Information Design: Student Projects

Vincent Thornhill


The horizon frames our sense of distance and scale. The self has no scale. With every perspective added, every new horizon created, our image grows out of proportion to our single point of perspective. Using one point perspective as a framework, this research publication and pictorial study considers an alternative orientational paradigm in order to expand our notions of self, as the use of digital imagery becomes more and more prevalent in our lives. The digital image offers more than representation through provoking us to question the way we see, our subjective relationship to the world and to each other. 

The orientational paradigm of the digital image disrupts the linear perspective we use to structure our experience. With every image made, lines of perspective converge towards different horizons. The sense of individual points of convergence begins to diminish, and the texture of grid surfaces. With more perspectives taken into account, the grid becomes denser, more detailed. Its resolution increases. 

Where our ‘one point perspective’ can be seen as a limiting the subject-object relationship, the grid of the digital image breaks apart this dichotomy, using multiplicity — the pixel, the camera, the screen, the network — to illuminate our plurality. In doing so, the digital image can show us the reality of our image, simultaneously more defined and more distorted than we are able to perceive.