Design is a sprawling roundabout of continuity and change, new and old, personal and impersonal, general and particular, tuition and intuition, craft and inspiration. It is rooted in life; in observation and direct experience; in history, theory and tradition. Each overlapping generation of designers benefits from what has gone before, from fleeting ephemera, from what lasts or burned brightly, and from what accumulates, not only in the form of knowledge and artifacts, but also in terms of practice.
Design is both verb and noun. It lacks clear boundaries. It contains multitudes. Always present at its center is ‘the human factor’. Design is the manifestation of our human capacity to express, to address our needs, to give form and structure, to generate and share meaning. To design is one of the defining characteristics of what it is to be human.
The BFA show is comprised of senior degree project work from Visual Communication Design, Motion Design, and Interior Design. For the seniors, this capstone exhibit marks an important transition from the proving ground of undergraduate education to graduate school and/or professional practice. The projects represent the culmination of a year-long process of conceptual, critical, and technical development, working towards the exhibited presentation.
Please know that the BFA show celebrates not only student aspiration and achievement, but also the generative, communicative tension between maker and viewer. Our Design Seniors deeply appreciate your active presence at their BFA show. After all, your presence completes the show in an essential way. Thank you for being a part of this celebration of student aspiration and achievement.Grant Donesky, Design Department Chair