Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2015

I Am The Translator
Jasmine Yacoub

Nothing about the present interests me. I am the Translator has a lot to do with where I put my anger. Growing up in America with traditional Egyptian parents was tough. I can’t understand how they can be the way they are, think and behave as they do, even though they have been living in America for even longer than I have. This book allows me to take that anger and confusion and make something of it, something that communicates. I am the Translator seeks to express how differently each of us perceives and translate information. The book is composed of a series of interviews with ten people in my family, asking them all the same questions. The questions start simply, “What is your favorite fruit?” and become more thought-provoking: “At what age did you become aware of religion?” This shows how different we are even though we grew up in the same environment. These interviews are transcribed from video recordings, translating from Arabic to English when my family members speak in Arabic. Throughout the book, English and Arabic are translated side-by-side—in this way we see language as a central figure of our identity. As an object, the outside of the book looks old, but on the inside it is new. Having it be read from both left and right, being both old and new, is everything I love in one. There is also an exhibition format, where the video recording of the interviews are shown along with the book. What I want to work on next is an extended version of this book, interviewing more people and writing more parodies, scripts and body language, with more translations from Arabic to English, exploring how people interpret and form their lives differently.

Carolina Acosta

Carina Adijanto

Kathryn Adkins

Rosa Antonieta Andia Pastor

Che Ying Au

Nadia Bakst

Kevin Ballon

Tess Barber

Mercedes Beach

Trey Bedingfield

Evan Bender

Jan-Luca Berger

Liz Bergesch

Gabriel Berrios

Bianca Rose Bono

Zoe Sarah Bortz

Margot Bravi

Harlie Brindak

Stefania Brusatin

Shamma Buhazza

Daniela M. Casado

Edgar Castro

Dahye Chang

Alicia Chen

Jiayi Chen

Taylor Childers

Sanjana Chimnani

Yerang Choi

Caroline Chriss

Gregory Conte

Rafael Cordoboa

Gina Marie Costa

Karen-Cristina Cruz

Rachel Darmody

Amanda DeGiuseppe

Brittany DiPeri

Dariel Ben Dominguez

Phoebe Feng

Mark Foss

Lindsey Frazier

Anais Freitas

Amanda Goldstein

MaryAnn George

Camille Gervais

Sarah Gonzalez

Jessica Griscti

Anissa Hanley

Christa Herchek

Albert Hicks IV

Deja Holden

Mu-Ti Huang

Cari Hume

Zachary David Hurley

Anushae Hussain

Nicole Ignacio

Lama Kaddura

Sul Kim

Ji Hyun Kim

Hyerin Kim

Sunghoon Kim

Green Kim

Felicitas Kofler

Joan Koo

Hannah Kramer

Taiji Kuroda

Jasmine Lam

Alex Lardaro

Liberty Leben

Victoria Lee

Jayne Lee

Stephanie Leone

Crysta Leong

Sara Li

Liza Littlefield

Christopher Lucero

Huy Luong

Briana Lynch

Rachel Mak

David Marte

Nelle McDade

Kelly Merole

Marie Mhina

Riho Mineta

Regina Morgan-Muñoz

Ayla El-Moussa

Baki Mumkaya

Summer Myung

Caroline Newton

Sofia Oom

Adrian Ortega Pedraza

Rusbeny Pichardo

Maria Putri

Auriel Rickard

Nancy Rivera

Simone Roark

Emalis Robateau

Hussain Salahuddin

Benjamin Sands

Ariel Saura

Taleen Setrakian

Wren Sieber

Phuong Tran

Hilary Tunstall

Ujvala Abirami Vemparala

Gosbinda Vizarretea

Claudia von Hillebrandt

Marcus Washington Jr.

Jocelyn Wu

Jasmine Yacoub

Brenden Ying

Horin Yip

Christelle YuanYuan Zhang

Katie Zheng