Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2022

You Are a Designer
Vlora Bajrushi

As members of a design community like Parsons, we all share one thing in common: we’ve been credited with being a designer. We learn what programs to use and how to develop an eye for design. We learn about fundamental design strategies and use them to develop our own methods and approaches.

During my early thesis explorations, I began to identify the design strategies I use as a designer. I investigated the relationships I have with objects around me, and how I make sense of the world using design methods. I soon realized that the strategies I use as a professional designer co-exist within individuals who are non-designers. The overlapping of design strategies led me to question the divides created between designers and non-designers.

In my work, I’m blurring the divide between designers and non-designers by rewriting the separation, and suggesting everyone is a designer. Instead, the divide exists between professional and non-professional designers. This differentiation highlights designers who use their methodologies to make a living, and non-professionals who practice design to fulfill other desires, with overlaps in between. To blur the divide, I developed a self-discovery kit, You Are a Designer. The kit nudges non-designers to discover their innate design abilities by reflecting on introspective questions, investigating the influences that shape the ways they approach design.

My project gives non-professional designers the space to re-evaluate the ways they navigate the world through design, and offers professional designers a more inclusive commentary on professionalism in design.

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Nico Chilla

Samantha Chun

Erin Clausen-McGee

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Claire Dong

Shaanzya Dongre

Miranda Elder

Adelai Evans

Elizabeth Fan

Nicho Ferez

Emiliano Flores

Emily Force

Logan Frances

Jen Fu

Juriel Furukawa

Chloe Gad

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Avni Goel

Jess Gooding

Amanda Guo

Ethan Halpern

Aijia Hao

Nathan Harrison-Bokor

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Ashley Heo

Olivia Hepner

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Hyunji Jo

Avery Kang

Simran Kanwar

Nicole Kapper

Sarah Kendric

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Kyutae Kim

Sarah Kim

Veronica Kim

Nitya Kumar

Ivy Kurniawan

Danielle Lair Ferrari

Hana Lanzkowsky

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Yingyi Lei

Cecily Li

Weihe Li

Zimo Li

Vivian Lin

Yiwen Lin

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Zi Yun Liu

Nora Lombardo

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Patrick Yang MacDonald

Germaine Mai

Rachael Mattison

Arman McLean

Alex Mi

Ayesha Mirza

Noyonika Nath

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Helen Niu

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Aly Orescanin

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Olivia Ries

Daniela Rodriguez

Eva Roso

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