This thesis work concentrated on imperative historical content, extensive design research, and Microsoft HoloLens technology (microsoft.com/en-us/hololens). Archival content and technology were brought together to effectively develop a viable augmented environment in which to enrich archival experiences with the potential to be accessible by anyone, anywhere, at any time. For the first time since the original exhibit installation in 1971, viewers can now visit the AIGA Exhibit,

The Communication of Knowledge (http://library.rit.edu/gda/designers/will-burtin). The exhibit presented a summary of pioneering American graphic designer Will Burtin’s innovative design career which has now been regenerated in its original scale and dimensions to demonstrate how physical archival content can be digitally replicated, presented, and experienced in an augmented environment. Among the goals is to show how this digital technology can revive important historical design work and enhance users’ experience interacting with the work and expand their comprehension of the material.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Burtin, Will,1908-1972; American Institute of Graphic Arts. Communication of knowledge; Augmented reality; Graphic arts--History--Interactive multimedia--Design

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Degree Name

Computer Graphics Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CAD)


Adam Smith

Advisor/Committee Member

R. Roger Remington

Advisor/Committee Member

Bruce Ian Meader


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