Kate Cheptine

I get pretty enthusiastic about designing things.

About

I am a designer who appreciates data visualization, quality print, and well-thought colour boards. YSDN has helped me develop a set of skills that qualify me to take on any design challenge.

What is the most useful piece of design advice that you have received?

Don’t overthink it, inspiration will come when you least expect it.

What is your favourite typeface?

Melbourne! I love the rounded sans.

Other than design, what creative fields interest you most?

Marketing and advertising

How would you describe the colour yellow to someone who has never seen it?

It feels like the sun on a warm spring day.

Design Interests

Editorial and Book Design
UI/UX Design
Information Design
Experiential Design

Stasis

Origins

Following the global events from the past year, I have been feeling uneasy about the future of our humankind. I kept reading news from around the globe about warzones, world hunger, religious conflicts and political instability. Everyday, new protests took place, more issues were left unsolved, and more lives were broken. I also noticed that the Western world is very selective about the news they broadcast, so I decided to research global issues in-depth. I felt the need to educate myself and my loved ones about the terrors that are happening around the world on a daily basis, and remind them that we need to recognize the current state of our kind. Raising awareness about global problems was my end goal, and with the help of thorough research and proper documentation, I have succeeded in creating a series of three books that depict these issues in a poetic way.

I was interested in creating a juxtaposition between older historic events and modern day world problems. My main tool was the use of photographs, and I was able to achieve a visual unity by desaturating all of the imagery in my books. Although the pictures were all taken in different year and under various circumstances, they all portray the lack of tolerance and acceptance coming from the human nature. My thesis became a social commentary about our inability to see past differences and the issues that stem from this lack of empathy.

Since the subject matter quickly became heavy, I decided to create a minimalist layout for the books in order to relieve some of the tension for the audience. I used the white space to incorporate poetry and quotes taken from various speeches, which I carefully picked to match the imagery. The thesis became a bittersweet, yet hopeful reminder to the world that things do not always have to go the wrong way.

While searching for an appropriate name for this culminating project, I stumbled upon the term stasis. A quick Google searched revealed that stasis is a civil strife, and strife means an angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues. There was no better way of naming my difficult, yet rewarding project. Although I was often times debating about a potential change in my topic, I decided to stick with it because I wanted to make these often forgotten issues be visible again.

After a year long investigation, Stasis evolved into a series of three social commentary books that focus on topics such as race, politics, and social issues in the modern day world. This project juxtaposes carefully researched imagery from the 20th century with photographs taken in the 21st century, and aims to illustrate humanity’s repeated mistakes, in hopes that we will learn to stop making them. Stasis combines examples of human toxicity with themes of hope, resistance, and justice present in poetry and various public speeches.

Book One: Politics

The Politics Book focuses on the unfair treatment of people by many political institutions. The book covers various laws, regulations, and decisions that have affected the world in a negative way. The cover is inspired by a maze: often times politicians involved the fate of an entire population in political power games, where the common people had no say. The deep red colour used in the cover is associated with rage, anger, leadership, and courage. Since politicians are often times involved in political power games, this hue represents the frustration and the burning hope felt by a nation.

Book Two: Race

The Race Book illustrates a brief history of racial oppression and segregation present in the Western world throughout the past century. The edgy cover represents the frustration and pain generated by an unjust past and a tense present. The dull yellow present in the cover represents caution, decay, sickness, and jealousy. Since there is always inequality and discrimination based on skin colour, this shade represents the rage felt by people who are touched by these issues.

Book Three: Social Issues

The Social Issues Book tackles the various unjust laws and restrictions on basic rights and freedoms of minorities across the world, as well as social vices that became a norm in the

modern society. The cover represents a deeply tangled mass of problems that are not being solved, but instead keep on piling up and becoming bigger. The dark orange corresponds to deceit, distrust, aggression, and thirst for action. Since social issues always lead to riots, rallies, and protests, this shade resonates with the people who seek justice.

See more of my work at the graduate showcase