The Passage of Time
As seen from a human perspective.

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I believe that by portraying the passage of time through graphic design while engaging audience response and influential imagery, one can make design more powerful and interesting. Feedback from a survey administered via the internet was incorporated with personal photography to demonstrate how the complexities of time can be broken down to everyday principles. The relationships I have created between text and image are intended to reveal the humanity behind their content. In design, communication on a human level is fundamentally essential since it enables a message to be accurately disseminated to the public, while encouraging the audience to identify with a reality greater than their own.

Through my thesis, my goal was to discover homogeneous characteristics that innately connect members of society, no matter how drastic the inherent differences in our upbringings or beliefs are. Notwithstanding these disparities, we are all subject to the passage of time, and therefore all have views with respect to the matter. I set out to prove that there are certain details of this concept that can be agreed upon, and that can illuminate our similarities, regardless of the differences.

This methodology of translating an otherwise scientific topic to a comprehensible level is important to other designers. Design can be made more successful by distilling convoluted information into simple and digestible forms, while revealing relationships but avoiding oversimplification. Only scientists can understand extensive theories and principles, but the concept of time is apparent in all of our lives. By using design to shed light upon the intrinsic constituents of time, one is able to make note of its building blocks; from wrinkles, family photographs, and the rings of a tree trunk, to something as simple as the shoelaces of a child.