Where the Wild Things Are
digital illustration, multimedia sculpture, photography / 2018




As designers, we have the opportunity and obligation to edit, reinterpret, organize, and remix pre-existing narratives to present designs that share a co-authorship with such narratives. As a part of Design Studio II led by Dinah Fried, we explored methods of making — such as deconstruction, compression, abstraction, and translation — to tell a familiar story in a new way. I chose Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's picture book familiar to many of us, and decided to retell the story through my style and voice.
In this project, I attempted a variety of explorations such as translating the elements present in the book into tactile 3D clay sculptures, retelling the story in an illustration that is reminiscent of the rough, oil pastel-esque drawings of kids, and playing with typography to amplify the unique character and voice present in the original story. Then, I tied together all of my explorations in the form of a small book, printed on Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 80lb text, and single-stitch bound by hand.