Student Work


designed by Kimberly Kim, sophomore, Maryland Institute College of Art,  Typography 2, instructor: Brockett Horne

This wooden piggy bank-style box is designed for users to save money as a donation to a specific charity. The keepsake box would be packaged and sold with an advertising ribbon for a specific organization, selected by the user (from 100 options), and supported by an online presentation of information about the various charities. Once the box was full of coins or donations, the user could return the funds to the place of purchase and begin again with another charity group.

Assignment: package 100 of something using no images.



designed by Zoe Keller, Maryland Institute College of Art, GD4, instructor Zvezdana Stojmirovic

This student project explores the idea of text as a modular “kit of parts” that can be taken apart and reconstituted. All the characters from a legal ruling are provided in a kit for reinterpretation or for making up any other meaning.



—designed by Cassie Hester, MFA/Design/Visual Communications program at Virginia Commonwealth University

“The affordances of pushing and pulling was explored in an interface targeted directly at the creation of language. Each long strip of the alphabet could be pulled to either the left or the right to highlight one letterform in the simple frame. The interaction is quick and easy, so the interface garnered a lot of attention. I expected the simple construction and presence of letterforms to quickly convey the intended interaction, but I did not expect the interface to be a sort of status update system. The first message created? “KILL ME NOW” — a pretty apt sentiment for the last days of the semester. The next message? “NEED MORE SLEEP” — just a few more days of sleepless nights to go. And two of the following messages  — “REVIEWS OVER” and “VICTORY” — illustrate the sense of relief and triumph shared by the students.” —Cassie Hester

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designed by Cassie Hester, MFA/Design/Visual Communications program at Virginia Commonwealth University

“The affordances of pushing and pulling were explored in the creation of a one foot by five feet installation featuring beads strung on neon thread on a lateral grid.

I relied on the tactile nature of the piece to encourage interaction. It was a success. The inhabitants of Pollack quickly began forming simple messages and imagery. However, they also, quite unexpectedly, strummed the strands and manipulated the interface to create sounds/music. I had not anticipated this, though I am not displeased.

The construction of this piece was incredibly time consuming and tedious. Already the interface is showing the wear and tear of interaction as well as the ravages of gravity. Materials will have to be further explored for this piece.” —Cassie Hester

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designed by Cassie Hester, MFA/Design/Visual Communications program at Virginia Commonwealth University

“How are we encouraged to interact? A tab instructs us to fold or tear. A wall of lasercut tabs begs to be manipulated.

I installed this piece on the third floor of Pollack on March 8th, around 5 PM. I did not pre-fold/-tear any of the tabs, nor did I leave any instructions with the piece. I thought the initial start of the tab manipulation would be a slow one. I thought many would walk by it and possibly be intrigued, but ultimately feel uncomfortable/confused about the expectations until some brave soul took the plunge and folded and/or tore to begin the process. However, I arrived at Pollack at 9 AM the following day and students were already folding away. Progress was quick and the reception was positive.

On March 12, 2011, the messages of the tab installation include Tyler, Love, the start of Hate, Time, Wow, Fun, a few patterns, and a heart.

I explored the affordances of tearing and folding with the tab installations. Black paper with laser cut tabs laid over neon papers were installed through the simple means of stapling to the bulletin boards in the hallway.

For the rectangular tab installation, I did not leave any instructions or indication of intended interaction. I left its progress up to the intuition of the audience. Not knowing if intuition would be enough, I started the triangular tab installation off by creating the letterform “G” in the first panel.

The rectangular tab interface was being manipulated within six hours of its installation. A few of the tabs were torn but the majority were folded to create images and messages. The triangular tab installation was a bit slower to progress and I believe this was due to the fact that the small triangular tabs were much more difficult to pick up or snag with your fingernail in order to tear and fold. But, despite the difficulty, the triangular tabs were folded to create a great message.” —Cassie Hester

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