Ohio University Graduate Class of 2013

Eunice Delaquis



The Adinkra: Re-reading a Discourse within a Discourse

Poem from Eunice's Thesis Document:

Adinkra As Kasakoa (A Bended Language)

Kasa kasakoa your words are deep
and steeped with weight.
Concealed within the Adinkra frame
When sight was gone you peered soo bright.
Within Adinkra pride you took me back to days of old
and brought me back with treasures untold.
Not silver or gold but wisdom true and rare.
From ancestral hands and the spirits of the land.
Through torrents of cloudy veils you unwinded my brain.
I now speak up for I know my name, my identity,
my language, my Adinkra they are here to stay…
in kasakoa I speak the language of the Adinkra.
For in this I live and have my being…. (Eunice Delaquis)

Eunice's Thesis Abstract:

"The discourse of the Adinkra, which is a visual and spiritual “translation of thoughts and ideas, expressing and symbolizing the values, beliefs, philosophy and wisdom of the Ashanti”(Danzy 2009, 3), has indeed permeated through time and space. Their complexities have unearthed quite a wide spectrum of concepts and theories; deductions of one idea from the other; mixed amalgamations of facts and speculations; all this harnessing the evolving discourse within a discourse. The intention therefore is to create awareness about the existence and history of the Adinkra, to celebrate and sustain the Adinkra as part of the Ghanaian culture, and solidify it as an ideographic writing system. The issue of preserving a writing system is cross-cultural because writing has played and still plays a significant role in defining, defending, and sustaining any culture. Hence the discourse of the Adinkra as an ideographic writing system is extremely relevant. The goals of the research will be explored further through a mixed media installation that comprises of illustration, sound and animation. This will serve as a visual manifestation and reflection of the discourses deduced as well as the conclusions raised."

Delaquis, Eunice, February 2013

Eunice Delaquis' Thesis Video On Adinkra

USA, Ohio

Fred Jesser



Autobiography as Service

Fred’s Thesis Abstract:

“This project asserts that graphic design may assume a role that functions both autobiographically and in service to others. What began as an autobiographical project, with the idea of oneself as the audience became a way to selflessly offer others the experience of the author. This particular experience is that of the author’s recovery from, and coexistence with drug addiction. Drawing influence from religious iconography such as the Mandala and other related Yantra, the visual research born of this project is designed to metaphorically guide viewers through a sampling of recovery related meditations, rituals and practice developed as the author has learned to coexist with addiction. The visual works serve as daily reminders to the author of the practice necessary for continual coexistence with addiction. These visual works are likewise designed as offerings of experience strength and hope to other addicts seeking recovery. It is an ongoing design project that is paradoxically selfish (meaning that it exists to serve the author) and selfless (meaning that it exists to be of service to others). It is Autobiography as Service.”

Jesser, Fred, May 2013

Samples of Fred Jesser's Video Research

USA, Ohio

Ryan Lewis



Introversion to Extroversion

Abstracted from Ryan’s Thesis Document:

“Studies show that as many as one-third to one-half of all people could be considered introverts. Extrovert dominated U.S. culture favors outspoken, outgoing personalities and requires constant meetings and group projects. To survive, many introverts have become adept at assuming the appearance of extroversion for periods of time. However, this frequent masquerade often puts great stress on an individual. US cultural norms do not always provide the appropriate climate an introvert needs to function normally. Despite this disparity between cultural context and personality preference, introverts continue to contribute much insightful, meaningful, and complex research though their focused efforts. Design has often functioned as a voice for the under served and under represented. This research explores how public understanding of introversion can be increased through design, explores how design can eliminate some of the stereotypes associated with introversion, and celebrates introverts’ positive contributions to society through visual means. This work seeks to encourage further discourse through a variety of visual media including three-dimensional objects, photography, stop motion video, apparel, projection, and typography.”

Lewis, Ryan, February 2013

Ryan Lewis' Thesis Video Essay

USA, Ohio

Heather Storer



authenticity in branding

Abstracted from Heather’s Thesis Document:

“It seems as though the practice of branding has become an art of deception. While there is no simple solution to a “quest for authenticity,” there is merit to further exploration and investigation of the idea of authenticity as it relates to branding. We live in an age where a product is not simply sold for product’s sake, but along with that product we are confronted with ideas about lifestyle, personality, history, experience, community, etc. Consumers are attracted to the story-telling aspect of brands; it helps us relate to a product and draws our attention and loyalties. However, consumers also expect some level of honesty from a company…some degree of truth. Finding the place at which "truth" and "story" can overlap will prove to be valuable to both consumers and designers. Consumers will have a heightened awareness of their participation in viewing and interpreting brand messaging as well as a greater attentiveness to brand story-telling devices such as nostalgia. Designers will have a greater consideration for the tactics used in creating brand messaging and how their aesthetic decision-making has such a strong effect on consumer beliefs.”

Storer, Heather, February 2013

Heather Storer's Thesis Documentation

USA, Ohio