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Works @ Brown

︎︎︎ Marketing Materials
︎︎︎ Exhibition Design
︎︎︎ Brand Identity

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Poster Design

︎︎︎ Stop Asian Hate
︎︎︎ Alienation
︎︎︎ If You Could See What I Hear
︎︎︎ The Grid
︎︎︎ Freelance Poster
︎︎︎ Creative Poster

Publication Design

︎︎︎ Openness (RISD MFA Thesis)
︎︎︎ We
︎︎︎ El Lissitzky And Werner Jeker
︎︎︎ On This Day
︎︎︎ Reframing Story
︎︎︎ Other (WIP)

Branding Design

︎︎︎ Chinese Medicine Box
︎︎︎ World Heritage Sites — Fuji Mountain
︎︎︎ Craftiles
︎︎︎ Astronaut Hall of Fame
︎︎︎ Daily Tea
︎︎︎ Melatonin Gummies
︎︎︎ Other Logo

Web/Mobile Design

︎︎︎ RISD Map
︎︎︎ Reflotus

Type Design

︎︎︎ Moiré Typeface
︎︎︎ Escape From Reality

Exhibit Design

︎︎︎ Maze
︎︎︎ Tap And Type
︎︎︎ Architect Exhibit
︎︎︎ History Exhibit
︎︎︎ Animal Exhibit

Information Design

Three Trips
Country Data


︎︎︎ Photography
︎︎︎ Video


︎︎︎ Illustration
︎︎︎ Printmaking

Personal Research — Spring 2022
Book Design

A thesis presented by Qiwen Ju, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design in the Department of Graphic Design of the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.

We perceive the world as flat when we close one eye. When both eyes are open, the world takes on a three-dimensional quality.

Our childhood, education, family, and environment form and bind our cognitive perspective. As the ancient Chinese proverb goes: “You can’t see Mount Tai by blinding your eyes with one leaf.” Truth is exceedingly difficult to discern. Like the obscuring leaf, there are blind spots in our vision. Prejudice is often the narrow leaf that obstructs perception, preventing us from seeing with greater dimension.

For actual comprehension, we can only see through the eyes, hearts, and minds of others that which we have not considered or comprehended. Although the world is complex, the truth is concealed, prejudices are tenacious, and the mind is weak, we must continue pursuing the truth we desire.

Openness is a four-part journey toward widening my perspective of the world, society, politics, culture, race, and gender by returning to a primal mode of observation: vision. What emerges is neither law nor guide but an attitude or method of finding direction and understanding. Over the course of this exploration, I hopefully break free of the one leaf syndrome and provide pathways for my audience to do the same.
Bethany Johns

Graphic Design Graduate Program Director
Graphic Design, Professor

Ryan Waller

Tertiary Thesis Advisor
Graphic Design, Critic

Nancy Skolos

Primary Thesis Advisor
Graphic Design, Professor

Jessica Helfand

External Thesis Critic
Design Observer, Co Founder

Thomas Wedell

Secondary Thesis Advisor
Graphic Design, Senior Critic
Copyright © 2022, Qiwen Ju.
All rights reserved.

This thesis is intended for academic purposes only. Use of images, text, and/or other content is for educational purposes only, unless expressly permitted otherwise. Images in this publication may have been reproduced without permission. If there are objections to the use of any of these images, I would be happy to remove them from further editions.