Existing or coming about seemingly at random or by chance or as a capricious and unreasonable act of will” -Merriam-Webster

The word was use in the article “Why Collaborate?” by Ellen Lupton in the sentence “In my own experiences as a student, I have enjoyed voluntary, informal collaborations with my friends, but I have resent being forces into arbitrary, mismatched teams in the name of social correctness.”

The author uses the word in order to further emphasis how despite collaboration can be fun with the right people and some you have known well enough to work with, there will be times where that won’t be the case and will against your own, force to collaborate with someone who you may not see eye to eye but will seem to come with a beneficial result.

Formal Cover Letter

New York City College of Technology
300 Jay Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

December 17, 2018

Hello and good day to you Mrs. Thalia

I am writing to you to in regards about your gallery space and to propose an installation based on the work my classmates and I  have done. I am a Communication Design student at New York City College of Technology studying Communication Design interested in Illustration. Together with my classmates, we have developed an installation entitled A Glossument. Inspired by Tom Phillip’s  A humument, this project has centered around the idea of using words we have placed into our glossary and portray them in different ways through out our books. That being said if two students were to use the same word it would ok to do so because each of student will portray a specific word differently and/ or use a different meaning of the word if it had more than one definition. Our project consist of working in vary and creative ways to be able to do so, where each book is different, each with its own unique style by each student and to show something about ourselves that even we may have not seen.

Our installations include a variety of creativity and usage of different materials. My work, in particular, can vary from different tools, but mainly using paint, drawing markers, paper and washi tape. With the color blue shown within the pages. Each piece to be displayed has already been prepared with an appropriate didactic panels, Culminate, Treacherous, Dwell and Demarcation,” as well as a catalogue entry for myself and each student about their work and contribution.  Within the books each of us have our own theme or an idea repeated through out the pages to give in a meaning. For my book in particular the theme is blue, but it ranges with different blues. The blues can be a color when your sad or a color when your relax, or maybe even cold. It’s a one color with different ranges and different emotions that it can show to someone.

My classmates and I hope that this project is interesting to you and be able to become part of your gallery. If there are any additional question to our projects you may reach me at the address above. I look forward to your response and may you have a lovely day.


R Cortes

Didactic : Treacherous

The word for this page is treacherous and compared to the other words in the book, the word was display in a more darker sense. Another image from the book was used this time in a location of an ocean but within the waters red is shown, the book originally is about dolphins so one can imagine whose blood it belongs to in the image. By painting the rest of the page black it gives in the idea of a treacherous scene of the killing of who knows how many dolphins.


Diadatic: Culminate

For this part of the book the word is culminate. In order to present the word an image that originally came in the book was used along with washi tape and a blue marker. The image of the dolphins shows them on top of each other which can also be seen as them going into a higher point by going on top of each other, which can represent the word Culminate. In order to add the blue theme as well blue washi tape was used to tape the image to the page as a frame and on the bottom right corner another style of washi tape was used and the word was written. This is to display this image as an art work would be In a museum, framed with the title of the book next to it.

Didactic: Demarcation

Within this page of the book the next word is Demarcation. Black poetry was used in order to demonstrate the word. However instead of using a black marker to cover up the words black tape was used and the words left uncovered was colored in with a blue marker to add on to another page having blue in it, while still showing the word in a form of poem.

Didactic: Dwell

This part of the book the word used is Dwell, in order to portray the word black and blue marker was used on the page. The black marker covering the majority of the page going into the middle in a form of a vortex. Next the blue marker is used to color the inside but not completely as it allows an outline for the image of a girl who looks like she is dwelling over something that she can’t help it, and thus representing the word Dwell.

Color Harmony: Phase 4

My thoughts on the project are that it was a fun and challenging way to test out our creativity mainly seeing how we can present a specific word whether it’d be specific to its meaning or writing it out in certain ways etc. I enjoyed being able to come up with different ways to define a word even when in most cases it was repeated. I also had fun being able to use the photos my books had and used them to represent different words chosen from the glossary.

What I could’ve done better was probably give more time to it or try to have a more open mind. In some cases, it was really difficult to imagine how to express the word, so most of the techniques are repeated as a result. This can help me in a future project by trying to expand ways of representing images without limiting what I know I can do and test out new techniques for it.

Phase 1

Phase 2 

Phase 3

Color Harmony: Phase 1


By Wahleyah Black

For this first Image, I decided to go with a monochromatic blue. The image itself is an example of it, having from a very light blue using it as highlights within the image and then a navy blue for within the shadows.


By Toni Grote

The second image represents the complementary colors with purple on the bottom part of the image and turning into orange to yellow. Seeing as complementary colors are those opposite of each other such as Blue and orange, and red with green. The same would go for purple and yellow, therefore, becoming a nice example of it.


By Supreme James

The third and final image is an example of Analogous, this is because of the colors it contains, which would blue purple and pink/orange in which the colors follow one after the other in the color wheel, which is what an analogous color is and why the colors present would be an example of analogous color.


Worked 1 hour

Color Harmony: Phase 3


The glossument cover was influenced by the proportional color inventory due to the colors it had. My glossument already has a theme of blue which the image already has a different range of, along with it the title of the glossument is “voice in the ocean” so even the context of the ocean relates. The dominant color in the image was white however when working into the cover it turned out that the dominant color wasn’t white but rather between the tint ranges of blue, and I also used more orange for the words than what I had expected. I wanted my cover to have an image ranging with blue and relating to the ocean so the image I selected helped, and while it isn’t the same I did use forms of waves for the front and then paint the back part with ranges of blues and then adding bubbles.  Although the final result did take a while to think of since at first painting the ocean didn’t come to mind at all until I found the image.


Worked on for 1 hour 30 minutes.

Color Harmony Phase 2

SAMPLE-color inventory

For this part of the project, I used an image created by Taylor Walker that centered around an ocean theme using different tones and shades of blues. Color references can be used in future design works by taking into consideration into the amount of color,  and the different shades and tones of a color that will affect where the focus of the image would be, in the image you see a monochromes of  blues and near the top you see Orange, a complementary color that gains the attention from all of the blues surrounding the rest of the page. This can help me to consider the different ways to use these colors in different ways and most likely make an image less chaotic with different colors.

Worked in 1 hour