Shift The tools you use to view the world affect how you understand it. I love digitial media and make my living from it, but as automation and nihilistic disruption continue it has also become hostile and alienating to people. I created Shift to break out of this pattern and create something digital that is introspective , personal, and promotes a meaningful relationship to the physical world. The app can’t ask or answer the same questions as the painting and vice versa and as a consequence the project bridges digital to analog in a novel way. The Circles Your state of mind also affects how you understand the world. A bad mood distorts your impressions of your past into a mess of mostly negative experiences with your good moods doing the opposite just as effortlessly, intensely, and unnoticeably. I sketched out a visual of two circles after an image I saw in the middle of a stressful experience. I was convinced my life was mostly negative if not catastrophic (orange and red). At the time, I was designing a system of five values in circles and it fed that initial image of the circle on the left. It was clear it wasn’t true, so I later intuited the circle on the right. It is clear this is a big question to actually answer, so I built a simple tool to ask the question in smaller more precise chunks.

Both were wrong.
The App The application is a more mature version of the tool I created and ultimatly a full life journal. The participant creates a timeline from birth to now and fills out the important experiences. This includes details about it’s positivity/negativity, significance, length, and finally some story to describe it.

The app summerizes the data into the two-circle display. The person can adjust for optimism/pessimism and for intensity until they feel like they have captured how they understand their emotional world and how it fluctuates relative to their state of mind.
The Painting The painting is a physical manifestation of the data. It is two plates of glass painted with a mixture of linocuts, giclee, and hand painting.

The idea is to make it real and embedded in some physical material. The harsh digital edges soften with the linocuts, the persistence of it on a wall more reflective. The final composition and production asking far more questions about how the person understands their life story and perspecitive.

The fun part being that it is a unique design, an artist’s vision, but could be populated with anyone’s life. It is immensely personal, practical, and embedded in the crafts of our time.