Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Let's get lost A project report
by Wang, Wei-Lin, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 9; 1528067
Abstract (Summary)

Our lives and the world we live in are full of stories and surprises, but we are overwhelmed by our busy routines. We become numb to our surroundings and stop paying attention to the little things in life. We miss opportunities to explore new things in the world around us. My work attempts to re-connect us with our surroundings: tempts us to slow down and perhaps better appreciate our world.

For my exhibition, I chose to explore how information graphics might help me to achieve this task. Information graphics allow me the freedom to present data in various ways, even to counterpose content and form. For example, happiness and friendliness are both abstract concepts. They are difficult to define in a general sense. Yet both are familiar and we use them to gauge our quality of life. In my work, I create ways to measure happiness. By using different kinds of visual systems, I create contrasts between the subject matter and form. The friction created between the formal visualization of data and the fuzziness of the overall subject matter prompts the viewer to question their own relationship to the topic of happiness.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Black, Margaret
Commitee: Park, Sunook, Stone, Craig
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Art
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Design
Keywords: Graphic design, Info graphics, Visual communication
Publication Number: 1528067
ISBN: 9781303985911
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