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The Anatomy of Thoughts

Contributed by Yunzi Liu on Apr 26th, 2021. Artwork published in
circa November 2018
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    The Anatomy of Thoughts is a booklet that explains the concepts and stories behind the scenes of the project Who Killed Mr. Stripe? – a detective game set in a gallery context. It was first exhibited in MICA Graphic Design Department Fall Show.

    The typography of the booklet uses ITC Benguiat and Akzidenz-Grotesk. ITC Benguiat has a high x-height, sharp serifs, and a curvy slanted crossbar, which give this typeface a mysterious verve. Benguiat is chosen to magnify the spooky atmosphere of the quirky film-noir scene of my project. To pair with ITC Benguiat, I used Akzidenz-Grotesk, an older ‘standard’ typeface, for the title and informative text. In the scenario I create, visitors will play the detective’s role and solve the mystery – and a simple and standard typeface is preferred to bring the audience back to the project itself. Akzidenz Grotesk also forms a sharp contrast with the decorative ITC Benguiat and prevents the printed materials from being too noisy.

    The scene was exhibited in an individual room of Fox 3 Gallery so that the viewers could experience it in an isolated, immersive space. This project highly exaggerated physical interaction in this digital era.

    Mr. Stripe is an entrepreneur and he was killed in his office. There are three suspects:

    Mr. Checkerboard: Mr. Stripe’s friend. Mr. Checkerboard owes Stripe a huge amount of money and Checkerboard cannot return the money due to his bankruptcy.

    Miss Stripe: Mr. Stripe’s daughter. Mr. Stripe recently found that Miss Stripe is not his biological daughter, while Miss Stripe happens to know that Mr. Stripe will not leave her any money in his death will.

    Miss Dot: Mr. Stripe’s fiancé. Miss Dot’s father was killed in a car accident plausibly caused by Mr. Stripe.

    Clues revealing their murder motives were printed on cards and hidden in the space. Viewers could touch, move, and open items to discover the story and reveal the murderer.

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