Otis College of Art and Design MFA in Graphic Design Class of 2021
Diploma 24″ x 36″ 2-color Offset Printing
HD video animation
Since its inception, Otis College of Art and Design’s MFA program honors its graduates with a custom diploma designed by one faculty member. Under normal conditions, Faculty would hand these printed posters to students in an in-person ceremony with close friends and family. For the class of 2021, Polymode partner and former Otis Associate Professor Silas Munro designed a two-color fluorescent printed poster that was shipped and mailed to graduates around the world. Munro worked with Michelle Lamb, alumni of the Otis BFA graphic design program and designer at Polymode, to bring the posters to life as custom animated zoom backgrounds to honor the graduates. The bright pink and blue typographic forms are italic and back slated versions of Du Bois, a typeface by Vocal Type that imbues an expanded design history in a program and class with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences. Pink fragments of fractal forms invoke alternate design lineages that offer a proposition to “Throw the Bauhaus Under the Bus.” Overall the posters and motion graphics offer a celebratory glow to the class of 2021.