Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2019

Julia Lassen
D.G.N.

No words can sum up a life or its worth. No memory can quite substitute for its presence. An impossible feat, to represent a life no longer living, in all of its pain, in all of its glory.

This collection explores concepts involving identity, memory, and the aging brain using my grandpa, Derek George Nash, as the subject of study. While collecting photos, objects, documents, and talking to family, I visually pieced together the life he lead through what I have categorized as so: the tangible and the emotional.

The tangible includes all things physical such as photographs, objects, clothing, and documents. The tangible is meant to serve as physical evidence that simulates the space he had occupied during his existence. It is meant to demonstrate the mass of things that made him, him. The emotional is entirely text-based and includes writing such as his eulogy, poetry, and transcribed conversations with family members. These text based entries are used to contextualize the tangible. The conversations tell stories that illustrate his relationships, his habits, his quirks, his interests, his personality, and his impact. As he ages throughout this book, the emotional reveals how his relationships change, how his quality of life shifts, and how his identity began to strip away from dementia and hearing loss. Derek’s story is a representation that life is delicate, that the aging brain has no mercy, and that the magnitude of life, in all of its complexity, can be stripped away before our eyes.

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Dahee Choi

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Analuisa Corrigan

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Iyana Martin Diaz

Sylvia Epstein

Maria Farah

Vitoria Schweitzer Fiore

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Bentzion Goldman

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Adam Johansen

Souraya Jureidini

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Jiwon Kim

Minhae Kim

Sarah Kim

Soyeon (Chloe) Kim

Soyeon Kim

Esther Klingbiel

Rose Kramer

Clare Lagomarsino

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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

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