In an expansion on my interactive web project, Creeps, I further explored the varying levels of online harassment people deal with on social platforms using augmented reality. ⇲
My choice to bring these messages into a physical space shines a light on the invasive nature of these texts and the way they infiltrate the life of the recipient. The experience simulates the discomfort one feels and how, even upon deletion, the feelings of unease remain.
The design of the messages themselves explores ideas of meaning associated to pieces of design history beyond simple aesthetics. The deliberate choice to use two typefaces by Eric Gill, one of the most celebrated typeface designers of the 20th century, as well as a sexual abuser of his own daughters, contributes to the uncomfortable nature of the project. This was inspired by Tam Donner’s e-flux article, “Homeland Security Stylesheet: Incest Font.”
Creeps Pt.2, 2018
Created for Currents: Hyper Reality
Instructed by Qinzi Tan
Parsons School of Design, 2018