Flyer Redesign

In my Typography class we were tasked with finding a flyer, redesigning it, and then replacing it in its original location. Here is my final poster.

The original flyer is to the right. I wanted to capture the concept in a more abstract nature and avoid cliché stereotypes associated with meditation. My goal with my design was to create an ethereal visual that alluded to associated aspects (chakra, center, earth/sky, soul).


Business card. This was not a required part of the assignment, but because the original flyer included business cards, I wanted to as well. 

Album design and branding

My friend and I recently started writing music together as a duo called White Water. We will be releasing our EP quite soon. As a designer, it is important to me that the visuals and atmosphere surrounding our band accurately reflect the feeling and experience of our music. 


This is the album cover of our self-titled EP. I took the photograph, and designed the cover. 


This is one of the promo photos. I creative-directed the shoot and did the post-processing. My good friend Kenta Murakami snapped the photo. 

We want people to be able to experience our album in a more immersive way, so we will be streaming it online alongside atmospheric visual videos. I took and edited all the footage. To the left is the final video. 

Winter In Paradise

I feel so grateful to be spending a week in Kauai this winter break, surrounded by astounding nature and the company of wonderful friends. We cautiously explored dark, low-rising caves and they appeared as if they might collapse on us at any minute. We walked along the beach, watching as the misty waves ricocheted off the rocks, and as the heads of friendly turtles protruded from the surface of the ocean. I have already seen so much beauty, and am ecstatic to see more in the coming days. 

Deep Sea

Design Challenge: Use Processing to create an experience that requires user input
In Deep Sea, players use their cursor to control the angler fish along a vertical axis. Smaller deep sea fish are continually drawn towards the light of the angler fish. While some of these fish give sustenance to the angler fish and increase the brightness of its glow, others are harmful, causing the light to diminish. The brightness of the light corresponds to the user's field of vision. If too many harmful fish are caught, the light will go out, thus ending the game. 

Process
I wanted to create an incentive for play that was more intuitive and meaningful than purely a point system. The incentive aligns with the narrative of the game, creating a more interesting motivation for the user.

I coded the game in Processing, an animation-abased program that uses Java.

I wanted the soundtrack to add to the narrative and atmosphere of the game, and for the user to receive auditory feedback for their actions. The soundtrack was created in Logic Pro. 

 

Reddit Redesign

Optimizing the Existing Reddit Interface
An interactive prototype aimed to improve the browsing experience

Design Challenge: Redesign an existing interface
For this two-week long project I created an interactive prototype of a redesign of the Reddit interface. My goal was to increase the efficiency of browsing large amounts of content, and overall create a better experience for users. I did this by visually cleaning up the interface as well as by introducing drop-down content, and an intuitive search function.

 

Video

 

 

Weaknesses in the current interface

Browsing is inefficient
If you click on a link, you will be brought to a new page and have to click "back" each time you want to return to the front page. Then it is difficult to find your place again on the page, which is very text-heavy. Many users want to browse through a large amount of content while on Reddit, and this technique is very time-consuming and inconvenient. 

Lack of affordances
Many of the features are not used because even the most avid redactors do not realize they exist. For example, although the video dropdown is useful, most Redditors overlook it due to the cluttered interface. 

Difficult search function
The search bar on Reddit is cryptic and difficult to use. Numerous Redditors have listed it as the "thing that bothers them the most about Reddit". Many have resorted to using Google to search Reddit instead. Clearly the confusing nature of the search engine causes significant efficiency problems. 

 

Redesign

Browsing
In my redesign, browsing has been made far easier through the introduction of drop down content. This allows users to browse a large amount of content without ever leaving the page. In addition, users can utilize the left and right arrow keys on their keyboard to quickly alternate between posts. External links have an option for opening in a new tab.

Searching
This new search bar is far less cryptic than the original. Once users click the text field in the search bar, an advanced search option appears. When clicked, a menu drops down where users can easily input specific search information. Users are then taken to a page which clearly displays the results of their search. 

Process
When tasked with finding a poorly designed interface, Reddit was one that immediately came to mind. I began by revisiting Reddit with a critical perspective, observing opportunities for design intervention. I watched other people browse Reddit, taking note of their process and inconveniences they countered. I used these considerations when prototyping my concept. I created the prototype using Axure, and tested it on multiple people. After observing users interact with my prototype, I further refined it.

 

A live version of this prototype can be accessed here. Keep in mind the prototype is not entirely functional and some aspects vary from the final redesign, due to the limitations of Axure.