Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2019

Lauren April Brady
Earthly Pursuits

Growing up I often studied paths, whichever form they took. As a runner and ski racer, paths played an imperative role in competitions. Before each ski race, our team would slip the course several times, visualizing the route we would take, the cleanest line around the gates and through the finish. In cross country, we would jog the course before the race, inspecting each turn, each hill, memorizing the trail. When I moved to Manhattan, my paths became more haphazard. These everyday jaunts were nearly never planned, left to fate, instinct, or the changing of traffic lights. Once I began tracking my routes training for my first marathon, the path became a satisfying artifact of the workout I had done, the journey I had taken, the distance I had travelled.

And I knew there were other path devotees, too, with over twenty routes uploaded to the tracking app Strava every second. People love to run, and they love to share where their body alone had taken them. But I wanted to discover what a G.P.S. couldn’t: what called people to the path they ran, how they individually navigated the city at pace. Even more, I wanted to connect runners beyond the social networks, in a tactile way, with an object they could touch and carry. A rock was the most rudimental choice of baton. A rock, the first tool of man, in conjunction with a smartphone, the most modern tool of man, were the only devices necessary for the relay to take place. Inspired by the race courses, guidebooks and trail maps of my youth, I set on to create a book that chronicled the paths of six runners, and the three pound rock that connected them. These are their Earthly Pursuits.

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