Isabel Campbell is a graphic designer interested in storytelling, shared experience, and archives. She feels a bit strange referring to herself in the third person, but supposes it's necessary to be deemed professional. When she isn't animating fleshy houses or scrolling through job sites, she can be found attempting to repair her home printer.
Who Are We? Where Are We Going?
My thesis, "Who Are We? Where Are We Going?" is a web archive of interviews intended to serve as a time capsule for me and my peers. The project was originally meant to analyze our path as artists and designers, as we were preparing for our transition out of Pratt Institute. What brought us to this point? What influenced us in our coming-of-age? How have we changed? What are we doing, making? Who do we want to be?
With the changes brought about by COVID-19, not only did the narrative of our (and everyone’s) lives shift, but so did the function of this archive. I was now documenting two transitions: one expected, and one not. The pandemic itself emerged as a character in this interview series I was conducting, changing our present and projections of the future drastically, and serving as a marker for what increasingly feels like a Before and an After.
The project is certainly ongoing. Below are some images from my visual essay that will greet you on the archive’s landing page.