Monday, April 4, 2011

Class Project at Yale University

Image via Yale Graphic Design Department

Happy Monday morning! Hope it is just that for you. ;)

I found this awesomely cool photo on Yale University's website recently and wanted to share it with you. Here's a description of what this photo's about:

"Off the Wall" is an exhibition of the print, motion, site-specific and interactive work of this year’s fifteen MFA candidates in the Graphic Design program at the Yale University School of Art.

Faced with the challenge of presenting their work in a way that celebrates both the individuality of each designer and the spirit of the class as a whole, the students decided to take their work off the walls. In a gesture that reduces the exhibition to its most essential form, all works will be placed on the floor. As the title implies, Off the Wall is unorthodox and intuitive. Instead of grouping the work by maker or medium, it will be arranged loosely, letting visitors make their own links and connections between objects. By presenting their work on the floor, on the same surface that viewers stand, the designers ask the viewers to engage with objects they encounter. Each piece becomes accessible, allowing visitors an opportunity to pick up, read, view and directly experience all works on display.

During Yale’s intense, two-year program, students build a coherent, investigative, and experimental body of work, culminating in a thesis. Though each student’s thesis project expresses a singular methodology, they share common features: the application of a visual method to studio work and the writing and design of a catalogue raisonnĂ©. Alongside designers’ print, video, and interactive work, Off the Wall will feature the fifteen thesis books, which contextualize the designers’ work in relation to their emerging practices."

Have you done anything crazy, creative, or fun like this lately or in the past? This doesn't quite compare to the Yale project above, but I taught a children's art class several years ago and we painted our own Leonardo Da Vinci murals. I taped huge pieces of poster paper to the underneath side of the tables and we painted away. A little messy, but fun! :)

Have a great week, friends! xo


  1. I love this photo and the whole fun concept! Love your inspiration today Vicki!

    xo Mary Jo

  2. thanks for the comment vicki, I am doing very well (very busy) but well :)

    love this post, fabulous as always

    hugs xo

  3. He Vicki, I love your blog! It's very inspirational! Greetings, Mariska Eyck

  4. This is awesome! The whole thing looks like so much fun, and it gave me a great idea for a photo too. Love it!



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