Products of Experience, 2017

Undergraduate Senior Thesis Show


NAKED DOLLY, 1997
{Doll Package, Custom Logo and Graphics}
My favorite toy was given to me on my second birthday from my grandma. Forgetful, I soon lost the doll’s clothing, and thus she became known as Naked Dolly. Naked Dolly is designed in the style of a 1990s toy package, with my sister and I appearing in the photo on the back.



INNOCENCE, 1999
{Toy Package with Heat Sensitive Film}
My best friend Saige was one of the only people of color at my preschool. My innocence was challenged when faced with bullying due to our multiracial friendship. Hidden beneath a heat sensitive film (transparent only when held) is the packaging design for the character innocence. When let go, innocence disappears behind the black film.



PARADISE MOUSE HUT, 2001
{SBS Cardboard Box}
When I was six years old, I convinced my parents to use non-lethal mouse traps at home, not wanting to see mice get hurt. The Paradise Mouse Hut is an idealized concept, where the mice are enclosed in a fun, relaxing resort until being released safely outdoors.



SISTA SISTA MALLOW, 2003
{Marshmallow Bag Printed on OPP}
The Sista Sista club was founded by my sister and I when I was eight years old. A favorite club activity was our parent-free “marshmallow roasts,” where apples were used for marshmallows, forks for skewers, and a flashlight for a fire. The packaging uses a purple and yellow color scheme, representing our names (Violet and Amber). The nutrition facts describe characteristics of sisterhood.



VIOLET'S ANXIETY, 2005
{Glass Bottle with Ceramic Decals, 3D Printed Cork}
Diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder in middle school, I struggled to complete school work and attend classes. The police eventually arrested me for truancy and took me to an alternative school. My unsteadiness and fears are embodied in the imbalanced bottle, sharp cork, and wavering lines featured on the Violet’s Anxiety bottle.


VIOLET PACKAGES, 2007
{Rub On Transfers on Glass and Plastic Containers}
In middle school I decided to eat vegetarian, follow Christianity, and disregard many feminine stereotypes. These decisions were foundational in nourishing my identity, which is symbolized in the everyday ingredients of the Violet Packages. The simplicity illustrates the purity and youthful sincerity of these choices. The nutrition facts and information highlight the core ideas.





DOUBT BADGES, 2009
{Embroidered Badges, Silkscreen Backings, Box Printed on SBS Cardboard}
While I attended Christian Camp Awana in 7th grade, the counselors did not leave much room for questioning. Despite this, I fought to define my faith based on my personal experiences. The Doubt Badges act as an award for making one’s own decisions in the face of doubt. There are four sequential badges: Confusion, Awareness, Exploration, and Decision.


BALATON & MICHIGAN BARS, 2011
{Wafer Bar Wrappers}
In 2011, I met one of my closest friends, Fruszi, in Budapest. The Balaton and Michigan Bars are named after the lakes near where Fruszi and I live and based on the Balaton Bars sold in Hungary. We communicate via Skype, thus the Balaton Bar is video called into display. The Balaton Bar has European-styled nutrition facts. The back of the bars read, “Celebrate friendship” in Hungarian.


CHARLIE BROWN, 2013
{Paint Can Label}
In my senior year of high school, my theater tech design team won the state award for Stage Design, celebrating our Charlie Brown set. I created a package, shaped as a paint can, that encloses the award. The hand lettered typography mimics the Charlie Brown chevron pattern.



DAVID + VIOLET, 2015
{Printed on Matte Vinyl, Mounted on SBS Cardboard}
I started dating David my second year of college. Our relationship has helped me develop as an individual and has been integral to my college experience. David + Violet consists of several small boxes that form a hexagon when brought together, with categories that connect us written on the side of each box.