Ruby Kessler-Karp

Design an Experience: L'amour Gothique

Class of: 2025

Major: Fine Arts BFA

Medium: Digital Media

Faculty: Stacy Seiler

Prompt: For this assignment, we were tasked with designing an experience for our partner after conducting a series of personal interviews with them in Seminar. We were to design a 12-page booklet detailing the experiences at 4 carefully selected locations that were meaningful to our partner and fit into our chosen theme. Throughout our experience, we were to engage our partner through the 5 senses.

After interviewing my partner, Raina, I decided the theme for her experience would be the intersection of fear and wonder. Catering to her interests and aesthetics, I created the experience L’amour Gothique which guides the user through 4 different locations all with the intent to leave them feeling awestruck. Each location utilizes the 5 senses and has an interactive element. For the design, I took inspiration from old medieval books and gothic architecture. Using Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, I combined and altered various images of the locations as well as stills from the  lm Antonio Gaudi.