Each semester, the graduating senior class in the BFA Graphic Design program at California State University, Long Beach has the opportunity to host their own end of the program exhibition. As the class of Spring 2021, our experience through the pandemic has shifted our perspective on what putting on a senior show means to us.
This is the Spring 2021 BFA Graphic Design Senior Show: “But Wait–There’s More!”
Olivia Chang ❋
Our show concept revolved around the idea of duality:
In contrast to previous senior shows, we wanted our color scheme to portray vibrant, eye-catching colors, taking advantage of the digital medium. The visual elements depicted the idea of breaking free from the 2D and into the digital realm, representational of the sudden online transition halfway through our degree. We believe in going against the grain, questioning the conventional, and not taking ourselves too seriously. We are carefree and like to have fun.
Our main goal for the show: "Keeping it lighthearted, quirky, and a bit cheesy"
We wanted to not only showcase our projects from our time in the program, but also highlight the person behind the design. We wanted to show off our personalities and the unconventional dynamic we have as a cohort.
The entire show was pre-recorded separately, edited together, and premiered live via YouTube. The stream was split into 24 individual segments so that each designer could have their own spotlight. In between the show, there was an opening introduction, tongue in cheek television segment transitions, intermission, closing credits, and an after-show live Q&A to help build suspense and bring the branding altogether.