Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2017

Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2017

Nicole Jane Debler

Contrast; a word of many opposites. Contrasts can be found in all aspects of human culture. It’s what differentiates things and people from each other. Contrast creates different perspectives and even tension. Contrast is the underlying theme throughout this thesis. Specifically contrasts in the Mexican culture, where people see two perspectives, the native and the contemporary. Mexico is a country where there is extreme contrast—from its landscapes, traditions and how people live. Growing up in Mexico City was an opportunity to experience a rapid moving city. There existed a wide gap between the modern and indigenous community. The native groups of Mexico still exist and practice their traditions and crafts to maintain their rich culture. Unfortunately, the native culture is lost in the modernity of the city and is disrespected by the modern. It’s important that this cultural gap is brought to light in order to celebrate both sides. Nudo is the middle point of these two extremes. Nudo means knot in Spanish and is where both these worlds exist as equals.

Nudo presents three books that investigate the contrast that exists in Mexico. In both form and concept, the books represent three core values and traditions found in the Mexican culture: textile, personas and storytelling. The books explore rich visual worlds; the modern and native without preference over the other. From materials, textures, popular culture, craft and photography, Nudo makes you pause and reevaluate our assumptions of contemporary and traditional Mexican cultures.

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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