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BFACD Alumni Feature: Erik Freer

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Alumni Erik Freer recently graduated from Yale with an MFA in Graphic Design. The title for his MFA Thesis project, “Day Book,” is based off of the word daybook, defined as an account book or diary. The Day Book is a palimpsestic documentation of two months of two-hour daily collage sessions along with personal writing pertaining to his visual methodology, and a series of annotated essays and excerpts of thinking that have been influential in his process.


The book was printed digital offset, and perfect bound at 11.5 x 16.5 on heavy text weight paper


Many of the spreads become more poetic, exploring a breadth of visual potentialities in the materials I had created or subverted in and around my studio.

What were your favorite classes at Parsons?
One of my favorite classed at Parsons was a class I didn’t even take, but one I watched from afar, taught by the artist, educator and fashion designer Pascale Gatzen and fashion designer Sarah Aphrodite. In the class, called “Love,” students produced the garments they attended class in, for themselves, each week. I participated tangentially, watching as my friends and roommates would construct pieces they loved, to wear in to school, which inspired me to create my own.

What did you wish you knew as a student that you know now?
There is a quote from the Port Huron Statement that another mentor of mine is always reminding me of, and to think of it, obliquely, I feel the below quote really rings true in response to this question, that, as a student, “The object is not to have one’s own way so much as to have a way of one’s own.”
Who do you look up to in the design community?
I look up to individuals who refuse to compromise, and maintain their vision.
I look up to designers like Dan Friedman, Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag, Irma Boom, Karel Martens, Mevis & Van Deursen and the like.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I think, having had the privilege of attending and just graduating from Yale’s MFA design program—an extremely competitive graduate program in graphic design, and the oldest graphic design degree program in the united states— is a big highlight, and a significant achievement in my life. I feel more capable and productive now than at any other time in my career thus far, and am wildly optimistic for the future.
Visit his online portfolio here.
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