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Digital Icons: Chronology, Investigation, & Interpretation

Project Description


For my degree project, I developed a book documenting my research and process towards investigating and understanding the design of icons for the screen. This project began with seeking the reasoning behind the imagery for digital icons, why use a folder to represent storage? Or why use a trash can to represent the disposal of digital files? I begin by examining the history of icon design and organizing the material in chronological order. I compiled text from various sources including websites, publications, and newspapers, which focus on archiving graphic user interfaces.

Through a series of several photographs, I investigated the physical boundaries of interacting with skeuomorphic graphics in the design of an app. Each photograph takes the place of an app from a smartphone, replacing the visual with its skeuomorphic counterpart. This photographic experiment is exploring the relationship between physical and digital interactions.

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