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Dana Lyons interviewed on Hunger Mountain!

May 26, 2019

VCFA MFA in Graphic Design alumna Dana Lyons is featured in “Channeling Stories & Creating Patterns”, an interview by Cameron Finch on the Hunger Mountain website: https://hungermtn.org/channeling-stories-creating-patterns-an-interview-with-dana-lyonsby-cameron-finch/

Dana received her MFA in Graphic Design from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2018, and she was recently awarded the Hunger Mountain Design Fellowship to design the fabulous look and layout of Hunger Mountain Issue #23: Silence & Power.

Featuring dual illustrated covers exploring the concepts of “Silence” and “Power”, this issue of Hunger Mountain is a knockout. Dana designed a breathtaking issue fraught with moments of white space, tense illustration work, and was kind enough to include other VCFA alumni in the project, including artwork by
Anna Spool, Sondra Graff, Jason Fowler, Keri Dennison-Leidecker, Sam Flora, Meridyth Espindola, and Jimmy Henderson.

Dana’s approach to Hunger Mountain #23 feels incredibly connected to her thesis “Mind the Gap”, which can be viewed here: http://inter-vcfa.webflow.io/dana

About her thesis, Dana writes:

Design has the potential to be the connective tissue between things; or to fill a gap: subject and object, user and interface, art and commerce, problem and solution, our world as it is and what we want it to be…

A designer’s role is to create things for future events and happenings, and in order to create for the future, we need to be able to “show up” in the present. However, our world is designed to keep us in a state of discontent. To feel whole or happy in modern life has become a radical act. In many ways, this discontent is created by design, and in many ways, we design out of discontent.

These systems are much better at manipulating and understanding human instinct than we are at controlling our own attention. As more and more everyday objects are connected to The Internet of Things, we need to be more connected to ourselves. As artificial intelligence gets smarter, so should we. How can we return to a feeling of agency as consumers of digital media? How might we reprogram our responses so that we can create space and stay in the flow of our more positive patterns?