Blaise Lanter
A Tale of Two Cities: Design in Chicago

Design in Chicago is split between upper-class inviting spaces that foster a healthy and productive or relaxing environment, and places made to push productivity or movement with little regard to the well-being of those who interact with the space. This project’s goal is to show these differences in design approaches in the city and puts forth a more equitable design landscape.

The start of this project arose from noticing just how different public spaces are in Chicago, mostly around parks or train stations. Some stations had a bevvy of art and waiting areas, others were left in disarray. I proposed that by working towards more warm and inviting design, a public area can make people feel better about themselves and their environment. I studied both current design trends and interior design aesthetics as a crash course before ideating. Designing for all types of people is a difficult proposal for architects or designers, so I opted for simple elements such as concrete, plywood, and plantlife which have both mass appeal and low costs.

By rendering rooms in Blender, the 3D modelling application, I could further explore tweak layouts without the worry of real-world concepting. While this project concludes with the proper rendering of these rooms, it can serve as a stepping stone if I choose to continue into a real-world demonstration once COVID-19 restrictions clear up.

Blaise Lanter
Blaise Lanter is graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design, with a focus in print, typography, and vector media. If he isn’t working on digital works, he’s photographing the city and screenprinting. His inspirations are Matisse’s cutouts, Bauhaus, Japanese modern, and local Chicago designers such as Will Wright, the mind behind the visual identity of the Foxtrot markets. Blaise is also fond of Scandinavian design, as he studied abroad in 2019 and met with multiple design foundries across Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.

︎︎︎ Portfolio
︎︎︎ Email
︎︎︎ LinkedIn

Thank you to our Capstone volunteers, including students Leslie Ramirez, Chris Keramidas, Caroline Schlegel, and faculty member Laura Rossi García. Special thanks to 2020–21 Capstone faculty Shiro Akiyoshi, Nathan Matteson, and Heather Snyder Quinn.

College of Computing and Digital Media
School of Design
243 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago IL 60604

Graphic Design Capstone Showcase 2020 and 2021
Advisors: Shiro Akiyoshi, Nathan  Matteson, and Heather Snyder Quinn