Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2015

Welcome to The Anthropocene
Phuong Tran

Along with the cycles of production and consumption that make up our daily lives come consequences for the Earth that are left unnoticed or uncared about. So we simply ask: just what are the technologies, processes, and objects that are contributing to what we now know as the Anthropocene, the human epoch of the geological history of the Earth? This project is a catalog of the systems, processes, and objects that in concert have acted to create the Anthropocene. These objects range from those in everyday use by humans—coffee, fast food, mobile phones—to objects that are not visible in the everyday, from genetically modified crops to geo-synchrounous satellites orbiting in space, all of which are man-made and have contributed to large-scale geological changes on the Earth. Organized into sections ranging from ozone depletion to international tourism to McDonald’s restaurants that are used by geologists in calculating human impact on Earth, it details the objects, and the systems that underlie them, that fall within those sections. The Anthropocene Catalog breaks down and explores objects and their systems of production, social importance, and eventual disposal. Due to the growth of population, coupled with the advancement, ubiquity and dependency on technology, shifts in the natural world are happening significantly faster than previous times. While we are living on Earth, we can consider our Anthropocene epoch: what it means for the Earth to be irrevocably altered by humanity, and how we can begin to shape our response.

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