Designer: Alex Duncan
For his self directed spring project, Alex designed a series of micro projects that explore speculative design and the concept of uncertainty. He designed and developed a speculative design publication website called The Social Dreamer*, a newspaper called “Uncertain Times”, the Copenhagen Blanket and The Happiness of Things .
Uncertain Times is a hypothetical newspaper that would cover topics related to the subject of uncertainty as well as topics shrouded in uncertainty. These topics range from skepticism, probabalistic logic, science-fiction, new technology and physics.
The Copenhagen Blanket is an artifact inspired by the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum mechanics. This principle states that the act of attempting to measure the probability of a system thwarts your attempt; a system will assume a definite position upon observation. Much like a probability wave, this blanket assumes a defined pattern upon observation but resumes its probabilistic state when unobserved. The proposal is that the blanket would be powered by static electricity and made of fibers that change color, generating a pattern that simulates a probability wave. What if our cultural artifacts reflected the probabilistic nature of particles? What if they reflected the concept of uncertainty, a concept that often makes us uncomfortable?
The Happiness of Things speculates about a possible future in which AI has given smart devices and objects human-like emotions. The "emotional state" of smart devices is monitored and users will receive texts to update them (in extreme situations, they will receive a phone call from the device). HoT also provides a "Care Kit" so that owners may treat their things with "due care".
Designer: Lydia Shemurah
Lydia’s senior degree project speculates about the dangers of internet silos and customization online. By branding and prototyping a search
engine that censors content based upon the user’s online activity, she explores the way many services use algorithms to learn and capitalize on user
preferences. She hopes this project exposes how a user’s online identity and information silos can manipulate their worldview.
Designer: Ezra Dufair
Trans Sans is a typeface made for trans people by a trans person. The forms are inspired by a set of identity symbols that are included in the typeface. It is meant to feel neutral and not have a strong pull in either a masculine or feminine direction. The transgender community is underrepresented, even within the LGBTQ community. This typeface aims to bridge that gap by increasing trans visibility. Though that is the intention, the typeface is still free to use by anyone in hopes to normalize gender diversity.
Designer: Kaylynn Pitts
The “Forgotten Black Queens” is a senior project that remembers the Black women who
created change in the world and paved the way for other Black women like me to have an
opportunity to pursue our dreams. This project tells the history of black women from the 1800s
So many black women who have made a difference have been forgotten in our society, and with this project, I created a platform for those forgotten women. My Intention with this project was to bring awareness to the world by demonstrating how successful black women are if allowed a platform to show how they have made a difference in society. I also wanted everyone to see these women and acknowledged their accomplishments and how they have changed the world for the good.