Jean Zeng

Jean had achieved a Master degree in Harbour Engineering and had worked as an engineer in the water conservancy field in Shanghai for over 6 years before she decided to change her career path into Graphic Design. Before her study in KSA, she mainly focused on visual identity design, poster design and book design. She is now exploring her way in creative directing, AR design, moving images and still maintains her passion for real materials and prints. She always seeks a way to combine what’s learnt in her past engineering experience with present practices, most of which are research-oriented. Her main interest currently lays in crossover practices standing between graphic design and science. With her working experience, she’s also confident in meeting customers’ demands in any commercial project. Apart from a graphic designer, she is also a drummer, a fiction writer and a manga creator.

Harvesting Misunderstanding

‘Border’ was the first word in this article that caught my attention. This word is followed by a very detailed interpretation as: ‘A border is a place of misunderstanding’, which I quite agree with. Then another sentence: ‘People, and the cultures they belong to, are fluid entities…’ offered a concrete visual imagination. I was very impressed by those phrases especially because I studied computational fluid dynamics for a couple of years and I was familiar with cases like inter-fluid boundaries. I decided to record different types of borders between liquids such as water, milk, oil, pouring acrylic and even washing liquid, which is the most common-seen surfactant. I used all those fluids to imitate the process of personal evolution, individual interacting with the context, ghettos in mainstream, contact between two cultures and different scales of misunderstanding happening on the borders. Thus, I present the beauty of misunderstanding and deliver the perceptive of this article.

Keywords

Fluid Entity, Border, Fluid Border, Mixing, Ghetto

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Kingston School of Art, Kingston University
MA Communication Design: Graphic Design 2020/2021

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Exhibition team
Curators 
Claudia Chiavazza & Yifan Wu

Visual identity
Abhimanyu Bhatia & Shelley Huang

Social Media
Lina Toumpeli, Lucy-May Turner & Pankti Shah

Writer
Gayathri Anthey

Website
Claudia Chiavazza & White Bai

Catalogue
Jean Zeng & Zimeng Jia

Podcast
Yangyang Wu & Xueqi Bai
Special thanks to
Alberto Ajelli / Anna Kehrer / Azza Wielach / Ell Flynn / Kate Jenkins / Pablo Grattoni / Yileng Yin / Zeina Boukhaled

Tutors
Andrew Haslam / Cathy Gale / Max Ryan / Naho Matsuda / Tao Lin