David Huth


Everything we understand about the world comes to us through, and can be captured by, the linguistic use of words and pictures. Or does it? This is a question that addresses the core function and purpose of visual communications design. The question is explored in this film thematically, narratively, and technically, by portraying a story about a person struggling to understand language and solve a unique, high stakes design problem: the library cataloging of an entire human life. This is a creative project that uses computer graphics design technology and the unique presentation of typographical design problems to provoke thought and discussion about some of the human challenges in the fields of linguistics, philosophy, semiotics, communications, theology, and art. A convention of the film is to display spoken and non-verbal language in typographic and pictorial form. The project is delivered on DVD with multi-feature interactivity.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Motion pictures--Production and direction; Motion picture authorship; Language and languages in motion pictures; Semiotics; Graphic design (Typography)

Publication Date


Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Visual Communication Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CIAS)


James Ver Hague

Advisor/Committee Member

Chris Jackson

Advisor/Committee Member

Nancy Ciolek


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at PN1995.5.P7 H88 2004


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