The designed artifacts of our world function across informational (effect) and emotional (affect) modes. The complexity of these operations take on an infrastructural role — what we see day-to-day shapes our day-to-day. The opportunity of a designer to practice in a manner responsible to their publics is to see the task beyond yielding a service. By creating artifacts that participate in culture, designers have the ability to affect public life.

My thesis positions graphic design as an integral form of public works. ‘This is Public Work’ regards the causal relationship between graphic design and its publics as an opportunity to explore the formal maneuvers to enhance an artifact's visual codes. The idea is an experiential one: rich and meaningful form can lead to rich and meaningful experiences.
This project was a collaborative effort:
DESIGN & DIRECTION: Nick Adam | PROGRAM: RISD Graphic Design MFA
THESIS COMMITTEE: Graduate Program Director Bethany Johns, Professor Hammet Nurosi,
Senior Critic Tom Wedell, External Critic Cem Eskinazi, External Critic Keira Alexandra
THESIS INTERVIEWS: Rick Valicenti, Michael Rock, Erik Brandt | EDITOR: Elizabeth Leeper
PRINTING & BINDING: Lulu xPress
PERMANENT COLLECTIONS: RISD, Fleet Library Thesis Collection | RISD Graphic Design MFA Library
SPINNING BOOK: Code taken from Marco Land’s Booockup
’This is Public Work.’ This statement might just be a little too big. To acknowledge the too-bigness I’ve designed the cover to have the title set just a little too big for the measure of this book. While ‘This is’ and ‘work.’ snuggly, and rightly so, justifies, ‘public’ is just a little too big. The word breaks to the next line, creating an interesting composition and a moment of contemplation within what would have been a quick read. 

Beyond what the title says and how it says it, the cover pieces together fragments of projects from my thesis work. Rather than these projects sharing content type, subject matter, or medium — the work varies. The content of the thesis is as expansive as the field of Graphic Design itself. What unties the work is that each piece is public facing. The projects vary from issues and ideas connected to Arts, Culture, Civics, Publics, Design, Architecture, and Technology. The project include brand identity, book design, campaigns, digital design and computation, motion graphics, type design, et cetera.

Credits
DESIGN & DIRECTION: Nick Adam | PROGRAM: RISD Graphic Design MFA
THESIS COMMITTEE: Graduate Program Director Bethany Johns, Professor Hammet Nurosi,
Senior Critic Tom Wedell, External Critic Cem Eskinazi, External Critic Keira Alexandra
THESIS INTERVIEWS: Rick Valicenti, Michael Rock, Erik Brandt | EDITOR: Elizabeth Leeper
PRINTING & BINDING: Lulu xPress
PERMANENT COLLECTIONS: RISD, Fleet Library Thesis Collection | RISD Graphic Design MFA Library
SPINNING BOOK: Code taken from Marco Land’s Booockup