In Michael Rock's essay, Fuck Content, 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.
Frames, as symbols for design, alter the perception of its content. As frames can obscure, 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 many might view design or have their views altered. Pulling from this idea, the book layers frames made up of text on translucent paper, and merges Rock's original and revised essay. The frames increase in size as you move towards the back of the book, and the openings in the center allow you to see the essays behind each page, so that every essay literally framing the framing of itself, which is its 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.  

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Branding for a social start-up created by a group of Brown University students with the aim of providing accessible prosthetics to disabled children in Vietnam.
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An opening show and exhibition showcasing four display typefaces by 8eyes type foundry. A collaboration with May Kodama, Kaitlyn Nee, and Taryn Oshiro-Wachi. Advised by Font Bureau's Richard Lipton.
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An infographic on the New York Times Sunday Vows, created for a workshop with Nicholas Felton. A collaboration with Laura Lin.
Appetizers & Apéritifs
An invitation to a kick-off party for the 2015 Gutenberg Dinner hosted by The Printing Museum in Houston.
RISD 2016-17 Course Overview
Infographic of the freshman curriculum for the RISD 2016-17 Undergraduate Viewbook.
RISD Convocation 2016
An identity for RISD convocation, using the given theme of “fumbling” as a metaphor for the process of searching and experimenting in the intermediate stages of a project.
A History of Typography
A selection of spreads from a history of typography primer designed for Type II class.
The Future of Food
Experimental packaging for crickets inspired by the space age jello fad of the 1950s.
Inspired by Rebecca Solnit's A Faraway Nearby, Ulna is a typeface optimized for body text that references the rough edges of boulders, bones, and ice.
Touch Me
Touch Me is an app that encourages museum visitors to touch the art. A collaboration with Laura Lin.