We co-curated and art-directed the RISD Graphic Design Triennial, a survey exhibition of graduate and undergraduate student work, in 2012. Our concept revolved around a one paragraph definition of graphic design, that acted as both a visual identity and as a ‘tag cloud’ of organizing concepts for the exhibition.
In an inversion of the conventional relationship between ‘show’ and ‘catalogue,’ we presented the main body of exhibited work in a book and website, cross referenced by the tagging system established in the exhibition identity. The physical gallery space, meanwhile, became an index to the book and website, presenting a small, curated selection of work that we felt exemplified, critiqued, or reinterpreted particular tagged concepts. The book and website also existed in the exhibition space, as an installation and an interactive digital projection.
The show’s identity featured Mononi, a custom redrawing of Bodoni as a monospaced font, a kind of playful post-functionalist reapplication of the typeface’s rationalist spirit to itself. Mononi is available for purchase here.