Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2017

Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2017

Teenagers must have a difficult time finding the blame in their everyday problems. Sometimes it is the environment, but sometimes it is the inner scape of intricate issues, dilemmas, and trauma that lace through the complex minds of youth. The explosive increase in social media platforms and communication technology enables these “troubled youth” to constantly find new, sometimes more drastic ways to portray their vulnerability. But often the response is consistent; teenagers are “stupid,” “crazy,” and “spoiled.” But even if they are, why are people pointing fingers and making fun of this debacle? Isn’t that the first SOS signal sent up in dismay, panic, and hope?

Think of teens—the horrifying ridicule of those “vibrant” years. Truly, maybe, the most apparent years of simplicity fighting with complexity, struggling to find the way out of the tunnel, the mazes that confuse us. How do teens survive? Their problems are sometimes the most valuable moments in one’s shaping of character, yet popular culture glazes over the teenage issues with mock sympathy and condescension.

Many scoff the at word “guidance” and easily point fingers to the disconnect between society and the distressed teen. Everyone either forgets too easily or too scarcely about these years that some called cursed and others blessed. Nonetheless, the numbers are as real as the individuals that form the statistics, the percentages, the “blob.” But let’s not forget that each dot on this grid is a life, a being, a youth that struggles to articulate one’s emotions, or its dysfunctions thereof.

Andy Agus

Ameer Akbar

Sherifa El Alfi

Orhan S Awatramani

Evan Badr

Mrinal Bhatia

Yaël Bienenstock

Olivia Brodtman

Adomas Bruzga

Holly Burt

Kiana Caesar

Elizabeth Capreol

Christian Caraballo

Alyson Cardenas

Gabriela Carnabuci

Marjorie Chamberlain

Vanna Chan

Sachi Chandiramani

Leslie Chavez

Katherine Cheng

Emily Cho

Soomin Choi

Hyeree Choi

Talia Cotton

Dorothy Cruz

Katie DeAngelis

Nicole Jane Debler

Dominique DeVito

Megan Dias

Theresa Duemler

Juan Francisco Morales Egas

Michelle Eguia

Audrey Farnsworth

Peter Fowler

Myesha Evon Gardner

Alijah Gilbert

John Hammond

Jin Ju Han

Aimee Hedman

Perla Herrera

Lauren Horsman

Zhiyan Huang

Ji Hea Jang

Urvita Jhaveri

Myles Jones

Cheryl Kao

Phoebe Kennedy

Alice Yeji Kim

Jung Yeon Kim

Thomas Sang Gul Kim

Chewon Kim

Sanggyun Kim

Hansung Kim

Likando Kumoyo

Jang Kyungjun

Josh LaCalamito

Yunjoo Lee

Kyung Sun Lee

SooJi Lee

Meijun Li

Alice Lim

Junya Lin

Yuchen Liu

Kimberly Lombardi

Natalia Malik

Roisin McNulty

Simen L. Meyer

Nikoletta Mitsopoulou

Chloë Murray

Cyrus Nathaniel

David Dahao Ni

Mariana Del Nogal

Sofia Olarra

Kamila Ortiz

Ji Hyun Park

Sara Pena

Melissa S. Peralta

Camille Petricola

Sander Phoenix

Urvi Raghbeer

Andrew Ramirez

Brianna Saba

Stephen Salomon

Julianna Amelia Santolucito

Raida Saveree Sarwar

Ritika Shah

Shui Shan

Jisoo Sim

Lauren Stein

Pei Yu Sun

Shivalika Tandon

Nia Thomas

Laura Tien

Karina Tristandy

Paula Volchok

Djiun Wang

Kyra Wang

Taylor Wasikonis

Junlu Xie

Marie Yamamoto

Jasmine Zhang