Print Dialogue is my senior undergraduate graphic design thesis project. It unfolded over two semesters at SUNY New Paltz, and also combines aspects of my two undergraduate programs (design and French).
Print Dialogue explores the intersection between linguistics, design, and typography. Going back and forth between design and theory, the practice of critical making acts as an epistemological tool. So, typographic experimentations are used to linguistic ideas in relation to design. Some topics covered include double articulation, regional dialects, plurilingualism, IPA, diachronic / synchronic studies, and pragmatics.
Double articulation, for example, is the ability in language to use a finite number of sounds to express an infinite number of ideas. There are a limited amount of visual elements available to use in creating a composition. But limitations within this visual grammar come together in an infinite number of ways, communicating any desired message. Colors, shapes, compositions, images, and other design elements then work together to communicate different ideas, feelings, and goals. Sounds, syllables, words, phrases, and sentences also do the same.
Print Dialogue as a graphic design thesis combines a traditional liberal arts thesis with studio work to form a hybrid model. The outcome of Print Dialogue is a series of critical making studies and accompanying writings compiled into a single book, reflecting on making and the connection between design and type with linguistics.
The final project consists of a 144 page book, three bound critical making inquiries, and a set of 5 2’x3′ posters.
Photos from the SUNY New Paltz Graphic Design Thesis Show by Milo Axelrod.