The Vitality of Rice

LayoutPrint, ResearchTypography, Visual Systems
Year Created: 2021
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About

Observing via a global scale lens, The Vitality of Rice is an informational and visual publication that examines the historical and socio-economic implications of rice beyond statistics. In doing so, past, current, and future challenges of ensuring food security can be responded appropriately. This includes (1) shaping specialized rice policies that serve farmers and consumers; (2) producing enough quantities while stabilizing pricesand (3) investing in agricultural R&D.

Objective

Engage in design history and theory as well as develop an understanding of the relationship of design to culture through the investigation of an artifact’s origins and significance. Explore the role an object plays in society to gain more insight into the impact and implications of aesthetic, historical context, functions, motivations, challenges, and future responses.

Invested in every artifact is a significance which provides information about the culture from which it originates. As designers, we can continue to learn valuable lessons about our field, design theory, and practice in particular, through exploring the function, meaning and significance of a designed artifact.

Through socially responsible design and post structuralist theory, the goal of this project was to emphasize social, economic, political, and cultural contexts through extensive research, process documentation, relevant design decisions, and intentional craft. With this in mind, the choice of artifact I wanted to focus on was rice, an agricultural commodity that has been prevalent in my lifetime and is vital for communities around the world. From environmental to socioeconomic, there are many directions to take when discussing rice primarily due to its substantial background and challenges that different demographics face.

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Final Deliverables

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Marissa Balbuena ©