Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2019

Measuring Closeness | Extension in Intimacy: Textbook
Eileen Lu

After moving to a different state for the first time, I found myself faced with an instantaneous sense of displacement between/for my friends and I. With this feeling of displacement came the urgency of preservation. This inherently lent itself to a growing dependency on one another, on us surviving, despite the physical distance.

The term ‘closeness’ describes the lack of distance (emotional or physical) between two or more things. The term ‘extension’ implies an outward continuation of one thing/oneself. To say someone is “an extension of you,” or anything describing connection through closeness, is to say that you exist beyond yourself. It is to say that aspects of you live within a person or thing that defies any spatial or physical mode of measurement. Over the years, I have found a growing difficulty to grasp these things that I find too intangible. My response was to create a formula to challenge this idea of intangibility/immeasurability, an attempt to create a mode of measurement in order to make sense of my own intimate relationships.

The product is a textbook documenting my process and attempts to understand the spatiality of intimacy. This book is made up of three parts: personal essays, research texts with annotations, and images scored through a self-made ‘intimacy algorithm’. The goal of this highly self-reflective process being documented is to arrive at a better understanding of the intimate relationship dynamics that have essentially formed who I am.

Yasmeen AlAyoub

Maria Badasian

Jenny Barroll

Bhavika Bhatia

Leehe Bok

Lauren April Brady

Elisa Bustos

Gabrielle Cantamessa

Jo Castanon

Ana Sofia Murillo Cernicchiaro

Sherleen Chen

Tiange Chen

Dahee Choi

Carol Chong

Olivia Chow

Matthew Chu

Lily Clempson

Analuisa Corrigan

Gaurika Dalal

Iyana Martin Diaz

Sylvia Epstein

Maria Farah

Vitoria Schweitzer Fiore

Jamie Fong

Bentzion Goldman

Sarah Hennessy

Irene Hernandez-Gaona

Sara Hilany

Allen Hu

Gufeng Huang

Julia Isman

Erika Jaquez

Moonnyung Jo

Adam Johansen

Souraya Jureidini

Cynthia Kamata-Banks

Zarrin Karimi

Ta Suranart Kasitipradit

Anastasia Khadivi

Peggy S. Khammanotham

Jiwon Kim

Minhae Kim

Sarah Kim

Soyeon (Chloe) Kim

Soyeon Kim

Esther Klingbiel

Rose Kramer

Clare Lagomarsino

Julia Lassen

Chloe Lee

Jahyun Lee

Nicole Lee

Ye Eun Alison Lee

Leqi Liang

Chia Ying Lin

Chih-Yi Lin

Eric Lish

Clarissa Losciale

Eileen Lu

Cobey Lusinger

Maria Magnani

Miguel Marcos

Gaebrielle McIntosh

Sarah McNutt

Mitali Mehta

Vincent Merle

Mitali Nopany

Eugene Ong Bang Jun

Diana Pak

Seongjin Park

Holly Parkin

Annika Phillips

Olimpia Pignatti-Morano

Marie Poncin

Jin Qian

Jack Rieger

Kenisha Bijoux Rullan

Joshua Ryan

Bushra Sarker

Amy Schultz

Nico Siy

Leah Slava

Demi Isabela Straulino

Anisha Subberwal

Erica Tagliarino

Cristina Cepeda Thielmann

Elisa Tordjmann

Kyle Tranquilli

Yasemin Varlik

Varun Vig

Diana Vivar

Abby Wang

Yifei Wang

Yuqi Wang

Coco Wohrle

Angela Yang

Stella Yen

Tiffany Ying

Ingrid Yiu

Kyle Yu

Celestine Yuan

Seoyoung Yun

Maria Zabolotnaya

Amanda Zaldivar

Yinglin Zeng

Junhao Zhang

Limber Lingya Zhang

Haitong Zheng

Karolina Zuchowski