Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Art and Design
Vernacular design, the language of the everyday locale, has perhaps always been a source for graphic designers. Graffiti, as one of the newer art forms to make the transition from vernacular design to graphic design is graffiti art. Graphic designers should understand something about the language and symbolism of this design resource if they are to use it wisely in their designs. Due to its short lifespan in the urban environment, designers must begin to record, understand, and study this evolving symbol system and art form. This study records and compares graffiti art forms in two regions of Chicago. Through case studies comparing Little Village and Wicker Park, the use of this language is examined, and parallels showing how this form of communication can inform graphic design.
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Sung Hun Choi
Choi, Sung Hun, "Graffiti: a visual vernacular as graphic design source" (2007). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 15068.