Pratt BFA Communications Design Thesis

Sirui Liao Graphic Design


Interface design

When the everyday disappears, will it vanish without a trace – without nostalgia or weight – or simply cease to be something that we let ourselves be blind to? Can it become something we can cherish?

The Internet distorts our perception of time and space by hyperlinking the “points”; the arrival and the departure, the origin and the destination, the beginning and the end. All of the in-between moments are waived as if they are diverting from a main purpose. However, all of the moments in between, despite their potential to be repetitive are certainly not superfluous; they are the most honest reflections of our living.

Waiving these moments suggests the opposition of happenings and encounters. All of the experiences that we are able to experience – the ecstasy, drowning misery – are as memorable as the breathing stillness, the touch, the sees, the mundanity. The Floaters exists as an alternative to the current conditions of shared digital experience by way of emphasizing the moments in life that we often take for granted. It celebrates the pieces of reality that make up the majority of our lived experiences, instead of focusing on the often-imagined exception to the everyday.

By navigating and composing a crowdsourced response to these in between moments, a new collective digital experience of the everyday starts to merge. Hopefully, this can be a space for you to trace back to moments that were once out of focus.