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Graphic Design

Eleanor Wenham

I am a London based designer, researcher and communicator who takes a process-led approach to building narratives around human experience, materiality and language. 

I studied Graphic Arts and Design at Leeds Beckett University, graduating with a BA (Hons) in 2018. While there I received The International Society of Typographic Design Award and the GAD Academic Achievement Award. 

I see communication as an open conversation between humanity, society and our built environments. My work employs experiential, typographic and editorial approaches to explore themes of connection and identity as a way to reflect on what it means to be human.

Degree Details

School of Communication

Graphic Design

I am fascinated by the diagrammatic form of language and the nature of tactility as connective tools to discover a sense of reality. My practice explores the false binaries of ‘scientific’ and ‘poetic’ visual languages to frame human experience. How do we continue to exist through digital means even though we are physical beings?

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Where do you go when you {dis} connect? 

Fractured Realities is a three part multimedia invitation to look introspectively at your digital and physical Identity. Through the use of 28 aphorisms – a concise statement or observation of general truth – this collaborative project explores questions including: what is the visual language of connection; how can we reflect on living in-between a physical and digital reality and how can we connect the narratives of lived experience?

Front Cover
Prologue
Back Cover
Details

The performative publication is an active object exploring the self-reflective nature of the 28 aphorisms created for Fractured Realities. It is a constant work-in-progress with the reader as its curator - taking part while taking apart the printed material to assemble your individual narrative.


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Where do you go when you {dis} connect? 

Fractured Realities is a three part multimedia invitation to look introspectively at your digital and physical Identity. Through the use of 28 aphorisms – a concise statement or observation of general truth – this collaborative project explores questions including: what is the visual language of connection; how can we reflect on living in-between a physical and digital reality and how can we connect the narratives of lived experience?

Medium:

Acrylic, Clear Film, Fine Linen, Mount Board, Soft Banner and Polyester Film

Divided into 4 sections, the performative publication explores the physical sensation of interaction through a range of materials, using visual languages including mapping, tables and timelines as structural devices to frame the poetic and reflective flow of the aphorisms. 


‘1PR: Process’, offers an introduction into the journey of fractured Realities through a material timeline as a form of biography. The timeline can be divided into separate narratives through two layers or explored as a whole, unifying our collaborative journey.  


‘2SR: Self-Reflection’ encourages the reader to dismantle the publication and interact with the aphorisms through the framework of a workshop, inviting people into the performative process of mapping. 


‘3Co: Connection’ explores the mapped networks from previous workshops as a form of reference to see how the perception of language changes when seen from multiple perspectives. 


‘4Cr: Creation’ is an invitation to build a three-dimensional connective language through a set of clear acrylic pieces as an installation that exists beyond the bound publication.


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Where do you go when you {dis} connect? 

Fractured Realities is a three part multimedia invitation to look introspectively at your digital and physical Identity. Through the use of 28 aphorisms – a concise statement or observation of general truth – this collaborative project explores questions including: what is the visual language of connection; how can we reflect on living in-between a physical and digital reality and how can we connect the narratives of lived experience?

I choose to amplify connection as the true essence of humanity
Existing nowhere but right here
I want to transcend screens to experience the physical sensations of life
I choose to amplify connection as the true essence of humanity

Connecting reflective materials and self-reflective language, the laser engraved panels explore the physical reflection of language through natural light and colour within urban environments. The panels invite those who live in the chaos of the city to experience a moment of self-reflection.


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Where do you go when you {dis} connect? 

Fractured Realities is a three part multimedia invitation to look introspectively at your digital and physical Identity. Through the use of 28 aphorisms – a concise statement or observation of general truth – this collaborative project explores questions including: what is the visual language of connection; how can we reflect on living in-between a physical and digital reality and how can we connect the narratives of lived experience?

Medium:

Acrylic

An invitation to build a three-dimensional connective language through a set of clear acrylic pieces as an installation that exists beyond the bound publication.


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Where do you go when you {dis} connect? 

Fractured Realities is a three part multimedia invitation to look introspectively at your digital and physical Identity. Through the use of 28 aphorisms – a concise statement or observation of general truth – this collaborative project explores questions including: what is the visual language of connection; how can we reflect on living in-between a physical and digital reality and how can we connect the narratives of lived experience?

Medium:

Acrylic
Mapped Narrative One
Mapped Narrative Four
Mapped Narrative Three
Mapped Narrative Two

This workshop explores the diagrammatic nature of mapping as a tool to explore the conceptual connections between written language as a connective network. 


Individuals were invited into the performative process of mapping as a generative and dynamic activity creating a series of individually mapped narratives. 


After constructing their personal map from a central starting point, individuals were asked to identify three key themes they felt represented the aphorisms and to colour code their maps thematically. The outcomes were then digitally remapped to explore the graphic nature of mapping as a device to visually decode individual connections, revealing the subjective nature of personal identity.


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Where do you go when you {dis} connect? 

Fractured Realities is a three part multimedia invitation to look introspectively at your digital and physical Identity. Through the use of 28 aphorisms – a concise statement or observation of general truth – this collaborative project explores questions including: what is the visual language of connection; how can we reflect on living in-between a physical and digital reality and how can we connect the narratives of lived experience?

Material Experiment One
Material Experiment Two
Material Experiment Three
Material Experiment Four

The material experiments explore digitally reflective layers through dynamic material forms to create a series of visual projections. The material experiments build new visual textures through digital and physical processes of manipulation to reveal a material language.


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Where do you go when you {dis} connect? 

Fractured Realities is a three part multimedia invitation to look introspectively at your digital and physical Identity. Through the use of 28 aphorisms – a concise statement or observation of general truth – this collaborative project explores questions including: what is the visual language of connection; how can we reflect on living in-between a physical and digital reality and how can we connect the narratives of lived experience?

Medium:

Projections, Acrylic

An audiovisual interpretation of Fractured Realities as an alternative medium of self-reflection.


“I want to wake up when I fall asleep so that I can understand reality.

Understand the self, the collective, the society. 

Find clarity in an open-ended conclusion – comfort in complacency. 

Social media is screaming for the future, restricted by the present, 

Wanting to feel connected while staying disconnected.

But what does it mean to “be human”

During a time when society is more focused on technological advancement than healthcare? 

Daily chores to maintain an “identity” in a subliminally seductive world.

/Stay awake. 

And yet humans continue to connect; orally, physically, digitally

Where do I feel most at home – online or in my skin/the mirror?

Our world is complex, so why mistake labels for clarity rather than accept complexity?

Find flow in our transient instability. 

Comfort in finding beauty in humanity; transcending screens;

Accepting the disparity of connection in our social spaces

and choosing to amplify the true value of connection:


Us.”

Medium:

Spoken Word Film