Passport is a critical design piece in response to a prompt to imagine either a utopian or dystopian technological future. The application, which for demonstration's sake exists within the smartphone as a mediator, allows users to travel anywhere via a virtual reality system already embedded into their vision.


Auteur is a critical design prototype that challenges the intersections of social media usage and surveillance within the collapsing boundaries between a public and private place. I and a team of fellow communications designers designed this Auteur in response to the Connected Futures grant project funded by Verizon that asked participants to imagine a future without phones. 
The project imagines a future in which public space is recorded and documented by surveillance cameras equipped with facial recognition software. We designed a service that, similar to how we currently subscribe to internet providers, offers storage capacity, a friendly user interface, and ability to integrate with social media platforms. As such, in public environments documented by surveillance cameras, users could use the gestures they customized to their subscription service to cue the cameras to take a picture, video, etc., and store the content for their personal archive or share it on their social media platforms, all in real time.
The prototype emerged through extensive research on social media trends, user behavior at the seams between digital and physical realms, and experimentation with different sensory respondent technologies. This research process led us to use activity mapping to define the interaction structure, journey mapping to understand user's behavior, Open Frameworks to prototype the software, and good ol' fashioned wood and nails to create an environment in which to simulate the experience.
Auteur was presented at the Connected Future's closing ceremony in New York City, and at The Conference in Malmo.