Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Graphic Design

First Advisor

John Malinoski

Second Advisor

Steven Hoskins

Third Advisor

Ramana M. Pidaparti


Accident is a metaphor for life. From an arbitrary point in time, we potentially preview the entirety of existence. There is a Chinese idiom called “ blessing or bane,” which implies that a misfortune may perhaps soon turn into a blessing. Focusing on accident as a design method implies making the best out of a bad situation. An accident reveals invisible circumstances and potentialities in the world, both familiar and unfamiliar. Looking into the unpredictable world, I can begin to release my control, take a breath, and see what might happen if I do not fight the situation. I am able to get out of my own way, and see what the work’s destiny will be. This sets up a context in which there are no faults, no mistakes, and no accidents — everything may contribute to a solution.


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VCU University Archives

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Date of Submission

August 2009