Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2018

Magic If
Anastasia Kharchenko

Acting is closely connected to graphic design. The way that actors create their characters, experience imaginary circumstances, and reflect the truths of the real world are all relevant to our practice.

“Magic if” is an aspect of teaching acting, created by Konstantin Stanislavski, a theater practitioner. It describes an ability to imagine oneself in a set of fictional circumstances and drives the actor to make action choices. The project, Magic If, is an experimental collection of a fold-out poster and three books based on the interaction between design and acting. Magic If proposes a different way of going through a design process, taking into consideration similarities and differences of the two fields.

Through a connection with a thought, an actor grasps a larger concept, becomes aware of the physical objects and surroundings, and responds with a visual presentation, an experience. Following this idea, the books include exercises that help a designer to make connections between ideas and their meanings. The project allows designers to connect with their process on a deeper level through understanding first each stage, then the concept as a whole. The books feature writings and exercises from theater and design thinkers such as Stanislavski and Michael Rock, alongside visual and conceptual symbols that represent ideas. Magic If is a playfully serious resource. It persistently poses a question about how and what choices we make affect how we act and create thoughtfully under imaginary circumstances.

Maxine Joy Almendra

Daniela Al-Saleh

Amon Dario Appelt

Shruti Ashok

Whitney Badge

Jaire Berkel

Ingrid Bonetti

Victoria Boyd

Madison Bozinoff

Malulani Bria

Kaylin Brown

Rachel Brownjohn

Olive Burd

Germán Castellanos Reyes

Madeline Cericola

Vicky Chau

Amber Chen

Victor Chen

Wendy Ching

Connie Chu

Channon Chung

Leonardo Cilmi

Emma T. Conway

Nicole Corso

Qamile Dani

Magdalena de la Torre Suárez

Amanda Ericson

Dan Feldman

Anna Feng

Natalia Flores

Peter Frasco

Lucia Garza

Mariana Gaviria

Mikey Hefez

Adrianna Hinsey

Avinash Hirdaramani

Marielle Holland

Grace Hong

Surkho Shane Hong

Pauline Hotelier

Dylan Hughes

Jiyoung Hwang

Sonali Jain

Andrea S. Jassir

Christina Jenkins

Maria Jessica

Erin Johnston

Javarius Jones

Yea Ji Jung

Rachel Kahn

Anastasia Kharchenko

Jonathan Haojaq Kho

Alexa Kim

Cindy Dawon Kim

Sang Dennis Kim

Somin Kim

Yoonji Kim

Kyungmin Ko

Sidney Law

Kevin Lee

Jane Lee

Matheus Dal Santo Lewis Sage Smith

Kristiana Marcon

Hannah Marshall

Kruti Mehta

Gabriel Mester

Charlotte Miller

Mintra Morrison

Tamir Moses

Kaisha Murzamadiyeva

Thomas Nghia Nguyen

Lanie Nowak

Satoe Onizuka

Steven Orts

Owen Pace

Tatyana Palacios

Herin Park

Olga Pavlova

Luli Peralta-Esquivel

Lindsay Petricca

Constanza Pinto

Shreya Razak

Costanza Reiser

Vincent Riportella

Bateel Saber

Ahana Seth

Cristina Soberon

Rebecca Speiser

Natalia Spotts

Sabrina Steck

JD Stephenson Jr.

Richard Supriano

Eden Tartour

Jissaura Taveras Hernandez

Nathalia Tello Arias

Liz Tsai

Altyn Turdukulova

Amena Tyebji

Gabriela Vieira

Juan Diego Villegas

Yige Wang

Evelyn Wu

Jessie Yao

Crystal Yin

Rebecca Jiayi Zhou