Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2019

The Guest House
Souraya Jureidini

We are constantly exposed to mass media, distracted by social media and pressured into creating a perfect virtual world to portray ourselves as what is nowadays known as “happy.” Consequently, we are less conscious of what is happening within ourselves or understanding each other. We are mostly concerned with how we are perceived and “the mask” is therefore, more present than ever. Technology is constantly evolving in ways that have hindered face to face human interaction, it reduces our emotions to faceless text messages or emojis, yet recognizes only blank stares. We seem “happy” but the real question is are we really? What are we feeling deep inside? Are we still capable of recognizing what others are feeling or more importantly correctly identify our own emotions?

The Guest House sheds light on how disconnected we've become. As a reaction to this every growing issue; I mapped out my personal journey towards reaching a better understanding of emotions. Just as meditation, self-portraits can be used as a form of practice to interrupt the mechanism found in one's daily routine and turn it into a personal experiment. The collection of self-portraits are used as a tangible database of emotions visually expressing what is sometimes impossible to put in words.

The manipulation of typography, layout, use of colors and different types of paper are meant to emphasize the personification of each feeling whilst setting a tone to this emotional ride and trigger a sensory experience. The Guest House authenticates the enchanted world lying within each one of us and encourages to turn inwards.

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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