Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2024

Can I Make Robot Rand?
Rand Rivera

In my thesis, I explore how relentless curiosity catalyzes transformative shifts in the design process, moving from a focus on solutions to exploring the depths of the “whys.” The guiding question of Can I Make Robot Rand? serves not as a definitive goal but as a springboard for generating new ideas and avenues for exploration with AI. The emphasis is not on creating a completed Robot Rand but on using the concept as a means to delve into uncharted territories of AI’s potential. AI becomes an endless playground, and by engaging with AI in this manner, I transform the design journey into a space encouraging experimentation and continuous discovery.

To document this journey, I adopted a receipt-style process book. This choice marries the endless, generative nature of AI with the charming, low-fidelity technology of receipt printing. This dichotomy between high-tech innovation and a seemingly mundane, text-centric medium underscores my philosophy of treating AI not merely as a tool but as a collaborator. Unlike the prevailing fears surrounding AI’s capacity to overshadow human creativity with its powerful generative abilities, my focus has always been on the input—the words, the questions, the curiosity that drives the creative process. The receipt, with its inherent capability to record an extensive list of items, metaphorically represents my thesis’s content: a detailed account of interactions, thoughts, and explorations. The long, continuous strip of paper becomes a tangible timeline of my intellectual journey, emphasizing the process over the product.

Sera Aksoy

Faye Arranz

Shravani Bagawde

Han Bao

Iryna Baran

Zein Bdeir

Victoria Beyrard

Anna Blyumenkrants

Tatiana Boccone

Megan Brill

Andrea Chang

Longcan (Hugo) Chao

Jolene Chen

Yu Tung Chen

Yuntong Chen

Loki Chow

Hong Jet Chua

Erin May Cochanco

Janet Delavan

Gayoung Do

Fang Dong

Julia Du

Manan Dua

Colin Elmer

Millie Faber

Siyao Fang

Noah Farjani

Hina Fernstrom

Leslie Fonseca

Sarahi Garcia

Amanda Guo

Charlotte Hailstone

Jieun Han

Mary Hatcher

Elliana Hau

William Hsu

Olivia Hu

Grace Huang

Jung Hwangbo

Krishika Jain

Yoo-Jin Jang

Janice Ji

Wenjie Ji

Eneya Joshua

Yung Ching (Aurora) Juang

Maya Kalinowski

Jasmine Kan

Nabeeha Khalid

Palakh Khetrapal

Jessie Kil

Hope Kim

Hye Yoon Kim

Jenny JaeMin Kim

Lindsay Kim

Aarya Kini

Claudia Kok

Vidhi Kontham

Themis Kung

Hoi Man Kwok

Katherine Lam

Camille Le Bars

Haylee Lee

Minjae Lee

Stacey Lee

Chenxiao Li

Vivian Liu

Sarah Ma

Rosie Mai

Kamryn McKenna

Haley Moore

Graeme Mounsey

Syrus Mow

Viviann Nguyen

Chloé Nini

Smitee Oberoi

Talita Ozkok

Surya Pande

Shruti Pathak

Kelly Peng

Aayushi Pitta

Zoey Poole

Kiara Putrilia

Anjali Raju

Rand Rivera

Virajini Sanghai

Sofia Santana Arrezola

Noor Selim

Anna Sham

Lakeisha Esthetique Sharonina

Carly Shelton

Mengqi Shen

Vanessa Shimon

Alex Vinicius Silva

Arjun Sivaprakasam Thamilarasan

Hajin Son

Yi Song

Alexander Soukakos

Aarya Srikumar

Hannah Suh

Yuka Tamura

Cynthia Huiwen Tan

Sidhya Tikku

Raquel Trevino

Sophie Tsang

Gianna Waldron

Haotian Wang

Yi Wang

Yichen Wang

Yingjie Wang

Victoria Winter

Sage Won

Sora Wong

Shiyao Wu

Tong Wu

Qian Xiang

Faith Xue

Tong Yu

Helen Zhang

Jinyi Zhang

Yixiao Zhao

Yufan Zhao

Haiyu Zhou

Yining Zhou

Feiya Zuo