Tyler Yager earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2008. He looks to explore, through objects, the essence of humanity in an endeavor to unravel the fundamental nature of our behavior, developing the seeds for future exploration.
Limbic proposes a tool to capture the moments when individuals begin to work as a symbiotic being and highlights the reactionary dance between these points.
This object locates that 'AHA' moment, when people begin to work not as individuals but as a collective group. It can only be successfully operated when three people decide to work together. The object is a two-axis three-degree drawing device. A person controls a single control point manually, having to respond to the others’ input to create a line drawing in the glass bead surface.
The process included a year of research into sources of creativity, sensory deprivation, brain function, and finally arriving at an exploration into studies of group deprivation and dynamics. The physical process involved self-experimentation; throwing myself into new experiences and studies to better understand the root of my own behavior and help apply my newly gleaned information into design.
The base form tapped into a preexisting geometric based visual style established in earlier projects and highlights my philosophy of continuous discovery. Choosing a new medium to realize the final physical form, and with the help of Kerr Concrete in Evanston, Illinois, I received a crash course in glass fiber reinforced concrete processes and hand made each form. GFRC concrete turned out to be a wonderful new medium, providing incredible strength and flexibility when working with complex forms, yet being lightweight enough to transport with each individual section weighing 175 pounds.
(Master of Design in Designed Objects)