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Michael Ceis

Michael is a talented design graduate who’s creative journey is deeply influenced by the worlds of painting and cinema. With a keen eye for aesthetics and a passion for visual storytelling, he uses intuition to blend these diverse art forms to create captivating and thought-provoking designs. Michael infuses his work with a unique and dynamic energy. His work exhibits a harmonious balance of form and function, while evoking a response from viewers. Michael’s deep appreciation for cinema shines through in his ability to construct narratives within his work. He also meticulously considers composition, lighting, and perspective to convey powerful messages and create immersive experiences. Driven by a desire to bridge the gap between art and design, Michael consistently pushes boundaries, experimenting with mixed mediums and new techniques.


Project Overview

In a world where art serves as a catalyst for social change, several subversive art movements have emerged, challenging conventions and inspiring discourse. This newspaper was supposed to delve into the captivating realm of subversive art, shedding light on different movements that have left an indelible mark on the artistic landscape. From DADA to the Situationalist International, their audacious visions and unconventional techniques, these subversive art movements continue to push boundaries, ignite conversations, and challenge the status quo. By questioning societal norms, they inspire viewers to reevaluate their perspectives and embrace the power of art as a tool for change.

Design Process

The first stage was narrative. The jumping off point was the idea that Kurt Cobain hated the idea of rockstars and idolizing musicians. Yet he was made into one. Nothing broadcasts better on MTV than a protest of MTV. Despite all his efforts he was consumed by the very thing he was fighting. As topics began to pile up, Michael was forced to cut earlier ideas in favor of a stronger narrative for the project. This lead to subversion of art as an institution being the main narrative for the project. After completing extensive research the layout process began. Collage was a big part of the design process for this. It offered Michael a versatile and imaginative approach to explore, experiment, and communicate his ideas. By embracing the art of collage, he was able to create visually compelling and conceptually rich designs.

Project Details


Overall the case study was a success. If given more time, Michael stated that he would have spent more time on each layout to be truer to the content being covered. Ultimately it was a passion project about something that Michael feels very inspired by and the goal of creating an editorial narrative about them was achieved and he feels satisfied with the project.
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