Dapo Oni Thesis

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Research and other visual explorations as i dive deeper into a single topic.

Discovery — I started with asking a couple of questions that helped me to start drawing connections between lucid dreaming, mindfulness, and creative problem solving. 

What classifies a non-lucid dream?
Dreaming is often described as a state of cognitive deficiency, characterized by a loss of self-reflection, bizarre, illogical situations or a lack of directed thought.

What is a lucid dream?
Lucid dreaming is being aware of the fact that one is dreaming, while within a dream.
How does one lucid dream?
By maintaining a higher awareness during the daytime, means a higher awareness when you’re asleep. The more mindful you are, the more you’ll have insight into whether your current experience is a dream or not.
How often does a person lucid dream?
"...half of the general population experience a lucid dream at least once in their lifetime and about 20% have lucid dreams regularly—once a month or more often"

What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is better described by the two interrelated factors Acceptance and Presence*.
Key Words — dream attention, reflection, self-awareness, volition, and control
How can mindfulness help lucid dreaming?
Monitoring your stream of consciousness can increase cognitive abilities, such as cognitive flexibility, visio-spatial processing, working memory, executive functioning, and meta-awareness.
What is meditation?
Being attentive the the current moment and being in control of thoughts and emotions.


_mind map
my goal is to break this mindmap down into pieces and make the connection to lucid dreaming, mindfulness, and the creative process much clearer. 

_mood boards
Mixing the elements that stuck out to me throughout my research process and combining that with imagery that inspired this project.
Main Point — Lucid dreaming presents versions of reality that we have been looking for all along. A heightened state of awareness when we are awake leads to a heightened ability to navigate and recall these versions of reality.  

Key Themes — Solitary, Open, Meditative, Saturated Colors

ideas for layouts, type treatments, and other streams of consciousness.  (high res scans coming soon)

The color introduced throughout the icons and illustrations are intentionally very vibrant and graphic as the goal of this book is to create a world within this zine that reflects how I approach and visualize lucid dreams.

Color palette inspired by Ben Thomas, the colors in his photos remind me of an improved version of reality which is ultimately what a lucid dream is to me, a place or stream of thought thats familiar but different.

For some reason when I see his photos, I think of the idea of hyperreality, which is the inability to distinguish reality from a simulation of reality. Ben Thomas’s photos have been described (after I made the connection this word) as blurring the line between reality and abstraction, and I see this definition of hyperreality lining up with the creation of this fantastical world within his photos. Even though not being able to tell the difference between reality and abstraction works against the logic of lucid dreaming, my belief is that a place which gives me the same feeling that Ben Thomas’ photos give me actually exits, both in real life and in my own subconscious. My ultimate goal is to simulate my own version of hyperreality by unearthing my own ethos through lucid dreams, and exploring places and ideas that will help me capture that spirit.

This probably sounds strange because it’s the first time I’ve actually tried to articulate this idea, which is ultimately the diving force behind this project. So I just thought it was important to include this. Work in progress.


Breaking down the terminology related to lucid dreaming + the creative process, and turning that language into symbols that relate to the meaning of each word with the goal of making connections between ideas + concepts.

Oneironautics — the ability to travel within a dream on a conscious basis.

Travelers in the dream world are referred to as oneironauts.

Similar to how travelers (such as sailors) use symbols to make connections with one another, this guide uses symbols to make connections between lucid dreaming and creative problem solving. One example is the use of nautical flags to communicate between ships.  

Developing a system of icons that help guide you along this journey that aims to equip the reader with the tools they need to lucid dream and use them effectively to solve problems. 

_illustrations + 3d
The goal of this document is to take you on a journey — a journey that aims to make sense of how mindfulness and lucid dreaming are tools that go hand-in-hand for creative problem solving. But at the same time, I want to take a trip through a world created by my subconscious, bits and pieces of my everyday life that help to create a world that feels distant but still well within reach. 

To give a glimpse of this world,I created a set of illustrations that builds a world adjacent from the symbolic meaning of the book.

My goal was to think of the dessert as an empty canvas, a wide open space ready to have thoughts and emotions manifested in a more physical form — perhaps in the form of a home, or an entire city.
The goal of using Invisible Cities (Italo Calvino) —

— Creating a narrative for events that happen in a non-linear discontinuous time

— The beginning of an enigmatic journey through an alternate world

— Coexistence of reality and fantasy

— A journey that gets more defined and vivid just as a someone who is not used to lucid dreaming begins to have a better understanding of their dreams along with more personally significant dreams.

_typography + cover
Overall the cover and type treatments are inspired by the initial haziness of an untrained lucid dreamers dreams. At first I wanted the personality of the cover to reflect the sense of clarity that comes with lucid dreams, but this guide is intended for those who — like myself — are yet to master the sense of balance during the daytime that brings about consistent, memorable and personally significant lucid dreams.