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stephanie kressin

ottawa, ontario, Canada

Designer (Graphic Design)

Member since November 20, 2008

  • LANGUAGES MATTER! A UNESCO poster competition

    Education, Communication Design


    While researching the origins of language for inspiration to simplification, I read, “When languages fade, so does the world’s rich tapestry of cultural diversity.”

    Questions of human evolution, existence and extinction arose. What if all of this were not? Key elements of our humanity—self-consciousness, symbolic language, morality, and culture—are part of an evolutionary process. The complexity of our contemporary selves is essentially a cultural transformation through history, myth and legend. So, how about looking at the whole situation from another perspective. What if we were to take it all away? Why do languages really matter?

    Approach 2. Isn’t the purpose of mother language day to increase awareness and promote the diversity and quality of life? Extinction led me to remove it all, piece by piece. Distinct reference to peoples ages, colours, diversity and culture—gone. Imagery of human communication tools—simplified. Images of people, mothers and children, any particular classifications, or differences—removed. Don’t we end up with but a shadow of ourselves?

    What is the actual essence of human origin, without going all of the way back to the big bang? The origins and development of the qualities that distinguish us as human, lie within hope and the seeds of humanity. We stem from and are dependant on single cells, those which have enabled us to become the diverse creatures we are today.

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design