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Justin Lackey

December 11, 2010

Second Round Proposals    1/17/2011


Anonymous Responsibility

Current Observations

Current modes of communication travel freely around the world with little restrictions. This can be a good, getting cries for help out, and helping coordinate previously impossible tasks. This freedom of communication has come at a price. Texting, video game chat, anonymous posts, and Facebook have all brought about a massive change in how people talk to one another. And in a lot of ways it isn’t nice. Suicides cause by cyberbullying, lost jobs because of in appropriate communications, and massive information leaks containing sensitive government information are just some of the ways this mode of communicating has created a disconnect in socially acceptable behavior.

One of the greatest challenges facing this crisis, is that there is no such thing as “internet police”. This is a challenge that must be faced by every individual who uses these forms of communication. The responsibility is in our own hands. It requires us to think before we speak, text, type, or comment. No one will come to your door if you write a hurtful message in response to a news article. But it may come back to haunt you. Much as we have been taught while growing up, we need to rethink our current understanding of what is ok and what is too much. The speed that these forms of communication offer require us to slow ourselves down and think before we communicate. Comments left on the web, are becoming more like restroom wall posts than places for meaningful discussion or sharing.

Modern methods of communication have brought about a lack of responsibility in current generations. By becoming faceless and having no apparent repercussions for what is said or written has increased the disconnect between socially acceptable behavior

Thesis Statement

Anonymous communication impairs current values and behavior.

Visual Studies

Investigation 1

exploring the option of creating posters or warnings that mimic the look of current social networks while communicating dangers.

Investigation 2

shock value


Case Studies

Graphic Imperative

Traveling poster series that reflects on forty years of international socialpolitical posters.

Christopher Baker

American artist whose work often reflects upon the complex relationship between society and technology.

AIGA get out the vote campaign

Tibor Kalman

Reading Log

“The Social Role of the Graphic Designer”, Social Design Notes,

“Interviewing the Obsessive”, print | design for curious minds,

“An introduction to ethics in graphic design”, Good:
Lucienne Roberts

“User-Centered Graphic Design : Mass Communications and Social Change”,
Jorge Franscara

“Wisdom : The Pauses Between the Notes”, Vision,

Statistics on cyber bullying and sexting

Update (1/25/11)

Direction 1:

Direction 2 :


updated (1/24/11)

Direction 1 : Social

Communicate the dangers in the environment of digital communication. Anonymity and the speed at which information is shared have altered and removed ourselves from the messages we send. I am investigating the role I can play as a visual communicator in this dialog. Seems to be something many people are discussing. Slowing down, think before you speak, etc. Where is the responsibility behind our actions?

-read an article about wisdom – (  Made reference to the idea that stopping to put wisdom in what we say is more difficult in this fast age.

-The Social Role of the Graphic Designer 2009

-“Interviewing the Obsessives”, print | design for curious minds

Direction 2 : Media

Motion and design. Is it better to force information onto a viewer or to let them experience it at their own pace? Motion graphics show information at a designer specified speed, while 2-dimensional graphics are worked through at a speed determined by the viewer. Does this affect retention of the information or the efficiency of retaining it. What are the implications of forced participation?

-Reading a book “This Is Your Brain On Music” Discusses interaction of the mind and music and its physiological affects.

-“Swiss vs. Slick” by Michael Bierut , talks about it being important to consider more than just visual aspects to make good design.

-Design Basics Series : Rhythm

-“The Essence of Design Rhythm”, DIP Online

Direction 3 : Grids

The grid. Spontinaity vs structure? Is there always an underlying order? Investigation into the grids found in nature. Also some interest in the grids created by cities. How they are planned and how they evolve. Forest system vs. Urban system.

-Grid Systems : Josef Muller -Brockmann    (a great, easy read)

-Fluid Mechanics : Typographic Design Now

-Deconstruction and Graphic Design : History Meets Theory

First Round Proposals : 12/11/10

Direction 1    The Social

Social anonymity and the implications it is having on society. Share with everyone, without thinking of long term consequences. Being a faceless voice removes you from the responsibility of what you say. Severe drop in moral responsibility could be linked to this new “open” generation. How can I as a designer help communicate the danger this poses to society.

Direction 2    In Media

Dimensional communication. Motion graphics move a viewer through a design at a pace established by the designer, but in traditional 2d medium the viewer gets to set the speed at which they experience the work. Can you communicate a similar meaning in the two different media? My project from Graphic Form was a 3-Dimensional investigation in creating motion in static piece. I liked the initial idea but I think that it could be further investigated.

Direction 3    The Knowledge

Grids provide stability within a design. They can be visible or hidden. I believe that my current experiences with working in a grid could be expanded and pushed. This involves working in both simple type arrangements or large bodies of type. Magazine layouts where a source of this idea. Working on the publication assignment in Typography 3 got me excited for the possibilities available.