Digital Gem is a magazine concept designed to illustrate new and upcoming technologies that are relevant to the fields of art and technology. The written contents of the magazine is a series of other articles throughout the web, which were then compiled together to create a more cohesive singular article about a specific topic. The display and typography of the magazine was entirely designed by myself.
The magazine features articles regarding controversial art technologies such as NFTs, fictional interviews with artists such as Ian Hubert, Image Galleries of artist Saad Mosajee, and a seires of mini articles regarding Casey Reas’s Social Codes, CTM Cyberia, IOGtaph, and metaPhorest aPrayer Team.
Ajitane is a candy created to demonstrate the beauty fluidity can have in package design. The candy is meant to be a gelatin based snack, and the candy represents the unique layering of flavors and freeflowing change in taste that the candy gives off.
The richly shaded gradients that circulate through the sides of the box represent the seamlessness changes in flavors the candy would have. The main flavor of the candy is written vividly in the center of the box, surrounded by the two circles representing how the secondary and main flavors are layered over each other. The candy itself is hidden underneath a clear plastic film, paying homage to the translucent sheen that the candy physically gives off.
UCLA NSU’s Cultural Night is an annual event that takes place in UCLA’s Royce Hall. It is a celebration of Japanese American culture, community, and history which is displayed through multiple events including dance, theatre, and taiko drumming. Every year, a design committee is formed to create an aesthetic and render deliverables for the night of the event. I had the pleasure of taking a leadership role within the committee. Below is the design concept of the 2020 Cultural Night’s aesthetic, and a spread of the program which was printed and distributed to over 1,000 guests on the night of the event.
In designing this year’s logo and title, we have centered the design around the drama’s motifs of family, intergenerational trauma, and war. The title “Hitotoki,” meaning “moment in time” in Japanese, was selected to encompass the three different time periods in the drama, with each moment in time intertwined and affecting the others. For the logo, we wanted to integrate a traditional Japanese kamon (family crest), which is a unique symbol that each Japanese family possesses representing their family lineage, bloodline, ancestry, and historical status. We selected this specific kamon symbol since it is composed of three identical yet separate hexagonal shapes, symbolizing each of the three time periods having its own spatial and temporal boundaries. Despite these boundaries, each shape contributes to piece together a complete picture of a family’s history. The “karakusa” pattern on the background and borders is inspired by the stalks and tendrils of plants that form patterns where their leaves and vines meet, and it is considered a symbol for a family’s legacy. Lastly, a warm toned color palette with a deep red accent was chosen to allude to war, the passionate emotions of anger and frustration, as well as the familial love that is expressed through tough love across the generations.
This series explores the relationship between machine and organic, as well as the computer and human.
The works created here are generated by a computer algorithm, that creates a different art piece 60 times a second based on random variables. Every piece works off of a grid algorithm, but a different random component is added to every two works. These two works differ from each other by adding another random component. The goal of this second component is to represent the organic aspects that are transmitted from both the creator of the program, and the program itself as it generates the art piece. In a series, they come together to represent how the computer can take its systematic properties, like creating a grid, and warp them into an organic and humanely visual spectacle.