READING A
WAVE





He sees a wave rise in the distance, grow, approach, change form and color, fold over itself, break, vanish, and flow again.

Isolating one wave is not easy, separating it from the wave immediately following, which seems to push it and at times overtakes it and sweeps it away; and it is no easier to separate that one wave from the preceding wave, which seems to drag it toward the shore, unless it turns against the following wave, as if to arrest it.

April 2017







Text:  Mr. Palomar; Italo Calvino
Image: Karl Blossfeldt; Urformen der Kunst








Then, if you consider the breadth of the wave, parallel to the shore, it is hard to decide where the advancing front extends regularly and where it is separated and segmented into independent waves, distinguished by their speed, shape, force, direction.

In other words, you cannot observe a wave without bearing in mind the complex features that concur in shaping it and the other, equally complex ones that the wave itself originates.

April 2017

These aspects vary constantly, so each wave is different from another wave, even if not immediately adjacent or successive; in other words, there are some forms and sequences that are repeated, though irregularly distributed in space and time.
Since what Mr. Palomar means to do at this moment is simply see a wave — that is, to perceive all its simultaneous components without overlooking any of them — his gaze will dwell on the movement of the wave that strikes the shore until it can record aspects not previously perceived; as soon as he notices that the images are being repeated, he will know he has seen everything he wanted to see and he will be able to stop.





Nordstrom 


Selected highlights from animation work for Nordstrom NYC and Full-Line stores. Combining 3d and illustration helped us create an extension of in-store trim, which delivered a coherent and enhanced experience for our customers.








Then, if you consider the breadth of the wave, parallel to the shore, it is hard to decide where the advancing front extends regularly and where it is separated and segmented into independent waves, distinguished by their speed, shape, force, direction.

In other words, you cannot observe a wave without bearing in mind the complex features that concur in shaping it and the other, equally complex ones that the wave itself originates.

April 2017

These aspects vary constantly, so each wave is different from another wave, even if not immediately adjacent or successive; in other words, there are some forms and sequences that are repeated, though irregularly distributed in space and time.
Since what Mr. Palomar means to do at this moment is simply see a wave — that is, to perceive all its simultaneous components without overlooking any of them — his gaze will dwell on the movement of the wave that strikes the shore until it can record aspects not previously perceived; as soon as he notices that the images are being repeated, he will know he has seen everything he wanted to see and he will be able to stop.





IN THE
LABYRINTH




The four hands are lying in a row, motionless.

The space between A…’s left hand and Franck’s right hand is approximately two inches. The shrill cry of some nocturnal carnivore, sharp and short, echoes again toward the bottom of the valley, at an unspecified distance.


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A… has gone to get the glasses, the soda water, and the cognac herself. She sets a tray with the two bottles and three big glasses down on the table. Having uncorked the cognac she turns toward Franck and looks at him, while she begins making his drink.





Now the shadow of the column — the column which supports the southwest corner of the roof — divides the corresponding corner of the veranda into two equal parts. This veranda is a wide, covered gallery surrounding the house on three sides. Since its width is the same for the central portion as for the sides, the line of shadow cast by the column extends precisely to the corner of the house; but it stops there, for only the veranda flagstones are reached by the sun, which is still too high in the sky.
The wooden walls of the house — that is, its front and west gable-end — are still protected from the sun by the roof (common to the house proper and the terrace). So at this moment the shadow of the outer edge of the roof coincides exactly with the right angle formed by the terrace and the two vertical surfaces of the corner of the house.

Now A... has come into the bedroom by the inside door opening onto the central hallway. She does not look at the wide open window through which — from the door —  she would see this corner of the terrace.
Now she has turned back toward the door to close it behind her. She still has on the light-colored, close-fitting dress with the high collar that she was wearing at lunch when Christiane reminded her again that loose-fitting clothes make the heat easier to bear. But A... merely smiled: she never suffered from the heat, she had known much worse climates than this — in Africa, for instance — and had always felt fine there. Besides, she doesn’t feel the cold either. Wherever she is, she keeps quite comfortable. 







Ecosystem is an imagined branch of Mason Homes, a smart home company that aims to connect the modern homeowner to their utility consumption via ambient and persuasive technology. Ecosystem was developed for a UX Capstone course.
Over the course of 10 weeks, our team came up with a notification-based and ambient visualization solution to help homeowners address their own consumption habits.


We found two main takeaways from conducting user research: the importance of placing user data into context and the importance of a device that seamlessly integrated into their existing, everyday experience.

With this information, we designed a two-part, end-to-end solution, meant to inform people with feedback at the source and to give them data and actionable recommendations.

Visual language was consistent across the physical indicators to the central dashboard - notifying the user at the source through color change when they are able to take actively conserve.

These singular components, and appliance points, feed into a universal visualization which is always displayed and can be used to identify where the Mason homeowner can improve.





Now the shadow of the column — the column which supports the southwest corner of the roof — divides the corresponding corner of the veranda into two equal parts. This veranda is a wide, covered gallery surrounding the house on three sides. Since its width is the same for the central portion as for the sides, the line of shadow cast by the column extends precisely to the corner of the house; but it stops there, for only the veranda flagstones are reached by the sun, which is still too high in the sky.
The wooden walls of the house — that is, its front and west gable-end — are still protected from the sun by the roof (common to the house proper and the terrace). So at this moment the shadow of the outer edge of the roof coincides exactly with the right angle formed by the terrace and the two vertical surfaces of the corner of the house.

Now A... has come into the bedroom by the inside door opening onto the central hallway. She does not look at the wide open window through which — from the door —  she would see this corner of the terrace.
Now she has turned back toward the door to close it behind her. She still has on the light-colored, close-fitting dress with the high collar that she was wearing at lunch when Christiane reminded her again that loose-fitting clothes make the heat easier to bear. But A... merely smiled: she never suffered from the heat, she had known much worse climates than this — in Africa, for instance — and had always felt fine there. Besides, she doesn’t feel the cold either. Wherever she is, she keeps quite comfortable. 






A study of the intersection of our technological and emotional lives.

In ‘lightning bolt, star, heart, star, lightning bolt’, I use the text-to-speech functionality available on all Macs to have Siri read love letters sourced from the community and create diptychs from the love letters and Google Image search results of phrases from the letters.

The work will be presented as looped audio of Siri narrating the letters intermittently; additionally, largescale photographic diptychs of the scanned letters and found, reworked images - source from inputting excerpts of the letters into Google Image Search - will be displayed. The letters have been sourced from my immediate community (friends, family, and any others who wished to participate) and run through a program that outputs an audio file. The title of the work stems from a doodle at the footer of a love note from my partner and is something that couldn’t be presented in its original format for Siri to narrate. In this way, this piece is a reflection on the intersection of technology and our emotional lives, and what is potentially lost in the inevitable shift towards technology-mediated communication.

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