In relation to the thesis and where to begin, I looked at several theses outside of the Graphic Design Department with the intentions to gain a different perspective on how to approach my very own thesis.
Starting out with Form Follows Function: Jan Tschichold’s New Typography and Title Designs by Saul Bass, Maurice Binder and Pablo Ferro is a thesis written by Oscar E Betancur who received his Master’s of Fine Arts from the Motion Media Design Department in the Fall of 2012. The structure of his entire thesis was very well organized; visuals supported the copy and provided meaning behind his thesis. In the beginning, he called out Acknowledgments, in which I noticed many other theses examples did not. I felt by exemplifying this area, he personalized or added his own voice to his thesis. Betancur’s visuals flowed with the body and were not placed at the very end of the thesis to make it feel disjointed. His overall intent – he did an excellent job intermingling both disciplines, Graphic Design and Motion Design, along with specific history passages to support his analysis.
The next thesis that grabbed my attention was FUSION – A BUILDING BRINGING PEOPLE, PLACES, SPACES, IDEAS & TECHNOLOGY TOGETHER written by Jose Gabriel Vilanova who received his Master’s in Architecture. Of the handful that I reviewed, Jose’s really spoke out to me in the manner that his was 137 pages, landscape format and broke out each of his chapters to reflect or to follow the flow of his design process. Within his thesis, he also incorporated case studies along with including an exhibition of his final piece at the end. From a user standpoint, the layout was a little challenging on the eyes due to the gutter being buried amongst the first column running into the second. However, his thesis was very impressive to me, it investigated how public spaces can be understood in a new digital way and draws from the use of public spaces that have already been re-invented in virtual terms and applies them in new architectural typologies. As mentioned prior, his digital 3-dimensional exhibition and storyboards were nicely created and exemplified his thesis from a different angle.
By reviewing these examples and learning some different communication approaches on writing my thesis, I feel I’ve gathered better knowledge on the expectation instead of feeling left behind or in the dark.
Betancur, Oscar E. Form Follows Function: Jan Tschichold’s New Typography and Title Designs by Saul Bass, Maurice Binder and Pablo Ferro. Savannah College of Art and Design Digital Collections. Graduate Thesis Collection >Form Follows Function: Jan Tschichold’s New Typography and Title Designs by Saul Bass, Maurice Binder and Pablo Ferro” (accessed Jan. 13, 2013), Web.
Vilanova, Jose Gabriel.FUSION – A BUILDING BRINGING PEOPLE, PLACES, SPACES, IDEAS & TECHNOLOGY TOGETHER Savannah College of Art and Design Digital Collections. Graduate Thesis Collection >FUSION: A Building Bringing People, Places, Spaces, Ideas & Technology Together” (accessed Jan. 13, 2013), Web.