- Corrine (Back) Preston
My wines are inspired by my travels in Central America, whose vibrant human cultures and complex natural setting left a deep impression on me, and by California’s justly celebrated wine country. It’s an odd mix for an Indiana girl living in reserved New England. I guess you could say that winemaking is my way of hanging onto dreams, however distant.
Just as wine making begins somewhere far away, in a deep memory of a bus trip through the jungle, perhaps, so it doesn’t end with a cork in the bottle. It encompasses the bottle, the bouquet, the label whose colors reflect the passion and palette of Central America, the visual expression of Carina Back Vineyards in every aspect of my business.
- Eric Bailey
Prostitutes are Professional too : an exploration of designer ethics
I intend to investigate the relationships and conflicts experienced between the socially conscious individual and the professional graphic designer, with the intent of producing work commenting on various aspects of this exploration. In addition, I plan on, when appropriate, commenting on issues and current events pertinent to my seminar exploration.
I also intend to start up a Montserrat chapter of Amnesty International. Here, it is my hope to find like-minded students willing to help educate and inform the greater Montserrat community.
thumbnail image above : from process book, on ethics of modifying a typeface
- Dave Blank
Bird Brain, Real Beasts, Four Principles of Design, &c.
various books, including the afore-named.
What I intended to do with my time in seminar was to explore all different areas of design. From strict layout to more open and free compositions, I wanted it to be a culmination of what originally made me interested in design — illustration mixed with graphs, charts, and typography, picture books, and analog type compositions. I also got into drawing cartoon animals in my work trying to touch upon the strong influence that cartoons had on me growing up. I was serious about my work without trying to be too serious, which I believe gives me more freedom to move from different types of style and design.
thumbnail image above : detail from Bird Brain.
- Brian Cannon
Some people I have in mind
Poster-format visual biographies of different kinds of people. Magazine format interviews/profiles (abstract) of acquaintances, together with music composed by designer (“ween — all request live”)
I like to describe my posters as “beyond kitsch.” I was using cheesy and kitschy design styles as I worked with Photoshop, in a way that was almost breaking the glass ceiling... I normally try to stay away from the computer... The aesthetic worked for me and I needed a new place to go. I came upon the idea to conduct interviews, strictly with people I knew personally, and to create small (comic book-sized?) books containing the full transcripts of these interviews... So we shall see.
thumbnail image above : detail, three-layered “beyond kitsch” photocopy study
- Kerriann DiLeo
People are labeled — and label themselves — by the way they look, what they wear, even what they do for a living. We live in a world of stereotypes. We view others and ourselves through mirrors of our memories and prejudices. The same holds true for artist. The stereotypes are there on the shelf: blue hair, baggy pants, and paint-spattered clothing; tattoos, piercings, and toxic smells; cool designer black. I use paper dolls as a means to interact with and reflect on these kinds of stereotypes.
Graphic designer, Merrimack Valley YMCA
- Rene Dolabaille
Calypso and Soca Music
Calypso and Soca Music
book (writing, photography, design); CD package designs; concert flier, poster...
...opportunity to advertise and inform people... on Calypso and Soca... because of the love and pride I have for this music and my culture. Calypso music, although still very much alive, can be seen as the music of my father’s generation, while its offspring — soca — has become the voice of my generation. Soca is a very high-tempo, party music whereas calypso is more of a laid-back, conscious type of music. Calypso is the father while soca is the son...
book design included typography, photography, and the author’s caligraphy.
thumbnail image above : detail, introduction to Trini to d bone : my love for calypso and soca music
- Nathan Hayward
The idea for this project came from something quite small. As I was walking through my house I saw a tiny brown object on the floor. Curious I picked it up and realized it was a beetle that had passed away. My first instinct was to place the insect on my scanner and explore what kind of structure and detail lied within its form. To my surprise the image was detailed enough to see the hairs on its body. But the thing that really intrigued me were the eyes of the beetle and how they were looking straight at me.... Shortly after this discovery I began collecting and scanning more insects. Each one had its own unique feeling. They became very personified. They each were their own character their own person, if you will. To me these insects were beautiful examples of how simplicity and functionality can coexist in some of the smallest organic structures.
nathanhayward.com / Functional Design Solutions
- Ben Jenness
The Holographic Universe
selected phrases, from “semester recap” in process book —
codes, ciphers, hidden information (steganography)
series of posters instead of a book
sticking with original game plan of making a book / came across the concept of a Holographic Model of the Universe
also came across a way of actually making a hologram by hand... book with holograms in it
some other data that would tie all of these things together a little more
The Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda
Hiding information and the Holographic Universe were now one solidified concept
I wanted the book to have a scientific feel to it
used the handmade holograms to hide a message in the book
book, about 90 pages with 31 handmade holograms inside...
- Paul Kinchla
Various exercises relating to vaudeville, performance, juggling, playbills, culminating in a series of playbill-style posters suggesting a genre of nonsense poetry, inflected by popular culture, current events, and even things going on at school.
- Hedwiga Sofia Kulig
Hedwiga’s Time Machine
...from a fictional autobiographical story of how I built a time machine, and disappeared.
ex foreword —
“my niece of thirteen years, has been missing for almost a year now. I made this book to catalogue selected objects of Hedwiga’s that I deemed significant to her disappearance... Hedwiga was a quiet girl, and very secretive. I could never tell what she was thinking, but she always had this sadness about her...”
thumbnail image above :
(unopened) string record (with knots, objects)
sign designer and technician at Six Flags Theme Park
- Joseph Lambert
graffiti-style, stencil-based art, and work derived from summer in Barcelona.
“Hola, perdon, tienen curros con chocolate?” We have been here for four days and haven’t had churros con chocolate. It is difficult to describe the addictive quality of Spanish chocolate and coffee.
Product designer, photographer, photo editor, graphic designer.
- Curtis Levesque
A series of album cover jackets for single releases that have not been previously released by the recording artist Frank Zappa. The artwork will be done by me with a small influence from Frank’s original album cover designer Cal Schenkel. I hope to create somewhere in the realm of one and a half a day until the end of the semester... I am envisioning a wall filled with these 9" x 9" illustrations at the end of the semester with a small computer playing a flash presentation next to it. Along the way of this exploration I will document its process as if it had a life of its own.
series of illustrations
- Chung Heng Liu
Imports : Foreigners in Taiwan
Photo documentation about foreigners in Taiwan. I will be staying in Taiwan for two months during the summer vacation. I am planning on traveling all over the country and shoot photos of foreigners including teachers, workers, priests, even housewives...etc. in all aspect of Taiwanese life. [The] foreigners i will be shooting... covers all the people who are not originally from Taiwan. I will also do some researches on these people by reading books, articles, or news, so i could know more about them....
thumbnail image above : detail, foreign workers in kitchen (from final book)
book of photographs and text, posters
- Meghan O’Connor
I began this project with a very specific idea in mind, to create a line of handbags and t-shirts. I am interested in design, type and words and wanted to incorporate that into my brand. For my first line I create “Label Whore” a line of tees and bags based off of two word phrases. I am interested in how clothing is read from a viewer. I found it interesting for me to wear the shirt with “Label” on the front and “Whore” on the back, I like the way the meanings of the words change. From this same idea sprung the line of “Dirt Bags” with the same idea of reading both sides to get the whole message.
As the semester progressed... I started to create t-shirts and bags that were responses to different experiences or people that I encountered. Modus Operandi now acts as an overall brand that houses my many ideas.
handbags and t-shirts
- Nicole Pivirotto
Reformation of Home Textiles, Heart Felt
Fall 2004 —
Reformation of Home Textiles
research and experimentation with textiles and pattern making; double-sided curtain; translucent tablecloth and place mat set; “Lucide” logo design.
Spring 2005 —
Experimentation with new mediums
Heart Felt / an exploration of Felt
perpetual felt poster; bird handbag;felt earrings and bracelets, in felt box; heart felt box (containing 187 felt hearts); felt journal; felt lamp; felt aardvark pillow.
thumbnail image above : detail, translucent place mat set
a creative studio and product line that cultivates healing and magic through art and design. We create objects and tools that help you connect with your intuition in a way that’s fun and easy using the magic of color and shape.
author of Prism Oracle : Tap into Your Intuition with the Magic of Color, soon out from Chronicle Books !
- Brian Savignano
I began to explore inner workings or guts of these machines while using different book structures to further push the idea of how the parts were portrayed and worked. The books also function as a type of interactive design to let the viewer play and experience the book differently.
(letterpress) books, posters, installation derived from investigation of tractors.
adjunct instructor (typography), Montserrat College of Art
designer, Encore Casino, Everett, Massachusetts
- Matt Sexton
Blood and Treasure
Clothing for surf/skate culture; design of logo, art for t-shirts (thumbnail view above)
- Luke Shover
Robot and animation design; packaging design.
- Nellie (Stepanova) Troisi
Title sequence and promotional poster for a made-up horror film titled “Fieldtrip.” Also an animated logo for movie company, called “Cotica Productions.”
Flash animations; posters
- Ron Theriault
Shodokan Dojo, “Exitosus”
Fall semester —
Shodokan Dojo : Two hours in the life of Salem Kendo
photography and design of a book
Spring semester —
design of a typeface (“Exitosus,” meaning lethal in Latin), derived from sketches for logo of Requiem Designs
Requiem Designs; lead designer for Michael Austin Productions