“Charleston Reconstructed” is an immersive documentary that brings monuments to life through augmented reality, democratizing public space, subverting centuries-old power structures, and confronting the legacy of American white supremacy. As Creative Art Director for the project, I was tasked with guiding the user through the on-screen interaction that frames the augmented reality experience. Charleston Reconstructed digitally reimagines Marion Square in Charleston, South Carolina, using augmented reality to flip the power structures of the past. Looking at the monument to former Vice President John C. Calhoun that towers over Charleston through a mobile camera, users see interventions through which they can access interviews with historians, community members, and activists that contextualize the statue’s presence and illuminate Calhoun’s role in perpetuating slavery and racism. As part of the augmented reality portion of the app, users see a full-scale, digital representation of a monument to Denmark Vesey placed alongside Calhoun in the center of Marion Square, as well as a new, conceptual monument which explores the prospect of racial reconciliation in Charleston. Ultimately, the team behind Charleston Reconstructed hopes to digitally reclaim public spaces for people who don't feel represented by them now, help the broader community imagine alternatives, and visualize forms of restorative action around issues of race and memory in the cradle of American slavery.
In the winter of 2019, I took ENGR 281 at Stanford and had the opportunity to explore visual design, interaction design and behavioral design all in the context of today's technology landscape and in service of a socially positive user experience. My final project, titled Shindig, was a productivity app that allowed users to sync calendars with their email contacts and automatically list out when everyone is available to make scheduling group events quick and easy. Click the button below to get a full breakdown of the design, prototyping, and user testing process that went into creating Shindig.
Language Learning Lab
In 2018, while working as a design consultant at Stanford’s Language Learning Lab, I was tasked with modernizing the lab’s public- and subject-facing materials. This included the lab’s website, which gives an overview of the current studies being conducted as well as monumental findings that has made the lab and its founder Anne Fernald world renowned for their research on child development. As a lab that focuses on studying infants, we wanted the website to feel friendly and approachable but still maintain the prestige and academic air of a Stanford research facility. I designed and developed the site using Adobe Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS and Java.
As part of 2019 rebranding of “Rabbit Hole VR” to “StanfordXR”, the student-run virtual reality community decided to modernize and update their website. The site serves as a launching point for students interested in VR/AR to discover what resources are available to them, both those offered by the club specifically and by other Stanford groups. We wanted the redesign to be sleek, modern and easy to navigate. I chose a minimalist design that emphasizes images and call-to-actions.
“Charleston Reconstructed” is an immersive documentary that brings monuments to life through augmented reality, democratizing public space, subverting centuries-old power structures, and confronting the legacy of American white supremacy. As Creative Art Director for the project, in addition to designing the app itself, I got to extend the branding into the application’s website. At this stage, it’s a basic home page giving basic information about the project but it was specifically designed to allow it to ultimately become a resource for additional exploration and expansion on information found within the app.