Graphic Design

Xiqiao Chen

I am surrounded by chaos inside order—especially at my desk. I prefer to keep my desk clean and tidy. Organizing items and classifying books helps me focus. When working, my table is messy. But once I finish, I restore my table and bookshelf to its original tidy condition. This habit parallels my graphic design practice—chaos represents experimentation. Within that chaos is order, agency, and control. Like jazz music composers, chaos becomes an avenue for improvisation and invention. Relying on a high musical standard, this source of innovation transcends all musical genres.

I ask: “Is jazz dying? Is graphic design dying?” NO. My thesis explores chaos within a controlled system as a vehicle for innovation. We create and destroy disorder performatively until we reach creative fulfilment.

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