AMONG captures the practice of a constructionist1 designer, one who oscillates between the characteristics of typography, multi-materiality, and spatiality yet does not attach solely to the physical or digital. The fundamental principles of this practice include open platforms2 that foster generative collaboration through modular systems. AMONG straddles the borders of graphic design, environmental design3 and social sculpture.4 At its core, this practice encourages new ways of connecting communities.
1. An invented term coupling the ideas of constructivism (from its art & design context) and construction (from its more common context). A constructionist is a practitioner of a type of fabrication style in which physical objects are built with ready made objects and commonly found materials.
2. Open Platforms are physical or metaphorical spaces open and accessible to all peoples, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age or socio-economic level that allows for heightened speech or expression.
3. Environmental Graphic Design embraces many design disciplines including graphic, architectural, interior, landscape, and industrial design, all pertaining to the visual aspects of wayfinding, communicating identity and information, and shaping the idea of creating experiences that connect people to place.
4. Social sculpture is a theory developed in the 1970s by the conceptual artist Joseph Beuys. It attempted to make art more democratic by collapsing the space between life and art.