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Tasha Dezelsky // Portfolio

This thesis, through book and web mediums, strives to examine how different female archetypes in folklore, religion, literature and pop culture throughout time have developed and more layered through a book and website, playing with layering, transparency and overprinting to do so.

Thesis Overview

This thesis, through book and web mediums, strives to examine how different female archetypes in folklore, religion, literature and pop culture throughout time have developed and more layered through a book and website, playing with layering, transparency and overprinting to do so.

Design questions to answer:

  • Categorisation method of book

  • Separating the past and present

  • How to use layering/overprinting and transparent paper effectively to convey how these archetypes have developed overtime.

Mother

Maiden

Crone

Wild

Past

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Future

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Design questions to answer:

  • Categorisation method of book

  • Separating the past and present

  • How to use layering/overprinting and transparent paper effectively to convey how these archetypes have developed overtime.

Mother

Maiden

Crone

Wild

Past

#00FFF

Future

#FF00FF

The Encyclopaedia of Female Archetypes was my final thesis project as a Communication design major for Parsons, developed and produced within a year. The concept of this project developed from my interest in folklore, myths and pop-culture, and the place women have in them. Through my research, I realised that many archaic cultures had assigned women into three categories: Mother, Maiden, Crone and Wild Woman - and how this has persisted into modern and contemporary film, literature and other media. To showcase how these female archetypes had simultaneously stayed the same and developed/become subverted, I used different colour codes for the past (cyan) and present (future) as well as playing with the idea of transparency and overprinting in both print and web mediums.

Book and Web Design

The Encyclopaedia of Female Archetypes // Thesis

The Encyclopaedia of Female Archetypes // Thesis

Book and Web Design

The Encyclopaedia of Female Archetypes was my final thesis project for Parsons. The concept of this project developed from my interest in folklore, myths and pop-culture, and the place women have in them.  Through a book and website that plays with layering, transparency and overprinting, I wanted to explore how female archetypes have developed, stayed the same or become subverted throughout time in stories from multiple cultures.

Visit the site here: tashadezelsky.github.io/thesis

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