A view of my Master of Design thesis for the Anthropology + Design Exhibition 2021 (ADX), including a page-by-page look at the first completed book.

Pieces of the first book visualizing a future with extensive waste.

Project Introduction

The Anthropocene is our current epoch in which the Earth’s environment and residents are heavily impacted by human influence. While many people recognize the possible future effects of Anthropogenic change, such as rising water levels, loss of biodiversity, and severe temperatures, it can be difficult to imagine how the world might actually alter.

Narratives allow us to weave diverse ideas together to relate to the experiences of others and grasp abstract information. Design can also…


Master of Design Thesis — Ideation+Design Phase

Thesis Introduction

The Anthropocene is our current epoch in which the Earth’s environment and residents are heavily impacted by human influence. While many people recognize the possible future effects of Anthropogenic change, such as rising water levels, loss of biodiversity, and severe temperatures, it can be difficult to imagine how the world might actually alter.

Narratives allow us to weave diverse ideas together to relate to the experiences of others and grasp abstract information. …


Master of Design Thesis — Research Phase

Overview

In August 2019 while preparing to move from Pennsylvania to Washington state, I had to make a personally tough decision.

What books could I bring with me?

My partner and I were filling our 1984 Volkswagen Vanagon with all of our belongings, selling or giving away the rest. Whatever could fit in the van was all we would bring.

I probably owned a hundred books, collected over twenty-four years. I brought sixteen of them — some were practical, like a field guide of the Rocky Mountains. Some were sentimental, like the poetry books…


Abstract

As print and digital formats become increasingly intertwined, the definition of a publication has become more fluid. Independent magazines, with their foundations in community and easily distributed content, allow for an examination of how publication history is adapting rather than dying, as commonly perceived. Publications that weave between print and digital formats promote better access to content and communities while supplying readers with personal choices for effectively consuming information. Considering attention in the digital age, independent magazines attract audiences through their non-committal collection of short stories, underdog stance, quality over quantity, and ability to provide a retreat from media noise…

Taylor Miles Hopkins

University of Washington Master of Design Student taylor-miles.com

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