The strength of a framework lies within the foundation, yet it is shrouded in an extrinsic layer, the façade. It thrives to introduce or manipulate a facet of truth or existence. What does it reveal? Can it at all mislead? The Advanced Graphic Design students from the Myers School of Art invite you to partake in this foliage of structure and imagery.

My piece is to expose politically corrupt moments in our history and show them in a new light. By combining both visual imagery and sound samples that are easily recognizable, I seek to create a new sense of political horror. Presenting in this tongue and cheek manor, the audience should take away a feeling of intimidation behind actions of our political world.


My reacation to the instalation was how shocking the completed project really was. Many times throught the night people would comment on how my video impacted them on more of an emotional level. After hearing the crouds reactions I knew that my peice was seccessful. Having people react emotionally instead of visually was the overall goal of my project.


Women's body perceptions have changed dramatically throughout history. In the 1400s, a plump, well fed figure was a sign of wealth. In the 1700s, a woman who did not weigh at least 170 pounds was deemed too skinny and considered unattractive and impecunious. In todays western culture, the standard of an "ideal" physique does not reflect on what was then valued—a "skin-and-bones" body structure is perceived more appealing in our society's body image. Shaping The Archetype is composed of transparent layered die-cut silhouettes of famous female figures of that decade. Graphically, it represents the noticeably measurable differences of the ideal female shape and how it has changed over time


Everyday we are greeted with many forms of standards that are set for us to live up to other people’s expectation. Although our society provides us with many freedoms, the idea of our idealized body images in our midsts still hold true. This work shows that on the surface the societal standards for how to present yourself become complicated and discomforting.
Throughout all the confusion these standards still give the illusion of professionalism and order.


The theme of my installation centers around societal standards on dress codes. They depict four unique scenarios from different cultures, first a designer presenting on business etiquette another about schools dress codes, a clip on the dress code for islamist preachers and finally a clip on asian business attire. In order to present this work adequately this class exposed me to projection mapping technology, which proved to be an invaluable solution to my unique installation. On top of delivering the subject matter it allowed for people to be drawn to the unique surfaces. The video files were presented simultaneously, offering cultural juxtapositions.


My installation deals with self-censorship as well as the corruption of the mind when dealing with phobias. The large cardboard tubes that censor the sculpture in the middle of the maze act not only as a filter of what the viewer can see; but also act as layers guiding one to the main focal point of the piece; a toilet and various trash artifacts, which act as metaphorical/symbolical objects for germs. For many years people didn’t know I had germaphobia and I tried to keep it a very close secret while also battling with everyday tasks. The large cardboard tubes blocking the toilet and trash, reference toilet paper tubes, and act as my own personal censorship.


My overall theme for Spout was based on self-censorship and the idea of social corruption with phobias. My sculpture was a large maze of cardboard tubes that lead viewers into another sculpture of a toilet. The tubes represented self-censorship, while the toilet metaphorically stood for germs and the idea of germaphobia. Spout is a very personal piece, as I have suffered from germaphobia. I put a lot of care and gratitude into building this piece as well as making sure viewers would somewhat understand the work. My most gratifying experience was the reactions I got from friends and viewers of the show. Many commented on the installation of the tubes and liked their uniformity and complexity, yet the most revealing part of the installation being the toilet, created the most reactions, from people simply being appalled to inquiring about my state of germophobia. All of this led to a great dialogue, which hopefully will shed a little light on issues such as phobias. I will be continuing to work with the tubes as a medium as I see the potential of many great installations.


People’s traits hide within layers of themselves. As you go deeper within these layers you can explore the distortion of their layers effectively concealing their corruption. This work depicts an attempt of interpreting these layers as a set of 3D printed matryoshka dolls. As the dolls unstack, they lose the details representing the layers of a person.


My piece was intended to focus on the layering of matryoshka dolls. Matryoshka dolls are a set of dolls that stack within each other. The smallest doll is solid and the dolls following that separate in half to stack within each other. The smallest doll was without detail, details to the face were added as the dolls grew larger in size. I chose to model and print the dolls in 3D via additive manufacturing on a Makerbot. I learned a lot about 3D modeling and sculpting, along with the actual printing of the 3D models. The printing process follows a trial and error path, of which I am still exploring. Others reacted to my piece in an inquisitive way. Many questioned the process of 3D printing, and I often had the opportunity to explain the trial and error process I went through. Unfortunately, the technology overpowered the concept.


Schizophrenia: A brain disorder affecting one out of every 100 people, misunderstood and often misdiagnosed. It affects the way a person acts, thinks, and sees the world. People with this disorder see and hear things that don’t exist, speak in strange or confusing ways, believe that others are trying to harm them, or feel that they are being constantly watched. In response, people suffering from schizophrenia may withdraw from the outside world or act out of confusion and fear.
“They’re Watching Me”, represents the 5 symptoms characterized in this disorder: delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, disorganized behavior, and the absence of normal behaviors such as facial expressions, eye contact and the ability to carry a conversation.



Creating, the senior Advanced Graphic Design Show, along with my piece, “They’re Watching Me”, has made me a more confident graphic designer. I loved the way whole class collaborated with all the parts necessary to promote and install a class show. My installation, a video of schizophrenia projected through 5 human figure cut-out panels, brought attention to the brain disorder schizophrenia. The work received a lot of positive feedback, yet if improvement could be made a further exploration into different projection surfaces could be welcome.


In psychology, there is a theory called the Halo Effect in which one of a person’s qualities or skills influences us to attribute other characteristics to the individual. Though the attributions can be both positive and negative, there are circumstances in which such cognitive bias can distort the truth.
Pablo Picasso is a widely celebrated artist who is accredited with the innovation of art forms and styles such as cubism. Praised for his use of color, shape, and layers, Picasso’s personal life deviated from what society deems as acceptable. Among his many contentious lifestyle choices, infidelity only touches the surface.
At the age of 45, the married artist began an affair with Marie-Thèrése Walter, a seventeen year-old girl who served as a mistress and a muse to Picasso. Eight years into their affair, Walter became pregnant with Picasso’s child. Upon this circumstance, the artist’s wife pursued a divorce, which he refused to grant, though he continued to maintain numerous affairs. Despite his contrastive lifestyle, Picasso’s controversial choices were ignored by his public.
Obscurity is a compilation of paint swatches arranged to create a pixelated image of Picasso. The literal ambiguity between the shades and overlap of color is a representation of the multi-faceted personality of the artist. The distortion of the image reflects the perversion and immorality that was masked by his artistic talent.


Throughout the process of my project, I was reminded of the diligence, the patience, and the precision that artists possess. Similar to the process of writing, (a much more comfortable medium for me), the project often required me to shift focus and readjust components to achieve a successful composition. The class taught me the value of teamwork and flexibility. It was a great learning experience to work with the team, bounce ideas off of one another, and be partially responsible for each other’s overall success in the show. People’s reactions to my piece were mixed. Overall, it was evident that even though I have a deep appreciation for art, I myself am not artistic. The class and my project have reinforced my respect for artists and their ability to bring ideas to life with their hands and strong work ethics. I look forward to incorporating all that I learned into my public relations concentration.


Through mercurial and firm actions, people of all aspects bring forth a unique structure that can be discovered. Dramatically; we can unveil the true natures of my subjects. What true natures are appeased more than the Façades display?
Does a Façade always hide something negative? Shall it present a positive result?
As my video production unfolds, allow yourself to collapse into the dispositions conveyed. Become intrigued by the censorship revealed. Ascertain the real understanding of these stories.


The creation of my piece gave me much insight as to what even a production of small size entails. The process of casting without being able to offer compensation, proved difficult. Sourcing a location was a challenge as well. Having gone through this procedure has proven an invaluable experience for my future career. I have gained independent and dependent skills necessary to continue my career. The challenges I faced and overcame shine a positive light on my future path. The course created an environment that required me to work efficiently with my classmates. The efficiency came from the dividing up of work amongst my classmates who had the necessary skills for certain things. The teamwork to create this show gave me hope for future work-study programs, internships and a lasting career in my field.


This project is an exploration of how censorship can change what we see and how it distorts the interpretation of information. The jars contain words submerged beneath layers of liquids of different densities, concealing and revealing the text, therefore distorting their meaning. There is a message hidden in the jars that is revealed when they are set right.


The advanced graphic design class and the show Facade was a great learning experience for me. It put into perspective what was needed to put together the event, and allowed the class to work together as a group. This course lets me experiment in an area of art that was new to me for my project liquid layers. Liquid layers was a lot of fun to create, especially when I was figuring out the different densities of liquids to put into the jar. This class will also continue to help me grow as a designer, as I will continue to experiment with new ideas.


“Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endager the morals of an idividual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country”
-Karl Kraus

Taking a critical view of corruption on a political and social spetrum. I deconstruct the symbolical “Memorials” in which millions of Americans flock to every year. The national treasures represent more than just nationalism, but also corruption


Overall my piece seemed to get a good reaction from the viewers. The tear in the top shirt helped to create a separation between the 2 shirts and also played more into the concepts of layering as part of the show. I feel my work went over as a success but certain parts could have been executed better to provide a more aestethically pleasing experience. As the viewer had a certain familiarity with the chosen imagery (e.g.: Uncle Sam, broken through with holding a gun) the reaction to my thought provoking contradictive interpretations led to a great dialogue about the subject matter.


My pedagogical approach to this class is manifold, tapping into the student's potential of augmenting their design and critical thinking skills, by developing a site speficic installation, to a theme that they developed in class. The entire production, from the conceptual approach over promotional materials to installing their pieces and organizing the reception of the show all are in their hands. I simply act as mediator and curator to ensure a succesful flow of their show. Their incredible creativity and ability to adapt to working in large team, help to strentghten their confidence, once the enter the marketplace and give them an great sense of accomplishment. This class is always a great pleasure to teach.


My reaction to the installation was how shocking the completed project really was. Many times through the night people would comment on how my video impacted them on more of an emotional level. Having people react emotionally instead of simply taking in the visuals was the overall goal of my project. This class has allowed me to experiment with and elaborate on my ideas.



Folk Hall Project Gallery
Upper and Lower Atrium
Myers School of Art
150 E. Exchange St.
Akron, Ohio 44325

Exhibition: 11.24.14- 12.5.14
Reception: 12.4.14 at 6:00 p.m.