Graphic Design

Exhibition Identity for Alice Neel: People Come First
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Identity for Alice Neel: People Come First, the first comprehensive West Coast retrospective of Neel’s work hosted by the de Young museum. The exhibition includes depictions of Neel’s neighbors in Spanish Harlem, political leaders, queer cultural figures, activists, and mothers, along with a diverse representation of nude figures, including visibly pregnant women. Neel's "pictures of people" embody a rare candor and irreverence.

Identity System, 2022

Exhibition Identity for Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy
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Identity for Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy, an exhibition at the Legion of Honor museum that charts the trajectory of Guo Pei’s career as a leader in the fashion world in the early twenty-first century. Through exquisite craftsmanship, lavish embroidery, and unconventional dressmaking techniques, Guo Pei creates a fantasy that fuses the influences of China’s imperial past, decorative arts, European architecture, and the botanical world.

Identity System, 2022

Whiz World Issue #7: Extraction
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WHIZ WORLD is a publication, a collaborative network, and an evolving art machine. It highlights the lived experiences of women identifying and non-binary artists with two driving principles: each whiz is an expert in their lived experience, and play creates imaginative solutions to grave conflicts. They write from a speculative magical feminist perspective, use allegory and magical language to scrutinize our political climate and combat pervasive misogyny. 

Zine, 2022

Branding and exhibition collateral for FAMSF
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A variety of museum-related graphics—for print, outdoor/environmental, video and digital platforms—for the de Young and Legion of Honor museums (FAMSF).

Various, 2021–2022

Temporal Collisions
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Graphic Design MFA Thesis for the Rhode Island School of Design, synthesizing a body of work produced over the course of the program. A mix of project documentation, research, writing and interview. This book articulates an affinity for confusion and noise, gleaning, getting lost, temporal collisions and play.

Book Design, 2020
228 pages, 7.25 x 10 in.

Hierapolis Pamukkale Visual Identity
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Hierapolis Pamukkale is a UNESCO World Heritage Site defined by natural thermal pools surrounded by white limestone and adjacent Greco-Roman ruins of an amphitheater, necropolis and multiple bath houses. This identity system mimics the iconic travertine terraced landscape through a series of stepped typographic gestures.

Identity System, 2020
rint & Digital

L’endroit est ici

2-color Risograph Print, 2019
4.5 x 5.75 in.

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I gathered and cataloged a wide range of unrelated objects in my possession. In order to make sense of this collection, I began to join objects through six degrees of separation. The structure of the book attempts to give visible form to my meandering thought patterns. The imagery bleeds from one association to the next with text that flows across the gutter. The reader must stumble around the loose logic of my internal monologue.

Book Design, 2019
64 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 in.

Confounding Idioms
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A set of instructive videos on multilingual idioms. Exposing the absurdity of gaps in translation through satirizing the educational video genre, leaning into awkward timing, graphics and strange reveals.

Video, 2020
Duration 2:35

Activating the Periphery
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A compilation of research, writing, documentation, mapping and forecasts that serve towards defining a direction for the RISD MFA Thesis. Refining, cross-referencing and substantiating subject areas previously articulated in my work and presenting them in a comprehensive and thoughtfully-designed format.

Book Design, 2019
60 pages, 8 x 10 in.

Desktop Disaster

An inquiry into the behavior of natural disasters got me thinking about the digital spaces we inhabit and how they might become threatened. Envisioning each icon as a point in a mapped landscape, I orchestrated an environmental disaster on my desktop. The brief animation explores a hybridizing of glitch and interface aesthetics with weather radar maps to draw parallels in their behavior.

Video, 2019
Duration 0:15

RISD GD MFA Biennial 
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The 2019 Graphic Design MFA Biennial responds organically and generously to work from the past two years like a string of acronyms. We named the show “OtEoN — On the Edge of Normal” to exaggerate the curatorial gesture, collapsing the many facets of graphic design into one.

Exhibition Design
Sol Koffler Gallery — Providence, RI
Apr 4-21, 2019

JazzTV Promo
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Hypothetical TV Promo for an upcoming  show called “Jazz Legends,” a biographic series where each week a different classic jazz artist is featured. The visual tone of the show is inspired classic Blue Note record cover art from the 1950s – 1970s.

Motion Graphics, 2020
Duration 0:30

Newly Formed

Select coursework from Newly Formed with Chris & Kathleen Sleboda of Draw Down Books, focusing on advanced composition, experimental form-making and image-making using generative and iterative approaches, an array of materials, techniques and formats.

Mixed Media, 2019
Left: Posters, 18 x 24 in.

Visiting Designers

The Visiting Designers Lecture Series is hosted by the RISD Graphic Design MFA program in coordination with the graduate-level course that provides workshops with designers over the 12-week semester. This poster was designed to advertise the kickoff lecture for the workshop with artist, designer, and writer, Laurel Schwulst (RISD BFA GD 2010).

Poster Trio, 2019
11 x 17 in.

Twin Peaks Postcards 

4-color Risograph Prints, 2019
4.5 x 5.75 in. 

Atlas: Seeing Double 
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A collaborative publication from the RISD GD MFA Class of 2020. Performing a series of tasks, with a nod to the Labors of Hercules—and to the myth of grad school as an “experience of virtuous struggle and suffering”—as a way to set off on an path of exploring, responding and collecting. 

Publication, 2018
256 pages, 8.5 x 11 in.

Society of the Spectacle x May ‘68
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A hybrid redesign of Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle with rally cries from the protests of May ‘68. 

Book Design, 2018
212 pages, 4.5 x 8 in.

© Lizzie Baur 2022