580 Split

Mills College’s literary journal, 580 Split, transitioned to a web-based publication after twenty-five years in print. Its new online home attempts to answer the question, “how should a contemporary digital journal look, feel, and behave?”

The site’s design takes advantage of the web’s affordances—search, indexing, sharing, and time-based animation—while preserving the focused reading experience a printed journal provides.

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Web development by Andrew Lux

My role: Concept, information architecture, UX, visual design

Each issue is defined by a unique color combination, and a long, elegant shift from one color to the next subtly marks the reader’s progress.

This client presentation describes the thought process, and resulting guiding principles, that shaped the design approach.

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Radical Art Theory Tuesdays

Digital posters, distributed via email, take advantage of their intimate scale by overwhelming the small screen.

Nature 2

Examining the conflicted, shifting relationship between nature and the built environment, and the creation of a new, hybrid landscape combining the two.

Code experiments

An interactive photo booth that—in the tradition of Victorian spirit photography and New Age aura photography—reveals ghostly images of its past users.

Traces souvenirs

These souvenirs/memento mori are printed on oversized receipt paper at the end of each interactive photo booth session shown in Traces.

The Superstructure

A video essay maps and reflects on a visual ‘superstructure’ generated by a community of artists over twenty-five years.

The Superstructure performance

In an accompanying performance, a drawing machine materializes communal networks for visitors in real time.

Headlands Center for the Arts

Imagery generated in The Superstructure forms the identity for a related event, taking on different qualities across a range of media.

‘A Campus Divided’ archive

Essays and archival documents live side-by-side in this online exhibit and database.

Anxy magazine

Design and art direction for Anxy, a magazine about our inner worlds.