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Date of Award

May 2024

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Communication Design



Committee Chair

Jamie Runnells

Exhibition Date

April 2024


Graphic Design


This visual exploration of the “Backpack” method is a collage that abstractly represents some of the “Backpack” methodology objectives: exploration, growth, and creative development, to create a habit of collecting and capturing research, and to build a second brain. At the center of the composition, the photograph of a human symbolizes a methodology designed for people. The map of lines symbolizes exploration and discovery. The flower and the moth illustrations symbolize growth and creative development. The data graph and the two brain illustrations represent the habit of collecting in a digital system that the “Backpack” methodology aims to help students develop.


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The MFA Thesis Exhibition was held on the Ninth Floor of the Houston Cole Library.