BA Honors | Visual Communication Design
My Senior Thesis Project was born out of a passion for my two areas of study: Visual Communication Design (VCD) and the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS). VCD requires technical skills as well as strategic creative thinking in order to communicate ideas effectively. PLS is a rigorous Great Books program centered on discussion of classic texts from Western literature. Their combination is somewhat unusual–traditional and modern; written and visual; established canon and creative innovation. While the dichotomy of the two disciplines is not lost on me, I find that my two majors actually complement each other more than they contradict one another. PLS is about reading and analyzing the most interesting ideas in human history. VCD is about taking complex concepts conveying them in the most economical, aesthetic, and impactful way possible. My Senior Thesis provided me with the opportunity to fully explore this intersection of VCD and PLS.
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