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THREE TRIPS


DIY CENTURY EGGS


THE OKAY CLUB


HACK@BROWN 2018


HACK@BROWN 2017


UK COUNTRY DATA

STRIPE

PULANG

RETRO RENAISSANCE

LA MEI HOT POT

ELEVA[TOGETHER]

STRIPE

internship

PUPPET MUSEUM

brand identity design

UNITED KINGDOM COUNTRY DATA

infographic, illustration

DIY CENTURY EGGS

infographic, illustration

PULANG

pattern, illustration

THREE TRIPS

infographic, data visualization

THE OKAY CLUB

brand identity design

HACK@BROWN 2018

print, digital, web design

HACK@BROWN 2017

print, digital, web design

RETRO RENAISSANCE

print, digital, animation

ILLUSTRATION

EDITORIAL

OTHER

COMING SOON!

This summer I had the amazing opportunity to be one of the first design interns at Stripe!

I was on the Brand & Communications team and worked on lots of consumer-facing brand assets as well as materials for internal company use.

Working at Stripe was truly one of the most life-changing experiences I have had thus far as a designer and as a person (not that the two are mutually exclusive).

Stripe Communities Rebrand

The first project I worked on was the rebrand of the Stripe Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to Stripe Communities! For this project I was assigned to design 2 of the 9 logos (and later jumped on a third). I worked on the East & Southeast Asians logo and the Rainbows (LGBTQ) logo.

East & Southeast Asians

For this logo I did tons of research into "asian" symbolism and imagery. A huge potential issue I wanted to avoid with this logo was making it too specific to one type of Asian or making it too stereotypical (a dragon, a yin-yang sign, things that are too generically east asian).

My first few ideas were to approach the subject typographically, geographically, as an identity, or with food.

East & Southeast Asians

Then my epiphany hit. ESEA should be represented by an activity we all share: eating! Not just a graphical representation of food, but a symbol of community and eating together as a family or group. This is an important part of almost every asian culture, and I thought it best represented our entire community.

I initially had a sketch of two hands eating, but later added a third hand which spoke more to the community aspect. Each hand uses a different utensil (chopsticks and spoon are more east asian, and many southeast asians eat with their hands!).

East & Southeast Asians

This is the final version of the ESEA logo with color. The color really solidifies my concept of diversity and representation which I wanted to emphasize for this cultural community.

I was personally part of this ERG during my time at Stripe and actually was part of the organizing team that planned events and kept an agenda! Which basically means we ordered boba and Beard Papas for every meeting.

Rainbows

The Rainbows logo was much more straightforward and I came up with a few different graphic ideas.

Rainbows

After a few rounds of critique and consulting with the stakeholders (Rainbows lead members) I narrowed down to these two concepts!

Rainbows

This is the final version of the logo with color and scaled up and down in size!

Desi

I was also able to step in and help render the logo for the Desi ERG as well! The logo is a lotus flower and leaf which represents the national flower of India.

Stripe Communities Posters

After my partnered designer and I finished these logos, we created posters promoting the newly rebranded Stripe Communities. We even had a Stripe Communities fair event which I helped to plan and set up!

Intern Project 2: Increment

My second assignment was to help design spreads for the Stripe publication, Increment!

Increment Research & Ideation

This project was special to me because Increment was one of the reasons that prompted me to apply to Stripe in the first place!

I was supposed to lay out an interview piece for the publication. I started by researching different interview layouts and various ways of organizing information. For example, I tried a few different information hierarchies using color and indentation, to name a few.

Increment Research & Ideation

These are a few different early ideas and concepts I tried out by following the Increment grid and styleguide while exercising my own creative liberties.

Increment Final Version

Here is what the final version I handed off looked like! You can check out the rest of the interview piece in issue 6 of Increment on the importance of Documentation which was released in August 2018!

Belgium Launch Poster

My most fun project was to create a country launch poster. I chose to design one for our Belgium product launch which happened back in 2017! These are some initial sketches I created during the research stage. For inspiration, I looked at different aspects of Belgium such as the national flower, colors, monuments, famous features, artists, and so forth.

Belgium Launch Poster

My most intriguing idea was inspired by the crow-stepped gables of Belgium. They're basically recognizable buildings in Belgium that have roofs shaped like stairs!

Belgium Launch Poster

I came up with this early concept in a few different color schemes but these are the two that won.

Belgium Launch Poster

My manager suggested that I try a completely different approach and not get too committed to one style just yet, so I created a second version of the poster using a flat illustration style instead of isometric.

Belgium Launch Poster

The design team liked both versions but ultimately, I decided to go with the first one! For the final version I cropped the view a bit and tweaked the colors. This is one of my most favorite things I've ever made to date!

Stripe is Amazing!

The day I started my internship at Stripe, I had no idea what a tremendous journey I had ahead of myself both as a designer and as a human being. I have met some of the most insanely talented people at this company and this internship has been one of the most fulfilling and enriching experiences of my life!

Pictured is a small portion of the summer intern cohort! I love my Stripe family!

Stripe is Challenging!

The design team at Stripe is indescribably diligent and talented. This internship was one of the most challenging things I have faced as a junior designer and I have learned an invaluable amount from this team of wonderful human beings.

We Haven't Won Yet!

Stripe taught me what it truly means to work smart and work hard. I had the best mentorship and guidance thanks to my wonderful mentor Tatiana Van Campenhout! Stripe truly is a special place to work and I hope to see myself in some capacity here again in the future. :)

This summer I had the amazing opportunity to be one of the first design interns at Stripe!

I was on the Brand & Communications team and worked on lots of consumer-facing brand assets as well as materials for internal company use.

Working at Stripe was truly one of the most life-changing experiences I have had thus far as a designer and as a person (not that the two are mutually exclusive).

Here are some projects that I worked on!

Stripe Communities

The first project I worked on was the rebrand of the Stripe Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to Stripe Communities! For this project I was assigned to design 2 of the 9 logos (and later jumped on a third). I worked on the East & Southeast Asians logo and the Rainbows (LGBTQ) logo.

East & Southeast Asians Logo

Rainbows Logo

Desi Logo

Stripe Communities posters!

Increment

My second assignment was to help design spreads for the Stripe publication, Increment! I worked on issue 6 which is about the importance of documentation.

Increment Ideation

These were several concepts that I created for the interview I was assigned to layout. We ended up going with the last one. Check out the latest issue of Increment to see the whole piece!

Belgium Launch Poster

My most fun project was to create a country launch poster. I chose to design one for our Belgium product launch which happened back in 2017! These are some initial sketches I created during the research stage. For inspiration, I looked at different aspects of Belgium such as the national flower, colors, monuments, famous features, artists, and so forth.

Stripe is Amazing!

The day I started my internship at Stripe, I had no idea what a tremendous journey I had ahead of myself both as a designer and as a human being. I have met some of the most insanely talented people at this company and this internship has been one of the most fulfilling and enriching experiences of my life!

Pictured is a small portion of the summer intern cohort! I love my Stripe family!

This is an infographic in the form of an accordion book which visualizes data about an assigned country; I got the United Kingdom!

For this assignment we had to show 30 different pieces of data about our given country (population, languages spoken in percentages, economy, etc) and organize them in some way.

Book Structure

I divided the 30 pieces of data into three categories: "Geography & Demographic", "Economy & Infrastructure", and "History & Culture". For each section I created a file folder-like tab which was cut out of the page as a pop-out, but could be flattened when you open the accordion book.

Geography & Demographic

As the title says, this section was all about the lay of the land, the climate in different areas, size, and details about population.

Economy & Infrastructure

This section visualizes the economy (imports and exports, agricultural and other products) and data about country infrastructure (how many devices per head, energy used, etc).

History & Culture

In this section I cover the history of the UK and its major events, as well as one piece of current information for which I chose to research Brexit.

Colophon

This project was created for Mapping Information under the instruction of Doug Scott during the Spring of 2018 at RISD.

This is an infographic in the form of an accordion book which visualizes data about an assigned country; I got the United Kingdom!

For this assignment we had to show 30 different pieces of data about our given country (population, languages spoken in percentages, economy, etc) and organize them in some way.

Colophon

This project was created for Mapping Information under the instruction of Doug Scott during the Spring of 2018 at RISD.

FUCK AWKWARD ELEVATOR RIDES.

[|] REAL FRIENDS eleva[together].
[|] STRANGERS BECOME BUDDIES WHO eleva[together].
[|] WE ALL eleva[together].

eleva[together]

Everyone hates awkward elevator interactions. You stare at the floor, the wall, your phone, anything but the other riders in the elevator.

Well, that all changes with the eleva[together] project. This installation I designed is a small gesture that encourages people to rethink the way that they elevate!

eleva[together]

Just think - for a brief moment in an elevator, we're all in this together! The installation asks (willing) participants to take a group picture with their fellow elevator riders and upload it to an Instagram feed or story with the hashtag #elevatogether. This project borrows the convention of a photobooth and attaches it to a familiar place (the elevator) in order to change social behaviors.

Technical Specs

The mirror was fabricated from two-way mirror film applied on a 2x2' panel of acrylic. The thin sheet of acrylic was then mounted on a larger piece of foamcore to simulate a polaroid picture. The copywriting was cut out of vinyl, as were the [|] elevatogether symbols. on the door.

Narrative

Truly, I have returned home (pulang) in more than one way. These postcards are meant to be sent to my relatives in Indonesia, especially my grandmother who originally gifted me the batik when I was young. I will be asking her for it back!

"Pulang" means "to return home" in Bahasa Indonesia.

I created these postcards which were inspired by Indonesian textiles called Batik.

Narrative

For this open-ended project, I explored my cultural heritage and the ways that it could influence my design practice. When I was young, my grandmother gave me a batik and I thought it was the ugliest piece of clothing in the world.

Now that I've grown, I have come to start embracing my neglected Indonesian heritage and celebrate its beauty. What I used to consider ugly is now one of the most beautiful and spectacular objects I know of. Batik have such intricate repetitive patternings that I never noticed until now.

Real Indonesian Batik textiles from which I drew inspiration for my patterns.

"Pulang" means "to return home" in Bahasa Indonesia.

I created these postcards which were inspired by Indonesian textiles called Batik.

Narrative

For this open-ended project, I explored my cultural heritage and the ways that it could influence my design practice. When I was young, my grandmother gave me a batik and I thought it was the ugliest piece of clothing in the world.

Narrative

Growing up, I felt my family had always despised the Indonesian side of our heritage and appreciated our Chinese ancestry much more. It was almost as if one was more attractive to identify with than the other.

Narrative

Now that I've grown, I have come to start embracing my neglected Indonesian heritage and celebrate its beauty. What I used to consider ugly is now one of the most beautiful and spectacular objects I know of. Batik have such intricate repetitive patternings that I never noticed until now.

Narrative

Truly, I have returned home (pulang) in more than one way. These postcards are meant to be sent to my relatives in Indonesia, especially my grandmother who originally gifted me the batik when I was young. I will be asking her for it back!

"Pulang" means "to return home" in Bahasa Indonesia.

I created these postcards which were inspired by Indonesian textiles called Batik.

Narrative

For this open-ended project, I explored my cultural heritage and the ways that it could influence my design practice. When I was young, my grandmother gave me a batik and I thought it was the ugliest piece of clothing in the world.

Now that I've grown, I have come to start embracing my neglected Indonesian heritage and celebrate its beauty. What I used to consider ugly is now one of the most beautiful and spectacular objects I know of. Batik have such intricate repetitive patternings that I never noticed until now.

Real Indonesian Batik textiles from which I drew inspiration for my patterns.

This project was created for Mapping Information at RISD under the instruction of Doug Scott during Spring 2018.

The Road Less Traveled is a series of infographic posters I created which visualizes three different travels that I've been on: from my college dorm to my Providence workspace, from my dorm to my hometown in California, and from my dorm to my grandpa's house in Indonesia.

In each of these posters I compare an "ideal trip" and an "actual trip" path; I have this habit of getting sidetracked and being late, which ends up being costly to me in time and money when I'm traveling. You can see just how much difference it makes in the comparisons on each poster!

Trip 01: Apartment to RISD Design Center

This was the easiest trip to visualize because it only takes 5 to 15 minutes depending on which route I take. I added details of text messages I receive, friends I run into, and music I listen to.

Trip 02: Providence, RI to Pleasanton, CA

As you can see, the more complicated my trips are, the more costly my side-tracked paths become (both in time and money). In this "less traveled" path, I end up missing a train and a plane, and spending $300+ more! Classic me.

Trip 03: Providence, RI to Malang, Indonesia

This was the most complicated travel to visualize because it is the longest trip; I also had to create a graph that showed how I spent my time at the airport (in the center).

This project was created for Mapping Information at RISD under the instruction of Doug Scott during Spring 2018.

The Road Less Traveled is a series of infographic posters I created which visualizes three different travels that I've been on: from my college dorm to my Providence workspace, from my dorm to my hometown in California, and from my dorm to my grandpa's house in Indonesia.

In each of these posters I compare an "ideal trip" and an "actual trip" path; I have this habit of getting sidetracked and being late, which ends up being costly to me in time and money when I'm traveling. You can see just how much difference it makes in the comparisons on each poster!

This project was created for Design For Good at RISD under the instruction of Annalisa Oswald during Wintersession 2018.

The Okay Club is a fictional non-profit organization that I designed which supports the intersectionality of mental health. This entity would live primarily on digital media and provide resources and solidarity for marginalized individuals fighting mental illness--mainly people of color and lgbtq communities.

Why is it called "The Okay Club"?

Often times when you’re fighting mental illness, it’s hard to see things as anything better than just okay. And sometimes that’s okay.

I’m okay, you’re okay, we’re okay, together.

Mind Map

The first step of brainstorming was to create a mind map of what I envisioned the brand to be like--what sort of personality and qualities it had. I narrowed down to six core traits:

CALM
UNIQUE
UNCONVENTIONAL
FLEXIBLE
EMPATHETIC
HOPEFUL

One challenge I faced when working on this project was making approachable work about a particularly serious topic.

Sketches

I began sketching ideas for the logomark. I didn't want this brand to become kitschy or cliche (normally when you think of mental health entities, they have classic heart or brain imagery).

Why the Bike?

I had a sudden epiphany of using a bike as the logomark. On an unrelated note, I had recently watched a youtube video about the self-stablization mechanism of bikes. You see, when you push a bike forward without a rider on it, the bike may sway left and right, but ultimately given it has enough momentum it will stabilize itself.

I believe the same principle applies to people. When you're dealing with depression or anxiety, you may feel like you've lost control of the situation. You may lose your way, but as long as you keep moving forward you will not falter.

Iteration

I had some difficulty finding the right styling for the bike illustration and typeface, but after several attempts I finally ended up with something I was proud of.

Final Concept

The final concept is a penny-farthing bicycle stylized to look like an "OK". The organic lines and typeface lend a human touch.

Infographic

The last step of the assignment was to create an infographic based on data relating to our organization. I created a short booklet about mental health and marginalized communities (a quick rundown on what it means, what obstacles they face, and how we can help the cause). The bicycle is used as a metaphor throughout the book.

Infographic

Example spread

Infographic

Last page

Website

Loading animation

Stickers

Real stickers that I printed for critique

The Okay Club is a fictional non-profit organization that I designed which supports the intersectionality of mental health.

This entity would live primarily on digital media and provide resources and solidarity for marginalized individuals fighting mental illness--mainly people of color and lgbtq communities.

Why the Bike?

I had a sudden epiphany of using a bike as the logomark. On an unrelated note, I had recently watched a youtube video about the self-stablization mechanism of bikes. You see, when you push a bike forward without a rider on it, the bike may sway left and right, but ultimately given it has enough momentum it will stabilize itself.

I believe the same principle applies to people. When you're dealing with depression or anxiety, you may feel like you've lost control of the situation. You may lose your way, but as long as you keep moving forward you will not falter.

Final Concept

The final concept is a penny-farthing bicycle stylized to look like an "OK". The organic lines and typeface lend a human touch.

Infographic

The last step of the assignment was to create an infographic based on data relating to our organization. I created a short booklet about mental health and marginalized communities (a quick rundown on what it means, what obstacles they face, and how we can help the cause). The bicycle is used as a metaphor throughout the book.

Brand Applications

Hack@Brown is the annual hackathon hosted by Brown University. We (the team) work to organize the event for most of the year!

I have been on the Hack@Brown Design team for two years now; this year I led the team, and together we made some awesome stuff!

Hackathon Hackers Hack

Hack@Brown's mission statement is to host a hackathon that caters to beginners and newcomers--people who have never coded before.

Often times code is a rather intimidating concept to approach, so we strive to create a friendly environment that encourages people to try something new whether it's code, VR/AR or sick hardware!

Hack@Brown Team Members

Our team works hard to deliver a fun and memorable event!

Hack@Brown Design

The design team is tasked with designing and branding an event that is approachable and fun. Each year we do so by using cute illustrative styles and popping color palettes. We create everything from posters to apparel and nametags--anything that needs design.

Style Guide 2018

We first brainstorm a theme, color palette, and style for each year's hackathon as a team of 6-7 people. We then use this styleguide to create the rest of our brand assets.

Animation

This year our theme was "In the Making" and we wanted to use an organic illustration style inspired by Slack! I created this animation for the hacker dashboard that embodies the idea of growth.

Hack@Brown 2018 Website

This was the Hack@Brown 2018 landing page which we designed, then handed off to the Development team to be constructed.

You can visit the site at https://2018.hackatbrown.org!

Hack@Brown 2018 Registration Form

We designed the registration form to be a fun process to go through. The illustrations add a short narrative.

Hack@Brown 2018 Hacker Dashboard

I designed the Hacker Dashboard this year. When students who have applied log into their accounts they are brought to this page which shows them a checklist of things to be done.

Hack@Brown 2018 Design Team!

None of this would have been possible without our amazing design team! I'm so thankful to be part of such a collaborative and enriching organization. :-)

Hack@Brown is the annual hackathon hosted by Brown University. We (the team) work to organize the event for most of the year!

I have been on the Hack@Brown Design team for two years now; this year I led the team, and together we made some awesome stuff!

Hackathon Hackers Hack

Hack@Brown's mission statement is to host a hackathon that caters to beginners and newcomers--people who have never coded before.

Often times code is a rather intimidating concept to approach, so we strive to create a friendly environment that encourages people to try something new whether it's code, VR/AR or sick hardware!

Hack@Brown Design

The design team is tasked with designing and branding an event that is approachable and fun. Each year we do so by using cute illustrative styles and popping color palettes. We create everything from posters to apparel and nametags--anything that needs design.

Hack@Brown 2018 Style Guide

2018 Landing Page

2018 Application

Hack@Brown 2018 Design Team!

None of this would have been possible without our amazing design team! I'm so thankful to be part of such a collaborative and enriching organization. :-)

Hack@Brown is the annual hackathon hosted by Brown University. We (the team) work to organize the event for most of the year!

This was my first year on the team! I joined as a sophomore at RISD.

Hackathon Hackers Hack

Hack@Brown's mission statement is to host a hackathon that caters to beginners and newcomers--people who have never coded before.

Often times code is a rather intimidating concept to approach, so we strive to create a friendly environment that encourages people to try something new whether it's code, VR/AR or sick hardware!

Hack@Brown Design

The design team is tasked with designing and branding an event that is approachable and fun. Each year we do so by using cute illustrative styles and popping color palettes. We create everything from posters to apparel and nametags--anything that needs design.

This is the website we designed for the 2017 Hackathon.

Hack@Brown 2017 Registration Form

The registration form we designed follows the same theme and style of the landing page.

Day-of Pamphlet

Informational pamphlet I designed for the actual hackathon; they were distributed to all the hackers that attended.

Workshop Banners

Hack@Brown also hosts introductory-level tech-related workshops throughout the course of the academic school year as well as a series during the actual hackathon. I designed several Facebook banners for the events!

2017 Apparel

These are the crewneck designs I created for this year! Sometimes I still see people wear them around campus on the daily. :-)

That's a Wrap!

I'm beyond grateful that I've had the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing organization! I've met and worked with the most amazing human beings through Hack@Brown and together we put on such an awesome, impactful event!

Hack@Brown is the annual hackathon hosted by Brown University. We (the team) work to organize the event for most of the year!

This was my first year on the team! I joined as a sophomore at RISD.

Hackathon Hackers Hack

Hack@Brown's mission statement is to host a hackathon that caters to beginners and newcomers--people who have never coded before.

Often times code is a rather intimidating concept to approach, so we strive to create a friendly environment that encourages people to try something new whether it's code, VR/AR or sick hardware!

Hack@Brown Design

The design team is tasked with designing and branding an event that is approachable and fun. Each year we do so by using cute illustrative styles and popping color palettes. We create everything from posters to apparel and nametags--anything that needs design.

This is the website we designed for the 2017 Hackathon.

Hack@Brown 2017 Application

Day-of Pamphlet

Hack@Brown 2017 Workshop Banners

Hack@Brown 2017 Apparel

That's a Wrap!

I'm beyond grateful that I've had the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing organization! I've met and worked with the most amazing human beings through Hack@Brown and together we put on such an awesome, impactful event!

This project was created for Mapping Information at RISD under the instruction of Doug Scott during Spring 2018.

I created a small accordion book detailing the process of do-it-yourself Century Eggs, or Pidan in Chinese.

What Are Century Eggs?!

Century eggs are duck eggs that are fermented in a caustic mixture and left for several weeks. The yolk turns creamy and green, and the whites turn gelatinous and brown. They are certainly an acquired taste for those unfamiliar with this asian delicacy!

Project Prompt

We were instructed to choose any type of process (how orange juice is made, how airplanes are constructed, etc), and create a step-by-step visual showing the process using as few words as possible.

Project Egg-secution

I chose to show the process of making century eggs. Using mostly pictorial and iconic language I showed this process. The brown paper choice signifies the color of the egg yolk, and the use of black circular shapes represents the eggs.

Cover Page

Ideally, this DIY guide would come inside a box with all the ingredients you need pre-packaged and measured out.

Ingredients

You will need:

6 duck eggs (not included)
black tea
sea salt
wood ash
quicklime (calcium oxide)
rice chaff
mason jars

These ingredient icons are used throughout the booklet to omit the use of words.

Step 01

Pour the black tea leaves into boiling water and brew tea.

Step 02

Pour the calcium oxide, salt, and wood ash into a bowl and stir to combine.

Step 03

Combine the black tea with the mixture of calcium oxide, salt, and wood ash.

Step 04

Coat each egg in the caustic mixture.

Step 05

After coating in caustic mixture, cover each egg with rice chaff.

Step 06

Store the eggs in air-tight jars for 4-5 weeks.

Step 07

After 4-5 weeks, remove the eggs from the jars.

Step 08

Peel the eggs open; the whites should have turned gelatinous and dark and the yolk creamy and green.

Step 09

Slice the eggs in your preferred method.

Step 10

Suggested Dishes: Spicy cold tofu with century egg slices, and meat & century egg congee (porridge)

Back Cover & Colophon

Typeface is GT Pressura.

I hope you try making these delicious weird eggs!

This project was created for Mapping Information at RISD under the instruction of Doug Scott during Spring 2018.

I created a small accordion book detailing the process of do-it-yourself Century Eggs, or Pidan in Chinese.

What Are Century Eggs?!

Century eggs are duck eggs that are fermented in a caustic mixture and left for several weeks. The yolk turns creamy and green, and the whites turn gelatinous and brown. They are certainly an acquired taste for those unfamiliar with this asian delicacy!

This project was created for Design for Good at RISD during Wintersession 2018.

For this project we were assigned to design a fun chocolate packaging. I designed a whimsical packaging for a cannibis-infused chocolate!

Trip 01: Apartment to RISD Design Center

This was the easiest trip to visualize because it only takes 5 to 15 minutes depending on which route I take. I added details of text messages I receive, friends I run into, and music I listen to.

Trip 02: Providence, RI to Pleasanton, CA

As you can see, the more complicated my trips are, the more costly my side-tracked paths become (both in time and money). In this "less traveled" path, I end up missing a train and a plane, and spending $300+ more! Classic me.

Trip 03: Providence, RI to Malang, Indonesia

This was the most complicated travel to visualize because it is the longest trip; I also had to create a graph that showed how I spent my time at the airport (in the center).

How does design make sense of so much stuff?

The digital age has shifted us into a condition where the foundation of graphic design cannot go untouched by the influence of the internet and its massive archives of data. How do we navigate this landscape of overwhelming accumulation of stuff?

By using editorial tools such as isolation, combination, juxtaposition and curation, we as designers can actively engage with found material in a new context and create powerful narratives.

This is the final stage animation of this project which encapsulates all my research on the wonderful web culture of Vaporwave and nostalgia.

Project Objective

For this assignment we were to pick an interesting topic to research and synthesize two publications from our archive of material. I chose to research the internet phenomenon of Vaporwave, which entails a retro-futuristic aesthetic and a longing for a past that never existed.

Retro Renaissance: The Open-Source Escape

One publication was to be informative, while the other would be abstract/poetic. The informative zine is a compilation of Reddit snippets and found articles analyzing the history and meaning of the Vaporwave phenomenon and why it has become relevant.

It's Strange That

This zine was purely abstract and was more image-driven with bits of poetic text sprinkled in. The purpose of this publication was to give the user the nostalgic and melancholic feeling that Vaporwave gives off.

How does design make sense of so much stuff?

The digital age has shifted us into a condition where the foundation of graphic design cannot go untouched by the influence of the internet and its massive archives of data. How do we navigate this landscape of overwhelming accumulation of stuff?

By using editorial tools such as isolation, combination, juxtaposition and curation, we as designers can actively engage with found material in a new context and create powerful narratives.

This is the final stage animation of this project which encapsulates all my research on the wonderful web culture of Vaporwave and nostalgia.

Project Objective

For this assignment we were to pick an interesting topic to research and synthesize two publications from our archive of material. I chose to research the internet phenomenon of Vaporwave, which entails a retro-futuristic aesthetic and a longing for a past that never existed.

Redesigned Menus

For Type II, we were to pick a restaurant in Providence and redesign a set of menus for them. I chose my favorite Providence restaurant, La Mei Hot Pot!

Details

I designed a set of three menus: food, drink, and dessert. The typefaces are Calibre (english) paired with Lantinghei (Chinese). Set on cream paper with cover paper and Japanese stab-bound with black waxed linen.

Redesigned Menus

For Type II, we were to pick a restaurant in Providence and redesign a set of menus for them. I chose my favorite Providence restaurant, La Mei Hot Pot!

Details

I designed a set of three menus: food, drink, and dessert. The typefaces are Calibre (english) paired with Lantinghei (Chinese). Set on cream paper with cover paper and Japanese stab-bound with black waxed linen.