYR and also to the Hope booklet, and have spent most of my DP mindspace working on the final deliverables and documenting projects. The final deliverables for DP are as follows:
— 1 minute video promoting your DP
— written abstract to be handed-out during your DP presentation
— DP presentation (for day of the critique)
— process book
KYR is chugging along, and (in my exhausted opinion) the design is almost done! We are having it translated in other languages right now through DIIRI. The only thing still up for contention, is the cover (I believe). Hopefully Tom and Conrad’s feedback will be insightful. I know Brandon, Susan and Jessica are wanted for it to be done soon. Spanish copy is due next Monday I believe? During the Sanctuary City panel discussion
This weekend, I documented all of the postcards Ruth and I have collaborated on thus far, edited the photos from Do Yun and my collaboration, and documented/edited Anina’s spoons. I have arranged to meet with Ruth on Wednesday in the afternoon to discuss our collaboration and final deliverable, and Anina and I will be meeting next week (after this week). I was able to catch Anina just as I was wrapping up the documentation in her studio. We shared a nice chat and she’s willing to sit down for another discussion and a-go at the book design now that the photos are taken and edited. I still need to document the Our America show, though. I’ll do that tomorrow morning.
This evening, after meeting with Cyrus for my ISP in the morning and the second to last NUA session, I worked on writing my abstract and an outline of what I want to present for DP. It’s a lot. I think I will need to condense and edit the information down, or just speak quickly. It is a testament to the work I’ve done this semester, the conceptual thinking, but I can only hope the deliverables can live up to the theory, and that I am able to articulate and communicate the richness of the exploration in the presentation itself.
With two showcases/presentations coming so soon, it’s a bit overwhelming. ISP showcase (May 22nd) and DP presentation (May 25th). The postcards for the ISP showcase came in the mail today, and I purchased the envelopes from Paperworks this morning. Alex will be giving me a deal on the Mohawk paper for the Hope booklet (thank you, Alex!). And I am trying to wrap up most of the production-y side of things for both so I can focus on the presentation and visual design of the room, etc.
I was watching the DP presentation videos just now, and I was… (not to be offensive) but unimpressed? I don’t know. The videos seem very vague and abstract. Minimal. Maybe it’s because I’m taking type in motion right now, I’m extra critical? Or maybe because I assume a lot of effort needs to be put in it (not that the videos I watched didn’t have a lot of effort!). But it helps alleviate some of the pressure I suppose. Thankfully, type in motion ends this week and I can use that time in my schedule to work on the 1 minute video (1 minute is long!). Cyrus liked the animation I made of prensa, he said he was touched and his mother would be too. Sometimes he is overly kind in his critique.
We will be meeting with Tom in one-on-one meetings tomorrow. Because I missed last week, I hope he is not overly expectant for an abundance of new work. I do believe I have put in a lot of thinking and effort, but I am always unsure when ‘enough is enough.’
Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.
—2 Corinthians 6:10
Pastor Sarah gave a really great sermon on friendship on Sunday; and it really spoke to a lot of things that have been on my mind. Mike struggled with it a lot during service, and it was a challenge for me to be a good friend (ironically) to him, but God pulled through for me. He always does. She also spoke about how our culture, both religious and not, has a lack of imagination for intimacy that is not sexual. And I found that really profound. I suppose one could argue we have “platonic relationships” but even then…
Writing the outline and abstract made me realize how much more seriously I take my faith now, and the impact centering myself on Christ in all areas of my life, especially my work through my DP and my ISP, have had on my life. Maybe Joanna is right in encouraging me to pursue baptism. I pray God that you would reveal the answer and that your will would be done.
I continue to search for the right opportunity for future employment; and am expectant that God has a plan. I interviewed again today but am still holding out for an email I was expecting last week. More and more people ask the proverbial question, I am not offended or anxious to answer. But it would be nice to know.
I have not done and interim week blogpost in a long while.
Last night, Wednesday evening, was the last mentor meeting for New Urban Arts. It is surreal how fast time is flying. Emily went over the end of the year announcements and events (last day of programs is the 18th! with the Art Party on the 19th), and then we reflected on the past year in small groups. So much has happened this year, at NUA alone and in Providence, in America. The students have gone through a lot too, and we reflected upon the changes in the political/social climate and the changes that have been happening at NUA (two floors?!). Bittersweet to call this the end of my time mentoring at NUA, at least for now. I sincerely enjoyed it these past two years, and its not completely over yet! But it was nice to see all the artist mentors collectively again, and to be in that shared space with them. No need to get teary-eyed just yet.
I had my final day at the career center yesterday morning too. I requested for the rest of the month and my RISD career (haha) off. I have been feeling rather overwhelmed with everything happening at once so quickly, deadlines and good-byes. I need that extra time to just work and reflect, time for myself. Alan, of course, was completely supportive and understanding.
This morning, I woke up groggy-eyed and rushed over to DIIRI. Brandon and I went over the latest version of the KYR booklet. He and Susan, and Jessica (and DIIRI in general) have been very supportive and encouraging throughout this process. But I can sense Brandon wanting to push it forward and for the design to be finalized. Which I definitely agree with. I think its just a matter of fine-tuning at this point. I submitted the final copy (of the text) which I had edited with Cyrus and throughout this process, to Susan. Interesting to reflect on the role I had in being able to edit and adjust the copy, Brandon mentioned how he trusts my judgement and knows the documents been thoroughly looked at. In that sense, I feel like I had a great sense of control over the creation of the pamphlet from strategy, copy writing, and design. That only pressures me more to want to make it as effective as possible.
Brandon would like to have it by the 16th for the Sanctuary Cities – Providence panel discussion downtown with the Mayor and other representatives. He mentioned that we will be having it translated in Spanish, Creole, French? At the very least, I believe. The design of course will have to be flexible to additional word lengths and language structures. Just when you think the hard part is done!
Susan also asked me to do some button designs for World Refugee Day in June. DIIRI is considering investing in a button maker to give out as collateral and for other uses such as events. I am excited to get started on them, she said the designs I have come up with thus far are “very cute” (in a good way), and Brandon likes the DIIRI logo made out of cut paper. I am still unsure if they chose my design for the postcard, however. Of course there will need to be B/W button designs too. Life of working at a nonprofit design-wise.
That’s about it. I feel exhausted from being up late last night. And this weekend there are many things planned, exciting things tho. And lots of work I need to catch up on for DP and my ISP showcase, and type in motion. Holding out on Huge and CUP, and verynice.
Tom never messaged me back about meeting this week, maybe the time frames I gave him weren’t wide enough. Regardless, I don’t know if I’d have much to show or the energy to have a meeting. We need to work on a written abstract, a/the presentation, the video promotion, and a process book. It’s asking for a lot in the final push. So I figured it would be good to either put a halt-on, or discontinue current projects and start working on the final wrap up and reflection. Can’t believe we are already at that point in the semester. Maybe this weekend I’ll make a longer reflective post about my mind-space regarding DP, less of a status update, but more of an actual introspection. I think that’d help.
Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.
—1 Peter 3:15
God, I know and trust you have a plan for me, please be with me in these final weeks.
Time is moving really fast and my brain can’t keep up. This past week was a blur. We had a guest critic, one of Tom’s previous students–Conrad, who gave a lot of insightful feedback on our works. We met in pairs, but my partner was absent. I even followed up with Conrad via email and he has been very supportive and great with responding with lots of insightful criticism and feedback. Especially on the KYR pamphlet. Some of the feedback I got last week:
–KYR edits (see below)
–”design an experience for the viewer” — not just passive
–bring people in, make it interactive
–relationship of time and visuals — play with time
–design for experience
–make the reading experience of the hope pamphlet more accessible and poetic
–design the stimuli
–what does it become? exercise that leads into something (collab with DoYun)
–temporal in visual design
–dialogue with the patterns
–shift the experience of the conditions
It was a long and constructive critique with Tom and Conrad last week, and to be honest, I was exhausted after it. I took the next day off and went to Boston. I spent some time working, sending emails, and I attended the Future History AIGA talk with Doug Scott and Scott Stowell. Scott Stowell actually came and gave the same lecture at RISD this evening (May 1st), without Doug. I feel like the lecture in Boston was more insightful, (maybe because I was seeing it for the first time), and I enjoyed the Q&A with Doug and Scott. They spoke a lot about their perspectives on design and what it means for design to be a social activity. Especially after seeing Scott present again this evening, it has made me realize how much my experience at Open last summer has shaped my perspective on design and who I am, as a designer, today.
After DP on Tuesday, I had a phone call with Epsilon and was offered a full-time art director position. I will be touring the office tomorrow (and missing this week’s DP meeting, fortunately Tom is supportive and willing to meet with me later in the week). I also ran to attend Andrea’s thesis presentation at Brown. Her talk was really inspiring, and if she is able to condense months of research into one, 15-minute slide-show presentation so eloquently (and well-designed!) presentation, it gives me confidence and encouragement that everything will be okay for DP.
After Tuesday and Boston, I rushed back to PVD to get work done for Thursday’s DIIRI meeting. I presented the latest version of the KYR pamphlet and the branding to Brandon, Jessica, and Susan. They were all very encouraging and excited! Their feedback is always a lot more congratulatory than Tom or Cyrus’ (and sometimes I need that). Though I do feel their impending sense of need/immediacy that I feel like is being prolonged in the design process. Jessica mentioned that the tone should be “affirmative” and not stress or anxiety inducing. Which is helpful.
I have been shifting the design so much recently. I sent a new email to Conrad and then met with Cyrus this morning for my ISP and got his feedback on it too. I hope to shoot an email to Tom tomorrow. It’s hard because each person will see a different iteration that isn’t the same that I presented to someone the day before. I.e. Cyrus will see version A on Monday, then Tom will see version B, and then DIIRI will see version C, etc. But I am very fortunate and grateful to have people who are so invested in the project with me. The design has shifted a ton and it looks leaps and bounds better. And is changing every day. Here’s a sense of how many versions I’ve designed thus far (and this only abbreviates how many files there actually are!):
Besides that, I’ve been making edits to the ‘hope‘ booklet. Despite the conversation I had with Alex (at Paperworks), Conrad and Tom both fell for the Mohawk paper. My fault for showing it. It’s expensive, but as Conrad and Tom both mentioned: more of an entry point and more evocative than the speckled paper. I am hoping to finish it up on the Amtrak tomorrow.
On Friday, I had dinner with the Career Center staff and breakfast with Grace and Deborah. Time is flying so fast! I am needing to make time with the people I care about seeing/catching up with one last time. Saturday and Sunday were blurs of work and allergies. It’s officially spring! This past weekend I invested a lot of work in my ISP with Cyrus, but not as much work into DP. Though there is some overlap.
I spent a lot Thursday and the weekend organizing for my ISP showcase, which will be happening the same week as DP presentations. It will be on Monday, May 22nd (DP will be on the 25th). I am fortunate to have Emily Rye and Jane Androski from the Design Agency come as guest critics, along with Cyrus (and Lucy said she is interested and wants to make time to see it!). I am excited but overwhelmed.
I still need to edit DoYun’s photos and figure out how to synthesize that information, I sent another postcard to Ruth but am still awaiting her reply. I was very late in sending it to her last week. We soon need to document and figure out how to present the project for the final critique. Anina: I still need to go in and document the spoons. Hopefully I can arrange a time this week.
I am slightly bothered (and relieved) that I will be missing DP this week. Tom is meeting with the entire section briefly to discuss final wrap up in the coming weeks, and Paul sent an email sending the specifics for the video we need to create for the final showcase. It’s all happening so fast! I need to figure out how to synthesize and present all the work I’ve been doing.
Susan (DIIRI) sent an email requesting some button designs for World Refugee Day, I wonder if that means they went with my postcard design? And for the copy of the KYR pamphlet which keeps changing. I told her I’d hope to have it this Thursday.
Many things culminating at once! Time flying by. I can’t believe its May. We have our final NUA artist mentor meeting this Wednesday, and the semester is quickly coming to a close. I don’t know how it’s all going to get done. God be with me. Joanna and I met earlier this evening (9pm) to discuss pursuing baptism at the end of this month. She is feeling very convicted, and I hope to have encouraged her. She has such a heart for God and it is really inspiring to share our walks and friendship together. I am less convinced, but am hopeful. I know God has a plan, and I hope to pay close attention to it and to be attuned. I am excited and hopeful for the future He has in store.
At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worshipand said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
I finished Luke and John, and have decided to go back to reread the book of Job. Joanna really encouraged me saying she sees/hears the Holy Spirit speak through me whenever we meet and share about our walks to one-another. I am honored and touched to be able to share some of God’s love onto her, as she is such a beacon of light and hope in my life.
Pursuing work about my faith both for my ISP and my DP has been really challenging but exciting. The final showcase(s) will be testament as I have to publicly speak about how its influenced my work and how its integral to it and to my identity as a Christian.
This week I made some progress and had some meetings, shared some meals and good conversations with friends and made some lead-way on collaborations.
–Collab with DoYun (Social)
–Meeting with Anina (Social)
–Hope booklet (faith • hope • love) (Religious)
–DIIRI Update (Political) — progress
–Ruth collaboration (Social) — idea for final collaboration
^ me making notation of what I did this week in preparation for the blog post
I met with Anina Major and shared a cup of tea and good conversation about her thesis and my degree project. We are both exploring the theme of Home, her in relation to her static definition, as the one place she grew up in, and me as a dynamic definition of something that is always changing. Home as a journey, as she described it. We had a good conversation and spoke about doing a collaboration with the ceramic spoons she had made. Funny how Haystack brought us together last year and now we are brought back together for this final culmination to our RISD careers.
I am still making progress on KYR for Dorcas. I went to volunteer last Thursday, ready with the branding boards and new directions to show them, but neither of my bosses were there. After 2 hours of almost falling asleep, and then finally getting some work done, I left early. Cyrus is helping me refine the typography and it is making ways and means to become the best that it can. Cyrus mentioned how being a designer means you have to be a writer/editor/reader, and to shape language in a way that is visual and makes logical sense. I hope to have an even stronger version to show tomorrow.
After small group crits last week, Ruth and I met to discuss our collaboration and the final form. We are going to do two more weeks of passing back and forth and then collaborate on a poster/documentation to present for the final critique.
Do Yun and I took our photos based on the 25 objects we had gathered last Wednesday, and are in the process of editing the photos. After 5 hours of shooting, the editing process seems a lot smoother, though less tactile. We are considering a collaboration on some “design” form of the photos, i.e. a poster or some sort. But we shall see.
For my religious lens this week, I worked on making a hope pamphlet, incorporating short narratives from the bible on the topic of hope. I am also steering my ISP into works about religion and Christianity. I lost my prayer journal today, but I am hopeful I will find it.
A lot is happening right now and this blog post does not really do justice to all that is going on, but I only have 26 minutes until it is Tuesday. Lots happening, things moving in the right direction, I hope.
In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.And you know the way to where I am going.
–John 14: 2–4
Oh! Also, I had birthday dinner with Aneudy at Mokban tonight. It was really fun catching up with him and making/spending that time. NUA was quiet today. The annual event was last Friday, I didn’t stay long.
Home in the vernacular. Written 1 hour before the day of Week 8’s meeting.
A lot happened this past weekend. Easter weekend! I volunteered with set-up the night before service and to help out with the egg hunt afterwards. It was a fun, warm day. (But not much work was done on the weekend consequentially). The Easter message was about Hope—Hope Wins.
Post-Thursday—I’ve been brainstorming with Ruth and Do Yun on collaborations (social lens), working on the KYR packet for DIIRI (political lens), and have been thinking about the Hope · Faith · Love poster series. I also did a brainstorm earlier this afternoon on defining the lenses and trying to start thinking about how I will synthesize my degree project. I also met up with Kendra and Grace, who gave me some interesting feedback and encouragement for my DP this past Saturday.
On Tom’s encouragement, Ruth and I are planning on doing separate data visualizations of our postcards and then collaborating on the documentation. She is willing to continue the series post-graduation, and I am excited for that!
Do Yun and I met earlier tonight and talked about collaboration. Her DP is about mapping and she is interested in time/identity for our collaboration. After throwing ideas back and forth, we decided to each gather 25 items and bring them together to make spontaneous sequence visualizations both collaboratively and individually. First, we won’t explain the meaning behind the objects and will have to make compositions using all 50 objects (both hers and mine), then we will collaborate on a composition together, and then repeat the process after explaining why/the meaning behind each piece. I am excited for it! We are planning on using the photo room and documenting it a-la-Todd McLellan.
During my ISP meeting with Cyrus this morning, I asked him to look over my KYR packet for DIIRI. He was brutally honest, but very supportive. On his encouragement, I am going to present an alternate design strategy which separates some of the information for “KYR At Your Home” and “KYR Outside Your Home.” I also worked on carving the typography and creating a mini-identity system to help emphasize the emphatic nature of the project (upon Tom’s critique). I will present the branding boards and strategy to DIIRI this Thursday. The fist is not appropriate.
I’ve been thinking about the religious work all week but haven’t made much lead-way on it yet. My ISP has diverged towards more religious work too. I was considering retitling or emphasizing all the lenses underneath the religious lens but I don’t know if there is enough time. I hope to wake up early enough tomorrow to finish the faith poster and reprint before critique.
Whatever happened to: —NUA UNO: probably won’t be happening. There is no class (for HS students) this week, and the semester is coming to a close rapidly at NUA. It was a good, genuine idea. But things like that take more project managing and directing than I we are often immediately willing to invest in.
—The Home Survey: I am still trying to do that data visualization of it… it may just be an idea that I will develop post semester-DP. I am unsure if I will get to it during the semester.
I felt pretty depressed today, but I know situations could be worse and the enemy is discouraging me because of the uncertainty in my job search. Grace was encouraging this evening though in mentioning that many people spend months in the job search phase. I need to trust God and be more patient. I am confident He has a plan.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
—John 16:33, NIV
Earlier this evening I attended the first part of a presentation on an ongoing exhibition in the Fukushima exclusion zone in Japan. Jane from Design Agency forwarded me this invitation, and Ron was willing to let me leave class a little early to attend the first part of the presentation. It was really interesting to learn about and see the work the artists are making in response to the 2011 earthquake/tsunami/nuclear power plant destruction and the subsequent release of radiation. The artists discussed how they are tackling the question of “what can art do to confront catastrophe?” and in situations such as these, what is the role of art?
Thousands of people were forced to relocate from the affected area, and the border of the radiation zone itself is very political. The aftermath from the disaster is still evident in Japan today.
The artists spoke about the separation the families are experiencing from their homes and the sense of displacement and separation. “Invisible” destruction—just as the radiation itself is not visible. Gave me some interesting ideas for DP—the relationship to Japanese Internment in matters of displacement and evacuation, the sense of losing one’s home, physical and mental/emotional separation. Very interesting food for thought that I am still processing.
At DIIRI this morning, I received the edits on the KYR packet that Cecily (one of the DIIRI lawyers) had made, and adjusted the pamphlet accordingly. Fortunately, the changes were not too drastic and there were no major additions. I sent the revised copy to Susan to have it translated through Pinpoint, and I also presented her with the Family Preparedness Plan draft 1 I had prepared. Progress seems to be going pretty steadily, but time is moving fast. It will be challenging and interesting trying to incorporate different languages into the design.
Tom mentioned that the guides are very ‘practical’ but could hark more at the ‘poetical’ with an emphasis on what kind of rights are being asserted. And to create a sense of urgency and design that is distinctive from other documents. I am considering carving the type out of linoleum and adding the symbol of a fist. I like the idea of “Your Rights” being carved out, and then maybe having “Know” in black-out typography like the headers in the pamphlet. The word “know” being typeset, can be interchanged with other imperatives: “protect,” “understand,” “assert,” etc. Similarly, for the FPP, “family” and “plan” could be carved. I will give it a shot this week and present it to Tom, and to Brandon and Susan for their opinions and feedback.
Another week flew by. I cannot believe it is Friday tomorrow. After the panel discussion, I had ‘family dinner’ with Bruce and Maria at Ran Zan (with Three Sisters Ice Cream afterwards). This weekend is Easter weekend (meaning tomorrow is Good Friday), and I am volunteering with setup Saturday evening (6–9pm, meaning no homegroup), and with the Easter Egg Hunt after service on Sunday. I have a few job interviews tomorrow and I am hopeful they will lead to something. I know God has a plan.
Quick recap on the feedback from Tom and Andrew this week:
– Tom suggested Ruth and I could each have our own separate narratives created from the postcard series, and then see how we each interpret the works. I emailed Ruth and we were discussing a bit over email. I like the idea of having separate interpretations and a collaborative documentation, or some element that involves us coming together again.
– Tom emphasized the documentary experience, what it means to give meaning through responding to a conversation
– the Faith poster was well-received, minor adjustments/suggestions: to make each perforated unit a circle (mocking the shape of a seed) and to play with the transition of the typography across the poster
– Andrew commented that it is hard for him to critique/comment on the effectiveness of the poster when he understands it coming from a Christian background/upbringing. I wonder how it would be read by someone not Christian and not a designer?
– DIIRI: emphasize the feeling of human rights/constitutional rights; practical vs. poetical
– should be meeting with Do Yun Monday? Couldn’t meet Wednesday or this weekend
I recently finished Luke, and have been reading John. Jesus is a confusing man to follow, sometimes. I wonder if I’d be able to keep up if I had been living and one of his disciples back in the day.
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
— John 4:13–14