Graphic Design

Unstable Paper

Shiyue Wang
Project Major Third Year
Major Graphic Design
Year Third Year

The Unstable Paper is a short-lived paper which is made to be ended in a very poetic way — washing away with water. As an inspiring new material for graphic designers, it shows that even things we know as stable could be unstable in certain circumstances, for example, designs.

The paper was made from natural ingredient together with soap liquids. After a lengthy drying process in plastic mould, the paper could be fully peeled off and appear to be as real as normal paper. Any design on this paper could disappear, by applying different types(water-based or oil-based) of ink on this paper, content could be isolated from its original medium, or disappeared together with it.

The unstable paper explores the relationship between message and medium. As we always think that medium and content bond together, this gives us new insight into the relationships between them. Hopefully, this paper could serve as an inspiring new material for graphic designers to play, experiment and reconstruct their work.