Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2024

Palimpsest: Desired Lines
Yixiao Zhao

Palimpsest: Desired Lines is an ongoing project dedicated to the intricate interplay between artificial urban infrastructure and the natural destructive cycles that surround it. Current infrastructural ruination is of the future, but implies a past. As such, this project unfolds as an exploration of multiple temporalities and an open-ended future. It contemplates the constant tug-of-war between decay, ruination, and manufactured works, framing it as a continual dance of becoming.

The term "palimpsest" is used to encapsulate this periodic yet additive evolution. At its core, this exploration navigates the tension and unravels the "palimpsest," serving as both a metaphor and a visual expression.

The photographs serves as the foundational base material from which many iterations derive. The concept finds tangible representation through print, sculpture, and digital media. The oscillation between various stages of city infrastructures is mirrored in the iterative nature of the printing process—shifting, elusive, subject to decay, and eventual restoration.

In parallel, the digital realm serves as a fundamental canvas, employing existing design tools and embedded algorithms to generate overlapping patterns and textures. This digital outcome, echoing the iterative principle of the print medium, becomes a rich playground for the exploration of possibilities in image-making and typography.

The project finds its way into a book form, This book’s structure implores the reader to consider the transformative potential inherent in every stage of an object and environment—countless ways to break free from reliance on mnemonic systems and sequential presumptions.

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Erin May Cochanco

Janet Delavan

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Julia Du

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Millie Faber

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Noah Farjani

Hina Fernstrom

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Sarahi Garcia

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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

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Nabeeha Khalid

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Jessie Kil

Hope Kim

Hye Yoon Kim

Jenny JaeMin Kim

Lindsay Kim

Aarya Kini

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Katherine Lam

Camille Le Bars

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Minjae Lee

Stacey Lee

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Sarah Ma

Rosie Mai

Kamryn McKenna

Haley Moore

Graeme Mounsey

Syrus Mow

Viviann Nguyen

Chloé Nini

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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

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Carly Shelton

Mengqi Shen

Vanessa Shimon

Alex Vinicius Silva

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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

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