A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GRAD GRAPHIC DESIGN BIENNIAL

November 17th, 2011 6:58pm by Susan Curran

The Grad Graphic Design Biennial demonstrates the breadth of graphic design at RISD. Via posters, books, video and lightbulbs, MFA candidates investigated a variety of topics and ways to approach them.

Be sure to explore for meaty concepts and beautiful typography, as demonstrated in these pieces from the show:

Karen Vanderbilt MFA 12, “A Short History of Nearly Everything”
Inspired by Bill Bryson’s book “A Short History of Nearly Everything,” Vanderbilt’s series of posters attempts to unite a wide range of scientific concepts into one linear thought.

Eunmo Kang MFA 12 “Borders We Can’t Break Become Our Standard”
Kang examines the standards in which we live with his rotating, compass-piece.

Colin Frazer MFA 13, “Experiment in Paranormal Biocommunication #8”
One of a tryptic, Frazier’s work explores the idea of communication between plants.

Frederico Pérez Villoro MFA 13, “36516”
This piece shows the 36,516 files that Villoro has accumulated over the past six years.

Jiwon Park MFA 2013, “Please Touch”
Park’s piece, which includes a book and a series of light bulbs, investigate the experience of blind people in the context of visual design. The light bulbs form the word “bright” in Braille.

The book portion of “Please Touch,” placed directly beneath the light bulbs.

Detail of beautiful typography from “Please Touch”

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