Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2019

Gabrielle Cantamessa

On an average day, nearly 5.7 million people travel on the New York City subway system. These tunnels run like veins and arteries under the island of Manhattan. Between these 5.7 million people there are infinite numbers of interactions between them that occur 24 hours and 7 days a week all while taking mass transit.

I am one of 5.7 million. I have an hour commute from The Bronx to Manhattan to get to school, friends, and family. I’m guilty as almost every other commuter of staring, dead-eyed at my phone screen for that hour long trip underground. But not just being on the train, I’m guilty of scrolling through classes, in-person conversations, dinners, parties, whatever. This constant connectivity to a device is a problem.

I started just observing, being present on my commute. These people were friends, lovers, parents, sisters, brothers, grandparents. They were together in this cramped metal snake that lurched its way through Manhattan’s underbelly. The subway is home to the homeless, the hungry, performers, singers, magicians, conspiracy theorists and artists. But for most of us, it's just a way to get from point A to point B. If one pays attention long enough you can catch these tender moments, one can bear witness to hugging, kissing, and warm hand holding. Even the weary eyes and battered hands of city workers, as they desperately try and stay awake on the train ride home. All of these moments solidify what so many often forget: people are people.

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Lauren April Brady

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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

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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

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