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I’ll be showing my work called User Experience of a Heartbreak as part of DUMBO Arts Festival, opening tonight from 6-9pm. I’m not releasing the URL just yet, but here’s a sneak peak of some prints I’m showing and some behind the scenes action. See you there!

111 Front Street, Suite 216 in DUMBO

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My partner in crime for this show, Crys Moore, cutting her flat file in the streets of NY so it fits in our cab.
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Doing some last-minute print doctoring by clamp-light.
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The setup!
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This week I started a mentor position with General Assembly for their online Web Design Circuits course. The course covers design and basic development over 12 weeks. So far it’s been a whirlwind of debugging HTML + CSS remotely, which is a great challenge that’s helping me communicate and articulate effectively to brand-new, shiny, smiley programmers.

Excited to see what my students make!

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Very excited to announce that I’ll be a part of the Dumbo Arts Festival, September 26-28! Along with my fellow 2013 ITP Residents, in a group show called ‘Office Hours,’ I’ll be presenting my project User Experience of a Heartbreak: a design study of the ways in which couples are intertwined on the internet, and can remain tangled even after separating. Our group was mentioned in the official press release, so it’s great to know DAF is looking forward to having us! Come on out to our opening at 6pm on the 26th.

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Showing my students glitch techniques with the scanner using Kimye’s Vogue cover.
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I’m posting this way too late for you to register, but if you’re already in come check out my workshops! I’m running an Illustrator session, and there are a few seats left for my glitch photobooth workshop too. See you there!

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Crys and I created the ID cards for the first year students this year, using a pack of 2014 Garbage Pail Kids cards. It’s probably the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I don’t really have anything else to say about this.

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Tic-Tac-Joelle
Tic-Tac-Jung-Ho
Adventure Eunjin
Jugglin’ Jiwon
Fishbowl Federico
Justin Time for Dinner
Fletcher the 13th
Risky Xinyi
Lok Yu Gladys Slipper
Salem Smella
Stung Jung Hyun
Stung Jung Min
‘Capitated Karam
Served Susanne
Scorched Sharon
Zapped Zoe
Airy Amanda
Airy Arielle
Dana Danish
Pastry Vicci
Cthu Yu
Cthu Yu
Jay-Walkin’ Juo-Hsin
Runny Ran
Jumpin’ Jaewoong
Gangnam Kyle
Boxed Bing
Mimin’ Megan
Colorless Chrisanthy
Colorless Clio
Inpyo Eyes
Isioma Eyes
Da-Da-Diana
Jawin’ Julia
Origami Eojin
Origami Uttam
Armpit Allison
Armpit Claire
Pamela Vator
Tessa vator
Batu Bag
Binh Bag
Gem Jerllin
Precious Pedro
Ben Stalk
Jason the Bean Stalk
Artsy Alina
Artsy Amelia
Jammin’ Jiaying
Smashing Sagar
Complex Caitlin
Condo Kelly
Bad Pitch Michelle
Bad Pitch Michelle
Excalibur Edwin
Boogie John-ster
Boogie John-ster
Jake Charmer
Jake Charmer
Scuba Saki
Octo WoonYung
Mudflap Monique
Tired Thomas
See no Eamon
Three Wise Ken
Dog’s Day David
Lonely Leslie
Satellite Samuel
Qingyuan Chimes
Rattlin’ Rucha
Atlas Abraham
Atlas Alexander
Anglin’ Aankit
Anglin’ Adarsh
Clownin’ Clara
Clownin’ Corey
Dan D. Lion
Tan D. Lion
Changin’ Chin-Hsuan
Changin’ Chinazo
Serpent Seiya
Serpent Sharang
Slobberin’ Hsiang-Ying
Slobberin’ Sabrina
Fecal Michael
Fecal Michael
Hairy Hongeun
Mustache Maximo
Attractive Alejandro
Magnetic Margaret
Hellyn Fish Sandwich
Jeffrey Fish Sandwich
Zombie Zhuoying
Zombie Ziv
Kate Skate
Speedy Sheri
Skiin’ Adrian
Downhill Devin
Yellin’ Yiyang
Bailed Barbara
Bailed Brian
Dizzy Danqing
Dizzy Dimelsa
Canned Kina
Canned Kristina
Wrinkly Rodrigo
Wrinkly Rodrigo
Nordic Neil
Nordic Nevena
Bony Jayati
Bony Jinyi
Aaron Bomb
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Very proud to see a handful of students from my thesis class with Gabe BC in the Spring show this year! Come see incredible work by Sam Brenner, Omer Shapira, Maria Paula Saba, Todd Bryant, Michelle Cortese, Allison Burtch, Christina Carter, Yang Wang, Sarah Rothberg, and a slew of other talented folks! See you there!

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Under the expert guidance of Gabe Barcia-Colombo, I had the honor of working closely with 20 ITP students from the class of 2014 on their thesis projects. You can learn about their projects here, but more importantly, tune in tomorrow to watch them present live starting at 9:40am. Congrats to everyone!

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So proud to be a part of this! Big congrats to the CLOUDS team for creating such an awesome experience. Click here for more winners.

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This past Saturday, I worked as a mentor with Hack it Back: a program created by Paty Zablah that aims to teach media literacy to teen girls by helping them identify sexism & create a project to re-appropriate the offensive messages. I worked with two extremely bright and talented students, Petal (12) and Lauren (14).

Our conversation began with a discussion about dress code in schools, but quickly moved to video games. Both girls are gamers, and they were incredibly in tune with which games used only male characters or favored male audiences. They taught me so much! I learned that Pokemon was one of the first games to start including more diversity in their characters. We all agreed that this was a smart marketing tactic, but that it also shows that female and non-white audiences want to play games as much as the male, white audience. Another cool fact they shared was that Super Smash Bros. designer Masahiro Sakurai was inspired to add more female characters to the next version of the game after the birth of his daughter. They had dozens of stories and references about how women are represented in games. Fantastic.

So we decided to create something that re-imagined female game characters as women in the real world with high-powered careers. Because of our time constraint, we decided to choose 1 character to make a project about: Princess Peach: CEO of DelMonte Peaches. Lauren was interested in working with animation & illustration, and Petal wanted to learn code. Lauren created storyboards, grabbed a Wacom tablet, and started expertly drawing out the characters.

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I thought working in Processing would allow Petal to experiment with code, and also assemble Lauren’s illustrations into an animation. Petal had never programmed before, so it was an exciting challenge getting her introduced to the syntax. She wanted to create a Warhol-inspired picture of peach cans to be on display in Princess Peach’s office. We started with 1 picture to help her understand how to create a variable, load an image, draw an image, and put a filter on it. She took off and did the rest herself!

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We then loaded Lauren’s images into a sketch and created a simple timer to display them as an animation, added some sound, and voila!

Here is the finished product:

In the beginning we wanted the viewer to believe Princess Peach was yelling for help, assuming her usual role as the damsel in distress. After Mario comes running, it’s revealed that he’s actually an employee of Peach’s. Lauren and Petal also discussed that they didn’t want the project to suggest role reversal as a solution to anti-feminist media, which I thought was an incredibly insightful note on their part.

I was so proud of all of their hard work! It was amazing how much they completed in just a few hours. Looking forward to mentoring with Hack it Back again soon!

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