This project explores the human need to create order and patterns from chaos, specifically through the creation of a conspiracy theory. Design is used as a tool to display “evidence” as well as to satirize the conspiracy trope. This project disputes an undisputed event: the death of President Ronald Reagan. Research reveals connections between the CIA’s discovery of extraterrestrials, George H. W. Bush, and Reagan’s attempted assassin, and culminates in a theory that Reagan was killed by the CIA, and replaced with a body double while undergoing surgery for colon cancer.
The exhibition display consists of multiple posters hung from the ceiling at different depths to create a layered effect along with an interactive digital piece created in Processing allowing the viewer to see connections between events and people as well as read details of the conspiracy based on what elements they click/drag.
This Project was the winner of the Best In Show Award at MICA's Graphic Design Commencement Exhibition as selected by faculty.