• Beautiful Misery

      Boyer, Natalie (2008-04-01)
      Within moments of suffering, beauty emerges and manifests itself into forms that we do not fully recognize. We become willful, dependant, and most of all the accepting of our human frailty. I choose to present portraits that represent this idea of suffering as being human and unique. I do not seek to overwhelm my viewer with sadness and despair, but rather to open my viewer's eyes to what suffering may reveal. As a society, we are generally numb to the tragedy that may befall others. Some apply an invisible shield and a mask of glamour to conceal what they believe may resemble suffering and defeat. Our natural inclination is to present to each other an image of our own perfection, as stable and immortal beings. In reality, we analyze ourselves and recognize natures defeat every day when we look in the mirror, Great measure is taken to conceal any sign of aging, stress personal ailments, and the inevitable death. My models represent this struggle with life, yet without any concealment. Their troubles are laid before the viewers, as human as they may be.
    • In Partial Fulfillment of the M.F.A. Degree Requirements

      Báez, Daniela (2008-04-28)
      I have always had an inclination towards taking pictures. When I was young the first object I bought with my first savings was a simple automatic camera. I remember reading the entire manual so I would be able to use the camera properly. I took pictures of my family and friends all the time. I would send the roll to the Kodak store to be developed and I would show the pictures to everyone. I continued taking general pictures as I grew up, but I never really did anything beyond that.
    • The Elephant's Year

      Alharbi, Mohammed (2010)
      My faith of Islam and the Holy Qur'an guides my design creativity. I like to teach others about my faith, and I found 30 animation is a great way for that. The Holy Qur'an is full of lessons, wisdoms, scientific facts, advising historical stories, future predictions, social solutions, etc. The Holy Qur'an asks people to believe in God and the Prophet Mohammed. I chose a story from the Holy Qur'an that talks about the Holy Kaaba, which was the first religion place for God
    • 422

      Chen, Ming-Chia (2010)
      422 (pronounced "four two two"), is a prototype of a coffee shop which is named after Earth Day, April 22nd_ It is not just a coffee shop. 422 is a coffee shop with a theme: global warming. The concept of the coffee shop is to create a place for people to drink and discuss issues of global warming by providing inviting yet thought provoking ambience with graphics, videos, and eco-friendly furniture.
    • I'm Too Young For This @#!%

      Shearer, John (2011-08-30)
      In order to support my music photography habit, I worked as an assistant to commercial photographers on a freelance basis. Through my membership in the American Society of Media Photographers, I was able to assist photographers from all over the country. I tried to learn as much about the craft of photography as possible during those years, not just about lighting, but also about the business of photography. While I was fortunate to work for dozens of photographers from around the country, there were two • photographers in particular that influenced my work greatly. Greg Puis (www.pulsphoto.com) was the first commercial photographer to really take me under his wing. He had this specific way of lighting that was time consuming and really beautiful. (It wasn't uncommon for me to spend an entire day lighting one or two shots.) He was the kind of photographer that editors and art directors hired when they were looking for "arty." Jason Lindsey (www.jasonlindsey.com) on the other hand, was the type of photographer who did great work and always kept lighting as simple as possible. His strength was in connecting with his clients and subjects on a personal level. (Something Puis often struggled with) Jason was the kind of photographer that made work fun. (There was often drinking involved) Greg was a little more disciplined, but often seemed on the verge of a breakdown .
    • The Environmental and Social Responsibilities of the Graphic Designer

      Phillips, Cynthia (2012-01)
      "Go Green", "Reduce-Reuse-Recycle" these are terms and slogans that we have been hearing for years. But what do they really mean? Are we as a society becoming numb to the true meaning of this concept? Although our culture has made adjustments to the way that we view our environment, is it really enough? Society as a whole may be making attempts to be more environmentally active, however, most consumers have only considered what they are purchasing, not the amount they are purchasing. We are called consumers because that is what we do- consume, a lot. But what if what we continued to consume was actually good for the earth as well as the economy?
    • An Exploration on Humanitarian Relief Project Using Graphic Design

      Zhang, Yan (2012-04)
      My work is unabashedly Humanitarian. This is an everlasting topic in the public media. Global poverty, natural disasters, environmental and social crises, refugees, epidemic diseases are all in our daily newspapers, TV s and networks. I decided to explore this topic as my thesis project because I was stimulated by the reports on a series of intense earthquakes which stroke the entire world from 2008 to 2011
    • The Other I

      Snyder, Andrew (2012-04)
      I have always been interested in the idea of duality. By this I am referring to the two sides, or personalities, of a person, the side that is presented to the world, and the side that that is hidden. The term Alter Ego, which is Latin for "other I" began being used in the nineteenth century when psychologists first started diagnosing Dissociative Identity Disorder, or Multiple Personality Disorder. This disorder has the characteristics of having two or more different personalities that can take control of an individual's character1
    • Le Lux

      Simmons, Jessica (2012-04)
      This thesis will discuss the concepts and issues that surround the brand identity process in visual communication and interior architecture. Interested in the future development of the Terre Haute riverSCAPE project, the project centers around the creation of a luxury boutique hotel that would be a distinct hospitality destination along the Wabash River. Thinking deeply and creatively about the physical and mental relationships users have with an identity and the built environment I was challenged to create an emotionally responsive brand that incorporates architecture, interiors and graphic design
    • The Arboreal Me

      Prato, Rebecca (2012-04-11)
      A tree can be a metaphor for a cycle; in this respect it is also a metaphor for change, as a tree itself is in a constant state of metamorphosis whether or not it is visible to the naked eye. The tree is steady, always growing and changing in order to adapt and to survive in its surroundings. To the unobservant viewer it will seem as if nothing has occmTed, we see a tree only as its top layer. To the ones that truly look, however, there is always something new to see, which feeds into my philosophy that things are never what they seem on the surface. That is to say there is always more to what one looks at than what one actually sees
    • You Love until You Don't

      Breitigam, Kari (2012-04-24)
      Desire, longing, and obsession are complex emotions. These feelings can manifest in • many forms including escapism, vicarious living, materialism, and romance. I believe that many of our most deeply ingrained desires develop in childhood and adolescence. The desires of this period often remain with us through adulthood even though we may try to hide them. We hold on to our delusions; we never really grow out of our childish fantasies. These emotions become especially complicated when that which we desire is out of our reach or perhaps doesn't even exist at all. We often have a love-hate relationship with the things we desire. A longing for something that is unattainable can be accompanied by a desire to destroy that thing. My work is an exploration of the ambivalent relationship we often have with objects of desire.
    • The Battle

      Gorcoff, Jason (2012-04-26)
      I grew up on popular culture: films, video games and comic books. The illustrations for movie posters and game cartridges were often very realistic as were the special effects in the various horror and science fiction films. I was inspired by their realism and dramatic subject matter. This is the visual language from my youth and also the language that I emulate in my work. The themes of my paintings are often personal and the ideas are not all that complicated. I tend to be drawn towards stories of good and evil or human conflict in general. With these images I hope to be able to express a simple dynamic of struggle and longing that exists in life. And above all else I try to create an image of physical beauty for the viewer .
    • Direct Mail Marketing: SAMSUNG myPhone

      Baek, Sangjun (2012-04-26)
      In advertising, many industries currently have the same borrowed look that is often used over and over, creating a sea of"me too" advertising. As a designer, I am expected to explore many different approaches for one product. I have to create a new campaign for an existing product by developing posters, magazine/newspaper ads, direct mail and follow-up mailings. For my thesis, the campaign will be developed for a new Samsung cell phone, which I have named "myPhone." Part of the campaign is the positioning of the product and its name change, stressing that the phone is developed for the consumer. For my thesis project, I have created a direct marketing campaign.
    • Ozonexus

      Pothumarthi, Kartheeka (2012-04-26)
      I love nature. I had a very strong connection with nature from my childhood. Most of my childhood was spent playing in the garden, staring at the water of a small pond near my house, collecting flowers and preserving them in thick sheets and arranging them into greeting cards. That was my first attempt to be creative and design something new. I cherish the moments where I tried to catch the butterflies (but failed to catch them), running behind the flying dandelion seeds and enjoying the warm sun rays. As years passed by my world started a rapid shift from garden to a pile of books, a computer and a mobile phone. I slowly stopped my usual visits to the garden and that small pond because I was busy finishing my homework, texting and chatting with friends
    • Plato's Shadows

      Tice, Jackie (2012-04-27)
      Plato described reality as akin to being chained facing a cave walL Reality was behind you where you could not see and was related to you only by the shadows it cast before you. The question of what constitutes reality is a debate that has raged since Plato's time,and continues today. Bacon stated, "Those who aspire not to guess and divine, but to discover and know; who propose not to devise fabulous words of their own, but to examine and dissect the nature of this very world itself, must go to the facts themselves for everything
    • New Methods To Manage Design Firms

      Yousaf, Mohammed (2012-05)
      As a child, I lived in a small city in Jordan called Irbid, where a lot of people knew each other, and I would wake up to my family chatting in the morning. When I was 18 years old, I left my country for the first time to visit Syria. It was very nice to get to know a different culture; it gave me a new perspective on communication. After that I started travelling a lot
    • Seeking Truth

      Gibson, Ricki (2012-06-25)
      I seek to reveal truths with my art. Working with photographic portraits I try to show more than just a pretty face; I try to unveil the subjects both to themselves and to the viewer. I want to boil down their essences to the core and convey their true selves. I try to show the duality of the subjects' personalities. One side of that personality is what photographer Nelli Palomaki calls your "mirror face" 1; this is the face you choose to put out into the world and illustrates the way in which you would like to be perceived. I like to juxtapose this image, the "mirror face," with an image of the true self; the self you do not always like to show the world, the one that you only truly reveal when alone.
    • Urban Vines: The Art of the Wine Label

      Frentz, Ashley (2012-07)
      Design can be found anywhere, from the shoes on your feet to the bottle in your hand. In the past few years I have developed a growing interest in the wine industry. From the moment you decide to purchase a bottle of wine you are embarking on a journey. Selecting a bottle of wine is truly a unique experience. In most cases, the task is much more enjoyable now than it was in previous decades. The design of every bottle, cork, label, and package is truly a piece of art, which can make your experience one to remember.
    • Branding the International Street Food Association-Street Foods in Taipei/New York City

      Gu, Yi-Jiun (2012-08)
      Growing from the soil and soaking up the sunshine, food is the essence of nature. An ancient poem in my hometown points out that harvesting grain needs intense labor, so the best way for people to express their appreciation to workers is not to waste any food. Similarly, in the West, Jean-Francais Millet captured the female peasants bathed in golden light in his painting, The Gleaners, because he tried to praise peasants' plight and dignity
    • The Path To Another World

      Lu, Rio Ying-Shu (2012-08)
      I am a very ordinary girl and grew up in a very traditional Taiwanese family. We worship and pray to gods and our ancestors since our religion is Taoism. Also, we made traditional food by ourselves for some worship festivals. These are the memories of my childhood but I still can tell many details. I was standing at the side and watched when my grandparents were cooking for worship and I could try the food when they got some extra portions. The taste of the food is still on my tongue and still clear. My time with my family as a child is so sweet that I decided to create my project with those memories. Therefore, the food offerings and the worship culture in Taiwan are my original ideas for my thesis