In Michael Rock's Fuck Content essay, he examines the roles of design and the designer, and justifies design as a content just as substantial and influential as other kinds of content, like writing and art. I wanted to create a book form that would highlight design itself as the designer's content, and landed upon the idea of frames.
 
A symbol of design, frames alter the perception of its content. As frames can obscure or clarify or comment upon the content they hold, and exist in places where we may be entirely unaware of them, they are immensely powerful. Rock's essay, too, is a frame through which people might view design or have their views altered. Pulling from this idea, I designed a book with layered text frames on translucent paper to merge Rock's original and revised essay. The frames increase in size as you move throughout the book, and the openings in the center allow you to see the essays behind each page, so that every essay is literally framing the framing of itself—the design. The book intentionally echoes the justified page format of illuminated manuscripts, and is itself illuminated by 21st century ornamentation (icons) that separates the paragraphs in Rock's essay, with each icon referencing the sentence that follows it.  
 

More projects:

2017
Incomplete Manifesto for Growth poster
a large 35"x 50" experimental poster pairing Bruce Mau's Incomplete Manifesto for Growth with Conway's Game of Life
2016
RISD Convocation GIFs
a set of gifs celebrating RISD convocation 2017, on the theme of "fumbling"
2016
NYT Sunday Vows: "Please Submit"
an infographic on the New York Times Sunday Vows, created for a workshop with Nicholas Felton. A collaboration with Laura Lin.
2013
Scribblehack: 404 Error
a 404 error page with the theme of exploration & adventure
2013
A Lasting Alaska
faux renaming and branding for an Alaska conservation group.
2016
Phone Book Iterations
iterations on a phone book cover, based off a joke—"they're still printing the phone book?"
2017
Pasta Packaging
pastel pasta packaging that makes it easier to pour out pasta
2014
Deforestation poster
a poster on deforestation—its causes and the future
2015
Joe Colombo poster
a poster on the works of industrial designer, Joe Colombo
2015
Ge|atin poster
a poster presenting two ways to view the food ingredient, gelatin