Objects in colored starred circles with text “you know you want it.”
Hold up. What do you really (really) want?

The Instagram ads you are mysteriously compelled to click on are slowly molding your style preferences. You know the ad with the perfect looking french bulldog wearing the sleek pink harness for purchase. The dog is walking toward their monochromatic-outfitted-owner standing against a bold orange studio backdrop. …

For those who don’t know: IYKYK = If You Know You Know.

These 8 words drive modern-day friendships: Did you see the meme I sent you? Online communities with millions of people bond over repurposed images with new captions. The 5–10 seconds of a co-worker interpreting an image, gif, or video of a meme precedes a shared chuckle.

Data Journalism

3D bar graph of the gender breakdown of who MoMA acquires artwork from.
Orange above equals artworks MoMA acquired from solo white male artists. Image by author.

In a recent class project, I used MoMA’s collection dataset published on GitHub to create an interactive installation that reveals the dominant narratives being amplified. I break down the gender and ethnicities of the 15,222 records of artists who MoMA acquired artwork from between the years of 1930–2019.

The story arc of eating a cookie is quite complex (and dare I say thrilling).

This is not a reflection of 2020. The year where everything seemed to crash and burn leaving us with a lingering splash of disbelief and hysteria. As I write this on December 30th with two nights away from 2021, it all feels extremely anticlimactic.

This is a story about cookies.

Andy Warhol style digital art with a women wearing a mask in colorful silk screen colors in a repeated grid.
PSA: Forgetting one’s mask is a downright tragedy.

It’s still hazy on where we stand on the progression of COVID-19 cases, but the country is beginning to re-open. Andy Warhol’s Death and Disaster series remind us that as we begin to resume our “regular” lives we risk becoming desensitized to the whirlwind of visceral emotions engendered by the…

Yuna Shin

Seattle based writer and interaction designer who connects the dots between design, contemporary art, & pop culture. yuna-shin.com. Subscribe to my newsletter↓

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