Break the Wire!
A web-based article discussing the way America's youth are breaking the
lines of identity.
Skills: Web-based UI/UX
Timeframe: 2 Weeks (2020)
Setting: Individual

Intro

The IoT Privacy Infrastructure is a research funded project that aims to establish a transparent data infrastructure ready for tomorrow's tech-reliant environments.

Project Brief

Communicate a topic of choice using text from credible news sources in a web-based format.

Approach:
As someone of mixed ancestral background, it's quite challenging to answer the daunting question of 'Who Are You' or 'Where are you from.' In our current category oriented society, we're often only able to choose one we align with more. However, identity is a story and can't be served justice by a multiple-choice response.

When are we taught categorize?

Children quickly develop ways to categorize. When they grow older, these behaviors of classifying can heavily impact outlooks on identity. As a result, I began to ask myself what typical interaction do children do to understand categorization?

I then recalled my experiences of matching shapes on boards and moving a shape from one side of the wire to the other. Although implicitly communicated, we are taught to follow order and rules without question. I decided to select the wire activity as a visual motif throughout the entire website as today's youth break the confines of a single answer to identity.

Prototype

↑ Prototyping was done in Figma and animation as done in After Effects

My Story on My Time Project (MSMT)

After reading excerpts from the New York Times and LAist, one can feel hopeful about how we are starting to accept identity. The My Story on My Time Project is an extension of the main article. It welcomes people to share their identity through a poem, a story, or an excerpt. The goal is for people to see the disconnect between story and label (as defined by the census) and reconsider how they ask others to identity.

Visual System

↑ Visual system used on all formats of the web experience.