Parsons School of Design

BFA Communication Design

Thesis 2017–18

Justin Cheung
Everyday Margins

We spend so much time dwelling in the new and the exciting. What happens, then, to things that are no longer stimulating? The mundane? I wanted to give myself a challenge to address something meaningful, yet neglected in my thesis project. So, I looked at a range of boring subjects like gestures and conversations, and eventually settled with receipts. From little pieces of information like, times, locations, prices, tip to patterns and structures, I realized each receipt could potentially be very telling of a person—not just her habits, but also a glimpse of her personality. Hence begun my journey of collecting a week-worth of receipts from any willing friends. By scrutinizing the collections of receipts, I puzzled out a consumption portrait of each of my friends. As much as they were willing to expose their private habits, I was just as willing to write out my private critical thoughts about their consumption, some positive, mostly negative. Eventually, I asked the owners of the portraits to hold it up to the public as they read my remarks on the back, creating an experience for the nosy to examine; the self- conscious to model; the cynics to critique, and the curious to explore.

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Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2017–18